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AU PAIR IN USA

Gain experience living and working in USA as an au pair. Improve your English, meet Americans,  make new friends, travel, and earn some money.

The au pair program is the most sustainable way to travel, it is safe and  cheap, and it is the best way to discover new cultures and become ambassadors of ours national habits.

Au Pair in USA

Besides the practical considerations around your options within the au pair program, there are some basic questions you need to ask yourself to help make a decision in going abroad and taking part in an au pair program:

  • Do you like working with children?
  • Do you you like traveling and getting to know new places and people?
  • Do you want to leave for at least 12 months?
  • Do you have at least two experiences of 200 hours each working / volunteering with children?
  • Do you have an intermediate level of English and can you make yourself understand and understand the needs of the host family?
  • Do you know that working with children can sometimes be stressful and require a lot of patience?
  • Are you available to help the family in their domestic routine?
  • Are you a flexible person who adapts to different situations?
  • Can you adapt and integrate into a new life and become part of your host family?
  • Are you a respectful person and open to dialogue?
  • Do you want to learn the language of the host country and learn about its culture and traditions?

If you are able to answer these questions with YES you are ready to apply as an au pair!

Why is the au pair program  in the United States follows different procedures compared to other countries?

The minimum length of the program is 12 months, the visa issued is the J1 or the cultural exchange visa, for this reason during your au pair program it is necessary to complete 60 hours of university course in the institute closest to the residence of the host family, all sponsored by the family.

In addition, the round flight tickets are paid by your host family and most of the time the first days in the United States are spent in New York to be instructed about the program and the first aid with the children, you will meet other people from all over the word who are about to embark on the same adventure. In this case the cost of the hotel is not on your charge.

Once you are sure to have all the basic requirements, proceed with registration (apply here) and you will be contacted by telephone by the program coordinator who will follow you step by step during all the application process until your departure to USA.
The application process consists of:

  • load all the necessary documents and references into your online profile
  • upload photos, videos + Dear Host Family letter
  • personal interview + English Evaluation
  • confirmation, verification and activation of your profile which will be displayed by the families of our American partner agencies.

If you want to be an au pair in the United States, you must fulfill the basic requirements listed below, once you have submitted the following documents International Au Pair Italy® will verify your references and ask you for a personal interview in English to assess the intermediate level of English required.

  • Be between 18 and 26 (If you are over 26 you have the option to leave for other destinations in Europe, click here)
  • Be prepared to leave for MINIMUM 12 months (If you do not have 12 months available, discover Summer Camps in the USA (click here) or other au pair program destinations: Australia, New Zealand, Europe, China .. (click here))
  • Have a secondary high school diploma
  • Have at least two references of 200 hours each working / volunteering with children
  • Have a driving license (if you do not have it you must have at least 200 hours of experience with children under two years)
  • Have an intermediate level of English or more B1
  • Presentation of the Criminal Certificate
  • Be in possession of a valid passport
  • Being in good physical and mental health
  • Being able to provide personal and work references

In the Au Pair program in the USA, the au pair must respect the following working hours

  • can work up to 45 hours per week
  • CAN NOT work more than 10 hours a day
  • must receive MINIMUM 1 and a half days of weekly rest
  • half a day of rest means that that day must work LESS than 5 hours
  • must have a MINIMUM full weekend of rest per month (from Friday evening to Monday morning at working hours)

The Au Pair must be able to integrate and adapt to the life of a new family, and take care of children as an adult, feeling part of the family group. Therefore it is necessary for an Au Pair to be able to:

  • Managing daily routines (morning, bedtime, etc.)
  • Doing activities with children
  • Preparing meals and cleaning up afterward
  • Driving children to school and activities
  • Helping with homework
  • Doing children’s laundry
  • Going on special outings and adventures
  • Teaching the children about your country and culture

Your responsibilities as an au pair are limited to childcare and related tasks. You are not responsible for heavy housework, pet care, yard work, etc. As a member of the household, you might contribute to small, everyday tasks like washing dinner dishes, but only in a way that is equal to the contributions of other members of the family.

Cost of the Program
The Au Pair program in the USA has a total cost of 590 Euros for the whole 12-month period.

The payment is divided into two tranches:

  • the first of 90 euros when after having read your data sheet and you have been declared eligible for the program;
  • The second fee of 500 euros once you have found a family and a departure date has been set. Payment can be made by bank transfer.

Included in the price:

  • Return Flight to the USA (return only if the 12 months of the program are completed)
  • 3 days of Hotel Training in New York, where you will also have the opportunity to meet other Au Pairs
  • Standard Medical Insurance for the USA.
  • 60 hours of university course in an American College
  • Assistance during application preparation, visa application and all 12 months in the USA.

Money & Compensation
The Au Pair must be paid minimum 195.75 USD per 45 working hours per week
The Au Pair is also entitled to two weeks (11 days) of paid holidays during the 12-month duration of the program.

Personal Benefits

  • You will improve your English which today is a fundamental skill in the world of work>
  • You will have the opportunity to enrich your curriculum vitae, and your future career prospects: the ability to adapt to different countries and cultures is today a skill well recognized by employers!
  • Our American partner agencies will organize meetings in your area with other au pairs to help you create a network of friendships
  • You will have the opportunity to bind and create friendly relationships with your new American family and new international friends!
  • You will become a more independent person and create endless new opportunities and experiences!

As already mentioned among the costs and benefits, the US Au Pair program includes standard medical insurance that is valid throughout the US.

However, there is the possibility of increasing the insurance coverage ceiling at prices ranging from USD 150 to USD 235 per year, for more information ask one of our coordinators.

“Becoming part of the family is the spirit of the au pair program.”

F.A.Q.

Why do I have to use an agency? Can I not just pick a family from an internet site?

A You should never look for, or accept a family, that you have found on the internet. It’s not a safe way to travel and work as an au pair. Always use a reputable agency . An agency assists with the careful matching of an au pair to vetted families in all the world. Many agencies look after the same host families year after year; they know the families well and this ensures successful and safe placements. Once in the host Country, you will be well looked after by the partner’s agency you choose to use.

How long can my program be?

The length of the program depends on the law of the host Country and on the host family demands, please contact the agency for further information.

I am not happy with my host family, where can I get help?

If you cannot resolve problems directly with your host family (which should be attempted first), please contact the au pair agency that placed you with the family and they will be able to help you. Before your departure you will know the name of the partner agency and their contacts, you will be able to talk directly to someone in case of need.

What can I do to occupy myself when I am not on duty?

Like many au pairs, you may want to attend a language course at a local college; many schools have courses designed for au pairs. A porportion of your day will be set aside to allow you to study, socialise or discover the region. you may also want to join the local sports center or swimming pool; visiting the museum and organize to travel in Europe or to other typical Italian towns. Furthermore many families would be very happy if you could organize some meals from your Country, or take out the dog for a walk if they have one.

Do I need to provide the agency with a medical report and police check?

A Medical report is essential and so is a police check. It’s very important that the agency ensures that you are physically and mentally fit to work as an au pair and also that you have no criminal background.

Will the host family contribute to language school costs?

Many families are happy to contribute, but this is not a requirement from the families. Your agency will be able to explain to you what host families they have that can offer this.

As an au pair should I have a room for my own?

Yes you will , this is mandatory for the family to be able to be enrolled in the program, but sometimes it could happen that during holiday time you have to share the room with some children of your host family.

What will happen during holiday?

During holidays time , the host family will take the au pair with them paying for their whole stay, and they will continue carrying out their own tasks for the money agreed. Except for direct agreements between the parties, e.g. cases when it is planed that the au pair will stay at home or go on holiday with friends or like during Christmas and Easter time, the au pair could prefer going back home (at their own expense), for a time to be stipulated with the host family.

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