Our Impact, by the Numbers
American kids introduced to cultures of the world
au pair alumni
In 1968, following their conviction that living and working abroad must be a part of everyone’s personal education, Uta and Paul Christianson began International Student Visitor Services, the organization that would become InterExchange. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2018.
When the U.S. Department of State created the Au Pair exchange program in 1989, Uta and Paul recognized the program as a perfect fit for InterExchange and its nonprofit mission, and Au Pair USA was born.
As a native of Germany, Uta believed that the European tradition of families hosting au pairs provides one of the most rewarding ways for young people to travel, experience a new culture and enhance language skills. She also knew that when young children are exposed to new cultures and learn new languages, it can have a transformative effect on their futures. Quality childcare has long been expensive and difficult to obtain in the U.S., and Uta believed that Au Pair USA would be a program with incredible mutual benefit for au pairs and host families alike.
Thirty years later, her vision has proved true. At Au Pair USA, we’re motivated every day to help simplify the world of live-in childcare for thousands of American families, while creating friendships between au pairs and their host kids and parents that last a lifetime.
International Student Visitor Services (ISVS) is founded
ISVS becomes United States Student Travel Services (USSTS)
U.S. Information Agency launches “pilot” au pair program.
USSTS becomes InterExchange, Inc.
InterExchange launches Au Pair USA
Au Pair USA becomes a founding member of the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) to advocate for best practices and standards among au pair agencies around the world.
InterExchange greatly expands its coverage of the USA and exchange opportunities to more families and au pairs
Au Pair USA wins the IAPA Au Pair of the Year award.
Au Pair USA launches online matching system to provide families and au pairs transparency into the matching process.
Au Pair USA celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Au Pair USA enters its fourth decade stronger than ever!