FAMILY seeking an Au Pair or Nanny?

Would you like to have more flexibility and more time to pursue your personal interests and career objectives? Would you like to find an experienced, reliable and motivated candidate to look after your children and share light housework? Wind Connections, is a placement agency founded and registered in 2002. We have licenses to place international candidates in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. We work with more than 25 partner agencies around the world to help you find the right solution. We are the only Swiss agency recognized by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA).

AU PAIR/NANNY seeking a job in SWITZERLAND or LIECHTENSTEIN?

Do you have experience working with children? Do you like to travel? Would you like to learn a new language? If you answered yes to these questions, an Au Pair or Nanny job could be a great experience for you! Our agency, Wind Connections, is an officially licensed placement agency and we will be happy to help you find the right host family in Switzerland or Liechtenstein. We are the only Swiss agency recognized by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA).

SWISS candidate seeking an Au Pair job ABROAD?

Are you a Swiss citizen aged 18 to 30 years with experience working with children? Do you like to travel? Would you like to learn a new language? If you answered yes to these questions, an Au Pair job abroad could be a great experience for you! Room and board are free and you get paid while looking after children and doing light housework. Our agency, Wind Connections, is an officially licensed placement agency and we will be happy to help you find the right family in many different countries around the world. We are the only Swiss agency recognized by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA).

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Wind Connections is a placement agency licensed by SECO since 2002.
Our experience and professional approach is a guaranty of quality to offer the best au pair and nanny solution.

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WHO IS WIND CONNECTIONS AGENCY?

Wind Connections is a licensed Agency since 2002 with a professional approach to find the best candidate for each family. We help both candidates and families find the right match so they can develop an optimal work relationship. We know how important it is to trust people who work and live with you, so our placement solution emphasizes thorough knowledge of both parties in order to maximize the chances of success. That's why interviews for candidates and families are obligatory. In order to improve our placement services, we work with over 25 well-established partner agencies around the world.

WHY WORK WITH WIND CONNECTIONS LICENSED AGENCY?

  • Wind Connections is a recognized agency. Our licenses allow us to place European and non-European candidates in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • We are the only Swiss agency recognized by IAPA (International Au Pair Association)
  • Our candidates (Au pairs and Nannies) are carefully selected and have relevant work experience with children.
  • Most importantly... We are there for our candidates and their families. We organize the complete process and we also accompany you through the year.
  • We hope that you will have a positive experience with us!
    We can assist you in German, English or French.

WHO CAN EMPLOY AN AUPAIR?

Families with a minimum of one child (younger than 16 years old) can employ an Au Pair. She will help you look after the children and do light household duties. The proposed work program can include a maximum of 30 hours a week divided on 5 or 6 days and needs to be supervised 50% of her time. You should provide free room and board. The au pair net salary will vary from CHF 700 to CHF 800 per month.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO EMPLOY AN AUPAIR?

  • Registration fee: CHF 160 (+ 40 CHF outside canton Zürich). It includes a family interview and related administrative tasks to document the family’s profile. This amount is nonrefundable but is valid as long as you need an au pair.
  • Recruitment and Placement fee: CHF 1'480. It includes the recruitment, selection and placement of the right candidate. We also guide families through the legal and administrative process (including the preparation of files to obtain an entry visa and work/residence permit) and the support of the family and their candidate during the year. Our agency works with many partner agencies where a supplement may apply per candidate:
    • Additional fee for partner agencies outside the Philippines: CHF 550.
    • Additional fee for partner agency in the Philippines: CHF 1'990.
    • Additional fee for an Au Pair from the Philippines who already lives in Europe: CHF 650.
  • Entry visa: This is necessary for non-European candidates. Fees paid to Swiss authorities are usually between CHF 400 and CHF 600 (please count ca. 6 weeks to get all approvals).
  • Registration in community / work permits: The registration fee may vary from 20 CHF to 120 CHF. A biometric version of the L permit is necessary for non-European candidates to travel within the Schengen countries. The additional cost is CHF 137.
  • Au Pair salary: The monthly net salary varies from CHF 700 to CHF 800.
  • Vacation: She gets four weeks of paid vacation for one completed year of work. If she is below 20 years old, she is entitled to get one additional week of vacation.
  • Language school: You pay 100% of language classes (120 hours per year).
  • Health and Accident insurance: The basic health and accident insurance are mandatory for your Au Pair. You can deduct 50% of the premium from her salary.
  • Taxes, social charges (AHV/IV/EO/ALV), pension fund: Her salary is taxable and subject to social charges. Based on the annual gross salary, you may also need to organize a pension fund. You can deduct from the gross salary 100 % of the taxes and pension fund as well as 50% of the social charges.
  • Private room and board: It is mandatory to provide a room and food for your au pair, even during vacation time.
  • Air plane ticket: The regulation varies in each canton.
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WHO IS WIND CONNECTIONS AGENCY?

Wind Connections is a licensed Agency since 2002 with a professional approach to find the best candidate for each family. We help both candidates and families find the right match so they can develop an optimal work relationship. We know how important it is to trust people who work and live with you, so our placement solution emphasizes thorough knowledge of both parties in order to maximize the chances of success. That's why interviews for candidates and families are obligatory. In order to improve our placement services, we work with over 25 well-established partner agencies around the world.

WHY WORK WITH WIND CONNECTIONS LICENSED AGENCY?

  • Wind Connections is a recognized agency. Our licenses allow us to place European and non-European candidates in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • We are the only Swiss agency recognized by IAPA (International Au Pair Association)
  • Our candidates (Au pairs and Nannies) are carefully selected and have relevant work experience with children.
  • Most importantly... We are there for our candidates and their families. We organize the complete process and we also accompany you through the year.
  • We hope that you will have a positive experience with us!
    We can assist you in German, English or French.

WHO CAN EMPLOY A NANNY?

Families with a minimum of one child (younger than 16 years old) can employ a Nanny. She can look after children without supervision because she has the relevant qualifications in a childcare related field. She can work up to 50 hours a week. She sometimes helps with light household duties as well. The Nanny gross salary will start around 3500 CHF / month (it can be more based on skills and hours).

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO EMPLOY A NANNY?

  • Registration fee: CHF 160 (+ 40 CHF outside canton Zürich). It includes a family interview and related administrative tasks to document the family’s profile. This amount is nonrefundable but is valid as long as you need a nanny.
  • Recruitment and Placement fee: CHF 3580 + CHF 900 for selected partner agencies.
    It includes the recruitment, selection and placement of the right candidate. We also guide families through the legal and administrative process (including the preparation of files to obtain a work/ residence permit) and the support of the family and their candidate during the year.
  • Nanny salary: The monthly gross salary usually starts from 3500 CHF to 3800 CHF. It can go up based on the nanny skills / experience and the number of hours work (maximum 50 per week).
  • Vacation: She gets four weeks of paid vacation for one completed year of work.
  • Taxes, social charges (AHV/IV/EO/ALV), pension fund: Her salary is taxable and subject to social charges. She also needs a pension fund.
  • Private room and board: If the nanny lives with you, it is possible to deduct 990 CHF per month to compensate for the room and board.
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Wind Connections Agency
8703 Erlenbach
Tel: +41 (0) 44 915 4104
Email: info(at)aupairlink.ch

Au Pair - Nanny

Wind Connections is a Swiss agency, licensed since 2002
We are recognized by IAPA (International Au Pair Association), which is a guarantee of quality for Au Pairs, Nannies and their host family.

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WHO IS WIND CONNECTIONS AGENCY?

Wind Connections is a licensed Agency with a professional approach to place the best candidate in each host family. We help both parties find the right match so they can develop an optimal work relationship. Our placement solution emphasizes thorough knowledge of candidates and host families in order to maximize the chances of success. We work with over 25 well-established partner agencies around the world. It is a free service for candidates who come to Switzerland or Liechtenstein as the host families pay our agency fees.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM OUR AGENCY?

  • Wind Connections is an officially licensed Agency.
  • Wind Connections is the only Swiss agency who is a member of IAPA (International Au Pair Association).
  • We provide professional services in every step of the process:
    • We interview families to ensure that each personal placement file complies with applicable regulations. We also try to better understand mutual needs and expectations in order to increase the chance of success for all.
    • We handle information with confidentiality.
    • We offer our help to the families to simplify administrative tasks.
    • We offer our help to Au Pairs/Nannies to facilitate their integration in their new environment.

REQUIREMENTS TO REGISTER AT WIND CONNECTIONS AGENCY?

  • Relevant work experience with children and excellent references
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate
  • Good languages skills
  • Relevant work experience with children
  • One-year availability
  • AU PAIRS
    • European candidates aged 18 to 30
    • Non-European candidates aged 18 to 25

WHAT DOES A LIVE-IN AUPAIR DO?

As an Au Pair:

  • You work with your host family for a period of 12 months. Europeans candidates have the possibility to extend their contract a second year.
  • Your host family will provide a private room and food.
  • You work 30 hours a week to help the family with childcare duties and light housework. You may also be asked to baby-sit one to two evenings per week.
  • You go to school to learn a new language and during your free time, you can enjoy your favorite hobby, do sports, travel and meet new friends!

In return, the family employing you will:

  • Pay our agency fees related to your placement in their family and all charges to obtain your official visa and/or work permit.
  • Provide free room and board.
  • Pay you a gross salary of about CHF 1700 to CHF 1880 per month.
  • Pay 4 weeks of vacation per year. If you are under 20 years of age, you will get 5 weeks.
  • Pay your language lessons in an official school (minimum 120 hours per year).
  • Pay at least 50% of your health insurance, accident coverage and social security contributions for the duration of your stay.
  • Pay for public transportation when related to work and language lessons.
  • Many families will also contribute to flight costs.

WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA FOR AN AUPAIR JOB?

Every candidate will be interviewed to evaluate:

  • Your interests and positives experiences working with children. Important personal qualities for the job like honesty, reliability, self-confidence, patience, maturity, ability to communicate and listen, ability to handle responsibilities, flexibility and creativity. Good languages skills are also important.

WHEN CAN YOU APPLY FOR AN AUPAIR JOB?

Any time of the year! It is a free service for Au Pairs and Nannies candidates!

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WHO IS WIND CONNECTIONS AGENCY?

Wind Connections is a licensed Agency with a professional approach to place the best candidate in each host family. We help both parties find the right match so they can develop an optimal work relationship. Our placement solution emphasizes thorough knowledge of candidates and host families in order to maximize the chances of success. We work with over 25 well-established partner agencies around the world. It is a free service for candidates who come to Switzerland or Liechtenstein as the host families pay our agency fees.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM OUR AGENCY?

  • Wind Connections is an officially licensed Agency.
  • Wind Connections is the only Swiss agency who is a member of IAPA (International Au Pair Association).
  • We provide professional services in every step of the process:
    • We interview families to ensure that each personal placement file complies with applicable regulations. We also try to better understand mutual needs and expectations in order to increase the chance of success for all.
    • We handle information with confidentiality.
    • We offer our help to the families to simplify administrative tasks.
    • We offer our help to Au Pairs/Nannies to facilitate their integration in their new environment.

REQUIREMENTS TO REGISTER AT WIND CONNECTIONS AGENCY?

  • Relevant work experience with children and excellent references
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate
  • Good languages skills
  • Relevant work experience with children
  • One-year availability
  • NANNIES
    • European candidates aged 21+
    • Nannies must have the appropriate professional training for the job and a degree in childcare related field.

WHAT DOES A NANNY DO?

As a Nanny:

  • You commit to work for a family for a period of 12 months. It can be extended by another year if successful.
  • If you have a live-in position, your host family will provide a private room.
  • If you have a live-out position, you may live outside at your own expenses.
  • You work up to a maximum of 50 hours a week to help the family with childcare duties and sometimes also household duties.
  • You work independently, without parental supervision. This is why you need relevant childcare studies.

In return, the family employing you will:

  • Pay our agency fees related to your placement in their family and all charges to obtain your official work permit.
  • Pay a salary of CHF 3500 to CHF 3800 per month (or more based on skills/hours).
  • Pay 4 weeks of vacation per week.
  • Pay at least 50% of your social security contribution in Switzerland or Liechtenstein.

WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA FOR AN NANNY JOB?

Every candidate will be interviewed to evaluate:

  • Your interests and positives experiences working with children. Important personal qualities for the job like honesty, reliability, self-confidence, patience, maturity, ability to communicate and listen, ability to handle responsibilities, flexibility and creativity. Good languages skills are also important.
  • For Nannies, you need to be a EU citizen and have the relevant professional childcare education and experience. You will need to present a degree in childcare related studies.

WHEN CAN YOU APPLY FOR AN NANNY JOB?

Any time of the year! It is a free service for Au Pairs and Nannies candidates!

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Secondary/High school

   

   

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Moving away from home for a whole year can seem difficult to plan at first and you may have many questions running through your mind. What do I bring and what do I need? How do I do this or how do I arrange for that? Here are the most common questions and answers that you may have before you leave home. We hope that you will find our answers useful!

What do I need to organize before I leave?
- Passport
- Airplane ticket
- Sort out your personal and financial situation
- International driver´s license
- Health check-up

What do I need to pack?
- Luggage allowance
- Medication
- Passport size photos
- Personal items
- Electronic Items
- Linens

Should I bring money with me?
- Yes, bring money!!
- How much money to bring?

Will someone pick me up at the airport?
What should I wear while I am working?
When will my vacation days be?
How can I be reached in abroad?
When do I get my salary?

Who do I contact if I need help?

How do I make new friends?

Can I extend my stay?

What do I need to organize before I leave?

  • A valid passport.
    A passport that will remain valid for 6 months after your stay abroad. If you do not already have a valid passport, allow yourself a few weeks to sort out your travel documents well in advance of travel dates.
  • Airplane Ticket.
    This is very important and could be the most expensive part of the year. You need to look into prices for the best airfares. Some families may help you pay for flights but it is not always the case. Please find below a a few tips when booking a ticket:
    • Direct flights and weekend flights are usually more expensive. Try looking for a weekday flight with no more than one stop over.
    • Tickets are usually more expensive at the end of July and at the end of December. You may want to avoid these weeks or special holidays.
    • See if the airline has youth and/or student tariffs. For most airlines you are considered a youth if you are under the age of 25. Some require an ISIC card/International Youth Card, and some do not.
    • We recommend asking for a oneyear open end return ticket. It will allow you to return home on that ticket within the year and they usually come with one date change for free.
  • Sort out your personal and financial situation before departure!
    Do you have documents (driver’s license, health insurance, etc.) which need to be renewed for the year that you will be gone? Renew them before you leave in order to avoid any hassles upon your return.
    Do you need to reimburse loans/debts during your stay abroad? You may want to consider opening a joint bank account or give power of attorney on your current account with/to someone you trust (i.e. one of your parents). Are you responsible for the lease of an apartment or car? If yes, make sure that you sort out options and make the right decisions before your departure.
  • International driver´s license.
    Some families will ask you to drive abroad. In this case, you will need to get an International Driver’s Permit. It is a special license that allows motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications.
  • Health check-up.
    We recommend having a health check-up before your departure to make sure that you will have a good/healthy start abroad!

What do I need to pack?

  • Luggage allowance.
    Check with your travel agent or the airline (phone, web site) to know how many pieces of luggage/ total weight will be allowed to avoid paying extra fees at the airport. Nowadays, many airlines allow a standard size hand luggage of 8 KG and a checked in piece of luggage of 23kg. Also, please note that if you come from a warm country, you may need good shoes and warm clothes for winter.
  • Medication.
    All countries have pharmacies, but they also have different brands. So if you are very particular about the brand of medicine you use (ex: Tylenol, Aspirin), it would be best to pack an extra bottle for the year. If you take any prescriptions medicine, it is a good idea to see your doctor before you leave and ask to get them filled for the year or ask for the equivalent where you will be living.
  • Passport size photos.
    We recommend bringing 4 passport size photos with you. They come in handy when it comes time to obtain your foreigners card and if you want to get a special pass for the train etc.
  • Personal items.
    You may want to pack something to remind you of home. A small photo album with pictures of family and friends is always nice to have. A journal to keep track of funny anecdotes or your experiences abroad may be a good souvenir when you go back home. You should also pack a month’s supply of your favorite cosmetics or other personal products. Of note, brands in Europe and America are different but you find everything you need!
  • Electronics.
    Voltage and plugs are different in Asia, Europe and America. We do not recommend bringing electronic appliances but a laptop or cellular phone may work abroad and be handy to have. Check before leaving if it is compatible with the new destination.
  • Linens.
    Don’t bring any! Your room will have all bed sheets and towels that you need.

Should I bring money with me?

  • Yes!
    There will be a few things you’ll want/need to get before you get paid at the end of your first month of work.
  • How much money to bring?
    It is entirely up to you. If you don’t plan to have many expenses for the first 3 to 4 weeks following your arrival, the equivalent of 50 to 100 ($ /Swiss francs/Euros) will be enough.

Will someone pick me up at the airport?

  • You should discuss this with the host family before your departure. Some families arrange to pick you up right at the airport while others make other arrangements.

What should I wear while I am working?

  • You can wear what you want as long as your clothes are presentable / comfortable and practical! Remember that you will be working with children all day and doing some light housework at the same time. Comfortable clothes are obvious, but also clothes that you don’t mind if they get a bit dirty. You may be doing arts and crafts or playing out in the backyard more than you are used to! When working with children, “sexy” outfits are not appropriate.

When will my vacation days be?

  • This is a point to discuss with the family. You are entitled to 4 weeks of paid vacation for one completed year of work in Switzerland. In other countries, it varies from 1 to 4 weeks. Most families will ask you to align your vacation plans to theirs. In general, you should also get official-national public holidays.

How can I be reached abroad?

  • Telephone. It is expensive to call abroad on fixed lines. In today’s world, most people use programs like skype, face time, what’s app etc. to keep in touch. Most families have free WIFI at home nowadays.
  • Mail. When someone writes to you or sends a package, it is best to write the name of the host family under yours to make sure that it will reach you without delays.

When do I get my salary?

  • Normally, families pay your salary at the end of the month. We recommend to make bank transfers by the 25th of each month.

Who do I contact if I need help?

  • Your host family is first in line to answer your questions. However, you can always count on our agency (or our partner agency if you live abroad) to be there for you. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome package which includes the email and phone number of the agency. Our agency also has a cellular phone number for you to send sms or communicate via what’s app if it is more convenient.

How do I make new friends?

  • Easy! You will be supported all the way. When a new candidate comes, we send an email to our network to welcome you and ask others to get in touch with you. We also send you a welcome document which includes a list of all other au pairs and nannies in our network with their email address and Swiss cell phone number. You can proactively get in touch with whoever you want…weather they have the same nationality, or live in your area. We also have meetings together every 3 months. Finally, your host family will certainly help the process and if you go to language school or participate in hobbies, you will also quickly meet new friends. Our agency also has a Facebook group that you can join. You find us at AW AUPAIRLINK.
    Our partner agencies also have different programs to support candidate’s integration in their country. This information will also be shared upon arrival.

Can I extend my stay?

  • If you have a EU passport, it is possible to extend your residence/work status by another year in Switzerland. If you are a non-European candidate, this is not possible. If you are a Swiss candidate abroad, it is usually possible to extend your stay as well.

Go Abroad

Wind Connections is a Swiss agency, licensed since 2002.
We are recognized by IAPA (International Au Pair Association), which is a guarantee of quality for international placements.

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WHO IS WIND CONNECTIONS AGENCY?

Wind Connections is a Swiss licensed Agency with a professional approach to place the best candidate in each host family. We help both parties find the right match so they can develop an optimal work relationship. Our placement solution emphasizes thorough knowledge of Au Pairs and Host families in order to maximize the chances of success. We work with over 25 well-established partner agencies around the world.

WHY REGISTER AT WIND CONNECTIONS AGENCY?

  • Wind Connections is a recognized agency in Switzerland since 2002 and in Liechtenstein since 2008.
  • Wind Connections is the only Swiss agency recognized by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA).
  • Most importantly... We are there for our candidates and their families. We make it happen and we also accompany you during your stay abroad.

WHO CAN BE AN AUPAIR ABROAD?

  • Age 18 to 28 years
  • Relevant work experience with children
  • Excellent childcare references
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate
  • Good languages skills
  • In some countries, a driver’s license may be required.

WHAT DO YOU DO AS AUPAIR?

  • You live with a host family for a period of 3 to 12 months. Most partner agencies are looking for a one-year commitment but shorter terms or summer jobs may also be offered in some countries. It is usually possible to extend the duration of stay by up to a year.
  • You work 30 to 40 hours a week to help the family with childcare duties and light housework.
  • The host family provides free room and board and pays pocket money for your work.
  • Some families contribute to the flights, language school, health insurance, public transportation etc. Each country has different rules so it is best to consult with us for details.
  • Many host families travel with their au pairs so you may get the chance to discover other countries.
  • During your free time, you can enjoy your favorite hobby, do sports, travel and meet friends!

WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I HAVE ABROAD?

  • We select carefully our partner agencies and we expect that they will do a good job to find the right host family for you.
  • All partner agencies should provide a welcome pack, access to their au pair network, a support system if you have problems or questions, opportunities to meet other au pairs or do field trips. Some partner agencies also have 24 hours emergency services.
  • Our agency will also be there for you. You are welcome to communicate with us at all times if necessary.
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GO ABROAD COUNTRIES

Here is a summary of currently available countries. Tell us if you are interested in a country that is not listed below and we will use our network to find options for you there.

GO USA

WHERE IN USA?

Everywhere but many options are offered by our partner agency in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Colorado, Illinois, Washington, California, Oregon and Texas.

REQUIREMENTS FOR USA?

  • Age 18-27
  • 200 + hours of documented work experience with children
  • Character reference from a non-family member.
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate
  • Good English level
  • A driver’s license is highly recommended.

Before departure, you also need to:

  • Get an Entry Visa at the American Embassy in Bern
  • Complete our partner agency online au pair course (30 hours)

WHAT TO EXPECT IN USA?

  • 12+ months program only
  • Contract can be extended by another year if successful.
  • Maximum 45 hours of work per week
  • Salary of 195.75$ per week
  • Free room and board
  • 11 days of vacation per year
  • Host family will contribute 500$ to a course of your choice
  • Our partner agency will pay for the flight to USA and the health insurance
  • If you drive and damage the car, you have a 500$ deductible to pay.
  • Our partner agency has a 24 hours’ emergency phone and a local coordinator who meets you on arrival, invites you to monthly gatherings with other au pairs. Regional coordinators are also there to provide support if needed. They organize regular field trips in USA.

GO ENGLAND

WHERE IN ENGLAND?

Everywhere in England, including London, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxford, Hampshire, Sussex etc.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGLAND?

  • Age 18 to 27
  • Childcare experience
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate
  • Good language skills

WHAT TO EXPECT IN ENGLAND?

  • 12+ months program and summer programs available.
  • Contract can be extended by another year if successful.
  • 25 to 35 hours of work per week
  • Salary of 75 to 100 Pounds per week
  • Free room and board
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • Some families may contribute to the language program, health insurance and flights.
  • Our partner agencies will provide a welcome pack and support during your stay. They provide contacts of other au pairs and are there to answer your questions. Some field trips are also organized in UK.

GO IRELAND

WHERE IN IRELAND?

Countryside, towns and villages. Some large cities but not many.

REQUIREMENTS FOR IRELAND?

  • Age 18 to 30
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate
  • Good language skills

WHAT TO EXPECT IN IRELAND?

  • 12+ months program.
  • 30 hours of work per week
  • Salary of about 150 Euros per week.
  • Room and board
  • 2 to 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • Host family will pay for the online training program. It includes pediatric first aid, safety courses related to children, fire, workplace, food, household management and Irish history and culture.
  • Our partner agency will provide the training and support during your stay. They have a facebook group to meet other au pairs.

GO FRANCE

WHERE IN FRANCE?

During school year, mainly in Paris but other French locations are available during summer holidays.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FRANCE?

  • Age 18-28
  • Matura or equivalent (A levels, IB etc.)
  • Childcare reference from a non-family member.
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate
  • Minimum French level

WHAT TO EXPECT IN FRANCE?

  • 12+ months program or summer programs available
  • Contract can be extended by another year if successful.
  • 30 hours of work per week
  • Salary of 80 Euros per week
  • Free room and board
  • 1 week of vacation per 6 months
  • Host family will pay the basic health insurance
  • Our partner agency will provide a welcome pack and support during your stay. They organize regular meetings for Au pairs and some cultural trips. They have a private member’s list accessible.

GO SPAIN

WHERE IN SPAIN?

Everywhere in Spain, including Mallorca, Castellon, Murcia, Madrid

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAIN?

  • Age 18-30
  • Childcare reference from a non-family member.
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate

WHAT TO EXPECT IN SPAIN?

  • 12+ months program and summer programs available.
  • Contract can be extended by another year if successful.
  • 20 to 30 hours of work per week
  • Salary of 70 to 90 Euros per week
  • Free room and board
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • Our partner agencies will provide a welcome pack and support during your stay. They provide contacts of other au pairs and are there to answer your questions.

GO MEXICO

WHERE IN MEXICO?

Cuernavaca, Puebla, Queretaro

REQUIREMENTS FOR MEXICO?

  • Age 18-30
  • Childcare reference from a non-family member.
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate

WHAT TO EXPECT IN MEXICO?

  • 3, 6 and 12 months’ programs
  • 35 to 40 hours of work per week
  • Salary of 40 $ USD to 45 $ USD per week
  • Free room and board
  • 6 days of vacation every 6 months
  • You have to pay your flight and language classes
  • Our partner agency provides a cultural orientation upon arrival and they will support you during your stay

GO ITALY

WHERE IN ITALY?

Everywhere in Italy

REQUIREMENTS FOR ITALY?

  • Age 18-30
  • Childcare reference from a non-family member.
  • No criminal record
  • Good health certificate

WHAT TO EXPECT IN ITALY?

  • 12+ months program and summer programs available.
  • Contract can be extended by another year if successful.
  • 20 to 30 hours of work per week
  • Salary of 70 to 90 Euros per week
  • Free room and board
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • Our partner agencies will provide a welcome pack and support during your stay. They provide contacts of other au pairs and are there to answer your questions.

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Moving away from home for a whole year can seem difficult to plan at first and you may have many questions running through your mind. What do I bring and what do I need? How do I do this or how do I arrange for that? Here are the most common questions and answers that you may have before you leave home. We hope that you will find our answers useful!

What do I need to organize before I leave?
- Passport
- Airplane ticket
- Sort out your personal and financial situation
- International driver´s license
- Health check-up

What do I need to pack?
- Luggage allowance
- Medication
- Passport size photos
- Personal items
- Electronic Items
- Linens

Should I bring money with me?
- Yes, bring money!
- How much money to bring?

Will someone pick me up at the airport?
What should I wear while I am working?
When will my vacation days be?
How can I be reached in abroad?
When do I get my salary?

Who do I contact if I need help?

How do I make new friends?

Can I extend my stay?

What do I need to organize before I leave?

  • A valid passport.
    A passport that will remain valid for 6 months after your stay abroad. If you do not already have a valid passport, allow yourself a few weeks to sort out your travel documents well in advance of travel dates.
  • Airplane Ticket.
    This is very important and could be the most expensive part of the year. You need to look into prices for the best airfares. Some families may help you pay for flights but it is not always the case. Please find below a a few tips when booking a ticket:
    • Direct flights and weekend flights are usually more expensive. Try looking for a weekday flight with no more than one stop over.
    • Tickets are usually more expensive at the end of July and at the end of December. You may want to avoid these weeks or special holidays.
    • See if the airline has youth and/or student tariffs. For most airlines you are considered a youth if you are under the age of 25. Some require an ISIC card/International Youth Card, and some do not.
    • We recommend asking for a oneyear open end return ticket. It will allow you to return home on that ticket within the year and they usually come with one date change for free.
  • Sort out your personal and financial situation before departure!
    Do you have documents (driver’s license, health insurance, etc.) which need to be renewed for the year that you will be gone? Renew them before you leave in order to avoid any hassles upon your return. Do you need to reimburse loans/debts during your stay abroad? You may want to consider opening a joint bank account or give power of attorney on your current account with/to someone you trust (i.e. one of your parents).
    Are you responsible for the lease of an apartment or car? If yes, make sure that you sort out options and make the right decisions before your departure.
  • International driver´s license.
    Some families will ask you to drive abroad. In this case, you will need to get an International Driver’s Permit. It is a special license that allows motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications.
  • Health check-up.
    We recommend having a health check-up before your departure to make sure that you will have a good/healthy start abroad!

What do I need to pack?

  • Luggage allowance.
    Check with your travel agent or the airline (phone, web site) to know how many pieces of luggage/ total weight will be allowed to avoid paying extra fees at the airport. Nowadays, many airlines allow a standard size hand luggage of 8 KG and a checked in piece of luggage of 23kg. Also, please note that if you come from a warm country, you may need good shoes and warm clothes for winter.
  • Medication.
    All countries have pharmacies, but they also have different brands. So if you are very particular about the brand of medicine you use (ex: Tylenol, Aspirin), it would be best to pack an extra bottle for the year. If you take any prescriptions medicine, it is a good idea to see your doctor before you leave and ask to get them filled for the year or ask for the equivalent where you will be living.
  • Passport size photos.
    We recommend bringing 4 passport size photos with you. They come in handy when it comes time to obtain your foreigners card and if you want to get a special pass for the train etc.
  • Personal items.
    You may want to pack something to remind you of home. A small photo album with pictures of family and friends is always nice to have. A journal to keep track of funny anecdotes or your experiences abroad may be a good souvenir when you go back home. You should also pack a month’s supply of your favorite cosmetics or other personal products. Of note, brands in Europe and America are different but you find everything you need!
  • Electronics.
    Voltage and plugs are different in Asia, Europe and America. We do not recommend bringing electronic appliances but a laptop or cellular phone may work abroad and be handy to have. Check before leaving if it is compatible with the new destination.
  • Linens.
    Don’t bring any! Your room will have all bed sheets and towels that you need.

Should I bring money with me?

  • Yes!
    There will be a few things you’ll want/need to get before you get paid at the end of your first month of work.
  • How much money to bring?
    It is entirely up to you. If you don’t plan to have many expenses for the first 3 to 4 weeks following your arrival, the equivalent of 50 to 100 ($ /Swiss francs/Euros) will be enough.

Will someone pick me up at the airport?

  • You should discuss this with the host family before your departure. Some families arrange to pick you up right at the airport while others make other arrangements.

What should I wear while I am working?

  • You can wear what you want as long as your clothes are presentable / comfortable and practical! Remember that you will be working with children all day and doing some light housework at the same time. Comfortable clothes are obvious, but also clothes that you don’t mind if they get a bit dirty. You may be doing arts and crafts or playing out in the backyard more than you are used to! When working with children, “sexy” outfits are not appropriate.

When will my vacation days be?

  • This is a point to discuss with the family. You are entitled to 4 weeks of paid vacation for one completed year of work in Switzerland. In other countries, it varies from 1 to 4 weeks. Most families will ask you to align your vacation plans to theirs. In general, you should also get official-national public holidays.

How can I be reached abroad?

  • Telephone. It is expensive to call abroad on fixed lines. In today’s world, most people use programs like skype, face time, what’s app etc. to keep in touch. Most families have free WIFI at home nowadays.
  • Mail. When someone writes to you or sends a package, it is best to write the name of the host family under yours to make sure that it will reach you without delays.

When do I get my salary?

  • Normally, families pay your salary at the end of the month. We recommend to make bank transfers by the 25th of each month.

Who do I contact if I need help?

  • Your host family is first in line to answer your questions. However, you can always count on our agency (or our partner agency if you live abroad) to be there for you. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome package which includes the email and phone number of the agency. Our agency also has a cellular phone number for you to send sms or communicate via what’s app if it is more convenient.

How do I make new friends?

  • Easy! You will be supported all the way. When a new candidate comes, we send an email to our network to welcome you and ask others to get in touch with you. We also send you a welcome document which includes a list of all other au pairs and nannies in our network with their email address and Swiss cell phone number. You can proactively get in touch with whoever you want…weather they have the same nationality, or live in your area. We also have meetings together every 3 months. Finally, your host family will certainly help the process and if you go to language school or participate in hobbies, you will also quickly meet new friends. Our agency also has a Facebook group that you can join. You find us at AW AUPAIRLINK.
    Our partner agencies also have different programs to support candidate’s integration in their country. This information will also be shared upon arrival.

Can I extend my stay?

  • If you have a EU passport, it is possible to extend your residence/work status by another year in Switzerland. If you are a non-European candidate, this is not possible. If you are a Swiss candidate abroad, it is usually possible to extend your stay as well.

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WIND CONNECTIONS AGENCY

Wind Connections is a licensed placement agency in Switzerland since 2002. In 2008, we obtained a license to place candidates in Liechtenstein. In 2016, we became the only Swiss agency recognized as full voting member by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA). We are now launching a new program to send Swiss talents abroad and we are expanding our services to Nanny placements in Switzerland. Our AUPAIRLINK web site regroups all divisions of Wind Connections Agency.

We offer a professional approach to find the best candidate for each family. We work with more than 25 partner agencies around the world to help you find the right solution. We interview all qualified candidates to evaluate their interest, aptitude, motivation and experience to work with children. We meet families to better understand their needs and expectations.

Based on our comprehensive knowledge of both candidates and families, we propose the best match to maximize the chances of success for all. Wind Connections handles information with confidentiality. We guide families through all official and administrative tasks and offer our help to newcomers to facilitate their integration in their new environment.

Andrée Wind, who founded and manages Wind Connections Agency, graduated from Sherbrooke University in Canada. She has dual Canadian/Swiss nationality. Before Switzerland, she gained experience working on an international level in America, Europe and Asia for Procter and Gamble. She is on the board of the Canadian Swiss Chamber of Commerce since 2008. She can assist you in English, French or German. Our recruiting agents or partner agencies interview all applicants in their country of origin and check references. Our goal is to present qualified, reliable and motivated candidates to families.

Our recruiting agents or partner agencies interview all applicants in their country of origin and check references. Our goal is to present qualified, reliable and motivated candidates to families.

We have a reliable network to recruit in many countries. For example, in Canada, in USA, in South Africa, in Australia, in the Philippines, in Thailand, in Mexico, in Argentina, In Poland, in Hungary, in Spain, in Portugal, in France, in England, in Slovakia, in Czech Republic etc.

We are always interested in your opinions or suggestions, so do not hesitate to contact us.

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Links

www.letsfamily.ch

Online-Ratgeber für Schwangere und junge Eltern. Auf dieser Webseite sind viele Tipps und wertvolle Informationen zur «Schwangerschaft» und rund ums Thema «Baby» zu finden. Werdende und junge Eltern erhalten auf Wunsch einen persönlichen Newsletter, welcher sie Woche für Woche über Wichtiges zu ihrer Schwangerschaft resp. über die Entwicklung ihres Babys informiert.

www.iapa.org

The International Au Pair Association (IAPA) is the leading global trade association for organizations active in all aspects of au pair and cultural exchange programs.Member organizations must meet firm business and ethical standards, and agree to abide by the IAPA Code of Conduct which signifies competence, fair dealing and high integrity.
Wind connections Agency is the only Swiss agency recognized as full voting member of IAPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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