Who we are

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We belong to a protestant women's association called ”Diakonia”, supporter of youth social work and a member of the YWCA (Young Woman`s Christian Association). We protect the rights of young people, especially young women and promote opportunities for them. The Association for International Youth Work (Verein für international Jugendarbeit, vij) ) is a non-profit and non-commercial organization.

History

1877: "Union internationale des amies de la jeune fille", an international association is founded by women for women to protect them from sexual and economic exploitation

1882: Establishment of the association in Germany

1954: Re-establishment of the association - resumption of au pair agency in Hamburg (after prohibition during the 3rd Reich) called the "Association for International Youth Work for the City of Hamburg eV"

Today: Represented by many local and national associations in Germany as well as in Western and Eastern Europe

What we do

  • We promote the integration of foreign citizens, women and men alike
  • We assist young women to protect them from abuse, exploitation, women trafficking and illegal matters
  • We offer advice and help
  • We provide legal placements of young people as au pairs to appropriate families in Germany and other European countries
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The vij in Hamburg

We provide au pair placements for interested young people from countries worldwide to appropriate host families in Hamburg; likewise, for German au pairs to European countries and New Zealand. During the au pair-stay we are always available for help and advice. We offer a monthly au pair meeting where au pairs can share experiences, voice their problems and obtain appropriate solutions. Cultural events and presentations e.g. a briefing concerning HIV prevention are also important parts of the meeting. Our major goals are to provide individualized and personalized counseling and continous support at all times. Your well-being is our main concern.

What can you expect?

For au pairs

  • The experience of being a temporary family member
  • Cultural exchange
  • Improve ability of a foreign language
  • Obtain international experience
  • Gain experience in childcare and light housekeeping

For host families

  • Support in child care
  • Support in light household chores
  • Gain experience with young people from different cultural backgrounds