As the largest and most experienced au pair agency in the USA, we offer our host families the greatest variety in terms of au pairs that can suit their specific needs. Our au pairs are caring and committed, adventurous and educated young people, ages 18-26, from many different countries worldwide. They are eager to gain international work experience and immerse themselves in American culture while sharing their own unique backgrounds, traditions and languages. All Cultural Care au pairs have childcare experience and undergo a multi-step screening and training process before joining families as live-in childcare providers.
What are the au pair requirements?
To join a Cultural Care host family in the USA, an au pair must:
Be between the ages of 18 and 26
Pass a physical exam with their doctor
Complete secondary school or equivalent
Have at least 200 hours of experience caring for children
Be prepared to commit to at least 12 months abroad
Pass a criminal background check
Have a valid driver’s license
In addition, they must be willing to embrace the spirit of the au pair program—meaning they’re ready and excited to participate in a mutually beneficial relationship with an American family, one filled with trust, respect and cultural exchange.
Au pair screening & training
All Cultural Care au pairs are thoroughly screened in their home countries and must undergo criminal background checks. They also must provide both a professional and personal reference to be eligible for the program. Before arriving to your home in the U.S., they complete a 32-hour online Au Pair Training School program which includes courses on child safety and development basics and training in adult and pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid provided by the American Heart Association.
Our au pairs come from more than 20 countries worldwide. Cultural Care has invested in a network of established offices and staff in our recruitment countries so we can implement the highest screening standards in the industry. Our recruitment leaders, many of them former au pairs themselves, work with au pair applicants to set realistic expectations and ensure they have the right motivation for joining an American family. Every applicant is interviewed in person.
Meet our au pairs
Our au pairs come from diverse backgrounds and are all passionate about caring for children. Take a look at some of our au pairs who are ready to join a family like yours!
Flor, 23, Argentina
“In 2020 I went to Brazil to work with children in an NGO as a volunteer…this experience changed my life, I had always liked being in contact with children, but on this trip, they taught me how important it is to hope, believe, and trust that absolutely anything that we wish could happen.”
Merve, 21, Germany
“I am a very open-minded person who always wants to learn a lot of new things. I grew up in a big family, so I am a sister, cousin, friend and aunt at the same time. Therefore, I know that there are many ups and downs. But I was always shown that as a family you can do anything, thanks to our teamwork.”
Mo, 23, South Africa
“I have taken care of many infants, toddlers, and teenagers and what truly warms my heart is their beautiful energy. I’m very much experienced as I am the oldest daughter and family members always needed my help. I will make sure that your rules are implemented and be the older sister your kids need!”
Sara, 19, Sweden
“I’ve been dreaming about my au pair journey for years now, and I’m so excited that I’m finally doing this! While caring for my cousins, it has taught me that every child is different and has different needs which is something ‘lll bring with me as an au pair. I can stay calm and patient in challenging situations.”
Zanele, 18, South Africa
“The main reason why I want to be an au pair is because of my love for children and watching them grow into wonderful human beings. My coach was an au pair and I have seen the impact that she has had on the child that she was taking care of and that inspires me to do the same.”