As an au pair you will live as a member of the family, look after the children and help with household duties. The au pair works five hours per day and maximum 30 hours per week. Your duties and working hours as an au pair will vary depending on the ages of the children and the family’s needs.
What could be your tasks as an au pair?
• help the children getting dressed and fed in the morning
• be responsible for them during the day
• play with them
• go for walks with them
• bring them to and from school/kindergarten
• help with homework
• cooking for the children/family, bathe the children and put them to bed
• clean up after the children
• do the laundry, iron
• clean dishes
• vacuuming and dusting
You are not responsible for cleaning the windows, mowing the lawn, doing other heavy housework tasks or taking care of the family’s animals, unless you have agreed to do so.
NB! Note that every family is different and with different needs. Before signing the contract, always discuss your expectations and work schedule to see if you can fit well with that particular family.
Who may apply?
• If you are between 18-26 years of age
• If you have good child care experience
• If you have good knowledge of English
• If you are motivated for a stay in a different culture, away from your home, family and friends.
What do you receive as an au pair?
Pocket money: in the family’s home you are entitled to have your own room. You will receive free room and board and pocket money amounting to minimum NOK 5600,- gross per month. In Norway an au pair job is looked upon as normal work, hence taxes must be paid. The tax percentage is estimated by the value of food, accommodation and your monthly salary. Normally an au pair receives app. 4400,- net per month. At the end of your stay you are also entitled to 10,2 % in vacation money.
Language course: you have the opportunity to take Norwegian language classes, or other courses that you find suitable in your spare time. Your host family is responsible for the cost of your language course.
Homesickness: everyone who travels abroad for a longer period of time will experience culture shock and homesickness in some senses. It is very important to be aware of this before you apply. If you are used to travelling and living away from home, the adjustment to an au pair stay tends to be smoother. It is natural to experience a culture shock and at times to feel homesick. When this happens, our best advice is to talk with your host family, your friends, and activate yourself with hobbies, sports, etc.
Expectations: you can expect to get a family that will comply with the rules outlined here. You can expect that Atlantis will match you with the best possible family for you. You can always contact Atlantis if you need assistance during your stay.
What if problems occur?: you are always welcome to call Atlantis. We will assist you and help sorting out problems you may have with your host family. In case of emergency you may contact our 24 hour phone number +47 48 02 63 52. If necessary, we will try to find you a new host family if one is available at the time. Atlantis can never guarantee a replacement, and if we do not have a suitable family for you, you must be prepared to return home. Both you and your host family have four weeks notice of termination of contract. If a new family is found for you, you need to apply for a change in the residence permit. This is done at the local police office where the new family lives. The new host family will assist you with these formalities.
Insurance: you will be covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme during your stay. Your host family will help you register there. This means that if you get ill during your stay, you will only have to pay a small fee for the medical treatment at the hospital or the doctor (public health care). As an Atlantis au pair you will be covered by travel insurance as well. You will receive more information about this further into the application process. If you get ill, your host family is entitled to provide you with free board and lodging. If the illness last longer than two weeks, Atlantis will consult the doctor and decide whether or not you should return home.
Travel expenses: you must be prepared to pay your own travel to your host family in Norway. We advice you to contact a travel agency, and ask them about the cheapest fare. It is usually cheaper to buy a return ticket than two one way tickets. If your host family live outside Oslo, the family will pay your ticket from Oslo to their home. Remember to bring money with you in order to cover at least the first week’s expenses, and be aware that Norway is an expensive country for most foreigners.
Non-EU citizens: citizens from outside the EU must NOT enter any of the Nordic countries before you have received your work permit. Also, please make sure that you have the necessary transit visa for whichever countries you need to travel through on you way to Norway! You cannot apply for a work permit before you have been invited to a host family and received a signed contract from them. This contract has to be enclosed together with the application for work permit. You cannot go to Norway or any of the Scandinavian countries before you have the permit. When you have received it, you must arrange your travel, and plan the exact date of arrival with the family.
After entry: within the first week of your stay in Norway you have to register at the local police station in order to receive your final residence permit. Furthermore, you must arrange for a personal number at the Registration Office. The National Registry must be notified of your presence in Norway so you will be able to receive medical help while in the country. Lastly, you must be registered at the Tax Office. Your host family will help with all these formalities.
Health examination: after arrival you may have to present yourself for examination for tuberculosis, mass radiography, tuberculin tests and if necessary vaccination against tuberculosis. The host family will assist you with this.