Upload the items listed below to your online application.

  1. Au Pair Agreement [PDF]
  2. Character Reference [PDF]
  3. Child Care Reference (x2) [PDF]
    • At least two, with child care hours adding up to at least 200
  4. Important Information about Holland [PDF]
  5. Medical Report [PDF]
  6. Photos (3-4)
    • Upload a few photos to give prospective hosts a sense of you who you are. Photos from child care roles are great, but not required.

Optional but Recommended: Self-Intro Video

  • Share a short (30 to 60 seconds) self-introduction video on YouTube. Be creative!
After you apply, you will need to provide the following additional documents:
  • Background Check: Once accepted, you’ll be invited to submit to a criminal background check, which can be done online (this is free for you).

InterExchange collaborates with a Dutch agency in the Netherlands, which will require a few additional items in most cases. These include the following in case you’d like to prepare them in advance.

  1. Driver’s License
  2. Most Recent Diploma
    • High school or college diploma (if not finished high school you may upload a recent unofficial transcript).
  3. Passport Booklet Copy
    • The Netherlands requires scans of all pages (standard U.S. passports have 32), even blank pages. Please upload as one document.
    • Must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your stay.
    • If you do not yet have your passport, please upload the receipt indicating you’ve applied for one.
  4. Dear Host Family Letter
    • Short intro letter to prospective host families describing experience, interests, and why you want to join the program.
  • Visa: Our Dutch partner will organize your visa documents in advance of your arrival, but before traveling you must pay the visa fee (currently €283), for which you will be reimbursed upon successful completion of a 11-12 month program. After arriving you must validate your temporary residence permit that allows you to live and work as an au pair for a maximum of 12 months. Your host family will assist you with this procedure.

  • Obtain Apostille for Birth Certificate: Once you are matched with a host family, you will need to obtain a birth certificate with an apostille to bring to the Netherlands. Each state has its own procedure to obtain an apostille. Please contact your birth state’s Secretary of State for more information. The apostille should be no more than three months old when you travel.

If you have questions or need assistance completing your application please contact us at workabroad@interexchange.org or call 1.917.305.5409

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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