Au Pair USA​

By applying to be an Au Pair in the United States of America you will embark on an adventure where you can live, work and experience life in one of the busiest countries in the world. You will learn more about the American way of life and their family values by living as a local person within the community than as a tourist. With no language barrier you will be able to assimilate easily into life with your family and be welcomed by the people around you.

Eligibility requirements

You will be accepted on the program if you can prove the following:

  • Aged 18 to 26
  • Mature and responsible
  • Enjoy children age 3 months to 12 years
  • Have at least 200 hours of childcare experience if you wish to work with children under the age of 2 years
  • Enjoy helping children grow and develop
  • Are a conscientious person who will make a 12 month commitment to the program and to living with an American host family
  • Are in good health
  • Are energetic and enthusiastic
  • Are a non-smoker
  • Are a licensed driver

Program inclusions

Included in your program fee are the following:

  • Application and interview process
  • Placement with an American host family
  • Required visa documents and sponsorship to arrive in the USA
  • Assistance with your visa application
  • Round trip airfare from a London airport
  • 12 months of comprehensive insurance cover – Accident, liability, sickness, baggage and legal protection
  • 5 day preparatory course in Manhattan, New York City, before travelling to your host family
  • Includes all meals and accommodation
  • First Aid training
  • Sightseeing trip
  • Weekly pocket money of $195.75
  • Up to $500 reimbursement for the cost of an approved evening class at a local education institution.
  • Participation in an educational class is a requirement of your visa and cannot be avoided
  • Access to a Community Counsellor who will support you throughout your program

MyEducation (UK) guarantees the following for you while on your program:

  • Placement with a carefully screened American host family
  • Own room and full board with the host family
  • Free return flight if you complete the 12 month placement
  • 1 ½ day off a week and at least one long free weekend a month, from Friday evening to Monday morning
  • U.S. $ 195.75 – wages per week. The pay is often tax-free, but there may be rare cases where a small amount must be paid in taxes (depending on the arrival month)
  • Paid (up to U.S. $ 500,) for night school / training at a local college / university
  • 2 weeks of paid leave
  • Guidance through your Community Counsellor during your stay
  • Program duration of at least 12 months – with the possibility of an extra month for travel at the end of the stay
  • Chance of 6-12 month extension of your host family
  • Fully valid visa for 13 months (J-1 Exchange Visa)
  • Departure dates available several times a year (except December)
  • EurAupair diploma

If you would like to learn more about applying to be an Au Pair in the USA then you can read about how to apply and our program fees on subsequent pages. Our frequently asked questions page will also help to answer any further queries you have before completing our free and not-binding online pre-application form.

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