All applicants must undergo a multi-step screening process before being accepted as Cultural Care au pairs, and every step of this process is managed by full-time staff in Cultural Care offices. As a host family, you can review available candidates knowing they have all been personally interviewed, evaluated for English proficiency and submitted references (checked by Cultural Care staff) a criminal background check, health record and personality profile.

Complete an au pair profile

Each applicant is required to complete an extensive online profile including details about her childcare experience, family life, education, special skill and interests. She must also include references—each of which is verified by a Cultural Care representative—photos and a personal letter to her future host family.

Attend a Screening & Orientation Meeting

To be considered as a Cultural Care au pair, applicants must attend a Screening & Orientation (S&O) meeting in their home country. At this meeting, Cultural Care representatives review program requirements and expectations in detail and answer questions applicants have. An au pair who has recently returned from her year with an American host family is often invited to speak about her experiences.

Undergo an Interview and English evaluation

After the Screening & Orientation meeting, our staff schedules time for personal interviews with au pair candidates. During each interview, Cultural Care representatives perform an English evaluation and get to know au pairs on a personal level. Notes on the interview are included in an au pair’s profile.

Submit to Personality Profile and Background Check

All au pair candidates must submit a personality profile (the results of which are included in their online profile) and a criminal background check. For each applicant, our staff also collects and verifies a valid driver’s license and certificate of health.

Pass a Thorough Review of Final Profile

Once the above steps have been completed, Cultural Care staff members conduct a thorough review of each candidate’s profile to determine suitability for acceptance onto the program.