What is Au Pair?

An ‘Au Pair’ is a nanny or babysitter who works and lives full-time in a family environment, looking after their children. Being an Au Pair for a gap year means you will be living and working overseas as a nanny for a year with a host family, in return for your flight, room and board, some money and leisure time.
Apply for an Au Pair gap year with Year13 and you will be interviewed, have checks done, decide where you’d like to work, find a family, get visas, flights and insurance sorted,and get you on your way.

Is it made for me?

Being an Au Pair means you will be in a foreign country with children in a family environment most of the time, so you need to love children, be able to take care of them, do activities with them, be sociable and fit well into a family lifestyle. Any experience and qualifications help, but we ensure that you are trained to an adequate level before you go. You need to pass police and working with children checks, and have good references.

What will I do with myself as an Au Pair?

You wake up and get ready for the day before the children do. When they wake, you get them ready for the day. You give them breakfast and get them ready for school, day care or other activities. You may look after younger babies at home and do activities with them yourself. There’s lunch time if the children are at home. While they are at school or napping, you may have time to yourself to get things done or organise their evening schedule. Then there’s homework or playtime, dinner and bedtime.
Depending on what kind of family you are placed with, and what their lifestyle is, what you do may vary greatly and change daily.

Where can I do it?

Apply to be an Au Pair through Year13 and there are lots of opportunities for Au Pair work throughout the U.S.A and Europe, particularly in places such as Spain and Germany, which are generally the most popular, reputable, safest and in-demand countries for this kind of work.

What will I experience as an Au Pair?

As an Au Pair you will enjoy a family lifestyle, having the satisfaction of contributing to children’s progress, learning and developing, and helping out families in need. Year13 Au Pair gap years allow you to live for free, have pocket money, get to explore and travel the countryside during your time off, and socialise with all kinds of people from a different culture.

How is this good for my career?

With a Year13 Au Pair gap year you will gain experience working intensively with children as a live-in Au Pair. Receiving formal training before you leave for your working holiday will help you prepare for further education when you come back home. It is a great way for you to gain the knowledge, experience and skills that people look for when hiring people to work in children’s services


Au Pair / Nanny Gap Year
Adventure 8.1
Culture 7.5
Price 8.1
Experience 7.6
What's included..
  • Job placement
  • 24/7 Support
What's not included..
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
7.8Overall Score