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Must I have a driver's license?
No, it is not a prerequisite for most positions , but if you have one it is an advantage

What are living conditions like?
You can expect your own room as an au-pair, provided within the family home.   Homes in the cities tend to be smaller than homes in the country. 

Lisa with Luis in Leutkirch
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What will my au-pair duties be?

Austrian families do  require domestic assistance from their aupairs. Most of the duties of an au-pair  will revolve around the children; however an au-pair should expect to load the washer and dryer and do some ironing, general tidying up of the home  and cooking for the children. You will be required to contract for six months or one year. Au-pair pocket money is   Euro 60 - 80  per week.

How long is my contract?

JCR will ask you to contract with your host family for  one year. It takes at least eight weeks to process an au-pair visa so you need to plan well in advance. 

How much will it cost me?

Click here for the program costs.




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Inhabited since the Stone Age, the Austrian area has a long history of occupations, territorial struggles, war and rulers. The most significant rulers, the Germanic Habsburgs, ruled Austria for 640 years. Their imperial culture was centered in Vienna. Landlocked in central Europe, Austria is today one of the continent's most influential countrys in both economic and political issues. Over the last half-century, the extraordinary Alpine scenery and cultural attractions of Austria and its cities, have transformed it into a major tourism destination. Perhaps no one country can match the musical resumé of Austria. It's the homeland of legendary composers like Brahms, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart, Schubert and the Strausses - both father and son. In addition, the German-born Ludwig van Beethoven lived in Vienna for most of his adult life.The current biography of Austria (the home of the Viennese Waltz, the Vienna Boys Choir and dancing Lipizzaner horses), is one of progress and stability. Combine that with an abundance of natural beauty, spectacular mountain vistas, castles, cosmopolitan cities, the Danube River Valley, music festivals, and of course - world class Alpine skiing and resorts - and Austria is a very exciting choice for aupair exploration.

The people of Austria love to use every possible occasion to celebrate, enjoying high quality meals and excellent wine in the company of friends and family. They are proud of their rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscape and take good care to preserve both. And as a music loving people, there is an amazing variety of festivals and concerts covering all tastes and cultures. 


Austrian families are small, many are  single parent  families with  usually not more than two children. Child care benefits in Austria are very good and most mothers will remain at home for the first two years of a child's life. The quality of life is good. Many host families live outside of the major cities, but transport is good and everything is very close when compared to South Africa. You can expect to be responsible for washing, ironing and basic housework , meals for the children, assistance with homework and extra murals. 

We provide you with information about your host family and they will call you for an interview. Often you will choose a family based on mutual expectations and hobbies and interests, or they may just sound right. Should the unlikely case of an exploitative situation occur, JCR will remove you and arrange for you to stay in a safe house and where possible place you with another family.


You will:

  • Have your own furnished bedroom in your host family's home
  • Receive weekly pocket money (Euro  60 to 80 per week)
  • Have two weeks  vacation 
  • Be able to travel and explore Europe 
  • Be given a JCR handbook with information about banking, meeting friends, managing homesickness etc.
  • Meet regularly with other au-pairs (CLICK HERE FOR CALENDAR 2007)
  • Be enrolled in a German language course to assist you with learning German at least 50% of which will paid for by your host family.
  • Have access to a counsellor with a 24 hour emergency number



To apply you

  • must be aged between 18 and 28 inclusive
  • enjoy children aged between 3 months and 13 years and have at least 200 hours of child care experience with sibling or relatives or friends
  • are a dedicated person, willing to make a  committment to experience Austrian culture.
  • are preferably a non smoker 
  • are energetic and enthusiastic
  • You must be willing to attend the German course provided by JCR  to achieve a minimum competency level or you must have studied German and be able to prove a certificate or exam results or you must have spent a year in Germany or Denmark or Belgium and studied German there. 

au-pair in Austria