Au Pair in the USA!
Between our large selection of host families across the USA and the extensive training, preparation and support we provide, Cultural Care Au Pair is the top choice for thousands of au pairs every year.
About the position:
- Company: Cultural Care
- Function: Au Pair
- Location: USA
- Start Dates: All Year Round
- Minimum salary: £195.75 per week
- Support: Global Support from Cultural Care
- Visa Support: Official U.S. Department of State Sponsor
- Training: Au Pair Training & Preparation
Imagine exploring the USA. Imagine befriending people from all over the world. Imagine discovering a second family — and a second home. Imagine becoming an au pair.
If you love children and crave the opportunity to experience life in another country, the au pair programme could be the perfect next adventure for you.
With 30 years of experience, Cultural Care Au Pair is America’s leading au pair agency. We help you through the entire process, from finding a host family, to obtaining your visas, to support on the ground in the US. We have thousands of host families to choose from, who are all screened and given background checks, to ensure your safety and happiness in the USA.
Cultural Care au pairs get the chance to live with an American host family and experience all the amazing things the USA has to offer. You’ll take courses at an American college, earn money each week, and learn valuable skills caring for your host children. During your time off, you’re free to travel anywhere you’d like to see in the US! You’ll also gain valuable educational and professional knowledge that will look great on your CV.
Come to an info meeting in a location near you to learn more about this experience of a lifetime! You can meet our staff, ask any questions you may have about the programme, and meet other young people who want to become au pairs, too.
Sign up for a free information meeting
In order to become a Cultural Care au pair, you’ll need to attend a free information meeting in a city near you. Information meetings are held on a regular basis throughout the year – you are welcome to attend one at any time.
This information meeting is a great opportunity to learn more about the programme, meet local Cultural Care representatives and have any questions answered. Meetings typically last about two hours and, whenever possible, include a presentation from a former au pair who discusses their individual experience on the programme.
If you are thinking about being an au pair and would like to find out more, there’s no better place to start than at one of our free information meetings. Sign up for one today!
Complete your online profile
You can create your profile to start working on your application at any time, and it is required for the matching process.
A well-prepared and personal Au Pair Profile is the best way for you to present yourself to a future host family and show why you are right for them. The online profile asks you to list your childcare experience, as well as your work and school background. You will also have space to write about your personal hobbies, interests and talents.
In addition to the information requested in the online application, you will also need to provide:
- At least three non-family references
- A personal letter to the host family
- Photos of you that best describe you and your life
- A form completed by your doctor confirming that you are healthy enough to participate in the programme
- Copies of your secondary school certificate, driving license and a criminal background check showing no criminal activity
We recommend including pictures that showcase your personality, so that host families can get to know you better. Always be honest and candid in your responses to ensure the family with whom you are matched knows your true personality and lifestyle.
Once we have all of your forms and interviews completed, we review everything and verify your references.
Match with your host family
The next step in your au pair journey is being matched with your host family! Cultural Care provides a highly-personalised and flexible process to help you find the perfect match.
Our Au Pair Matching Specialist team is a unique service provided by Cultural Care. Every one of our au pairs has a designated Matching Specialist, whose job it is to help you through each phase of the matching process.
We will also equip you with a Matching & Interviewing Guide, which will help you put your best foot forward in your interviews with prospective host families.
Here’s how the matching process works:
- Once your profile is complete, your Matching Specialist will be in touch to help you through every step of the matching journey.
- Your Matching Specialist will work closely with you as well as our USA teams in Boston and Denver to start finding you some great family matches.
- Host families will then review your full online profile to learn more about you and your personality.
- If a host family feels like you’d be a good fit for them, you will receive a request to connect. Please keep in mind that you can be in contact with up to 3 host families at a time. We provide you the most choice and support in order to find a match that works really well for you.
- As you talk to host families, your Matching Specialist will be there to help guide you towards your perfect host family match.
- Once you and your host family have agreed to finalize your match, we’ll start planning your travel to the USA!
Remember, Cultural Care is here to help you navigate the matching process. Our job is to answer every question and address every concern – and of course, to help you find exactly the kind of host family you’re looking for!
Before you travel, we will also provide you with training materials that will help ensure that you feel confident and well-prepared for your time as an au pair—including an online Get Ready Workshop to prepare you for life in the USA. You will need to complete MyAuPairCourses a series of online courses on childcare in the USA before you depart.
Finalise your visa & travel arrangements
Next, Cultural Care will guide you through visa & travel arrangements.
Visa: The J-1 visa is the only legal way to spend a year in the USA as an au pair. Your J-1 visa will be valid for 12 months, followed by a 30-day grace period which allows you to continue travelling in the USA. We will provide you with all necessary documents for your visa application and guide you through the whole process. You will have to arrange a visa appointment at your local U.S. Embassy and attend a personal interview, after which your visa will be issued.
Travel: Cultural Care will arrange air travel to the USA from a selected airport in your home country. Most au pairs will travel on a flight with other au pairs departing from the same city – and rest assured, programme representatives will meet you at your arrival airport to ensure a smooth transition process once you land!
All incoming au pairs fly directly to New York – from there, we’ll arrange transportation to the Au Pair Training School just outside of New York City, where you’ll spend a week preparing for your year as an au pair.
After your time at the Au Pair Training School, Cultural Care will provide transportation for the final leg of your journey – meeting your host family!