Who is qualified to become a host family or an au pair?
Who are our families?
While there is no typical host family, there are some common traits that make families a good fit for our program. The most successful host families are open-minded and open-hearted. They are interested in sharing American culture with their au pair and interested in learning more about about the rest of the world through their au pairs.
Host families are required to:
Welcome their au pair as an extended member of the family
Include their au pair in various family meals, outings, and celebrations
Provide a suitable, private bedroom and meals for their au pair
Facilitate transportation to classes and cluster meetings with their Au Pair USA Local Coordinator
Pay a weekly stipend of at least $195.75 as required by the U.S. Department of State
Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and able to speak English fluently
Participate in an annual Family Day with other host families and all other required orientation meetings
Guarantee that their au pair will work no more than 45 hours per week and 10 hours a day
Give their au pair 1.5 days off per week, one full weekend off per month and two weeks of paid vacation during the program year
Guarantee their au pair will not do heavy housework or tasks unrelated to the host family's children
Successfully pass a background check and interview
Ensure that a parent or other responsible adult remain in the home for the first three days following the au pair’s arrival
Facilitate the enrollment in and attendance of a U.S. post-secondary institution; pay the first $500 toward the costs of required academic coursework (6 semester hours per 12 months)
Where do we work?
Host families must live within one hour's drive of an InterExchange Au Pair USA Local Coordinator.
Who are our au pairs?
Our au pairs are a diverse group, in terms of language, culture, and experience. However, all of our au pairs must:
Be between the ages of 18 and 26 upon arrival to the U.S.
Have at least conversational level of English
Commit to spending 12 months on the program
Successfully complete child development and safety training
Have at least 200 hours of verified infant child care experience if caring for a child under the age of two
Have an international driver’s license
Agree that they will not be the sole person responsible for the care of an infant under three months old
Register and attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution for at least 6 semester hours of academic credit or its equivalent
Can InterExchange accommodate families with special needs?
Yes. If your family has special needs, we will work very closely with you to evaluate your specific situation. Because we want to match you with an au pair who can meet all of your needs and expectations, the matching process may take slightly longer.
If I am a single parent, do I qualify to be a host family?
Yes, as long as you meet all of the host family requirements.