general information

Au pairs and childrenUSAuPair melds cultural exchange, education and childcare into one rewarding program for young adults seeking to spend a year in America as an au pair. While providing a valuable child care service to host families, au pairs learn about family life in the USA and have the opportunity to travel, improve their English and further their education.

This unique program is a wonderful child care alternative when compared to other programs. Au pairs are young people, ages 18-26, who live with American families while providing up to 45 hours of child care weekly.   Au pairs are carefully screened with background checks and verified references for child care, employment, personal and driving.  Additional screening includes wellness exam conducted by a physician, review of school transcripts, English exam and psychometric exam.


USAuPair au pair programs are simple, easy to understand and affordable.  Program support, fees and au pair wages remain the same even if  your family needs an au pair with infant care experience or an au pair who can help with homework.

The US Department of State designates agencies as sponsors of the au pair cultural exchange program. Designated sponsors like USAuPair are required to function within federal guidelines.  These guidelines cover au pair work hours, medical benefits, length of stay, weekly wage, child care experience and more. Au pairs enter the U.S. on a legal J-1 visa.

Regular Program

The regular au pair program is a 12-month program.  Au pairs enter the U.S. on a legal J1 visa and attend USAuPair’s 4-day workshop on child safety and development prior to joining your family.  The regular program allows au pairs to work up to 45 hours per week and up to 10 hours per day. Schedules may be flexible as long as au pairs receive one free weekend per month, from Friday evening to Monday morning, and 1 ½ continuous days off weekly.  In other words, au pairs may not work more than 5 ½ days per week.

Au pairs receive two weeks vacation with pay during their program year.   Vacations are mutually agreeable between host families and their au pairs. 

Extended Program

USAuPair supports the extended program and allows existing au pairs to extend their program by 6, 9 or 12 months. The extended program requires au pairs and host families comply with regulations governing the regular au pair program. Regulations require host families provide au pairs with vacation and education benefits during the extended period. These benefits vary depending upon the length of the extended period.

Repeat Program

USAuPair supports the repeat program and allows former au pairs to repeat their au pair experience.  The repeat program requires au pairs and host families comply with regulations governing the regular au pair program.  Au pairs in the repeat program are allowed to extend upon successful completion of their initial repeat program year.

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