Do I need to get a visa?
If you are staying 2-3 months (France, Italy, Spain) you will not need a visa. If you are going to France for 4+ months, you'll need the Au Pair visa. For New Zealand and Australia (6 or 12 months), you'll need to qualify for the Working Holiday visa. In Germany (4+ months) you need an A1 CEFR level of German and you'll get your visa there. The Netherlands (12 months only) will give the visa in The Netherlands when you apply there with your host family.
When can I book my flights?
DO NOT book any flights until you are matched with your host family. They will go over several arrival dates with you. We'll tell you when it's safe to book your airfare.
How long can I stay on the program?
Italy and Spain for up to 3 months. France, Germany, and The Netherland, up to 12 months. New Zealand and Australia either 6 or 12 months.
Do I need to speak the local language?
Nope! Although if you arrive with a little knowledge of the local language, it is going to be a little easier for you. The only exception is Germany, where you will need a CEFR level of A1 to qualify for the visa.
I've heard bringing a gift to the host family is a good thing?
Who doesn't like a present? We recommend bringing something that represents where you are from. Maple syrup, pancake mix, a coffee mug are a few ideas.
Do I have free time?
Yes! Anywhere from 1 to 2 days off per week. That schedule will be part of your discussion with the host family.
Will my host family speak English?
Count on them knowing basic English.
Can I be placed with a travel companion?
Unfortunately, host families needing an au pair only have one au pair in the home at a time. So we are unable to provide a homestay for anyone except one au pair per household. If you want to apply with someone else, they would be placed with another family. We would try hard to find a host family so you would be close to one another, but we could not guarantee that. We are successful most of the time.
How long does it take to be placed with a family?
If you can give us 90-days, we will succeed in an awesome placement. Some tutors want a last-minute placement. We charge extra for that. The longer we have to make the match, the better program you're going to have.
What can I do in my free time?
As you read the Blog posts from former au pairs, here are a few things they've done:
- Take language courses
- Visit museums
- Take cooking classes
- Museum tours
- A long weekend traveling around
- Meeting new friends
What if I don’t like my placement when I arrive or I have host family issues? Can I move?
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. It is the only way the program will be successful. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.
But after you arrive if you’re having issues, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
Will I be a part of the family or an employee?
Some of our au pairs tell us the bond they form with their host family can last a lifetime. We know some au pairs who actually fly back a few years later for a reunion or to attend a milestone event for one of the children they cared for.
You will participate in family activities, share cultures, and make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area.
Should I become an au pair?
Becoming an au pair is a serious position … and while you do get paid to travel … your main responsibilities are the children you care for. While you might consider yourself patient, fun-loving and perfect for a job like this … think about how responsible you are and your previous experience with children under your care. If you’re ready … we have incredible families who need you right away, living in amazing locations. It's an amazing cultural exchange!
I'm from the European Union (EFTA or EEA). Do I still need to go through the long term visa requirements?
Citizens of full European (EFTA, EEA) Member Countries are able to live and work in Italy without a visa or work permit. There is no visa application. GeoVisions will supply an eager host family who has been screened and EU citizens just need to show up on the agreed-upon date to begin the Au Pair duties.