English + Demi Pair


The Demi Pair program provides students the opportunity to combine their English studies with an Au Pair experience with a host family. Students can study any ELICOS course: General English, Speaking and Pronunciation, Cambridge (FCE, CAE, CPE), IELTS Preparation or English+ Business/Project Management while taking part in the program. Students can study Full time (Semi-Intensive 20 hours) or Part time (8, 12, 16 or 20 hours) of study per week.

The Demi Pair Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the program runs smoothly. The coordinator is responsible for recruiting suitable host families to host our Demi Pair students and manages the placement process. The Demi Pair Coordinator will provide support throughout the placement to both the student and their host family.

Study Mode

Semi Intensive 20 hours per week

IH Sydney City| IH Melbourne | IH Gold Coast

Morning 8am-12.15pm


Evening 5pm-9.15pm

Part Time 8, 12, 16 or 20 hours per week

IH Sydney City| IH Melbourne | IH Gold Coast

Morning 8am-12.15pm


Evening 5pm-9.15pm

Key Features

Program Features

  • Students must enroll for a minimum of 12 weeks – 48 weeks maximum study to join the Demi Pair program
  • The Demi Pair student will live with their local host family for the duration of their studies
  • Provide host family 15 hours of assistance each week
  • The Demi Pair program at International House provides students the opportunity to combine their English studies with an Au Pair experience with a host family
  • Students must hold either a Student visa or Working Holiday visa to join the Demi Pair program (Student visa holders must study full time (20 hours)
  • Families provide accommodation, 2 meals on weekdays and 3 meals on weekends, Wi-Fi and linen

Program Requirements

To join the Demi Pair program, students must fulfill the program requirements:

  • Students aged 18+
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Childcare experience + reference
  • Police check from home country
  • Student Visa or Working Holiday Visa
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC) from Australia
  • Medical Report (physical/mental)
  • First Aid Training and Certificate from  Australia
  • Driver’s Licence (Optional requirement)

Childcare Experience

  • Students that join the Demi Pair program must have substantial childcare experience
  • Childcare experience can be both formal or informal such as a babysitter, after school nanny, school holiday nanny, childcare educator, teacher, children’s nurse, classroom assistant, holiday camp worker, sport’s coach or homework tutor
  • Childcare is substantial if it’s frequent or re-occurring experience
  • Student must have experience caring for children that are not relatives
  • Childcare experience  must  be verified with a childcare reference from a previous childcare employer

More information about English + Demi Pair

Demi Pairs provide 15 hours of assistance to their host family each week, Monday – Friday. Weekends are usually free for socialising and exploring the city. Occasionally, host families may require weekend babysitting, so students are asked to remain flexible to their host family’s needs. All required assistance will be pre-determined and discussed during the placement matching process.

The primary focus of family assistance is childcare and child-related tasks. Assistance with household tasks may also be required by the host family.  Please note that host families may have varied requirements, specific to their family’s needs.

The table below shows the types of duties that may be required by the host family during the Demi Pair placement.

Demi Pair students will know the tasks required of them before starting their placement. The Demi Pair Coordinator has regular communication with the student and their host family throughout the placement to ensure the assistance provided by the Demi Pair matches what the family require.

Child Care Duties




Wake and dress children

Prepare breakfast

Prepare lunchboxes

Comb children’s hair

Brush children’s teeth

Take children to school

Pick children up from school

Take children home or to after school activities

Prepare afternoon snack

Help with homework

Play and supervise children

e.g. Babysitting

Cook dinner for children

Bathe children

Put children to bed

Read stories to children

House Hold Duties



Empty the dishwasher

Wipe kitchen surfaces

Make the children’s beds

Family laundry

Iron children’s clothes

Cook dinner for family

Vacuum the floors

Empty the bins

Clean the bathroom

Tidy up toys

Demi Pair host families are carefully recruited by the Demi Pair Coordinator to ensure their childcare requirements are suitable for our program. Adult host family members have criminal record checks and the Demi Pair Coordinator conducts reference checks and a home inspection as part of the family’s registration to the Demi Pair program.

Demi Pair students are carefully matched and placed with one of our host families for the duration of their studies and during this time the student assists the family with childcare and household tasks. Host families live in residential suburban areas, no more than 60-minutes from where students attend class. Demi Pair students are usually required to take public transport to school each day.

Host families accommodate the Demi Pair student in their family home. We guarantee that our host families will provide their Demi Pair with the following:

  • Private bedroom (with bed, desk, chair, clothes storage and a window for natural light)
  • Linens (pillow, quilt, bed sheets and towels)
  • All meals, 7 days per week (breakfast and lunch are self-serve & dinner with the family)
  • Wi-Fi


Students must hold either a Student visa or Working Holiday visa to join the Demi Pair program. Each of these visas have conditions concerning work and study, which will determine the student’s Demi Pair placement.

Refer to the table below for factors of each visa. Regardless of visa type, participation in the Demi Pair program is for the duration of the student’s studies and the student must leave their host family when their course ends, unless agreed otherwise with the Demi Pair Coordinator.

Student Visa

Working Holiday Visa

Study + Demi Pair 12-48 weeksStudy + Demi Pair 12-17 weeks
Aged 18+Aged 18-30 (French citizens aged 18-35)
Full Time study only (Semi-Intensive 20 hours)Full time or part time study
Provide host family 20 hours of assistance each weekProvide host family 20 hours of assistance each week
Overseas Student Health Cover requiredCan provide host family additional assistance for extra pocket money
Own health insurance recommended


Demi Pair applications are accepted year-round.  Applications for December / early January will be based on host family availability due to school holidays. Please contact your Marketing Manager for availability.


Program Fees

Demi Pair Fee AU$ 800

Plus Weekly English Tuition & Materials

Accommodation Deposit AU$ 950*

*Accommodation Deposit $950 is refundable if not required during the placement.


  • Intermediate English level
  • Completed application forms
  • Signed Program Terms & Conditions
  • First Aid & CPR Training**
  • Childcare & Character references
  • Police Check & WWCC**
  • Medical Report (physical/mental)
  • Introduction letter
  • Photo identification

Application steps and documents



Step 1 Application receivedDemi Pair Student Application Form
Step 2 Speaking TestDemi Pair Program Terms and Conditions
Steps 3 Document reviewDemi Pair Student Handbook & Code of Conduct
Step 4 Letter of offerDemi Pair Required Document Checklist
Step 5 Family matchingDemi Pair Required Document Guide
Step 6 Family interviewChildcare Reference Form
Step 7 Placement confirmedCharacter Reference Form
Step 1 to step 4 must be completed at least 8 weeks prior to start of courseMedical Check Form
WWCC & First Aid Guide
Introduction Letter & Photo Template

**First Aid & WWCC on arrival in Australia. Police check from home country

All required program documentation must be received prior to the student’s enrolment so that the Demi Pair Coordinator can assess the student’s suitability to the program. For quicker processing, all required documents should be provided at the same time.