Netherlands, the country known for its beautiful tulips and the colour orange. With Dutch being the primary language, Afrikaans speaking au pairs have found living and working in the Netherlands an easy step. Au pairing in the Netherlands is your gateway to the rest of Europe, with Paris only being a two hour train journey from Amsterdam. The Dutch are friendly and caring and have loved having South Africans as au pairs in their homes. This particular working holiday is one of the most popular au pair jobs overseas for South Africans.
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Everyone has a dream to travel the world and see places that they’ve only been able to read about. Au pair jobs in the Netherlands offer you the chance to fulfill your dream to travel while enabling you to become part of a new family and experience a new culture for a year. Dutch families also view this experience as a way for them to ‘travel’ without having to go anywhere. Being an au pair is not only about working abroad while working for a family but being involved in a one year work exchange programme – an exchange of cultures, languages and friendship.
Programme Requirements
  • Aged between 19 and 25 years
  • Completed your secondary education (matric certificate / school leavers certificate)
  • Proficient in the English & Afrikaans
  • Single with no dependants (never been married/divorced)
  • In good health and physically fit
  • A valid South African passport (or proof that you have applied for one)
  • A valid driver’s license (or learner’s licence and in the process of applying for driver’s license)
  • A police clearance certificate
  • A minimum of 2 child-care references from non-relatives
  • A minimum of 500 hours of babysitting and experience with children under the age of two (preferred)
  • Commitment to a full year (12 months) au pairing in the Netherlands
Included in the program fee
  • Health, accident and liability insurance for the duration of the program (12 months)
  • All processing costs in South Africa & The Netherlands
  • Visa application fee for the Dutch Consulate
  • Recruitment, screening and selecting of host families
  • Application, interview and placement fees
  • Accommodation and meals provided by the host family
  • First aid course in the Netherlands
  • Study allowance of EUR 320 annually
  • You will earn EUR 300 for 30 hours of au pairing with 2 days off per week
  • 24 hour emergency contact number
  • 2 weeks of paid holiday
Working conditions
You must be prepared to work 30 hours a week and to do light household duties. You will have two days off per week.  You  might be expected to do babysitting too.
Once you have registered for the au pair programme and paid your registration fee, YDP will assist you in completing your au pair application. Upon receiving all of the necessary documentation, your file will be sent to our placement partner abroad which will then be reviewed within 24 hours. The matching process with a host family then begins. Once your dedicated au pair consultant has received information from our placement partner about a potential host family, you will be notified immediately so that you are prepared for your telephone call from the host family. Having accepted your host family, your next step will be the visa application and upon approval you will be on your way.
Costs involved
1. Once off YDP registration fee R 500
2. Programme Fee EUR 34
3. International Return Airfares At your own cost
4. VISA Fees Included

If you would like to apply for this program, please click here to see if you meet the requirements and we will be in touch with you.

I have had so much fun since I have arrived in the Nederland’s. I have seen and done so much.  New years ice cold dive in the ocean, crazy day trips to interesting little towns, hanging around with the kids, learning to play guitar, laughing with my host parent’s, seeing different country’s, playing in the snow for the first time, being part of the carnival, visiting the museums, some hot spring days to, learning to cycle with someone on the back, going to amusement parks, camping, running to make that train, making stroopwafels and then eating it..hehe..yummy… If I had to explain in detail my last 5 months and how great it was I would need to write a book. It’s the small​ things like making a new friend and planning that trip or even just breathing in your surrounding that makes it so special. I have made so many friends and learned that it’s okay to be alone sometimes to. Being part of this has been such a blessing. Going home at the end of this year is gonna be hard. The memories will never fade. I have learned so much about others and myself and If you have the opportunity to do anything like this…TAKE IT!!!..and then just enjoy the ride and admire the view…
Nadia Erasmus