An international au pair is expecting to learn about another country, its culture, history and environment. This is a year spent on a cultural exchange - an opportunity to explore another country and learn English or another South African language. A South African au pair has either chosen child care as her career or is seeking GAP year or part-time income. Most families seeking au pairs lead highly mobile lives with both parents working, so the au pair must be able to do the school lifts and take children to extra afternoon activities as well as help out a bit with shopping and other household chores. In South Africa, au pairs who are not South African citizens must be aged between 18 and 24 years old. Higher salaries are commanded by au pairs with a child care or teaching qualification or very good experience. If a host family is in a position to pay a portion of the airfare, the choice of au pairs available will be larger.
The following rates are suggested for temporary and full time placement: Please note all rates are per hour and are negotiable according to hours needed daily, the qualifications of the au pair and child care requirements. If your au pair will be using her own vehicle, please note that petrol is charged for at a rate of R 3.00 p/km. A Toddler is defined as a child who is under the age of 3 or over this age, but still using diapers. When offering a monthly salary, work out how many hours the au pair will be needed on a weekly basis. Multiply this by 4 .5 (4 1/2 weeks in a month) and multiply again by the hourly rate. A rough guide for au pair compensation would be R1500 - R4500 per month for care provided 35-45 hours per week. A nanny or mother's help with a child care qualification or excellent infant care experience would expect in the region of R4500 to R8000 per month, so hiring an au pair is a good bargain.
Applicants from outside of South Africa must also provide their own:
An executive au pair is someone who is an au pair by profession. This is a person who has had more than 3 years of experience working as an au pair/teacher/care giver for children, with contactable references. Executive au pairs look as child care as more than a job -- they have a commitment to the children they care for, and gain joy from the responsibilities of doing so. A qualified (Educare, Montessori, B.Prim Ed, Professional Child Care College or similar) au-pair who has good experience can earn R10,000 to R12,000 per month. Additional requirements for executive au pairs are listed below:
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