Our Demi Pair Program in New Zealand
As Demi Pair, you learn English at a langauge schools whilst working part time as Au Pair in an approved family
For those who want to earn some money with part-time childcare as well as enhance their English language proficiency, the Demi Pair Club Programme that the institute offers is a great opportunity. In addition to learning English and earning money, you will get to know New Zealand on a deeper level than the average traveller. Programme: 12 weeks duration of morning only English tuition (either General English or English Exam Preparation course such as CAE, FCE or TOEFL if the timing is right) with Demi Pair Homestay accommodation for 12 weeks, 24 or 36 weeks. At the Demi Pair Host Family, students look after young children and assist the host family by doing some household work (maximum 20 hours per week). In exchange, students get free room and board with three meals a day as well as NZ$90 per week pocket money. If the Demi Pair Host Family lives some distance from the school the family also assists with transport costs to and from the school. During the Demi Pair stay, students will receive our Demi Pair Club Support Services (DPCSS). Club Membership is open to those who:
- Are in between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive)
- Have reached an intermediate level of English
- Sign up for a 12 week English course
- Have 2 childcare references
- Have been granted a eligible visa
- Have proof of a valid health insurance covering New Zealand and have proof of sufficient funds for their stay in New Zealand
Programme Starting dates
Exact start dates depend upon the English course the Demi Pair wishes to enrol in. In some cases we may be able to accept enrolments outside of the usual intake dates. Please contact us to discuss a suitable arrival date.
The overall 15 hours of English lessons per week, are spread evenly from Monday to Friday (a.m. only). With the help of the lessons, students systematically enhance their English and settling in to life in New Zealand is made easier.
Part time childcare
The institute arranges a Demi Pair host family for each participant. Every student helps 15-20 hours a week with childcare and easy housework in their host family. Accommodation and food are for free and the Demi Pairs receive NZD 90 of pocket money weekly.
As part of the Demi Pair club programme all Demi Pairs are entitled to three free trips (valued at approx $320.00) and 9 free trips into Wellington. Demi-Pairs will have a choice of trips to choose from. Examples of trips are: Surfing – 3 hours learning to surf with a qualified instructor Shannon trip – an 8 hour trip up the side of the North Island to see native wildlife including kiwis, tuataras, owls, cattle, glow worms and eels. Waiarapa trip – a 6 hour trip to try out some NZ wines and chocolates. Also see a paua shell factory and Early Settlers Museum. High ropes course – 4 hours of adventure based training on 10 metre high poles and ropes. Climb to the top and jump off.
- A completed application form
- A signed programme conditions agreement.
- 2 Child care references.
- A copy of Travel/medical insurance policy.
- Self introduction letter to the host family and photo collage.
- Passport size photos
- A police clearance and medical clearance from the Demi Pairs home country
- Demi Pair & host family agreement (this document will be forwarded to students agent as soon as the applicants commitment to the programme is confirmed and a suitable family is found)
Demi Pair-Club Support package: Our programme Coordinator offers an extensive support package, including some for the whole stay in NZ (up to 12 months).
- Arrangement of a Demi Pair host family for each student
- Free Airport pick-up and orientation meeting
- Ongoing assistance and support (for example help in sorting out misunderstanding and expectation differences, booking of tours or trips in NZ, etc)
- We will be available as an emergency contact for family and friends, throughout the whole length of stay in New Zealand (up to a year).
To have a successful Demi Pair experience, the applicant must:
- have a genuine love of children and desire to care for them.
- desire to be included as a member of the family and not as a guest or boarder.
- be flexible, be able to accept cultural differences and a different way of life and be able
- to sue the experience as a way of learning about another culture.
- ensure there is open and honest communication between the Demi Pair and the family.
- be committed to ensuring that the Demi Pair experience is successful for both the family and the Demi Pair.
Contact us to get a quote.
Demi Pair Program
Au Pair + English Course in New Zealand = NZ Demi Pair
By enrolling in the Demi Pair Club programme, you can expect to get your own room and receive 3 meals a day. Furthermore, you will receive some money every week, and you will also get some financial support for getting to and from your school. In exchange, you will be required to help your host family with household work and you will also be required to look after young children. On top of the support you will receive from your host family, students will also receive the Demi Pair Club Support Services (DPCSS) during their Demi Pair stay.
Activities for Demi Pairs in New Zealand
All participants of the New Zealand Demi Pair Club programme are entitled to three free trips around New Zealand and nine free trips in Wellington. A huge variety of trip choices will be presented to you.
Here are some examples of what may be available to you:
- Surfing for 3 hours with a qualified instructor
- Trip to Shannon to see New Zealand’s native wildlife such as kiwis, tuataras, owls, cattle and glow worms
- Trip to Waiarapa to check out the paua shell factory and the Early Settlers Museum as well as getting the opportunity to taste some of the best NZ wines and chocolates
- High ropes course where you will be trained to climb on a 10 metre high course constructed of poles and ropes
Demi Pair New Zealand Support package
We understand how overwhelming it can be to live in another country, so we are completely committed to ensuring that you feel safe and supported during your stay in New Zealand.
Our support package includes:
- The arrangement of your host family
- Free airport pick-up and orientation
- Ongoing support and assistance
- Organisation of emergency contact with your family and friends during your stay for up to a year
- Organisation of safe storage for your personal belongings and mails (even while you travel around NZ)
Price List – Please note, this price list is just an example. We offer many different programs in NZ.
The Registration fee, 12 weeks English tuition fee, host family placement fees and Activities fees are all included in the quotes as listed:
- 12 weeks English course + 12 weeks Demi Pair stay: NZ$ 4,400.00
- 12 weeks English course + 24 weeks Demi Pair stay: NZ$ 5,680.00
- 24 weeks English course + 24 weeks Demi Pair stay: NZ$ 7,880.00
- 36 weeks English course + 24 weeks Demi Pair stay: Price upon request
- 36 weeks English course + 36 weeks Demi Pair stay: Price upon request
Please note that expenses NOT included are:
- General cost of public transport
- Exam fees
- Special study materials and stationery
Demi Pair in New Zealand Starting dates
There are generally 4 intakes each year (January, March, June and September). However, exact start dates will depend on the English course you wish to enrol in. Please feel free to contact us to discuss an arrival date suitable for YOU.
Students can choose to attend either the General English course or the English Exam Preparation course (including CAE, FCE and TOEFL). A total of 15 hours of English lessons per week is included in the programme, and the hours will take place evenly in the mornings from Monday to Friday.
Examples for New Zealand Demi Pair intake dates
5 Jan – 27 March (12 weeks)
5 Jan to 19 June (24 weeks)
FCE 9 weeks (4 hours per day) 12 Jan to 13 March. Exam 13 – 14 March
CAE 9 weeks (4 hours per day) 12 Jan to 13 March. Exam 13 – 14 March
TOEFL 8 Weeks. Date to be confirmed but will start mid Jan.
22 March – 12 June (12 weeks)
22 March – 4 September (24 weeks)
FCE 12 weeks 22 March to 12 June. Exam 12 – 15 June
CAE 12 weeks 22 March to 12 June. Exam 12 – 15 June
TOEFL 8 weeks
21 June – 11 September (12 Weeks)
21 June – 4 Dec (24 weeks)
TOEFL 8 weeks
13 September – 4 December (12 weeks)
13 September – 26 February (24 weeks)
FCE 12 weeks 13 Sept to 4 Dec. Exam 7 – 10 Dec
CAE 12 weeks 13 Sept to 4 Dec. Exam 7 – 10 Dec
TOEFL 8 weeks
The Maori culture courses are from 2 to 13 Feb and from 22 June to 3 July. The first course is a little later than usual due to Waitangi day and we have decided to try moving the July course forward a bit to run during Matariki (Maori New Year) so students can take part in all the celebrations.
Testimonials from Demi Pairs in New Zealand
Hi my name is Colette, I am 20 years old and I come from France. For the last 3 months I have been part of the Demi-Pair Programme of The Campbell Institute.
That means I am studying English part-time in the mornings and taking care of children in the afternoon.
My English studies run from 9 am to 12 pm it was just excellent – you are part of an international class, so you are able to discover new cultures while studying.
And the method of teaching is all in games and fun, without fail you are going to create special links with your class mates.
As an Au Pair, I am living with a marvellous kiwi family, Julian and Helen – the parents always ready to help and their three children Jacob (3), Piata (6) and Rubie (9).
Do not be afraid of taking care of children, it is sometimes tough but they will give you so much laugh it makes you progress a lot. To finish I would say that it is an extremely rich experience. You learn a lot about this new culture but also about yourself. My advice, don’t wait fill out an application now and be part of a programme which allows you studying and working at the same time.
Colette was a Demi-Pair from March 08 till August 08, during which time she also helped her family to renovate their house! She has shown us that you can easily manage to work while studying. The Campbell Institute says thanks to her for being a excellent student and great friend to her classmates, demi-pair children and family.