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Frequently asked questions

Do I have to pay for signing up?
No you won’t need to pay for signing up.

For how long will I au pair?
It is allowed to au pair for a maximum of 12 months in one of the countries. It is possible to au pair in another country after your first au pair journey.

What is the difference between an au pair and a nanny?
The difference between an au pair and a nanny is that an au pair will go overseas through a cultural program and will only work for a maximum of 32 hours a week. A nanny is allowed to work more and to get paid, but will experience less of the culture.

What if I do not meet the requirements, can I still apply?
If you are not certain that you meet the requirements, contact us. If you do not meet the requirements, you are not able to apply for our au pair programs.

I am not a South African citizen, can I still apply?
If you are not a South African citizen, you need a South African residents permit to be able to apply.

I'm not planning on au pairing yet, should I already apply?
It’s best to apply as soon as possible or 3-6 months before you want to leave.

I don't live in Cape Town, is it still possible for me to go with BAP?
Yes, if you do not live close by, it is possible to arrange everything through skype, e-mail and what’s app.

Why do I have to pay for participating on this program?
Most of your fees will go to your visa, flight and insurances overseas. A small part of your fees will go to BAP to compensate the administration costs.

Besides my program fees, for what else do I need to pay?
Besides your program fees, you also need to pay for the application of your passport, full unabridged birth certificate and your police clearance. You are also required to do a general medical test before you are matched and for Belgium you are required to get a proof of not being married.

Why do I have to be between  18-25 years old for the Belgium program, 18-26 years old for the Germany Program, 18-29 years old for the Netherlands program and 18 – 26 years old for the USA program?
It’s the law/ regulations within that country for the cultural exchange program abroad that requires you to be within a certain age.

More questions?

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Contact us

Tel: 021 424 6860



702 Dumbarton House

1 Church Street

Cape Town


Open during office hours:

Mon to Thurs: 9am to 4pm

Friday: 9am to 2pm

Saturdays: strictly by appointment only