With Australia's popularity as a travel destination for adventure seekers, InterExchange has created yet another option for young people who wish to work while they travel. The Au Pair in Australia program is a cultural exchange program that matches young, responsible Americans with Australian host families who need live-in childcare. Families agree to host the participant for six months, in exchange for approximately 25 to 45 hours of childcare per week. Participants receive a private room, meals, a weekly cash stipend, two days off every week, and the freedom to explore Australia for up to six additional months after their program ends.
The program is currently open to young people between the ages of 19 and 30. "This is an inexpensive way for young people or college students to spend up to a year in Australia." says Tara Cavanagh, Working Abroad Program Manager. "It gives them a steady income, a reliable place to live, and a chance to make new friends while they live abroad." During the second six months of the program, participants are free to set out for their dream Australian adventure. Since these young people are far away from home, Ms. Cavanagh adds, "Their parents also really appreciate knowing that InterExchange is there to provide 24-hour support for them if they should need it during their trip."
A fan of independent cinema and proponent of the Oxford comma, Matthew began his career at a Miami-based tech startup before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his M.A. in Foreign Languages. He has worked at InterExchange since 2006 and currently serves as a Marketing Project Manager.