What is an au pair program? An au pair program is an international cultural exchange program that gives young people the opportunity to spend time abroad, to learn about a new culture and to improve their language skills. This happens while living and supporting a family in the target country. Tasks include childcare and housekeeping. The word "au pair" derives from French and means "on the same basis", indicating that the relationship between the family and the au pair is intended to be one of equals.
While the au pair can live quite favorably abroad, the family receives flexible, affordable childcare. There are many countries that support an au pair program.
First, you must be highly motivated to live and work in Germany and fully committed to the whole process and legal procedures. The normal duration of an au pair program is at least 6 months and up to 1 year. Renewal of employment as an Au pair is not permitted, even if the duration of 1 year is not completed. Furthermore, you should be younger than 26 years of age when applying for the au pair program.
Au pair duration and the required age are country-specific. Make sure to always research prior to deciding on what you want to do.
There are different agencies that offer au pair arrangements. For more information, see the following links:
Make sure that your Au Pair Agency and contract comply with the following:
Deutsche Welle offers free online language courses on its website, but you must take the final exam at one of the above-mentioned institutions.
Moreover, you should start learning or improving your German. To work as an au pair, A1 level of language proficiency is needed. There are various language courses you can attend, but they must be recognized by German authorities. The final language certificates must be issued or approved by either the Goethe Institute (Sprachlernzentrum) or the Austrian Cultural Institute (ÖSD).
Further information on language courses and requirements can be found in the links below:
We recommend you to look for a German language course in your free time. Au pairs are entitled to complete additional German language courses in their free time. The host family is obliged to contribute 50 euros a month to afford the costs for a language course.
To apply as an au pair in Germany, you need to write your CV in German. There are various templates on the Internet; however, the agencies usually prefer the Europass CV template. Europass CV: https://www.europass-info.de/dokumente/lebenslauf/lebenslauf-erstellen/
We advise you to take part in the Job placement training offered by DIMAK Kosovo. For more information, please follow our Facebook page: DIMAK Kosovo
Write a motivation letter in German. In a good motivation letter, you usually state your suitability for the au pair position and how you meet the requirements. Make sure to always look back at the requirements that the family has set; they will serve you as a guide for your writing your motivation letter.
Motivation letter Instructions: http://motivation-letter.com/
Make it in Germany: http://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en/for-qualified-professionals/working/guide/applying-for-a-job
Always focus on your personal motivation, expectations, added values, competences, and reasons why you want to go to Germany and why you want this placement.
Many au pair agencies also require applicants to complete a questionnaire. Try to be as accurate as possible while answering the questionnaire.
Au pairs from non-EU countries can only be employed in families in which German is spoken as a native language. In addition, at least one adult family member must be German or EU/EEA citizen.
As an au pair, you do not receive a monthly salary, but a so-called “pocket money” to cover your monthly expenses. The amount of pocket money in Germany is around 260 euros.
The next step is to make an appointment via the online system with the German Embassy in Pristina. For more information on how to apply and what documents you need, please visit the website of the German Embassy in Pristina: http://www.pristina.diplo.de/
Before submitting the documents, DIMAK advisors may double-check if the required documents, as requested by the German Embassy, have been provided. DIMAK offers training on “Living and Working in Germany” in which you can get all the necessary information.
Getting the visa approved and departing for Germany For more information on au pair program, please check the website of the Federal Employment Agency: https://www3.arbeitsagentur.de/web/content/DE/Detail/index.htm?dfContentId=L6019022DSTBAI647280
What is a holiday job? A holiday job or, “Ferienbeschäftigung” in German, is a type of seasonal work arranged by the German Federal Employment Agency in Germany, lasts up to 90 days, and is offered to students enrolled abroad during the semester breaks in their home country.
First, you must be highly motivated to live and work in Germany and fully committed to the whole process and legal procedures.
You must be willing and available to work at least for two months in Germany. Your chances for a placements increase if you are flexible regarding the area of work, location and duration of the placement.
Seasonal works are mainly offered in gastronomy, hotels and hospitality, and cleaning. Experience in these areas and good German language skills can be advantageous for your application. Due to the nature of the jobs, accepted applicants will be mainly located in German holiday areas such as the Black Forest, Bodensee, Bayern and the German coast.
Take a look at the website of the Federal Employment Agency (Arbeitsagentur für Arbeit) and find out what jobs are currently on offer and whether they could suit you.
Find out more at: ArbeitsagenturfürArbeit - Ferienbeschäftigung
To apply for a seasonal work (Ferienbeschäftigung) in Germany, you need:
All relevant forms and documents can be found in the link below: Holiday Job in Germany
The more qualifications you have the higher your chances to get a good job. Therefore, we recommend you to have all your school diplomas and any kind of certificates ready for your job application.
If you have completed all of you classes and are in the process of preparing your thesis, your chances of being accepted are low.
Application documents can be requested at the partner organisations of the German Federal Agency in Kosovo. A list of partner organisations can be found at: Partner Organisations
The Federal Employment Agency aims to find a suitable holiday job for all applicants, but cannot provide any guarantee that it will indeed find one. Applicants are advised to check their emails frequently, since the deadlines for application to such jobs are short.
In case you have an interested employer who wants to hire you for a holiday job (Ferienbeschäftigung) in Germany, you do not need to apply through the German Federal Employment Agency. In this case, the employer has to contact the Federal Employment Agency and specifically ask for you as a seasonal worker for the semester break.
The employer needs to complete a document titled “Vordruck Ferienbeschäftigung (namentlicheAnforderung)” and another
one titled “BA- Vordruck Immatrikulationsbescheinigung” and send two copies of each document to the following address:
Agentur für Arbeit Köln
Team 008, Standort Bonn
Villemombler Str. 76
All relevant forms and documents can be found at: Arbeitsagentur für Arbeit.
All documents need to be send by mail.
Once you receive your job offer, you need to contact the Federal Employment Agency and inform them whether you want to accept the offer or not. In case you do not want to accept the offered job, you may be given another opportunity, but priority will be given to applicants who have not yet received any job offer.
After your application is accepted and approved by the Federal Employment Agency, your employer needs to provide you with a contract. Please make sure to read the contract thoroughly before accepting it.
Keep in mind: A contract should contain the names of the employer and employee; company; address; contact person; date upon which the contract becomes effective; gross salary; working hours; holiday period; special services, etc.
The contract will be issued by BA (Bundesagentur fur Arbeit) and a copy will be send to you via mail. Make sure to give the correct address of your house/apartment.
Look for opportunities to attend German classes in your city. Depending on the requirements for the job you are applying for, a certain level of German is needed. There are various language courses you can attend, but they must be recognized by German authorities. The final language certificates must be issued by either the Goethe Institute (Sprachlernzentrum) or the Austrian Cultural Institute (ÖSD). For example, Deutsche Welle offers free online language courses on its website, but you must take the final exam at one of the above-mentioned institutions.
Further information on language courses and requirements can be found in the links below:
Knowledge of the German is an asset, but you can apply even if you speak English.
Every year, DIMAK Kosovo offers regular trainings on “How to apply for a Ferienbeschäftigung”. Dates and further information can be found on our Facebook page. We advise you to register early and take part in these trainings.
Make sure you have a valid health insurance for your whole stay in Germany. A health insurance policy should be transacted in your country of origin.
You can apply for a health insurance visiting the following websites:
For a seasonal work, you do not need a “Arbeitsmarktzulassung” or “Vorabzustimming” which are provided by the German Federal Employment Agency. This is confirmed through the placement certificate you will receive.
In many cases, employers provide seasonal workers with accommodation and food and deduct the costs from their salary. Otherwise, your employer will help you find suitable accommodation, etc.
Salaries are paid at the end of the month, so you may have to fund the first month in Germany by yourself, including flight and other costs.
"Make it in Germany - Migration Support Centre" (you can call free of charge) helps you with various services in your search for work: +49 228 713 1313, or: firstname.lastname@example.org ,
The Voluntary Social Year (FSJ) program is a one-year voluntary work program in the German social sector. Young people between 18 and 27 years of age from Germany and other countries can apply for a voluntary social year. Voluntary Social Year positions are offered throughout Germany by various institutions. Applicants from non-EU countries need to consider some more legal issues than other applicants do.
First, you must be highly motivated to participate in a Voluntary Social Year program in Germany and fully committed to the whole process and legal procedures. There are many institutions that can help you find a suitable Voluntary Social Year program in Germany. VSY programs are regulated by German Federal states.
To find out more, check the following links:
Every VSY lasts approximately 12 months and includes a monthly allowance, accommodation and food and some other benefits. Depending on the institutions you are applying to, you need to complete different documents or fill out various application forms. Nevertheless, any application should include a detailed CV and a motivation letter. Make sure to check the specific requirements for application set by your target institution. We advise you to write your CV in German. There are various templates on the Internet; however, Europass CV template is usually shown preference in the German market.
Always adapt your CV to the requirements set by each employer before sending your application.
Europass CV template is available at:http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/curriculum-vitae
Write your motivation letter in German. In a good motivation letter, you usually state your suitability for the VSY and how you meet the requirements. Motivation letter instructions are available at:http://motivation-letter.com/
We advise you to take part on the job placement training offered by DIMAK Kosovo. For more information, please follow our Facebook page: DIMAK Kosovo
Furthermore, you should start learning or improving your German. Depending on the requirements for the VSY you are applying for, a certain level of German is needed. There are various language courses you can attend, but they must be recognized by German authorities. The final language certificates must be issued or approved by either the Goethe Institute (Sprachlernzentrum) or the Austrian Cultural Institute (ÖSD). For example, Deutsche Welle offers free online language courses on its website, but you must take the final exam at one of the above-mentioned institutions.
Further information on language courses and requirements can be found below:
If your future employer contacts you, you need to prepare yourself for an interview via Skype or in person. Skype Interviews are particularly useful for applicants who are still abroad and cannot travel to Germany at short notice.
The next step is to make an appointment via the online system with the German Embassy in Pristina. For more information on how to apply and what documents you need, please visit the official website of the German Embassy in Pristina: http://www.pristina.diplo.de/
After your visa appointment is scheduled, you should prepare all the aforementioned documentation necessary for the visa application; be kindly advised to prepare yourself for an interview.
Before submitting the documents, DIMAK advisors may double-check if the required documents, as requested by the German Embassy, have been provided.
Getting the visa approved and departing for Germany