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EduCare in America 
The perfect option if you would like to do further studies. 

As an EduCare companion, you will take care of school-aged children, which means that the childcare that you will provide will usually only be before and after school. This is great as it allows you the opportunity to focus more on your studies!

EduCare companions provide 30 hours of childcare per week in return for a minimum of US$146.81 weekly stipend plus room and board. Your host family will provide an annual study contribution of up to US$1000 and you will need to study at least 6 hours per week during term time. To meet the educational requirement, you may need to supplement the education allowance with your own money, so plan carefully.

The course you select will depend on the educational opportunities in your community and your work schedule. For information about education in the USA, click here and follow the links to your state. Living with an American host family as an EduCare companion 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 (Can apply whilst 17)
  • Minimum of 200 hours of childcare experience gained within the last 3 years (50 hours can be family related)
  • Have a drivers license (P- plates are fine)
  • In good physical and mental health
  • Are a secondary school graduate or equivalent
  • 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 $146.81 USD*
  • US$1000 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.