Mamma Mia! What a choice! Choosing to be an Au Pair in Italy will not disappoint. With its rich culture, enormous variety of delicious foods and never ending historical and cultural sites, you will be kept busy exploring for years.
What is it like to be an Au Pair in Italy?
Italians notoriously have a very warm and welcoming nature. Get the opportunity to be fed by a Nonna and a Mamma, learn to communicate with your hands and to drive like a local by being an Au Pair in an Italian family. As an Au Pair in Italy you will see a side of Italy that tourists don’t get to. Italians love to help others learn their language and you singing away in Italian in no time.
In Milan, au pairs can visit one of Europe’s capitals of fashion as well as one of the largest Catholic churches in the world. Quick train rides around the north will take you through to the Alps, Venice, Lake Como, Verona and Turin. By travelling south, you will pass by the Italian gems of Bologna, Florence and Pisa until you come to the capital, Rome. Rome wasn’t built in a day – as they say – and it will take a lot more than this to get immersed as well. Puglia and Sicily in the south offer some of the best food in Italy, as well as amazing beaches. Both regions are often over-looked by international tourists, rendering a more authentic Italian experience.
Our programmes for Au Pairing in Italy vary in length depending on the experience you are looking for:
- 6-12 months Italian Au Pair Placement – for the full immersion experience! By staying for a longer period, you will be able to really hone your language skills and come to feel like your new town is your home away from home. If you are just starting to learn Italian, this might be the option for you, as you will be able to attend language classes during your stay.
- You will work maximum 30 hours per week, with at least 1 day off per week.
- In return, the host family will:
- Pay you 80 euros per week,
- Give you time off during the day to explore and take language classes
- Treat you as one of the family. Room and board are of course included!
- By working with an agency (we are members of IAPA and BAPAA), you will receive:
- Local support to assist you during your stay
- Advice for settling in to Italy
- Emergency assistance – for your peace of mind
- Help to find friends and language classes.
- 1-3 months – June to September only – for those short on time or who would like to improve their Italian skills. Or even make a start! Maybe you are just starting to learn Italian, and full immersion in an Italian family will give you that opportunity. It’s also possible that you have a long summer break and want to make the most of it! Whatever your reason, Italy is a great choice for a summer au pair stay.
- In addition to the above, most summer au pair placements will require full time hours. For 45 hours, you will receive 100-130 euro per week with free accommodation and meals.
To apply for your Italian au pair adventure, you should:
- Be between 18-30 years.
- Have finished secondary school.
- Have an EU / British passport or be able to apply for the Working Holiday Visa. Otherwise, you need to be able to stay in Italy for up to 90 days as a visa free tourist. Please contact your local Italian Embassy for more information about visas, as rules are country specific.
- Have experience working with children – this can be as a big brother or sister, during work experience in a nursery or as a babysitter. If you are unsure, contact us!
- Above all, have a love for children and an open mind to learn about a new culture from a unique standpoint – in the middle of it!
What you will need:
- A completed au pair registration form
- A dear family letter – this is an introduction about yourself for your future host family. For instance, you might like to write about your home life, family, interests, studies, and most of all, why you want to be an Au Pair in Italy.
- A small photo album with smiley photos of you and your family/friends.
- Copy of your school grades/university certificate and any other courses you may have taken (i.e. first aid, sports, languages).
- Passport or valid ID that you can travel with
- 2 childcare references and one character reference (3 people in total). We will need to be able to check these so please make sure that they are reachable and happy to be contacted.
- Clean enhanced DBS/Police check – we can help UK applicants to apply for this.
- Medical certificate – a short statement for your doctor saying that you are fit enough to work with children.
- Driver’s license – if you would be happy to drive, that is!
- Proof of health insurance – Check out our deals for Heavenly Au Pairs through STA Travel!
Testimonial for being an Au Pair in Italy
“I loved my experience as an Au Pair in Italy. I really became part of the family and feel like it is my second home. For example, I loved learning a bunch of recipes from my Nonna, going for walks with the children during the summer evenings in the piazza (with gelato in hand!) and of course, learning Italian! Being an Au pair in Italy meant that I really got to experience life as an Italian and I was welcomed with open arms”.
Make your Italian dream come true!