Palmerston North

Palmerston North

Palmerston North, commonly referred to by locals as ?Palmy? is located 140 km north of the capital Wellington and is the country?s seventh largest city and eight largest urban area, with an urban population of almost 83.500. A large portion of the population consists of students as Palmerston is the base for one university and two colleges. The city is easily accessible and is the gateway to go and explore other parts of the North Island. It also offers great possibilities for outdoors adventures.??


The Demi Pair Training Scheme is a level 2 NZQA approved training scheme where you study 15 hours part time English from 9 am until 12 pm and also have 15 hours practical training in the afternoon or occasionally during the weekend. You can choose between General English and IELTS.?

Three levels are available at 12 weeks each and each training scheme is divided into 7 units of study, worth 5 NZQA credits each. If you achieve all 35 credits you will be awarded with the Demi Pair Training Scheme Certificate for the level you are enrolled in. It is possible to study 12, 24 or 36 weeks.

What will you learn?

You will learn both English language, childcare and cultural related skills.

During the 15 hours language training you will develop your English skills in the areas of

  • Vocabulary
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening and speaking


During the 15 hours practical training you will develop skills in the areas of

  • Childcare and Cultural Practises
  • Health & Safety
  • Self Reflection


You are required to complete weekly time sheets outlining the number of hours of practical training you have completed. These must be signed by your host family and given to the Demi Pair coordinator.?

Who can participate?

There are are a number of visas to choose from, depending on the length you wish to study and your nationality. We do not assist with visas, but you are welcome to check the website of New Zealand Immigration.

Type of visa #weeks
Visitor Visa 12
Working Holiday Visa 12, 24
Student Visa 12, 24, 36

Can I work?

We strongly advise you to check the New Zealand Immigration website for more information regarding the requirements for your visa and their related terms and conditions. The current minimum wage in New Zealand 15.75 NZD.

Working Holiday holders: If you hold a Working Holiday Visa you can work part time (this shall be agreed with your host family)

Student Visa Holders: If you hold a Student Visa you will need to comply with the terms and conditions in order to work. This usually requires an IELTS 5.0 score, a course enrolment of at least 24 weeks, full time study and a genuine interest in improving your English.?

When can I start?

You can start any Monday of the academic year. The school will assist with enrolments in IELTS exams. These are held 2 times a year in Palmerston North and Wellington.

Orientation day (*)

You are required to bring your passport, copy of your visa and your travel insurance on your first day at school. The orientation day is a one day familiarisation day where all practicalities will be taken care off and where you get to know New Zealand’s capital and the school.?

Between 9 am and 12 pm:?you will get help with your enrolment, how to open a bank account, receive a sim card, a library card and get a city tour.?

Between 12 pm and 12.30 pm: you are free for lunch.?

Between 12.30 pm and 2 pm: you will be provided with a student ID, be familiarised with the school rules and the Demi Pair do?s and don?ts and be able to ask questions.?

(*) This schedule is indicative and might vary slightly.?



# Weeks 12 24 36
NZD 4,235 7,510 10,200


Fees include:

  • Assistance with Demi Pair application preparation
  • Demi Pair placement fee
  • Administration fee
  • Free Airport pick up
  • Assessment and placement test
  • Orientation
  • 15 hours English per week
  • 15 hours practical training per week
  • Course and training materials
  • A NZ Red Cross 1st Aid Certificate for children
  • Car insurance excess cover – up to NZ$1,000 (*)
  • 24 hours Demi Pair support line
  • Activities
  • Access to exclusive Au Pair Facebook group
  • A safe and fun family
  • Free accommodation
  • Free meals
  • All bills paid for (unless specified differently)
  • An NZQA approved Demi Pair Training Scheme Certificate


Not included:

  • Transport
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • IELTS Exam fees (385 NZD) (**)?


(*) Covers the car insurance excess paid by the host family in case of damage to their car caused by the student.
(**) Subject to change

Prices are valid until 31.12.2017 and include GST. Courses run until December 22nd 2017. In 2018, courses start again on the 8th of January. The school will be closed 14.04.17 (Good Friday), 17.04.17 (Easter Monday), 25.04.17 (ANZAC Day), 05.06.17 (Queen’s Birthday), 23.10.17 (Labour Day)