What will you do with your time off?
As part of the Au Pair in Australia program you’ll work between 0-35 hours per week with at least 1.5 days of a week. Your host family will tell you in advance what your days off will be so that you can plan ahead. Your days off could be split over the week or during the weekend. Your days off may need to change from time to time due to changes in your host families routine ( children’s school activities, working hours etc) however you host family will communicate this with you in advance.
What you do with your days off is totally up to you! You could spend all day in bed binge watching Netflix, spend time with friends, head to one of the many amazing beaches, explore the neighbourhood, join a local sports club, volunteer - the list is endless! Typically most Au Pairs will do the following on their days off:
- Meet up with friends
- Go on hikes
- Go to the beach
- Go on a hike
- Go out for coffee
- Go your for dinner or drinks
- Go to the cinema
- Go visit a new town or city
- Have a weekend away
- Go to the cinema
- Have a picnic in the park
- Have a bbq
- Spend time with their host family
- Playing sports
- Go to the gym
Depending on the duration of your placement you will be entitled to either 1 week (6 months placements) or 2 weeks off (9 months placements). You can take this at any time during your placement and you’ll need to discuss with them when it's the best time to take your leave. During this time, you can do whatever you like. Many Au pairs will go travelling with their friends for a week sometimes within Australia or they may even venture out to Fiji, Bali or New Zealand. If you don't take time off you will be paid a week's stipend in lieu at the end of your placement.
Meet new people-Making memories that last a life time
When you travel you make memories that last a life time. One of the best things about travelling is all the amazing people that you meet along the way. Australians and those travelling in Australia are super friendly and it won't be long before you’ve made friendships that will last a life time. Here at AIFS Au Pair we know how scary it can be travelling to the opposite side of the world, especially when you don’t know anyone so we do a number of things to help you get out there and meet new people!
As part of your package you’ll attend an orientation at AIFS' centre in Sydney. The orientation, the Bondi to Coogee walking tour, and other activities scheduled during your orientation week are a great opportunity to connect with other AIFS Au pairs. Your hostel is located in the centre of Sydney so a great starting point if you want to explore the city with other au pairs during your free time during the orientation week.
AIFS Au Pair in Australia is the only Au Pair agency that offers a community counsellor service. The community counsellor is there to support you and your host family during your entire placement as an Au Pair. You can contact the community counsellor anytime you like for absolutely anything including how to meet new people.
We often have Au pairs in Australia take over our Instagram account. It’s a great way for you to see what its like to be an Au pair before you depart as well as a platform to meet other Au pairs who are already in Australia. When an Au pair takes over one of our accounts you can contact them and ask as many questions as you like.
Australia is an amazing country. Au Pairing has given me the opportunity to work and travel and my host family were welcoming kind and helpful. I would encourage anyone wanting to Au Pair to do it in AustraliaShannon
My favourite thing about being an au pair was the relationship I made with my host family and children. It was always so rewarding when the children were excited to see you, along with those little moments laughing and playing with them”Annalisse
Australia is truly an amazing country and is one of the most diverse continents on the planet! – all you need to do is come and explore it!Learn more
Australia is big and diverse with deserts, white sandy beaches, rain forests mountains and much more! As an Au Pair you’ll get plenty of time to travel during and after your placement.Learn more