Why choose InterExchange Au Pair USA?
The Au Pair USA program connects American host families with qualified, motivated childcare providers from around the world. Au pairs are adventurous young adults who love children and are eager to put their experience to use living with an American host family and caring for their children. By spending a year with a host family, au pairs gain a deep understanding of American culture, perfect their English, and share cultural lessons from their own country. Host families benefit from this unique cultural exchange while receiving engaging and personalized childcare. We are designated by the U.S. Department of State as a legal J-1 au pair sponsor.
How long is the InterExchange Au Pair USA program?
The au pair program requires an initial 12-month commitment. If you successfully complete your first 12-months, you have the option of requesting a program extension for an additional 6, 9 or 12 months.
Do you accept male au pairs?
Yes, we are able to place both male and female au pairs on our program.
Do I need to have experience driving a car?
Almost all host families need someone who can drive and has at least one year of driving experience. If you are a safe, experienced driver, then it will be easier for you to match with a host family. In most American cities, driving is the primary method of transportation.
Do I have to pay any fee to participate in the program?
To participate in the Au Pair USA program, you will pay a program fee. The InterExchange representative in your country will be able to provide you with specific details about program fees.
How are host families screened?
InterExchange carefully screens each host family participating in our program. The applying family completes a detailed application, provides references and is interviewed in person by our Local Coordinator. Host families are educated about the program and must agree to follow program rules and regulations.
Can I choose my host family?
Yes! It is important that you and a host family make the decision to match together. Once you’ve completed your application, your profile will be available to families. Our placement team will work with you to introduce you to compatible host families. You’ll have an opportunity to interview via phone or video with prospective families. This is a great way to learn about the family’s care needs, lifestyle and personality.
How long does it take to match with a host family?
The length of time it takes to match depends on your qualifications and experience. We have many different types of host families who participate on our program with varying needs and requirements. Typically it takes a few weeks to a few months to place.
What if I have a problem?
InterExchange is here to support you in having a successful program experience. If you have a problem, your Local Coordinator and/or our team in New York will be there to help you.
Where are host families located in the U.S.?
InterExchange has many different types of families participating in our program - from big cities like Boston and San Francisco to smaller, more suburban towns. No matter where your new host family lives, you can be sure it’s a comfortable home where you will have your own room and plenty to see and do in your community.
Can I do extra work for extra money while I’m an au pair?
Au pairs are only allowed work for their host family and may not accept outside employment. Also, au pairs cannot work beyond the maximum daily or weekly work hour limits for extra money.
What will I do at the Orientation and Training program in New York?
The Orientation and Training Program is a four-day session in New York City that will help you adjust to American life and prepare you for your childcare responsibilities as an au pair. You will attend a series of classes and workshops about topics that will be important for your time in the U.S. Since it is held in New York City, we will also schedule time for fun in the Big Apple!
Is it safe in the United States?
In general, the United States is a very safe place. However, it is always a good idea to keep security and safety in mind. Overall, you will find the U.S. full of warm, friendly people who will enjoy meeting you, sharing their culture with you and learning about your culture.
Will I be able to travel?
Yes, you may travel freely within the United States. If you plan to travel outside of the United States during your program, your J-1 visa must still be valid, and you must follow the specific visa rules and regulations of your destination country. Be sure to research those regulations prior to departure. Also, you must carry your DS-2019 form when you travel internationally.
How long will I be able to stay in the U.S. after I complete my program?
Au pairs who successfully complete the program are able to remain in the U.S. for 30 days after their program end date. You can use this time to travel around the U.S.; however, you are not permitted to work as an au pair.
Can I go to the USA for less than one-year?
No, the program requires a one-year commitment.
Can I extend my program for longer than one year?
The U.S. Department of State, which regulates the USA program, allows participants to extend for an additional 6, 9 or 12 months, once they have successfully completed the initial 12-month program.
Can I participate in the program more than once?
Yes, you can return to the U.S. as a repeat au pair. To qualify, you must be no older than 26, have successfully completed your original au pair program, and have resided outside of the U.S. for a period of two years. You must also meet all the normal admission requirements of the program.