Au Pair

The Au Pair program matches people who are travelling abroad to complete their studies and/or work, with international families that will provide them with accommodations in exchange for their services as a nanny or caregiver for the family's children or elderly members.

Please choose one of the following options:


Au Pair Student

Au Pair » Students

If you have previous nanny or caregiver experience or healthcare training and want to travel than becoming an international Au Pair is something you should consider.

As an Au Pair, you will be expected to follow your host family's daily schedule and routine.  Families are fully screened and carefully matched with Au Pair students in order to ensure a successful placement.

With the International Career Studies program, you can expect to work up to 40 hours per week in exchange for room, board & partial tuition, and have time off to explore your destination. It is through regular monitoring that ICS ensures that you are comfortable with your host family and that the needs of everyone involved are being met.

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Program Outline

Program Length**
6 months (minimum)
Program Fees

What your program fee covers

  • Private Room and Board (3 meals per day)
  • A portion of tuition paid
  • Two way airfare reimbursement after 52 weeks of program (Restrictions apply)
  • Orientation Program during first week of your program (i.e., emergency protocol)

Additional Costs:

  • Airfare
  • VISA Application Fees
  • Weekend Excursions
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
What to Expect

Au Pair

  • Private Room & Accommodations
  • Meals provided by Host Family
  • Up to 40 hrs / week of Child Care
  • 1 Weekend Off per Month
  • Regular Contact with Au Pair Program Co-ordinator
  • $600 CDN Towards tuition at CareerQuest College
  • Nearby Access to Public Transit
  • Weekend Excursions Available
  • Wifi Availability at Home and School

Demi Pair

  • Private Room & Accommodations
  • Meals provided by Host Family
  • Up to 25 hrs / week of Child Care
  • Most Weekends Off per Month
  • Regular Contact with Demi Pair Program Co-ordinator
  • $300 CDN towards tuition at CareerQuest College
  • Nearby Access to Public Transit
  • Weekend Excursions Available
  • Wifi Availability at Home and School
Remember, host families are pre-screened to allow you peace of mind while you travel and study.
Job Responsibilities
  • Put the absolute safety of the children first before all other responsibilities
  • Provide care, warmth, and security in the absence of parents, maintaining a patient, cheerful, and helpful attitude while on duty
  • Plan activities that promote physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development
  • Participate and supervise daily activities with children, which would include: games, walks, play dates, playground outings and reading
  • Introduce/plan activities using your language(s) to children if requested by the Host Family
  • Actively participate in the children's special areas and interests and serve as a resource for problem solving
  • Assist children's basic needs such as bathing, dressing, and brushing teeth.
  • If necessary, administer medication as directed by parents.
  • Plan and prepare nutritious snacks and meals for children during scheduled hours
  • Limit television/video and computer games to 30 minutes per day unless educational or as directed by Host Family
  • Comply with Family's discipline and child-rearing preferences
  • Provide reasonable flexibility in times of emergency or unexpected schedule changes
  • Light household cleaning as directed
Program Requirements
  • Age 16 and up
  • Working Holiday Visa under IEC (International Experience Canada). Click here for a list of eligible countries. Or other acceptable entry, such as a study Visa.
  • Successful completion of Canadian secondary school equivalent or participate in Grade 11 or 12 at CareerQuest College
  • Recommended/preferred at least six months of full-time classroom training or at least one year of work experience as a child or elderly caregiver or in a related field or occupation within the last three years.
  • The ability to speak, read and understand English so that he/she can function in an unsupervised setting
  • Pass medical, security and criminal clearances
  • Medical insurance coverage and/or related travel insurance applicable valid for entire length of stay
  • Must provide a vulnerable sector search through your local police department
  • Successful completion of "Orientation Program provided during first week of program.(i.e., emergency protocol)"
Registration Fee
  • $495 USD, non-refundable fee