PROaupair’s international au pair candidates are comprised of European nationals, primarily Germans, who have completed their degrees or vocational trainings in social care professions such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, paediatric nursing, early childhood education, or special needs care.
- Childcare Provider KinderpflegerIn In Germany, a childcare provider receives two to three years of vocational training that is focused on childcare. Their training includes practical experience in both the classroom, assisting teachers, and in private homes.
- Early Childhood Educator/Teacher ErzieherIn In Germany, an early childhood educator must complete a three or five year degree as well as a year-long practical internship covering all the following subjects matter: psychology, language development, child development, literature, art, music, health and physical education. A German teacher will have 1200 hours of practical training and nearly 3000 hours of theoretical training.
- Occupational Therapist ErgotherapeutIn In Germany, an occupational therapist can have either a Bachelor’s Degree (4 years) or complete a three-year vocational training program. Their training is designed to help them work with children and adults who have a physical, mental or cognitive disorder. Some of the most common activities for occupational therapists include helping their patient’s increase their involvement in daily activities and adapting their environment in order to make this possible. Occupational therapists have 2700 hours of theoretical training and 1700 hours of practical training.
- Paediatric Nurse KinderkrankenpflegerIn In Germany, a paediatric nurse receives a three-year degree that is focused on caring for babies – including newborns, pre-nature infants, multiples (twins, etc.) and babies with special needs. Most paediatric nurses have experience in maternity wards, nurseries and intensive care units.
- Physical Therapist PhysiotherapeutIn In Germany, physical therapists are certified as part of a three-year vocational program. Most physical therapist work with individuals who have physical disabilities and are trained to help improve or restore mobility and to reduce pain. Most physical therapists have nearly 3000 hours of theoretical training and approximately 1600 hours of practical training.
- Social Assistant SozialassistentIn In Germany, a social assistant must complete a two-year degree. Their training consists of building skills to help care for individuals of all ages, including people with disabilities. The social assistant degree is a pre-requisite for other career paths, including being a preschool or kindergarten teacher.
- Social Worker Sozialpädagoge/in In Germany, social workers spend four years training and receive a Bachelor’s Degree. Social work encompasses a broad area that includes using social theories to understand human problems while also helping to improve individual lives and society overall. Most individuals who work in this field end up specialising in a specific area – for example, helping people overcome addiction, working with children with behavioural challenges, etc.
- Special Needs Care Provider HeilerziehungspflegerIn In Germany, a special needs care provider has a three-year degree focused on caring for children and adults with special needs. A special needs care provider helps with daily support needs like taking a bath, helping with meals (including feeding tubes), lifting and moving, and more, either in a private home or in a hospital.
- Speech Therapist Logopäde/in In Germany, a speech therapist receives their degree after three years of vocational training. Speech therapists help patients to improve their communication skills, including speech development, disorders and delays. A speech therapist has approximately 1700 hours of theoretical training and more than 2000 hours of practical training.