The term "Au Pair" means "on par" or "equal" in French, which is exactly what you will be - an equal member of your host family. Our Au Pairs are treated as an older responsible sibling or extra parent, and will join in with regular family activities.
As an Au Pair, you will help care for the family's children and help with other simple family chores and errands (as you would at home in Australia). Your free time is yours to explore, travel, meet friends, take classes or participate in hobbies.
You will spend 12 months living in the USA with a carefully selected host family. You will receive a weekly stipend, private bedroom, all meals and a study allowance towards taking classes. 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.
You will provide up to 45 hours of childcare per week for your host family. Duties may involve a range of general child-related tasks such as feeding and bathing babies, planning fun activities, homework help or driving to appointments. You'll only be placed with a host family whose needs match your childcare experience.
Safety & Support
We take our Au Pairs’ safety very seriously and will only place our Au Pairs with very carefully-screened American host families. Our host families undergo interviews, background checks and home inspections prior to being accepted onto our program.
You will be provided with sufficient basic medical insurance and have access to emergency contacts. Au Pair in America are here to help no matter what happens, with 24/7 support from our staff across the USA and Australia. You can rest assured that in any situation there is someone to offer help and assistance.
Community Counsellors & Clusters
All au pairs in the USA are placed into a local group called a 'cluster' with other nearby au pairs in your community. Each cluster group is looked after by a local APIA representative called a ‘Community Counsellor’ who is on hand to offer support from the minute you arrive. As a member of your cluster group, you'll have the chance to attend fun monthly meetings where you'll participate in American cultural activities and make new friends from all over the world.
Choose what subjects interest you and take classes at a local American college or university. Studying is a wonderful way to boost your resume and experience American college life! You can study almost anything, including arts, music, photography, travel, business, languages, fitness and more!
As an Au Pair you will have many opportunities to travel across the USA. Tick off everything on your American bucket list! There are seemingly endless amounts of Big Cities, Beaches, Amusement Parks, Landmarks, Historical Sites and National Parks to get through. Travel with your new friends, with your host family or by yourself!
Culture & Experience
You will get to experience all aspects of the American way of life. Enjoy all the unique holidays and cultural traditions such as a big family dinner at Thanksgiving and creating an amazing costume to go trick-or-treating at Halloween. Best of all – a big white Christmas with a fireplace and snow falling outside the window!
Life as an Au Pair is a rewarding and truly cultural experience. You will not only get to know the American lifestyle, you will also make many international friends and gain new life skills and independence. This experience is unlike any other. You will truly grow as a person and return home with something interesting to add to your CV!
We send over 4000 Au Pairs to the USA each year from over 60 countries around the world and we hope you will be one of them. The application process is simple, and we are here to help you every step of the way - so get started today!