Au Pairing in Switzerland – by Sandra K
Being an au pair in Switzerland was an amazing experience to live in Geneva and learn French. I had the chance to meet the most wonderful host family and as well as other Au Pairs, whom I can now call my friends.
In 2015, I started the process and made sure to choose a reputable agency. I applied and they guided me through each step and answered all my questions. They quickly identified 3 good host families who lived in different parts of the Switzerland. I wanted to be in a place which is near to the countryside but not too rural. I made the decision to accept a family with two little girls aged 3 and 5 who lived just outside of Geneva.
Starting my Au Pair experience in Switzerland
Initially, I was terrified when I arrived in the country with a basic French knowledge and pocket dictionary. My worries quickly drifted away when I started language school. I got to learn a new language and meet with other Au pairs in the area. As a bonus, there is a contribution towards the Au Pair’s language school (minimum 120 hours per year).
During working hours, I was in charge of taking care of the girls while the parents were at work. We enjoyed visiting museums, parks and soft play areas. We even spent a day in the chocolate museum😊
When I was not in charge of the girls, I was never bored. Geneva has so many things to offer! The town is very safe and is surrounded by a beautiful lake and mountains. The people in the city are friendly and you can always find something to do. I visited different museums, went for a hike with my friends or travelled to other cities like Zurich, Lausanne and Montreux. In Montreux, the world-famous Jazz Festival takes place during the summer.
The benefits of being an Au Pair in Switzerland
My host family was very supportive of finding my career path in the future. They allowed me to take a part-time internship in the UN. I could get involved working with different nations and see the place where big decisions are made.
Talking about financials, Switzerland was an easy choice. My host family not only provided a private room and food, but I also received the gross salary of 1700-1880 CHF per month. The other perks of the job are that you get 4 weeks of vacation per year (5 if you are under 20😊). The family will also pay at least 50% of your health insurance, and for public transport when you are travelling for work.
All in all, I would definitely recommend the experience as an Au Pair in Switzerland. Not only to earn excellent money (for a gap year) or to meet new people but you’ll never find a place as unique as this 😊 Wishing you the best of luck with your search!
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