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What is the Demi Pair/Volunteer Programme

A Demi Pair is a part time student and part time Au Pair. The Demi Pair programme was created to give people from around the world the opportunity to study, perfect their English skills and volunteer in Cape Town, South Africa. Whether you are a student seeking for the opportunity to live with a South African family or an Au Pair seeking to enhance your educational background, this program is the perfect money saving solution.

Why choose the Demi Pair Programme?

The Demi Pair programme is designed for students who want to volunteer and live with a South African family while they follow part time language studies in Cape Town. The programme is only open to female applicants over the age of eighteen, who have at least have an Intermediate level of English, to enable them to communicate with the family.

Do I need prior experience in childcare?

Yes, prior childcare experience is a must.

A Demi Au-Pair is not a qualified nanny, Au Pair or Teacher; she works in the capacity of a helping hand, an assistant to the Mother/Father sharing the duties of housework and child minding as required by the Mother/Father of the family. The student is required to supply her qualifications (if she has any), list her experience of child minding and association with children and if possible supply references from the parents of any children she has taken care of.

What level of English do I require?

Demi Pair placements are available for applicants at intermediate level or higher, and must have some child care experience.

Do I choose the family?

No, the International House coordinator for the Demi Pair Program does the match based on the requirements of the family matching your application.

How long do I have to stay with a family?

You should be prepared to accept a Demi Pair Placement for a minimum of 3 months, with a maximum period of 6 months with a family.

Is it safe?

Yes, all placements are monitored. Participating host families are well-informed and always welcome International students. You live as a member of the family and become part of the family, experiencing South African culture and lifestyle.

Can I change families? Or leave the family?

Yes, but you can only change host family with the permission of the International House Demi Pair Coordinator.

Do I earn money as a Demi Pair?

No, you exchange 20 hours of duties for full board accommodation. You might be paid for extra Babysitting but this will have to be discussed with your host family.

Can I work elsewhere and earn money?

No, you will be in South Africa on a Volunteer Visa, which does not allow you to work.

Demi Pair Programme Details

International House Cape Town will help students to obtain the necessary Visa to study and volunteer in Cape Town before being placed with a family that is carefully chosen by our International House Coordinator. The minimum stay with a family is 3 months and the maximum stay is 6 months.

Be part of a local South Africa family, exchanging 20 hours of child-minding and housework for free accommodation and meals. During your stay in Cape Town, you will be doing a Standard English course (20 lessons per week) in the mornings and help the family with the children and light household chores in the afternoons/evenings.

Being a Demi Pair allows you to volunteer and study in an English-speaking environment, developing your English language and learning the culture and lifestyle of a South African family.


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