German | Lindau | Au Pair and Study
Au Pair and Study
Set in the stunning of Lindau, our Au Pair and Study course (sometimes referred to as “Demi Pair”) gives students the opportunity to study German alongside working as an Au Pair with a German family. This is a cultural exchange rather than a job and students are fully immersed in German family life and culture while taking daily lessons at the language school. On the Au Pair and Study course you would be welcomed into the home of your German hosts as a member of the family and in return you would assist with childcare, light housework and help the children of the house with their English.
This course is suitable for students who have a good grasp of the German language (B1 level or a post A Level or equivalent) to advanced German speakers.
Your programme would last from 6 months to a year depending on your requirements although a shorter stay can sometimes be arranged. You will need previous experience of caring for children in some capacity.
The Au Pair and Study course is a popular choice for school or college leavers before university, as a gap year or career break option.
Students must be aged between 18 and 30 years.
Popular starting dates are September and January though it is possible to start anytime throughout the year depending on availability.
The language school is situated right in the centre of the old town on the scenic island of Lindau with a breath-taking view of Lake Constance and the Alpes. It is located on the upper floor of a historical building nestled right in the harbour of this historic and beautiful town.
The school boasts modern classrooms, a cafe with a terrace, an info-library, a media library with computer suite, movie room, common room and Wi-Fi. This alongside the highly qualified and experienced teaching staff gives students in Lindau a truly unforgettable learning experience.
Au Pairs are contracted to work 20 hours per week with the children of the family.
The duties expected of an Au Pair will vary depending upon the age of the child(ren) in your charge. Typically, the duties involve:
- Playing with the child(ren)
- Helping with homework
- Helping the child(ren) to learn an appropriate level of English
- Taking the child(ren) to the park
- Dropping off and / or picking up the child(ren) from school
- Cooking dinner for the child(ren)
- Taking the child(ren) to evening activities
- Bathing the child(ren)
- Putting the child(ren) to bed
The course comprises 20 lessons which concentrate on learning and actively using German. The tuition is very much practice oriented. You will participate in group sessions alongside other students of a similar level, with lessons focused on improving all aspects of the language; speaking listening, reading and writing. There are four, 45 minute lessons per day and these take place during the morning from 09:00 to 12:30.
You will be given a written assessment before you travel and a speaking assessment on the first morning before lessons in order to place you in the group most suited to your ability level. Classes have an international flavour and a lively feel because they are grouped by ability not nationality or age.
Au Pairs are treated as part of the family and receive half board and lodgings as part of the package. You will be given a single room and shared use of other facilities in the home.
Optional Social and Cultural Programme
The school offers a range of activities during the week, such as a games evening, language workshop, evening/weekend excursions, meals out at a local restaurant and films in the school. These activities change weekly.
Transfers can be arranged from your choice of arrival location to the family home. Alternatively, you can use public transport.
The school will be closed on 08/12/20, 06/01/21, 19/03/21, 02/04/21, 05/04/21, 12/10/21, 01/11/21, 08/12/21. On these days the school replaces lessons with excursions.
Travel, Medical and Workplace Insurance is included with this package. For more details and policy wording please see our Insurance page.
Being an au pair abroad is an exciting opportunity but it is important to make sure you are working for the right family and have the support that you will need during your stay – both locally and in the UK. It can take a little time to plan this and get everything right so you feel excited about your stay. It is worth the effort though! There are a few steps to the procedure but Blue Stamp will assign a trip planner to help you through the process and make sure that everything is in place in good time.
Included in the package:
Contents of the package can vary by destination depending upon the language school and city but typically they include the following:
- Travel durations to suit your needs (typically upwards of 12 weeks but shorter stays are sometimes available in during the summer months)
- Enrolment at a language school for intensive language lessons at a level to reflect your ability in the subject.
- Application support – our team can advise on visas, medical, DBS etc.
- Matching to a suitable and vetted family
- Half board accommodation with your family
- Optional cultural & social programme
- Detailed pre-departure information pack
- 24/7 Emergency support from UK office
- Programme certificate
- Travel and medical insurance (supplements may apply).