Au Pair Requirements in Switzerland

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Switzerland, with its picturesque landscapes and diverse cultures, is a desirable destination for au pairs. Participating in an au pair program in Switzerland offers young individuals the chance to immerse themselves in Swiss culture while providing essential support to host families.


To become an au pair or host family in Switzerland, the following criteria must be met.

Requirements for Au Pairs

To qualify as an au pair in Switzerland, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Aged between 17 and 25 years old (up to 30 years old for EU/EFTA citizens).

  • Native language different from the language spoken by the host family and the main language of the region.

  • Unmarried and without children.

  • Willing to participate in a language course.

Requirements for Host Families

Host families in Switzerland must meet the following criteria:
  • There is at least one child in the household who is of school age or younger.

  • The family possesses Swiss citizenship, a C permit, or a B EU/EFTA permit.

  • The au pair assists with childcare and light household tasks.

  • A very good knowledge of the language spoken in the region of Switzerland is required.

  • The family has a different nationality and speaks a different language from the au pair.

  • At least one parent is primarily at home and can support the au pair for at least half of the working hours.

  • The family is prepared to make time for the au pair to attend a language course and cover the associated costs.


  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Swiss German


Switzerland offers a unique environment for cultural exchange between au pairs and host families. Meeting these requirements ensures a rewarding and enriching experience for both parties.

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