The Au Pair program is for cultural exchange


The purpose of the au pair-scheme is cultural exchange. Its origin can be traced back to the European au pair-agreement of 1969 in which the movement of adventurous young Europeans crossing borders was regulated. An au pair stays in the home of a host family as part of the family, while primarily learning about the Norwegian ways, language and society, and exchanges cultural knowledge with friends and family. It is important that both au pair and host family recognizes the purpose of the program as cultural exchange. An au pair is not a housemaid nor a nanny. However, you are expected to do some light housework and for this your recieve pay/pocket money.

UDI writes, «As an au pair, you can improve your language skills and learn about Norwegian society by living with a Norwegian family. In return, you will provide services such as light housework and/or child care for the host family.» We recommend you to click on the link and read thouroughly the UDI circular on the au pair-program.

An au pair and the host family must agree on the terms of the au pair-stay in the standardized contract provided by UDI. You can find the contract here. In any case, you cannot work more than 5 hours per day, with a maximum of 30 hours per week. Contact Caritas au pair-senter if you need help with your contract or have other questions.


The Application Process

Guidelines for processing applications for residence permits as au pairs pursuant to the Norwegian Immigration Regulations Section 6-25.

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Contract for cultural exchange between Au Pair and the host family.

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Guidelines for processing applications for residence permits as au pairs pursuant to the Norwegian Immigration Regulations Section 6-25.

Please Click Here

Au Pair Center

Caritas has made a contract with UDI to be an au pair center in Oslo and Bergen. Caritas Bergen will therefore provide information, guidance and assistance to au pairs and their host families in Bergen.

Opening hours in Bergen:

Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM – 15:00 PM.

Au pairs and host families that need our help, are welcome to contact us at :

phone: (+47) 939-92-26


Language and Coffee

Caritas offers free language training once a week, Fridays. This is not a course, but an opportunity for you to practice your language skills and meet other people who are on the same path as you are in. There are no registrations for språkkafe, you just need to come. We sit in groups sorted after language level, and our volunteers will help you.
Fridays: Caritas location 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM, Sigurds gate 8.

Norwegian Classes

Caritas Bergen offers Norwegian course on A1 and A2 level. At the end of the course you will take a test and get a certificate that you can use when you apply for jobs. In Norway, you often need to speak Norwegian in order to get a job. At Caritas we say that if you master the Norwegian language, you have the key to get a job in Norway. Therefore, our courses have a work-oriented goal. Each course will be twice a week.

Register here

Norskkurs B1 (Ny i Bergen kurs)

Caritas Bergen received a big number of request of starting again the Norwegian B1 level course. Caritas offers a more dynamic and community related B1 language course.

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Contact us


Sigurds gate 8, 2nd floor
5015 Bergen

Opening hours:

9:00 AM – 14:00 PM