Upload the ten items listed below to your online application.

  1. Program Specific Application [PDF]
  2. Child Care Reference (x2) [PDF]
    • At least two, with child care hours adding up to at least 200.
  3. Character Reference [PDF] (Optional)
  4. Medical Report [PDF]
  5. Driver’s License
  6. Passport Picture Page Copy
    • If you don’t have your passport yet, please upload the receipt indicating you’ve applied for one.
  7. Photos
    • Upload a few photos as a document or PDF to give prospective hosts a sense of who you are. Photos from child care roles are great, but not required.
  8. Dear Host Family Letter
    • Short intro letter to prospective families describing your childcare experience, interests, etc.

Optional but Recommended: Self-Intro Video

  • Share a short (30 to 60 seconds) self-introduction video on YouTube. Be creative!

After You Apply

  • Background Check: Once accepted, you’ll be invited to submit to a criminal background check, which can be done online. Au Pair Australia participants must also complete a Working with Children Check in Australia (host families and the program provider in Australia will provide further information on this process upon arrival). Fees for the Working with Children Check may vary between AUD $70 and $120.

  • Proof of Insurance: Before traveling, all participants must possess international accident and sickness insurance that includes evacuation/repatriation coverage. You may wait until your placement is confirmed before emailing us proof of coverage.

  • Visa Information: You will need to apply for a Work and Holiday (462) visa after you are matched with a host family. We will provide further instructions once your placement is finalized. Read more here.

  • Most Recent Diploma: You will need to provide a copy of your high school or college diploma for the visa application.

If you have questions or need assistance completing your application please contact us at workabroad@interexchange.org or call 1.800.597.3675

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U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation