As an au pair you will take part in the everyday life of a Norwegian family. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a different culture and to broaden your horizons. The family unit is very important in Norway. Families are generally small. Most families own their own home or apartment. Over one third also own or share a cabin in the mountains or by the sea. Spending time in these cabins is a favorite family activity. Among Norwegian children and teenagers it is common to be a member of a sports club, school band and/or different youth organizations. We recommend the au pairs to join in some of these activities, as it is a great way to meet new friends and people.
Tasks as an au-pair:
As an au pair you will live as a member of the family, look after the children and help with some household duties. The au pair works 5 hours per day, and maximum 30 hours per week. You are entitled to one day off per week, and this day should at least be twice a month on a Sunday. Your duties and working hours as an au pair will vary depending on the ages of the children and the family’s needs. The following list includes most duties:
- Help the children getting dressed and fed in the morning
- Be responsible for them during the day
- Play with them
- Go for walks with them
- Bring them to and from school/kindergarten
- Help with homework
- Do simple cooking for the children, bathe them and put them to bed
- Engage them in recreational tasks such as, puzzle games, imaginary drawing, creating story with given words etc.
- Clean up children’s bedrooms
- Do the laundry, iron
- Help to prepare breakfast/ lunch/dinner( not in all cases)
- Clean dishes ( not in all cases)
- Vacuuming and dusting
You are not responsible for cleaning the windows, mowing the lawn, doing other heavy housework tasks or taking care of the family’s animals unless you have agreed to do so. You will be treated as the member of the family so we would like to suggest you to treat them as well.
- Pocket money and other facilities
- Language and childcare course
- Meeting other au pairs, knowing new culture and tradition
- In country travel expenses
- Travel from origin to destination (Depends on Family)
(Remember to have some money with you in order to cover at least the first week’s expenses, and be aware that Norway is an expensive country for most foreigners.)
- Age: Between 18-30 years
- Academic qualification: completed higher secondary level of education with good English
- Marital Status: Unmarried and do not have children
- Experience: Child care (teaching, caring, tuition)
- If you are motivated for a stay in a different culture, away from your home, family and friends in the northern part of Europe. Most families prefer sincere applicants and non-smokers. You as an au pair will be responsible for children all day, therefore, you need to be familiar and comfortable with children. When fulfilling these requirements, we will do our best to find very frank and well treating host family for you.
Required Documents for Application
- Completed application forms
- Smiling passport size photographs
- Training / Academic certificates
- At least 2 personal recommendations, at least one should be about your child care experience
- Criminal record
- Copy of passport
- Some pictures of you, your family, friends and with children you have looked after
- Photographs of previous work /training with children.
- Work experience certificates / Child care experience
- Certificates language (if any)
- Dear family letter describing about yourself.
- Driving license a copy
- Application & registration
- Placement Service
- Airport transfer and pickup
- Supply of essential visa approval document.
- 24/7 assistance service
- Airfare (conditional)
- Health Insurance
- Language / child care classes of your program.
Program does not Include
- Daily expenses
- Airfare (if not provided by host families)
- Clothes & personal materials
you should apply at least 6 months before you want to go to Norway. The matching process may in some cases be shorter than this. We always try to place you according to your desired date of arrival, but we can never guarantee that we will be able to place you at a specific time. If there are sudden changes in your plans, either new arrival dates or you cancel, we must be notified immediately.
The minimum stay as an au pair is six months. The maximum stay is two years (you will need to extend your work permit after 12 months). The majority of families prefer to have an au pair for 9-12 months. We place au pairs throughout the year, but most au pairs go in the summer / early autumn.
Our host families are located all over Norway. We recommend that you are as flexible as possible with regard to area of placement.
Regulations for Entry (Visa Information)
Citizens from outside the European Union must NOT enter any of the Nordic countries before you have received your work permit. Also, please make sure that you have the necessary transit visa for whichever countries you need to travel through on way to Norway!
You cannot apply for a work permit before you have been invited to a host family and received a signed contract from them. This contract has to be enclosed together with the application for work permit. You cannot go to Norway or any of the Scandinavian countries before you have the permit. When you have received it, you must arrange your travel, and plan the exact date of arrival with the family.
Within the first week of your stay in Norway, you have to register at the local police station in order to receive your final residence permit. Furthermore, you must arrange for a personal number at the Registration Office. The Social Security Office must be notified of your presence in Norway so you will be able to receive medical help while in the country. Lastly, you must be registered at the Tax Office. Your host family will help with all these formalities.
After arrival you have to present yourself for examination for tuberculosis, mass radiography, tuberculin tests and if necessary vaccination against tuberculosis. The host family will assist you with this. If the medical investigations show that you are suffering with any communicable disease or any serious health problem the family will inform us and you will be sent back to your country.
Safety and Security
Your safety and security inside the family is our concern. So the host family where you will be placed are very genuine, honest and trustworthy. We screen the family very tactfully. Please note that Norway is listed as the safe country in the list of human rights countries.