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Dream Au Pair provide a compulsory Orientation for all Au Pairs. The Orientation gives each Au Pair a chance to recover from jet lag, connect with new friends and prepare for their placement with your family. All Au Pairs must complete 2 days of Orientation.

After Orientation, the Au Pairs meet their Host Families for the first time at the Orientation venue, near Auckland Airport, ready to start their placement. Orientation finishes on a Friday afternoon which we know can cause a headache for a busy Host parents. To make life easier we offer a shuttle service into Auckland city after Orientation. Talk to your Placement Co-ordinator if you want to secure a spot on the shuttle and avoid battling traffic. 

Orientation Itinerary

Day 1

  • Welcome - our Kiwi culture
  • Introduction to our two programmes – where do you fit in?
  • How to have a successful placement
  • How to set up a bank account
  • Assist with IRD number applications – NZ income tax number
  • Guidelines for Au Pairs
    • New Zealand culture and language
    • Cars, phones and internet (provide NZ mobile SIM card)
    • Pay and wages, holidays and sick leave
    • Visitors and free time
    • Housework and chores
    • Flexibility and initiative – an Au Pairs best traits
  • Kiwi family meals, cooking and nutrition
  • Mediation, rematch and emergency bed
  • Learning through play - literacy, numeracy and science
  • Fun ideas for daily activities
  • Childhood routines, what are they and why are they important?
  • Guiding children's behaviour - tips and techniques
  • Health and Safety at home

Day 2

  • Child first aid St John NZQA unit 25459 (4.5 hours)
  • Driving theory (1 hour)
  • Assist with 18+ card applications – local identity card
  • Social and events programme
  • Travel in New Zealand with Student Trips

Orientation Inclusions

  • Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner
  • Airport transfer to and from hotel
  • Shared twin or triple room in a 4-star hotel
  • Outdoor swimming pool and spa
  • Free WIFI in the hotels public areas
  • Luggage storage facility
  • Dream Au Pair t-shirt

Out of Auckland Placements

Our Orientations are held in Auckland at a hotel and conference venue near the airport. If you live outside of Auckland, you must arrange and pay for their domestic transfer to your family home prior to the Au Pair departing their home country.

Orientation Dates for 2017


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Ground Floor, 81 Grafton Road
Grafton, Auckland 1010