Host Families

Welcome to New Zealand’s leading Demi Au Pair programme. We place over 100 Demi Au Pairs into New Zealand families each year.

If you want cost-effective and reliable childcare with the added bonus of an international cultural experience then Campbell’s Demi Au Pair programme could be just what you need.

Our friendly Demi Au Pairs live with a homestay family, and work for the family for up to 20 hours per week, helping with childcare and housework.

In exchange for working, families provide Demi Au Pairs with full board (bedroom and meals), a stipend and transport costs.

Our Demi Au Pair programme is very popular and we often have a waiting list. Get in touch now:

Wellington Ph: (04) 803 3434 or Email Us

Auckland Ph: (09) 534 4292 or Email Us

What is a Demi Au Pair?

An “Au Pair” is sometimes referred to as a “nanny”. Generally, Au Pairs live with the family they work for. “Demi” means part-time (literally – “half”).

Demi Au Pairs come to NZ to work and study. Most often they study advanced English in order to pass a high level international exam, and work to gain experience, a good reference, and to help cover the costs of their travel and living expenses. Demi Au Pairs hold either a Working Holiday Visa, or a Student Visa with Variation of Conditions to allow part-time work.

Demi Au Pairs:
Work for families up to 20 hours per week, providing childcare and helping with daily housework (help with picking up children from school, minding, playing, cooking, vacuuming etc.)

Study English at The Campbell Institute for 15 hours per week in the mornings (9.00-12.30)

    • Are between 18 and 30 years of age
    • Have a minimum of Intermediate English
    • Have references and police checks
    • Have experience with children
    • Have learned how to manage Critical Incidents in New Zealand

Demi Au Pair Families:

  • Need help with daily house work and child care
  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Provide full board
  • Pay the Demi Au Pair NZ$90 per week stipend
  • Cover the Demi Au Pair’s transport costs between home and school

How do I apply?

Step 1. Contact us!

Before you apply to become a host family it’s a good idea to talk to us. We need to know that a Demi Au Pair is going to match your requirements and that the location of your home is suitable. At the same time we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Step 2.

Download our application form. Complete the form and send to us.

Step 3.

We will contact you to arrange a time for a home visit. The purpose of the home visit is to talk through the programme, to answer your questions and to make sure that your home and family are suitable for hosting a Demi Au Pair.

Step 4.

Once you have been accepted as a host family, we will add you to our database for placements. We will ask you to put together a family profile so that we can introduce you to your Demi Au Pair once the match-up has been made.

What are the costs?

Having a Demi Au Pair is an extremely cost-effective way of accessing childcare.

Demi Au Pairs work up to 20 hours per week for their family, and in exchange, receive:

  • Accommodation (own bedroom)
  • Full Board (3 meals per day)
  • NZ$90.00 per week stipend
  • Transport costs between home and school

Currently there is no charge for families to register as a host family with The Campbell Institute.

What is the experience like?

“Over four years ago we decided to have an au pair for the first time, and soon we will welcome our 11th au pair to our home! In fact, we are now enjoying return visits from our first au pairs, who have gone on to finish university and are coming back to New Zealand to visit us again. Having demi au pairs in our home has really opened our children’s eyes to the possibilities of travel in foreign countries. We now have a network of wonderful families across Europe who I know will take especially good care of my girls when they decide to do their big overseas experience!”
Joanna Lambert


“As a single mother I find having a demi pair invaluable and I very much treat her or him as a valued member of our family. I adopt a “win win” approach so that the demi helps me with collecting the children from school, homework, laundry and basic jobs in the home and we in turn teach her/him about Kiwi culture, help improve their English and try to show her/him around our beautiful country as much as possible. We try and introduce her/him to true Kiwi cuisine and we laugh that they leave with Kiwi accents. We have hosted 5 demis now and have found the experience mutually beneficial on both sides.”
Michelle Chandler

We will miss Lennard terribly but are excited for him and his next adventure studying back in Germany, I keep telling him he’s going back to the real world but he laughs at me (man is he going to get a rude awakening). We will definitely get another Demi Au Pair it’s been great.”
Corryn Elliot


“Our experience with this programme has been entirely positive. It helps to be well organised and to continually communicate. Having a demi au pair allows our children to spend more time at home and participate in after school activities. We get to learn about a different culture and it also renews our appreciation of New Zealand. Each of our demis has enjoyed attending The Campbell Institute and travelling around NZ.”
Justine Crawford