Being an au pair is a great way to spend time in a foreign country. You live with a host family and take care of their children; in return, you spent time with a family, take part in family activities, and have the chance to take a language class or a college/university class. Check out the websites below to find a suitable placement for you!
British Au Pair Agencies Association: This BAPAA sets out standards for working as an au pair, what to expect from a good au pair placement agency/website and things to watch out for whilst applying / working.
U.S. Dept. of State - Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs: This link provides a list of the state-approved au pair agencies designated by the State Department.
Au Pair in America: AIFS provides information and programs for going to the US as an Au Pair.
International Au Pair Association: The IAPA provides a list of au pair agencies in various countries who adhere to standards and guidelines for au pair placement and treatment, and through whom you can arrange your placement.
Au-Pair Society: A German society for Au Pairs.
Culture Care Au Pair: An organization for Au Pair placements in the USA.
You can use these links to find out more about organising a working holiday or work-and-travel trip to the following countries:
USA Work& Travel - This site provides information on applying for a Summer Work Travel Visa for the USA (May - October) and funding your travels by working in short-term jobs in the USA.
USA - Intrax Work & Travel is another opportunity for working short term in the USA.
USA - Spend time the USA as a camp counselor with Americamp.
Canada - International Experience Canada - Create a free profile in a pool to be invited to apply for a visa to work in Canada as an IEC candidate. Create a profile as soon as possible if you'd like to go to Canada within the next 12 months!
Canada - Werkstudierendenprogramm der Deutsch-kanadischen Gesellschaft - This programme organises 6-8 week summer work placements, usually paid at minimum wage, but often with free accommodation / board. Jobs for example in hotels, restaurants, holiday rental companies, other office jobs, and on farms. Participation costs around 1500€ but this includes the travel costs from Frankfurt a.M. to your work placement destination, a 2-day preparatory seminar, and support with applications for social security papers, etc.
New Zealand - Find out more about NZ's Working Holiday Scheme, available to young people (<30), which lets you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months. German citizens will need to prove they have NZ $4,200 in order to apply.
Australia - Working Holiday Maker - Find out about and apply for a "working holiday-maker visa", for which you'll need to prove you have about AUD 5,000 to support yourself.