This question comes up every time an Au Pair seeks a job through our Au Pair agency. Though it is not mandatory for the Au Pair to have a driving license in some countries, it does come in handy when the Au Pair needs to quickly run out to complete an errand or pick up kids from the school.
Most of the tasks assigned to the Au Pair do not require the use of a vehicle but having the skill of driving in a foreign country is always advantageous for the Au Pair as well as the Hosting family.
What does the Host Family need to do?
If you want the Au Pair to drive, you need to focus on the following points:
• Check whether the Au Pair has any driving experience. The Au Pair may not have driven a car after passing the driving test.
• You should take the assistance of the local police station to find out the exact provisions regarding the validity of the International Driving Permit. Also find out whether the Au Pair needs to take any additional driving tests to qualify for a license in your country.
• Clarify with your insurance provider about the party who has to pay for the damages if your Au Pair causes accidental damage to the vehicle.
• The highway codes in every country are different. We recommend that you should sponsor some driving lessons for the Au Pair so that he or she is familiar with the codes.
If your Au Pair does not need to drive, confirm with the local authorities whether a contract is allowed without the license.
What do you need to do as an Au Pair?
Details like driving license validity in the host country should be confirmed in the initial stages itself so that you can get hold of an International Driving Permit as per the requirements. Take the help of your Au Pair agency to find out the details.
Planning to become an Au Pair in America?
Most of the host families in the USA ask for an Au Pair with a driving license because they need him or her to carry out various tasks. Even if your host family does not require you to have a license, we suggest that you should have one because after the termination of contract, it is difficult to find a new family without a license. The Au Pair agency that you approach in the USA is bound to ask you about your driving history and traffic offenses. So get hold of a license and have some driving experience before applying for a job in America.
At AuPair.com, we can help you locate the perfect Host Family according to your criteria.