Au Pair New Zealand
Au Pair New Zealand

Live with a host family, care for children, and experience New Zealand!

As an au pair in New Zealand, you’ll live with a vetted host family for 6 to 12 months, care for your host children for up to 45 hours per week, and experience New Zealand as a local. You’ll receive a stipend, private bedroom, and meals. This intercultural experience is a great way to help others and gain insight into Kiwi culture with the safety and support of a program.

Dream Au Pair

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Key Info

Location

Location

Suburbs of major cities such as Auckland and Wellington

Program Dates

Program Dates

Arrival orientations held multiple times throughout the year

Application Deadline

Application Deadline

Sign up at least 3 months before your desired travel date

Duration

Duration

6 or 12 months

Requirements

  • 18-30 years old at program start date
  • High school graduate
  • At least 200 hours of childcare experience
  • Driver’s license (preferred)

Program Highlights

Welcoming Hosts

Welcoming Hosts

Stipend, private bedroom, and all meals included

Beautiful Locations

Beautiful Locations

Placements in the suburbs of cities such as Auckland

Group Orientation

Group Orientation

Pre-arrival (online) and in-country (in-person) orientations

Become Part of a Family Abroad

Become Part of a Family Abroad

Help with your host children's development

Friends from Around the World

Friends from Around the World

Connect with fellow au pairs from all over the globe

Program Highlights

Process

Sign Up

Sign Up

Complete an application with Dream Au Pair in New Zealand

Connect

Connect

Meet your host family through video chat

Travel

Travel

Get your visa and flight and head to New Zealand!

Au Pair Life

The Homestay

The homestay is the heart of this program. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to host-family living on your Au Pair New Zealand program:

Safe Placements
  • Host families are screened for safety.
  • Families submit applications and references, have an interview, and pay a program fee. They are not paid for hosting you.
Typical Family
  • Families vary in personality and size but most have two or three children and they’re all excited about cultural exchange.
  • Most families reside in the suburbs of cities such as Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington, are middle class, and have young children; some have elementary-aged children.
Matching Process
  • You’ll have an opportunity to connect with potential host families through video chats.
  • Matching can take a few days to a few weeks.
Living with a Family

Living with a host family is about connecting with the family members and integrating into their life. Families want au pairs who:

  • are eager to learn about New Zealand and New Zealand culture.
  • behave like an ambassador from their country and a role model for the children.
  • are responsible and enjoy caring for children.
  • engage with them over meals and share their culture.

The Au Pair Role

The term “au pair” means “on par” or “equal,” meaning you’re meant to be on equal terms with your host family. As an au pair you’ll live with a welcoming host family and care for the children. Childcare will make up about 35 hours/week of your time in New Zealand, enough to be a crucial part of the kids’ day-to-day lives but with time to get out and explore as well.

Childcare

Caring for your host children can include:

  • taking them to and from school
  • engaging them with activities
  • light housework (tidying and cleaning)
  • preparing their meals
  • helping them with homework

You’ll connect with your host family before you arrive to find out what they’re looking for in an au pair.

Hours & Stipend
  • Up to 45 hours per week
  • Stipend of NZD $210-390/week
  • Completion bonus of $10 per week ($520 for an annual placement)
  • When you connect with a potential family, you can discuss the childcare schedule so you know what to expect.
Free Time
  • You’re entitled to two full days off per week.
  • Four weeks of paid vacation, 11 paid holidays, and up to 10 sick days for a 12-month placement (pro-rated for shorter placements).
  • Cities such as Auckland and Christchurch are filled with tons of activities and beautiful sights!
  • Some participants link up with each other to explore. We’ll connect you with anyone in your region.

*Disclosure: InterExchange may receive a commission from Dream Au Pair for a successful referral