When coming to the USA as an au pair, you'll be sponsored by one of the 16 designated au pair agencies. It's important to choose an agency that makes you feel confident and safe while providing you with a wonderful au pair experience. We've worked hard at InterExchange Au Pair USA to be the best fit for all au pairs.
While the 16 designated au pair agencies do have some similarities because of the program's requirements, there are five main things that truly set InterExchange apart.
1. We're a non-profit agency.
The majority of the au pair agencies in the U.S. are profit-making companies. InterExchange Au Pair USA is one of the few au pair agencies that is a non-profit organization. With InterExchange, your airfare is covered from your home country to your host family's home and then back at the end of program. Our passion is facilitating cultural exchange between host families and au pairs and being a non-profit makes it easy for us to focus on that.
2. Arrival orientation is in New York City.
When you au pair with us, you'll spend your first few days in the USA staying in the heart of New York City. Our au pair orientation is in the middle of Manhattan, allowing you to explore Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Broadway, and more! Some agencies host their orientations in New York state, but check the details - they're located about an hour away from the city. We are proudly based in New York City and want you to have a real New York experience!
3. We cover the major U.S. cities.
After orientation, you'll begin your year with your host family. We cover the major cities in the USA and the surrounding suburban areas. We are also present in smaller towns too. This means we can offer a variety of experiences to au pairs, depending on what you're looking for.
4. Our field staff is spectacular.
As an au pair, you'll meet with an InterExchange employee every month called a Local Coordinator. Your Local Coordinator lives nearby your community and organizes events where you can meet other au pairs. Your Local Coordinator is always available to help you with any questions you may have or advice you might need. Most of our Local Coordinators have worked for InterExchange for many years - they love this company and they love our au pairs!
5. We're one of the most established au pair agencies.
InterExchange Au Pair USA began in 1988, making us one of the oldest au pair agencies. Our parent company, InterExchange, has been facilitating cultural exchange for 50 years! Wisdom comes through time and our experience shows- 91% of InterExchange alumni would recommend us to a friend! Despite our age, we are always looking to improve and provide the best experience for our au pairs. You can learn more about InterExchange's impact here.
Not quite convinced why you should choose InterExchange Au Pair USA? Check out Five Reasons to Au Pair with InterExchange and 5 Reasons Why Au Pairing with InterExchange is Safe for even more info!
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.