The InterExchange Au Pair Netherlands program connects you with a welcoming host family for ten to twelve months in beautiful Holland! You will provide a set number of child care hours and, in return, your host family will provide a private room, meals, and a weekly stipend.
- Paid host family placement confirmed before you travel
- Child Care Guide and other pre-departure resources
- In-country and alumni support
- Facebook groups and social activities
- 24-hour emergency line
- InterExchange t-shirt
The ideal au pair candidate is flexible, energetic, and prepared to actively participate in the host family's life. Your responsibilities may include keeping children engaged with games and activities, taking them to and from school, light housework, preparing meals for the children, tutoring, and more. In addition to housing and meals, you will receive a weekly stipend of at least €300 per month in exchange for up to 30 hours of child care per week (no more than eight hours in a single day). If you'd like to take a Dutch language class, your host family will also contribute an extra €320.
Dates and Application Deadlines
We accept applications year-round and encourage you to apply four months prior to your desired start date.
Once we've sent your application abroad, it typically takes three to four weeks to receive a suitable host family file. It can take longer if you've applied more than three months in advance. We will notify you as soon as a placement has been found so you can connect with the family over email and/or video chat to make sure that you are both happy with the match. Once confirmed, we will provide all of the next steps on how to apply for your visa, when to book your flight, where to purchase insurance, and how to prepare to be an au pair and live abroad.
Your host family will pick you up from the airport or train station. Upon arrival to your host family's home, you'll find a welcome pack from our international cooperator containing helpful tips and a list of other au pairs nearby. Throughout your program, our international cooperator will be there to make sure your transition is smooth and fun. They host occasional social events where au pairs can gather, share experiences, and get to know one another.
Costs to Consider
You will need to pay a visa fee of €622 before you arrive to the Netherlands. Your host family will reimburse you for this fee after you successfully complete your program.
- Personal Spending Money
For independent travel/trips, any optional extra classes, social time with friends, etc.
You will be making a monthly stipend of about USD $330, all while not paying for your major living expenses of rent or food. This means if you are in the Netherlands for a full year, you will make about USD $4,000!
What our participants are saying
One incredible perk of being an au pair in Europe is being able to partake in the local festivals of your host country. The Carnival (spelled Carnaval in Dutch) in Maastricht is comparable to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, with slightly fewer beads. There are parades, people dressed in outrageous costumes, and you'll find yourself singing along (despite not knowing the words) to the raucous songs as you walk down the street! Julie
InterExchange answered all my questions and told me what to expect abroad. The fee for this program was extremely affordable compared to other programs that I had looked into. Maria
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