It’s no secret that the au pair program promotes foreign language learning, but sometimes the common phrases used by au pair agencies can seem like a new language too!
Here’s your quick guide to the most common words and phrases from the au pair program.
A young adult from outside of the U.S. who comes and lives with an American family and cares for their children.
Au Pair Stipend
The money an au pair receives in exchange for their childcare services. The weekly au pair stipend is paid directly to the au pair.
The group of host families and au pairs that a Local Coordinator supports in a local community.
The date an au pair returns to their home country.
The form issued by InterExchange Au Pair USA that allows an au pair to apply for a J-1 au pair visa. The form displays the dates of the au pair’s program duration.
Au pairs may apply for a one-time program extension for an additional 6, 9, or 12 months and can stay with their current host family or find a new one.
An American family who welcomes an au pair into their home and treats them as an equal member of the household.
A meeting in the host family’s home between the host family, au pair, and Local Coordinator within two weeks of the au pair’s arrival.
Au Pair USA’s non-profit, parent organization.
The cultural exchange visa that au pairs obtain to participate in the U.S au pair program.
An Au Pair USA employee who lives in the community and actively supports host families and au pairs throughout their program year.
The application review and interview process through which host families and au pairs get to know each and mutually agree to match together.
The ultimate matching expert who helps support host families and au pairs to find each other.
Educates new host families about the au pair program and helps them get started.
The time that an au pair is in the U.S. with their host family.
An additional point of contact who works closely with Local Coordinators to provide support to host families and au pairs.
Joy is a huge advocate for cultural exchange. She's lived across the USA, then moved overseas to London and Sydney. She currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, giving her a unique perspective on working and thriving in a culture not her own. Joy graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Marketing and started her career in the au pair industry. She works on the blog and social media for the Au Pair USA program.