More and more Swiss and French students are working as au-pairs while studying English in Australia.
Working as a demi-pair (part-time au-pair) substantially reduces a student’s living costs and is a great way to both integrate into their host family and Australian life.
It’s a great way to cut costs. Working as a demi-pair can save about CHF 5000 from a six-month language course.
Students work as demi pairs for about 15 hours per week, before and after their school lessons. In exchange, they receive their accommodation and meals free of charge. The work is usually a mix of baby-sitting, taking kids to school and light household tasks.
Swiss and French students on a student visa can study full-time and work part-time as a demi-pair in Australia.
Some of our schools in Australia offer demi-pair work to young men as well as, of course, young women.
Feedback is really positive. Students build strong relations with both the families and children that can often last a lifetime.
Demi-pair programs are available in larger cities such as Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast as well as smaller towns next to the beach and rainforest such as Byron Bay, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.
The minimum period for study and demi-pair work is about 18 weeks.
If you want to work as a demi-pair you must start the process at least 12 weeks before you leave.
You will need to provide several documents including a police clearance, three references, an introduction letter, and a first aid certificate.