Want to follow in the footsteps of the Vikings? Try the long summer nights and the cosy winter evenings as well as see the northern lights in the flesh? Then being an au pair in Norway is for you!
While Norway may be most well known for its raiding ancestors, current day Norway is a forward thinking and progressive society, championing equality, human rights and scientific research. At the same time, it is possible to see the Viking and farming roots in Norwegian culture, making for a unique blend of old and new.
Norway is a mountainous region with peaks and fjords running along the western coast and even more mountains in the east with Sweden, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities for hiking and skiing. Oslo on the other hand, offers the au pair a modern urban centre, well connected to the rest of Scandinavia and Europe. In the far north, in towns such as Tromsø, the northern lights are the “star” attraction!
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Our programmes for au pairing in Norway are 6-12 months, allowing you to be fully immersed in the Norwegian culture.
- As an au pair you will work maximum 30 hours per week over up to 5.5 days
- Receive approximately 1100 Norwegian kroner per week as well as food and accommodation as a part of the family.
- Your Norwegian host family will pay for your Norwegian language classes and homeward flight at the end of your stay.
- 25 days holiday per year with extra bank/public holidays on top of this.
- By using an agency (we are IAPA and BAPAA members), you will receive local support to assist you during your stay, including advice for settling in to Norway, emergency assistance and help to find friends and language classes.
To apply for your Norwegian au pair adventure, you should:
- Ideally be aged between 18-26 years.
- Have an EU/ UK passport. Our partner can unfortunately not help with Norwegian Au Pair visas.
- Have fluent or very good English – previous knowledge of Norwegian is not required!
- 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!
- Have a love for children and an open mind to learn about a new culture from a unique standpoint – from right in the middle of it!
What you will need:
- A completed registration form
- A dear family letter – this is an introduction about yourself for your future host family. 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 Norway.
- 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!