About us

Our office
House o Orange Au Pairs Belgium is located in the town of Schilde in the Flemish part of Belgium, in the province of Antwerp. Schilde has nearly 20,000 inhabitants and is only 13 kilometers in a direct line from the city of Antwerp and 22 kilometers by car of bus. Other nearby towns are Schoten, Brasschaat, West and East-Malle, Turnhout, Edegem (and other towns South of Antwerp), Ekeren, Kapellen, Wijnegem, Zandhoven and Zoersel amongst others. Brussels is only 46 kilometers by car from Schilde, Gent just 32 kilometers and even Knokke and Luik are an hours drive from Schilde. All in all, we will be able to book house visits and place Au Pairs all over Belgium with Schilde as our departure point. We are also happy to welcome you at our office by appointment.
Please call us on +32 467 0777 09 or send us an e-mail. Our address is: de Loock 22, 2970 Schilde.

Please note: Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we will be conducting interviews via Zoom as well.  

Our staff

Ellen Heesen-Hiemstra

Ellen Heesen-Hiemstra


Ellen was born in Amsterdam but raised in Tokyo, Japan and Oxford, UK and currently divides her time between the Cape Town office in South Africa, our Dutch head office in The Hague, The Netherlands, our new Belgium office in Antwerp and New York city where her youngest daughter lives.

Ellen holds a degree in communication management and has a background in marketing and sales. She started House o Orange Au Pairs in 2000 in The Hague, House o Orange South Africa in 2010 and House o Orange Belgium in 2021. She is sole owner of all 3 companies.

Ellen has been happily married for 30 years and has 3 grown children. They were raised to be fully bilingual with the help of English speaking Au Pairs. She has personally hosted more than 20 Au Pairs in her own family and has a lot of experience in the field. Furthermore, she has placed thousands of Au Pairs in Belgium and the Netherlands over the last 20 years.

Apart from being with her family, Ellen loves travelling and spends a lot of time on charities. She likes to support valuable animal related causes both in South Africa and New York and often fosters doggies to prepare them for a life with a new forever family. She also really enjoys design, decorating homes, reading and watching movies and series.

Ellen speaks Dutch and English fluently, some French and very basic Japanese. She would like to improve her French to better serve Belgian customers and families.

She can be reached at:

Annelies Linker

Annelies Linker

Senior Program Manager

Annelies has a degree in American Studies from the University of Groningen. She interned for us over the summer of 2006 and started working for House o Orange full time in February 2007 and has never looked back. Annelies was an Au Pair herself in the US and has a lot of knowledge and expertise with regard to the au pair program and she is the person to turn to if you have questions regarding visa regulations and documentation needed for both the Belgian and the Dutch Au Pair programs.

Annelies speaks English and Dutch; she is our most Senior Program Manager. She currently lives in Wassenaar, the Netherlands with her partner and her beautiful baby boy who was born in 2019. In her free time she loves to be outdoors, cycling through the dunes, going to the beach or playgrounds or just for a walk.

Annelies loves to travel and she especially enjoys travelling to the US to see her former host family. In her free time Annelies likes to do yoga, read and keep fit by going to the gym. Annelies loves active vacations and can often be found hiking in the Alps.

Annelies is very precise and likes to work accurately. She rarely makes a mistake; she is usually right! She is our rock at our office in The Hague and will also be a strong source of information for our Belgium Au Pair program.

Annelies is off on Wednesday’s and on other days can be reached at:

Elandi Lochner

Elandi Lochner

Manager HOO South Africa

Elandi was born in Cape Town, South Africa and lives in Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa, a stone’s throw from our South African office.

Elandi joined the House-o-Orange team in 2016 and fell in love with what the company has to offer to young individuals, seeking adventure. Elandi completed her studies in Business Management and has a passion for all things business related.

Elandi works as the manager of our South African office, where she makes sure that the South African office is always up to par in regard to what is expected of an outbound agency. She focuses on expanding the current programs HOO has to offer, as well as creating new programs to add to the long list of program possibilities for South African and Namibian nationalities.

She has been working with agents in Belgium for a few years now and is well aware of what the Au Pair program and visa procedure for Belgium entails.

Elandi has been happily married since the beginning of 2018 and shares a beautiful son with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, meeting new people as well as travelling. She can be described as determined, motivated and open.

Elandi is fully bilingual in both English and Afrikaans.

Elandi can be reached at:

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Address: de Loock 22, 2970 Schilde, Belgium.

KBO/BTW number: 0766927827

de Loock 22, 2970 Schilde, Belgium

House-o-Orange Au Pairs
de Loock 22
2970 Schilde
KBO/BTW number: 0766927827
Telephone: (32) - 467 07 77 09