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Au Pair in America

About Au Pair Jobs in America

You'll spend a full calendar year in the United States, living with an American family, looking after the children, and having an unforgettable cultural exchange experience.

Au Pair in America

As an au pair in America, you're responsible for looking after the children in your American host family. It's a mutually beneficial relationship - an au pair can be a huge help to the host parents when it comes to mastering their daily challenges.

Working abroad as an Au pair is one of the best cultural exchange experiences that you'll ever have. Childcare is the main responsibility of an Au Pair, but it's much more than just that. 'Au Pair' means 'on par' (or 'on equal terms') in French. This means that, while you'll have responsibilities, you'll always be treated as an equal member of the family.

Experience America

As an Au Pair, you'll share in fun times and new cultural experiences that will lead to you having a lasting relationship with your host family. You'll get to live life as a local, and have opportunities that many will never have a chance to experience.

You'll be able to explore America, and have a home away from home. No matter where in the country your host family's home is located, you'll be able to see some of the incredible sights that makes America a unique destination. It's also worth taking advantage of the broad range of educational and cultural opportunities that America has to offer.

What to Expect as an Au Pair in America

Work Type: Childcare
Time Off
2 Weeks Paid Holidays Included
Food & Accommodation Provided
Maximum Working Hours Per Week: 45
Program Duration: 12 Months (Required)
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Arrival in America

You'll be greeted by your host family upon arrival, and they'll help you get oriented in your new home. Since every family is different and has different daily routines, you'll need a bit of time to settle in - so your host family will make sure you're set up for success in their home.

Your host family will introduce you to the children when you get there, and they'll likely stay around for the first several days, until you're comfortable looking after the children on your own.

What's Included With Au Pair America

What's Included

  • 12 month Au Pair placement in the USA
  • Private room accommodation and meals
  • Health insurance
  • Application support & guidance, plus in-country support from our placement team
  • Weekly pocket money & 2 weeks paid holiday
  • Educational grant for a college course
  • J-1 visa support, DS-2019 document, fees for SEVIS
  • Online training and orientation on the first days after arrival
  • Up to 30 days travel after work placement is up

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Criminal background check (approx. £45-60)
  • Personal spending money
  • Travel to departure airport
  • Medical check
  • Visa & embassy charges

Au Pair in America Application: Need to Know

Responsibilities of an Au Pair

Au Pair tasks are the same in America as anywhere else in the world. Check the Au Pair Jobs Abroad page to find out more about the responsibilities.

Note: As an Au Pair, you will not have to do any heavy household chores. However, simple tasks such as vacuuming or washing the children's clothes are part of the daily routine.

Eligibility Requirements
  • 18-26 years of age at time of departure
  • Must be available for 12 months - a stay for less than this is not possible due to U.S. government regulations.
  • Valid driving license (class B / car license)
  • Good English knowledge
  • Police check required
  • Proof of at least 200 hours of experience in dealing with children (for example as a babysitter, tutor, internship in kindergarten, etc.)
  • In good health (to be proven by health certificate from the doctor)
  • Non smoking
  • Successful completion of a secondary school
The 5 Steps to Becoming an Au Pair in the USA
1. Online Registration

When you register online, you'll create your applicant profile, with all your basic information.

There are no fixed departure dates, so you can sign up for our Au Pair program all year round. However, we recommend starting your registration at the latest 4 months before your planned departure.

2. Personal Conversation

After registering, you'll receive a welcome call via Skype (in-person conversations may also be had, depending on your location). We'll find out more about you, and why you'd be a great candidate for an Au Pair arrangement.

3. Complete Your Documents

After your interview, you'll be able to progress your application, and complete your paperwork.

4. Placement

The search for a suitable host family begins. Our team in the USA meet with all potential host families in their home, so they'll know where you'll be a good fit.

Once a suitable family is found, you'll have a Skype call with them, to get to know each other and see if you'll be a good fit with their family. You'll receive a family profile, which contains information and photos of the family. If all goes well, it's a match, and you've found your new host family.

5. Visa & Departure

After the right match has been made, you'll be able to apply for your U.S. Au Pair visa. We'll help you with each step of the process, help you book your flight, and set you up with an online orientation before you leave.

Experience-Based Au Pair Discounts

With Au Pair America, you can save 100 € if you fulfill one of the following conditions:

  • Your required childcare experience includes at least 200 hours with infants from 0-2 years old.

  • You've trained or have a qualification in a social field, e.g teacher, educator, social worker.

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Au Pair in America FAQ's

What are the working hours & holidays like?

You'll work a maximum of 45 hours per week (max 10 hrs a day, 5 1/2 days a week). A completely free weekend (Saturday & Sunday) per month is guaranteed. The other days off can also be during the week. This will depend on the times which your host family needs you for childcare.

You are also entitled to 2 weeks paid holidays. Your working hours are well-regulated, and will ensure that you have enough time during your au pair stay in the US to meet friends, pursue your hobbies, or attend the prescribed courses at a community college.

Is it necessary to have a driving licence?

Yes, this is because many families live in rural or suburban areas and it won't be as easy to get around via public transport. You'll also be driving the kids to and from school or other activities so it's important that you're a confident driver with at least 6 months driving experience on highways, country roads at night and in all weather conditions.

How will I get paid?

The Host Family will pay you on the same day of the week throughout the year. We encourage all Au Pairs to open a bank account because of the flexibility it permits for making purchases. Your Host Family will discuss banking options with you during your first few days with them.

Do I need to have a host family already? When can I start my placement?

Yes, this program is only for Au Pairs who already found a family in the USA that will host them for 12 months. To make sure that your family meets all requirements to become a host family for Au Pairs they need to sign up with our partner agency, Cultural Homestay International, in the USA. You'll receive more details after your registration.

Since there are no fixed start dates for this Au Pair program, you and your host family can come to an agreement on when you should arrive in the U.S. to begin your placement. Depending on what you decide together, you can start your adventure as soon as your visa paperwork is approved.

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