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The American Institute for Foreign Study (Australia) Pty Ltd opened its Australian office in 1999 and began offering its Camp America and Au Pair in America programs to young Australians. In 2005, AIFS commenced offering inbound programs and currently facilitates cultural exchange programs for more than 2,000 young people.

Become an Au Pair in NZ.

Live your travel dreams! Cross the ditch and get paid to be an Au Pair.

What is Au Pair in New Zealand?

The term Au Pair means on par or equal in French, which is exactly what you will be - an equal member of your host family. As an Au Pair, you'll be living with your Kiwi host family and helping care for their children. You'll have the full support of our New Zealand partner, Au Pair link, you'll gain experience working with children, become a much loved family member and still have plenty of downtime for adventures.

Au Pair Life

As an Au Pair, you will help care for the family's children and help with other simple family chores and errands (as you would at home in Australia). Your free time is yours to explore, travel, meet friends and participate in hobbies.

Travel & Adventures

For a little country, New Zealand sure does things in a big way. Think huge landscapes, adrenaline filled activities and locals with massive hearts... travelling New Zealand is sure to be one of the greatest adventures of your life. And being just over the ditch it's perfect destination to explore! 

Cultural Exchange

Our programs are designed to engage our participants in cultural exchange, and while our cousins in New Zealand aren't too far away, it's a land and culture worth exploring. From traditional Maori culture to the ANZAC bond we know today, get ready to say Kia Ora to a wonderful New Zealand cultural experience.

What's included?

  • Placement with a fully screened host family - you can choose a placement between 3 - 12 months
  • Room & board - you don't have to worry about paying rent, bills or food PLUS...
  • ...A guaranteed weekly wage - typical net wage $200 -$260NZD p/week
  • Completion bonus of up to $1020NZD, for completion of a 12 month placement
  • Up to 4 weeks paid holidays, giving you lots of time to travel and explore
  • Insurance
  • Online orientation
  • First aid course
  • Ongoing support whist in NZ from your Program Manager
  • A wide range of placement locations including Auckland, Wellington Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Southland/Otago
  • Access to online learning resources
  • Opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children - helping them learn and grow
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You can apply for our Au Pair New Zealand program if you:

  • Are aged between 18-30 years old
  • Are fluent in English
  • Pass our medical and criminal background checks
  • Have at least 200 hours previous childcare experience
  • Are available to join a family for a minimum of 3 months
  • Drivers License preferred, but not essential

Au Pair Duties

Au Pairs working on this program have many duties that are requirements of the New Zealand Ministry of Education, as part of being a licensed Early Childhood Education (ECE) provider.

You'll be responsible for...

  • Creating exciting, meaningful learning experience for your little ones
  • Daily entries in your Communication book, as well as environment checks
  • Writing monthly learning stories for your children about the special times you've shared during their learning journey
  • Attending child-related activities
  • Attending our professional learning workshops and using new strategies with your little ones
  • Contacting your Program Manager when you need extra support
  • Being the best big sister or brother ever!
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paid in two
simple installments.


paid in two
simple installments.


paid in two
simple installments.


paid in two
simple installments.
Au Pair in New Zealand FAQs
Can I apply without my full drivers license?

Yes, while drivers are preferred it is not essential.

Do I get paid?

Yes, you will receive a weekly wage of around $200-$260 NZD. There is also a competition bonus of up to $1020NZD for 12 months.  

Do I get time off?

Yes, you will receive 2 consecutive days off a week. You are entitled to annual leave and sick leave under NZ regulations. The time frame for both is dependent on how long your program runs. You do not work more than 10 hours a day and while the maximum is 45 hours per week, it’s normal to only work 20-35 hours.

Do I need a Visa to work in New Zealand?

Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents are able to visit, work and live in New Zealand without a visa. If you are applying for the Au Pair New Zealand program and you are neither an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, please contact the office – 1300 889 067.

Do I pay for my own flights?

Yes, this is an additional cost and you are responsible for purchasing your own flights to and from New Zealand. We have a dedicated team at Flight Centre who are ready and willing to help you find the best flight option for your trip. You can contact Linda directly at

Does the insurance cover COVID-19?

Yes, CareMed is one of the only insurance providers currently covering for COVID-19 related issues, including medical coverage should you unfortunately test positive at any time.  

How do I get my 200 hours of childcare experience?

In order to complete the programs you do need to have recent and relevant experience in working with children and youth. You will need a minimum of 200 hours recorded in your application and as a rule that experience should have been gained over the last 3 years or so. There are many ways you can gain experience, it could be through babysitting, youth groups/Sunday School, before and after school care, professional childcare, the Camp America or Au Pair in America programs, nursing, sports coaching, tutoring or volunteering.

How far ahead should I apply for APNZ?

We normally recommend giving yourself 2-3 months before you wish to depart, this will give us plenty of time to assist you with your application. If you wish to go as soon as possible then get started NOW and we will help to get you over the New Zealand as soon as possible.

How long is the Au Pair New Zealand program?

You can choose how long you’d like to participate on the program. The minimum placement is 3 months, however you could also opt in for up to 6, 9 or 12 month placements.

How old do I have to be to do this program?

You need to be at least 18 years old to complete the Au Pair New Zealand program. There is no upper age limit however 30 is generally the top age accepted by host families.

I can see you need to be interviewed for the program, can the interview be conducted online or in-person?

We can complete an interview in either format. If you would prefer an in-person interview and are located close to an interviewer then we can meet up. If you are rurally based, in another state or prefer the ease and comfort of an online interview, then we can complete your interview online, via FaceTime or Skype, as long as there is a strong, working video connection.   

I completed an application for Au Pair in America or Camp America for 2020 but can no longer travel to the USA, can my application be used for APNZ instead?

Yes, if you were successfully interviewed for the 2020 Camp America or Au Pair in America program and are no longer travelling due to the COVID 19 spread in the US, then we can use elements from your previous application, including your interviewer report, AFP and character references, to complete your APNZ application (as long as these documents are within date).

Is insurance included in the Au Pair in New Zealand program?

Yes, as part of your program fee you are covered with full travel insurance through CareMed for your time away.

Is there an orientation?

Yes, orientation is normally held in person once you arrive in the Au Pair Link head office in Auckland. However because of current COVID-19 restrictions participants are flying directly to their host family and completing the orientation online. Orientation is a great way to get to know more about your role, the NZ culture and to connect with other Au Pairs.

I’ve completed the Camp America or Au Pair in America program, can I use this experience for Au Pair New Zealand?

Absolutely, if you have previously completed either program you can include your hours spent working with kids in your APNZ application. Your skills and experience gained in this area would definitely qualify you for this program.

What are my chances of being matched with a host family?

High! Our agent in NZ, Au Pair Link have heaps of families that are ready and waiting to see your application. You can view their profiles while they view yours and it’s a mutual decision from both you and the host family before the match is approved. You can checkout some Featured Host Families here.

Where do I live while on the APNZ program?

Your food and accommodation is provided for you by your host family. While you live with your host family, you’ll never have to worry about meals and you are provided with your own room in the family home.  

Will I have support while in New Zealand and who should I contact?

Absolutely, our partner Au Pair Link will be a strong part of your support network while you are in New Zealand. You will be in touch with a Program Manager in your area who is there to support you in your duties and childcare planning whilst the head office in Auckland can assist you with any concerns, logistical or personal while you are on your placement.