WHAT IS AN AU PAIR?

What is an au pair? An au pair is a young adult from overseas who lives with your family on a legal visa for up to two years to provide childcare in exchange for room and board and an opportunity to become part of an American family. Au pairs can care for your children on a schedule that works for your family’s personal needs, making it a very flexible option. They can also help with household duties related to your children, including laundry, cooking and room pick-up. The extra set of hands an au pair provides is often just what busy families need to make their lives more manageable—and more fun!

What au pairs can do

Provide up to 45 hours of childcare coverage per week (up to 10 hours per day)

Help with household duties related to the kids

Drive children to and from school, practices and other activities

Share their own country’s language and culture

Babies

Au pairs can assist with newborns and act as sole caretakers for babies over 3 months of age. They can feed, bathe, and put your little ones down for naps on a schedule you determine.

Toddlers

Au pairs have the energy to keep up with curious toddlers! They can engage them in creative play, spend time with them outside, read books, and get them involved in arts and crafts.

School age children

Au pairs are wonderful role models for school-aged children and can help them with homework, drive them to practices, games, lessons and appointments, and act as mentors and “big sisters”.

Our program works best for families who like the idea of welcoming someone who becomes an extended family member into their homes and who have a genuine interest in cultural exchange. Your au pair will share her own culture and language with your whole family and will also want to learn more about America. Most host families and au pairs keep in touch beyond their au pair year and often visit each other again in the U.S. or overseas.