Au Pairing in Switzerland
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Au pairing in Switzerland
Quick guide to au pairing in Switzerland
Prospective au pairs wanting to travel to Switzerland as an au pair must take into consideration the following:
- Au pairs are generally aged between 18-30 years old
Salary (Pocket money)
- On average an au pair in Switzerland can expect to earn between 90-100 EURO/week (550-850 CHF)
Number of hours to work and days off
- Switzerland au pairs usually work 25-40 hrs / week, get 1-2 days off per week; one day off must take place during the week-end or every other week-end. The au pair in Switzerland must be given sufficient time off to allow her/him to attend language courses and cultural activities
- No visa requirements for aupairing in Switzerland for EU nationals. There is also holiday visa agreement between Switzerland and Australia and New Zealand, Canada and America, which permits the nationals of these countries to visit and work in Switzerland as au pairs for up to 18 months.
- Visa and work permit is required for non EU nationals. This is to be obtained prior to the au pairs travelling to Switzerland. It is very hard to obtain the visa for non-EU nationals
- For detailed information about travelling and working in Switzerland as an au pair, by country of provenience please visit the visa information section, displayed on the left hand side ribbon ß
Duration of stay
- EU nationals- no time limit
- Non EU nationals, there is a time limit depending on the country of provenience. Usually, between 6-18 months.
- There are no language requirements for Switzerland, but it is suggested that an au pair must have a good understanding of Swedish, the official language; English language speakers are in demand, as well.
- It is advisable to take out travel and health insurance for emergencies- EU nationals
- Non EU au pairs must take out travel and health insurance as they have to pay for medical services. The host family must assist the au pair as soon as the au pair has arrived at their residence. The host family is usually under an obligation to arrange health insurance for the au pair in Switzerland.
- The au pairs must pay for their own travel costs to Switzerland
Ethnic diversity in Switzerland
- Switzerland became an immigration destination because of its rapid economic development, and has one of the highest rates of foreigners in Europe (19.4 percent of the population in 1998). However, 37 percent of the foreigners have been in the country for more than ten years and 22 percent were born in Switzerland
- Accordingly to the 1990 census, 71.6 percent of the population lives in the German-speaking region,23.2 percent in the French-speaking region, over 4 percent in the Italian-speaking region, and just under one percent in the Romansh-speaking region
- Switzerland is a federation of twenty-six states called cantons (six are considered half cantons). There are four linguistic regions: German-speaking (in the north, center, and east), French-speaking (in the west), Italian-speaking (in the south), and Romansh-speaking (a small area in the southeast). This diversity makes the question of a national culture a recurring issue.
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