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IN VIA Köln, Stolzestr. 1A, D – 50674 Köln Tel: 0049 (0) 221 47 28 650 Fax: 0049 (0) 221 47 28 666 firstname.lastname@example.org // APPLICATION FORM: www.invia-koeln.de Au-pair in Cologne What is „Au-pair“ and what does the job of an „Au-pair“ entail? Au-pairs are mainly young women (and men) who live with German families for 10 to 12 months, expectionally six months. The purpose of being an „Au-pair“ is to learn German and about the German way of life. It enhances later job prospects where knowledge of German is of importance. Being able to speak very good German offers the perspective of studying in Germany where no fees are required. IN VIA Cologne offers placements in the cities of Cologne, Bonn, Trier, Koblenz, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal but also in towns and rural areas not further than 150 km away from Cologne. What is expected of an „Au-pair“? An „Au-pair“ has to help the lady (or gentleman) of the house with the daily chores and the care of the children. They work a maximum of 30 hours a week, five or six hours a day. including babysitting for up to three nights per week. Usually the families or single parents have 1-3 children in the age of a couple of months up to 10 years. It is also expected that the „Au-pair“ has got a basic knowledge of German (at least level A1 of the Goethe-Institute) and is interested in learning and speaking the language. The families also expect the „Au-pairs“ to like children and enjoy looking after them. The applicants should have some experience in child care or babysittting and in housekeeping (this does not include cooking). An „Au-pair“ should be 18 but not older than 25 years of age and should bring the will to adapt to the mentality of the host family and the host country. The Au-pair must be open-minded and have a positive attitude. It is expected that the Au-pair buys and pays the return ticket to Germany. The Au-pair also pays for the language course here. What are the duties of the host family? In return the host family provides board and lodging (a single bedroom), welcomes the „Au- pair“ as a member of the family, makes the attendance of a language school possible, gives monthly pocket money (205€/ from January 2006: 260€) and pays the health insurance. „Au- pairs“ have at least one day off a week and get a paid four week leave if they stay for one year. Who are we? IN VIA (IN VIA Verband Kath. Mädchensozialarbeit Koeln e.V.) is a Catholic charity and is associated with the German Caritas. It is a member of the International Association ACISJF (“Association Catholique des Services de la Jeunesse Femine”) with its headquarters in Geneva. We are based in Cologne. Apart from being an „Au-pair“ broker we run different other projects for young people including an internet café with cheap internet access. We organise regular Au-pair meetings to exchange experience and obtain further support and offer other activities for Au-pairs, such as trips to Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, boat trips, hikes, Christmas parties. Once the „Au-pairs“ have started to work we make sure that both the families and the employees keep the rules. We mediate in conflicts and help „Au-pairs“ finding a new family if there were serious problems. IN VIA Köln, Stolzestr. 1A, D – 50674 Köln Tel: 0049 (0) 221 47 28 650 Fax: 0049 (0) 221 47 28 666 email@example.com // APPLICATION FORM: www.invia-koeln.de How to become Au-pair: Please send us our your complete application (see checklist). As soon as we have received your application we will send you a letter or email and start looking for a family. The families might phone or email you. Au-pair from OLD EU member countries: You do not need a visa nor a work permit. You arrange the starting date with your host family. You sign an Au-pair contract with the family. Au-pair from NEW EU member countries/ USA / Canada/ Australia/ NewZealand: You do not a visa but you need a work permit. You arrange the starting date with your host family. As soon as you have arrived here you must go to the local job office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) and apply for your work permit. It includes a simple German test. When you have passed the test you can start working as Au-pair. You can work as Au-pair for up to 12 months. You sign an Au-pair-contract with the family. Au-pair from the rest of the world: As soon as you have found a family we will send you the invitation letter and our documents for the embassy. If you have to apply for a visa in the German embassy it takes at least 8 weeks until you receive your visa. The embassy will also test your German. You should have the A1 Certificate of the Goethe-Institute. Once you have passed the German test and your host family has given their documents to the German offices you receive your visa. Then you need to arrange a travel date with your host family. OUR SERVICE IS FREE OF CHARGE FOR AU-PAIRS WHO WOULD LIKE TO COME TO GERMANY. But you need to pay your return ticket to Germany. Our work is based on the „European Agreement on Au-pair Employment“ of November 24th, 1969.
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