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 age 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 have different needs. Before signing a contract, always discuss your expectations and work schedule with the family in question to see if you are a good match with that particular family.
Who may apply?
• Applicants are between 18-26 years of age
• Applicants have good child care experience
• Applicants have a good knowledge of English
• Applicants are motivated for a stay in a different culture, away from your home, family and friends.
What do you receive as an au pair?
You are entitled to have your own room in the family’s home.
Pocket money: Au pairs receive free board and lodging, as well as pocket money amounting to minimum NOK 5600,- gross per month. In Norway, au pairs are obliged to pay taxes. 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 Norwegian language course, including both the cost of the course and the cost of related study material.
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?
For any concerns or problems that may arise, you are always welcome to call Atlantis. We will assist you and help sorting out problems you may have. In case of emergency you may contact our 24 hour phone number. 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 for the termination of a contract. If you change host families during your stay, you need to apply for a change in the residence permit. EU/EEA citizens may do this online. The new host family and Atlantis 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 with your registration. 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). In addition, your host family is obliged to cover your additional au pair insurance for the complete duration of your stay. You will receive more information about this further into the application process.
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 considered an expensive country by most foreigners.