Want to be an Au Pair in The Netherlands – Holland?
Are you considering an overseas Gap Year adventure, where you can learn another language but still use English – then being an au pair in the Netherlands might be for you! The country is well known around the world for the people’s friendly
and accepting nature, as well as their progressive culture, wide range of cheeses, windmills, tulips, dikes and of course, bikes!
An Au pair stay in The Netherlands will also give you the opportunity to travel around the rest of Europe. There are plenty of connections by train and plane to surrounding countries. In fact, Amsterdam International Airport is one of the world’s largest airports! At the same time, you can use your newfound love of bikes to explore the flat countryside and get out of the cities. Imagine, biking through tulip fields, past windmills and dykes, or to one of the many lovely beaches along the west coast.
Similarly, the cities have a lot to offer. It is easy to get caught up in Dutch culture by visiting one of the many museums and galleries throughout the country, or taking part in the many festivals. For example, in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh museum or Anne Frank’s house are not to be missed. If you prefer, the pretty canals are great for a lazy wander. However, have your orange clothes ready, as in April they become filled with King’s Day celebrations!
Our au pair programmes in The Netherlands are for between 10-12 months, allowing you to be fully immersed in the famous Dutch culture.
- Au pairs in the Netherlands work maximum 30 hours per week over 5 days.
- Receive approximately €300 per month, as well as food and accommodation as a part of the family.
- Your Dutch host family will pay for:
- your insurance
- local language classes
- visa costs (if required).
- If they require a first aid certificate, the family will also pay for this.
- Most importantly, by working with an agency, you will receive
- local support to assist you during your stay
- Advice for settling in to life in The Netherlands.
- 4 local agency meetings throughout your stay
- Emergency assistance
- Monthly Au Pair meet ups
- Help to find friends and language classes (either Dutch or English)
To apply for your Dutch au pair adventure, you should:
- Be between 18-30 years.
- If not from the EU, be able to apply for the Dutch Au Pair visa. Please contact your local embassy for more information.
- Have basic Dutch or English abilities.
- Be able to ride a bike! This is an important mode of transport in The Netherlands.
- Have about 200 hours 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, you should have a love for children and an open mind. You will learn about a new culture from a unique standpoint – right in the middle of it!
What you will need: to apply to apply to be an au pair in Holland:
- A completed registration form
- A dear family letter – this is an introduction about yourself to 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 The Netherlands!
- A small photo album with smiley photos of you and your family/friends.
- Copy of your school grades/university certificate.
- 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!
So, what’s stopping you? Get in touch with the Heavenly team or register now to start your adventure as an au pair in the Netherlands!
Testimonial from an Au Pair Returnee
“I have had a great experience being an Au Pair in Amsterdam, Netherlands from February until September 2015. My host family was very nice and I felt very comfortable and at home with them. They helped me to find a language school to learn Dutch and I attended these classes 2 times per week. I made great friends in my class who spent my free time during the weekends with. The host children in the family were 2 boys who were 5 and 8 years old and we enjoyed going to the park, playing board games and reading together.
It really was a great experience!”
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