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Old 25.11.2015, 09:34
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Re: Can I be an English teacher and an Au-pair?

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Okay maybe I should have been a little clearer: I'm not really looking for advice RE being qualified enough to obtain a teaching position in Switzerland, rather advice on whether or not it is legal for me to come to Switzerland and work as both an Au-Pair AND English Teacher. I will be coming to Switzerland on the basis that I will be working for XXX school, and I know there are a lot of rules and regulations around working as an Au-Pair, so really I was wondering if anybody knew the law pretty well and could point me at some information online.

I actually do have a CELTA qualification, and as others have said, places do often tend to accept native speakers without a qualification anyway. The position I'm applying for is 12hrs p/w with a reputable company who then match you with a (usually) upper-secondary school. I can speak French so I'm more likely to be placed in the Western cantons.

Odile is there anything you have read that specifically states I cannot do both? Would you be able to send me a link?

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You will not be able to teach in an upper-secondary school with only a CELTA degree. You are qualified enough, however, to teach in language schools and for schools who offer evening courses. These kinds of jobs are usually part-time only and offer no guarantee on how many courses will run.
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Old 25.11.2015, 09:46
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You will not be able to teach in an upper-secondary school with only a CELTA degree...
…because for that you'll additionally need a SVEB qualification.
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Old 25.11.2015, 09:52
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Re: Can I be an English teacher and an Au-pair?

Are you actually looking to be an au pair, or just a nanny? I doubt you can do the au pair thing, given all the regulations around that gig, but being a nanny or babysitter on the side shouldn't be a problem.
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Re: Can I be an English teacher and an Au-pair?

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From top of my head, CHF 40 per hour- age, qualifications and/or experience make no difference. As I would have had to travel nearly 40km each way, and pay for parking- and would be a few hours here and there- no way José.
A little OT but I just had to jump in an say a big amen to this - last week I responded to a call on here for an interpreter for a RAV meeting, something I do a lot of, so I know what the RAV want. Moreover I have 2 language degrees and 20 years' experience in translation and interpreting. It would have involved an hour of meeting, 30-60 minutes of prep beforehand, and an hour's travel each way and the person expected to pay me CHF 30 for the lot. No, there's not a zero missing on there
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Re: Can I be an English teacher and an Au-pair?

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A little OT but I just had to jump in an say a big amen to this - last week I responded to a call on here for an interpreter for a RAV meeting, something I do a lot of, so I know what the RAV want. Moreover I have 2 language degrees and 20 years' experience in translation and interpreting. It would have involved an hour of meeting, 30-60 minutes of prep beforehand, and an hour's travel each way plus train fares, and the person expected to pay me CHF 30 for the lot. No, there's not a zero missing on there
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Re: Can I be an English teacher and an Au-pair?

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Re: Can I be an English teacher and an Au-pair?

AmyMac,

Much advice from others above is good and more detailed, but I thought worth clarifying what the main issue is (even at the risk of repetitiveness):

Being an Au Pair in Switzerland is a very particular kind of employment relationship, with restrictions on the language of the Au Pair vs host family; visa arrangements; terms etc, some of which (as others have pointed out) may pose difficulties for the situation you describe.

It is this regulation of Au Pairing that is the main problem - babysitting, nannying, private tutoring etc do not have the same issues. So you may be able to come to an au-pair like relationship with a family (e.g. offsetting board against tutoring / babysitting) without being an au pair. This may be easier for both you and for the family, particularly if it is the school teaching that underwrites your visa.

Googling gives lots more info on the au pair rules.
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AmyMac,

Much advice from others above is good and more detailed, but I thought worth clarifying what the main issue is (even at the risk of repetitiveness):

Being an Au Pair in Switzerland is a very particular kind of employment relationship, with restrictions on the language of the Au Pair vs host family; visa arrangements; terms etc, some of which (as others have pointed out) may pose difficulties for the situation you describe.

It is this regulation of Au Pairing that is the main problem - babysitting, nannying, private tutoring etc do not have the same issues. So you may be able to come to an au-pair like relationship with a family (e.g. offsetting board against tutoring / babysitting) without being an au pair. This may be easier for both you and for the family, particularly if it is the school teaching that underwrites your visa.

Googling gives lots more info on the au pair rules.
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