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Au Pair Extraordinaire
The perfect option if you have professional childcare experience or recognised childcare qualification. 

As an Extraordinaire Au pair, you will receive a minimum of US$250 weekly stipend as well as room and board from your host family in return for up to 45 hours of childcare per week. All the other benefits that you receive on the au pair program will apply to you as an Extraordinaire au pair e.g. the 2 weeks paid vacation, one full weekend off per month, your own private room and all meals provided with your host family.

One of the great things about being an au pair is the opportunity to study at an American college or university. With a maximum annual study allowance of up to US$500 (provided by your host family) you are able to select and study a course of your choice.

The course you select will depend on the educational opportunities in your community and your work schedule. To meet the educational requirement, it may mean that you will need to supplement the education allowance with your own money.

Living with an American host family as an Extraordinaire Au pair not only introduces you to American culture and lifestyle, you will get to know so many other cultures through the friends you make during your stay. You will be one of over 4000 au pairs from more than 60 countries who travel to America each year with Au Pair in America. A real cultural exchange experience!


  • Are aged between 18 – 26 years
  • Have a driver license (P-plates are fine)
  • Hold a recognised childcare qualification, or have 2 years recent full time professional childcare experience
  • Are a secondary school graduate or equivalent
  • Have good physical and mental health
  • Have a good standard of spoken English
  • Have no criminal record
  • Have no spouse or dependents
  • Want to spend a year living with an American family


  • Return flights to the USA
  • 3-day training/orientation near New York (with optional NYC tour)
  • Medical insurance (upgrades available)
  • 24/7 support and advice from local staff
  • Application and visa assistance
  • Private bedroom 
  • All meals
  • A weekly stipend of a minimum of $250 USD*
  • US$500 study allowance towards classes
  • 2 weeks of paid vacation
  • Travel month at the end of your placement

* 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.