Overview

Nationally Recognised Training

Add a 12 week BROWNS Demi Pair experience to your English language program.

Duration: 12 weeks Demi Pair program* (minimum 10 weeks English course at BROWNS)

Start Dates: Any point during your studies at BROWNS

Requirements:

  • Minimum pre-intermediate level of English
  • Completed Demi Pair Application Form and BROWNS Application Form.
  • Police check from the student's home county (provided in English).
  • Completed Queensland Government New Customer Application (individual) required to submit the Working with Children Check (Blue Card) Application upon arrival to Queensland, Australia.
  • Student introduction letter with a minimum of three pictures of the student with children, family and friends
  • 2 x Official Identification which include the students photo (passport copy + one other form of identification*). E.g:
    • Foreign passport + temporary visa + student identity document or,
    • Foreign passport + temporary visa + Debit or credit card (must include signature and embossed or printed name)
  • Passport
  • Resume
  • Visa grant letter
  • Flights details

For full detail of alternative Official Identification options, please refer to the Queensland Government link, https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/driver-licensing/identity

Why Demi Pair?

  • Experience the wonderful Australian way-of-life
  • Opportunity to improve your English skills
  • Help busy families with housekeeping and/or child minding
  • Save on the expense of accommodation and living costs
  • Carefully matched families

Description:

  • As a Demi pair you will work (unpaid) as a part-time, live-in housekeeper while attending English lessons at BROWNS during the day
  • Your host family will provide you with 12 weeks accommodation in a private room, three meals per day, and free time on weekends.
  • You will be required to work (unpaid) 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday.
  • Our Demi Pair Manager will give you an orientation on arrival, telephone contact every week and support whenever necessary.
  • Program includes Airport pick-up included
  • Your application must be made at least 10 weeks prior to commencement at BROWNS and may be approved following a virtual interview.
  • Accepting both female and male students from a broad range of ages.

Offshore Package* (12 weeks):

The offshore package is for students applying from overseas. This schedule allows time to settle in, learn routine and obtain Blue Card / Working With Children Check. Candidates must provide Police Check from home country. Candidates must not assist with any child related tasks until Blue Card has been approved.

House Keeper role - first two weeks.
10 hours per week assisting the family with the following:

  • Assisting with cleaning and housework.
  • Cleaning and tidying common areas.
  • Assisting with meal preparation for family.

Demi Pair role - 10 weeks
15 hours per week assisting the family with the following:

  • Helping with children in the morning, after school and at dinner and bath times.
  • Assisting with cleaning and housework.
  • Cleaning and tidying children’s rooms.
  • Assisting with meal preparation and feeding young children.
  • Reading stories and playtime.
  • Baby-sitting during the week.

Onshore Package (12 weeks):

Suitable for onshore applicants with valid Blue Card/Working with Children's Check.

Demi Pair role - 12 weeks
15 hours per week assisting the family with the following:

  • Helping with children in the morning, after school and at dinner and bath times.
  • Assisting with cleaning and housework.
  • Cleaning and tidying children’s rooms.
  • Assisting with meal preparation and feeding young children.
  • Reading stories and playtime.
  • Baby-sitting during the week.

Choose an English program:

Fees:

*Offshore package for students applying from overseas. This schedule allows time to settle in, learn routine and obtain Blue Card / Working With Children Check. Candidates must provide Police Check from home country. Candidates must not assist with any child related tasks until Blue Card has been approved. Onshore package is 12 weeks Demi Pair role.

Timetable

Sample timetable*

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7.00 – 8.30 Morning duties
8.50 – 9.50 CORE class
Revision
CORE class CORE class CORE class CORE class
10.00 – 11.00 CORE class
Revision test
11.10 – 12.10 Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate
Lunch
13.10 – 14.10 CORE class
Test answers
Active8
Vocabulary & Reading
Active8
Writing
Active8
Grammar
Active8
Listening & Speaking
14.20 – 15.20 Active8
Pronunciation
Active8
Functional Usage
19.00 – 20.30 Evening duties

*Sample timetable should be used as a guide. Subject to change without notice.
Offshore package for students applying from overseas. This schedule allows time to settle in, learn routine and obtain Blue Card / Working With Children Check. Candidates must provide Police Check from home country. Candidates must not assist with any child related tasks until Blue Card has been approved. Onshore package is 12 weeks Demi Pair role.

Testimonials

Barista Testimonial
Maria from Brazil

“I was at University when I had decided to live abroad and study English. I made this decision because I believe the best career opportunities are connected with good English skills.

I chose Australia, and specifically the Gold Coast because one of my dreams was live close to the beach, and also because when I was a child, I was fascinated by koalas and kangaroos. So, on the Gold Coast I could put all my preferences together, and once I was here, I realised how other things such as culture, safety and lifestyle make it the perfect place to live and study.

I chose the BROWNS English Language School English plus Demi Pair program to have the opportunity of living with an Australian family to experience the culture, speak a lot of English and also because it was a great option when it comes to saving money. So, with this program, I help the family 3 hours per day, every weekday, with light cleaning and helping with the kids. In exchange, I receive accommodation and 3 meals per day.

Since I arrived in Australia, my family has been amazing with me, introducing me to everything, helping me when I needed and always trying to understand me. I will never forget when I saw koalas for the first time in my life because my host mom invited me to go to Dreamworld (an attraction park in Gold Coast) and when we were there she made a video in the exact moment that my eyes caught the koala. It was as unforgettable and an unbelievable day which I spent with my host family.

Being a Demi Pair and studying at BROWNS English Language School gives me the opportunity of improving my English as much as was possible, have a good cultural experience, make friends, travel, and I can say I’ve had some of the best months of my life."

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