Applicants - America

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If you are looking for a fun way to live, travel and study in the USA, then we have just what you’re looking for. The Au Pair in America programme gives you the chance to totally immerse yourself into the U.S way of life. As an Au Pair in America you will be living with a host family and caring for their children. It’s the perfect way to learn about American culture and have a chance to share your culture with them. Childcare International is the appointed U.K Coordinator for Au Pair in America and we’ll be on hand to help you every step of the way!

You can apply to the Au Pair in America programme if you;

  • are aged between 18 and 26 years
  • hold a valid driving licence and a clean driving record
  • enjoy caring for children and have at least 200 hours of recent, non-family childcare experience such as babysitting
  • are a secondary school graduate or equivalent
  • have no criminal record
  • have a good standard of spoken English
  • want to spend a year living with an American family
  • are unmarried with no spouse or dependents.

To help you make the most of your experience, Au Pair in America have tailored their au pair programs so you can choose the option that best suits you. If you want to take your studies more seriously, then the EduCare in America programme may be just what you are looking for. If you are an experienced childcare professional such as a nanny or qualified teacher then the Au Pair Extraordinaire programme could be the programme for you.

Together with our partners at Au Pair in America, we offer personalized support from the very first step of applying to be an au pair. From preparing your application, selecting your host family to getting ready for your departure, we’ll be on hand to help throughout the whole process. Once you are in the USA, the Au Pair in America head office in Connecticut and the dedicated network of local community counselors are there to ensure your year in the USA is the best time of your life.

In return for paying a programme Fee and providing up to 45 hours of weekly childcare, you receive: 

  • Flights to and from New York plus onward travel to your host family
  • 3 day Orientation programme near New York City with meals and accommodation
  • 13 months J-1 Visitor Exchange visa with the option to extend for up to a further 12 months
  • Your own room and all meals provided with your host family
  • A minimum weekly stipend of $195.75 *
  • A study allowance
  • Two weeks paid vacation
  • Medical and liability insurance
  • Travel month

* The minimum weekly stipend is calculated by the U.S. Department of State after accounting for costs associated with weekly room and board.  Host families and au pairs are free to agree to compensation higher than the legally applicable minimum.

Want to know what it’s really like to be an Au Pair in America? Check out these real life experiences from past and present au pairs here… 

Please contact us for more information on the Au Pair in America programme Fee and the other costs associated with applying.

If you’re ready for the experience of a lifetime, register and start your Au Pair in America application today!

Please note that Au Pair in America has no direct affiliation with public au pair matching sites. If you post an applicant profile on a public au pair matching site and a family contacts you, do not send personal details (eg passport info) to them and never agree to wire or transfer money using money transfer companies such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Remember, neither Au Pair in America or any other reputable business or organisation would ever ask for personal details or money to be wired/sent over the Internet.

If you think you are being targeted by a scammer, email, call +44 207 581 7322 or visit the Au Pair in America website:

Check out this great video of current au pair Lavanisa and her lovely host family in Washington D.C! 

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