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Cost-Effective Childcare

Affordable Rates. No Hidden Fees!

Our rates are very competitive at a cost of only $7.20 per hour. Whether you are a first-time or repeat host family, or looking to transfer from another agency, we have a discount just for you! In addition, we also offer a flexible payment plan that makes the au pair program even more convenient for your family!
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Meet Our Au Pairs

Meet Our Available Au Pairs

Candidates Available from over 60 Countries!

Not only are we a leading au pair agency, but we are also parents. This is why we offer only thoroughly screened, highly trained au pairs that we would entrust with our own children. With flexible arrival dates to meet your busy schedule you can welcome your new au pair in 4-6 weeks or less!
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Help When You Need It

Personal, One-On-One Service 

We are a family oriented agency dedicated to providing quality, trustworthy care for your children! If you have questions about the au pair program we will be happy to walk you through the process step-by-step from filling out your application to welcoming your new au pair. 
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United States!

 


Background

“Au pair” means equal (on par). Au pairs are exchange visitors from a overseas who travel to the US on a J-1 Visitor Exchange Visa to acquire a better understanding and appreciation of American culture and life while living with an American family and caring for their young children. In order to participate in the au pair program, candidates must apply through a designated agency like Au Pair International, meet a set of minimum requirements and adhere to US regulations and agency rules. If accepted and matched with a US host family, Au Pair International will provide you with the official documents needed to apply for a J-1 Visa at a US Embassy or Consulate in the your home country.

 

Program Lengthsanfran

Au pairs come to the US on a 12 month J-1 Visa with the opportunity to extend for 6, 9, or 12 months once they have successfully completed their first program year. After their program, (whether they complete 12, 18, 21, or 24 months) they have a 30 day grace period that permits the au pair to stay or travel in the US. Au pairs may return to the US for a second program term as long as they meet the requirements.

Hours and Stipend

As an au pair, you may provide childcare and light childcare related housework for your host family for up to 45 hours per week and up to 10 hour per day.

The minimum weekly stipend is established based on a formula which calculates the federal minimum wage less an allowance for room and board. The current stipend for the Au Pair Program is $195.75 per week. The stipend will be paid to you weekly by your host family.

Host families also pay up to $500 per candidate per year toward the cost of 6 credit hours of required academic course work.

As an au pair you will be entitled to a minimum of two (2) weeks paid vacation for each 12 month exchange term (prorated for periods shorter than 12 months), in addition to the regular minimum 1.5 days off per week and minimum one (1) full weekend off per month.

Childcare Responsibilities

Au pairs may have a wide range of responsibilities related to childcare. An au pair provides busy parents with a much needed “extra set of hands” and duties can include childcare and light housekeeping related to childcare such as doing the children’s laundry and cleaning up after the children.

Au Pair Minimum Requirements

  • 18 to 26 years old.
  • Proficient in conversational English.
  • In good health.
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 200 hours of documented child care experience.
  • Have successfully passed a detailed background investigation. (see application)
  • Pass a detailed screening process.

Learn More/Get Started!

To learn more about becoming an au pair in the United States please visit our website at www.aupairint.com or fill out an Information Request Form.

OR...Download an application to get started today!

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 Au Pair International

Outbound Au Pair Program!


France

belgiumDo you have a passion for childcare coupled with the urge to see the world? The au pair program will give you the unique opportunity to do both at the same time!

Countries we are currently recruiting au pairs for include: Australia, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and Spain.

 

  Participating Countries

 

To get started now please contact our International Program Coordinator below or submit a request for more information using the form on the right of this page. We charge a $50 application/administration fee which will be applied toward your $395 placement fee upon matching with a family.

 

Katrina Vanderhulst

Director of Programs

720-308-5458

 

 

 

 

Congrats Nomination

 

Dear Au Pair,

 

Thank you for claiming your free trip registration as a "congratulations" for your nomination in our Au Pair of the year contest. Our offices will be in contact with you soon to confirm your registration!

 

The Au Pair International Family

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Start Spreading The News...API Takes On NYC!!

API au pairs from all over the U.S. are welcome to join us in New York from April 26th to April 29th, 2018!

 

New York Trip Details: 

  • Accommodations for 3 nights in New York City (April 26th - April 29th).
  • Breakfast for three days.
  • Transportation from the hotel to all sites around New York
  • Sightseeing with other au pairs around New York City landmarks on April 27th and April 28th. Be sure to bring your comfortable walking shoes and camera! (April 26th and April 29th are reserved for travel days.)

 

Sites will include:

  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building
  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Fifth Avenue
  • OPTIONAL: Attend a Broadway Show (Additional $75.00)
  • OPTIONAL (additional fee): Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Natural History, and much more!

 

Total Cost:

$375 (Includes admittance to the Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, 9/11 Museum, Museum of Natural History, and a public transporation pass valid for 7 days.)

 

Booking Travel:

API au pairs that book their travel arrangements through Student Universe receive a discounted flight fare! If you decide to use Student Universe for your own travel arrangements, please contact us for your personal login details. All attendees must pay for their airfare and travel to and from the airport.

https://www.studentuniverse.com/travel-services/aupairint/affiliate/aupairint

 

New York Trip Registration Form:

Trip is open to all Au Pair International friends. Please contact us for pricing if you have an au pair friend with another agency interested in joining. 

**Registration Closes on April 6th, 2018**

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Seattle Trip 2018

 

JOIN AU PAIR INTERNATIONAL IN THE EMERALD CITY!

API au pairs from all over the U.S. are welcome to join us in Seattle from September 13th-16th, 2018!

 

Seattle, Washington Trip Details (Sept. 13th - Sept. 16th):

  • Hotel Accommodations for 3 nights in downtown Seattle.
  • Transportation via shuttle to and from the airport.
  • Breakfast for 3 days.
  • Sightseeing with other au pairs around Seattle landmarks on September 14th and 15th. Make sure to bring your comfortable walking shoes and camera! (September 13th and September 16th are reserved for travel days).

 

Sites Will Include:

  • The Original Starbucks coffee shop
  • Pike Place Market
  • The “Gum” Wall
  • Space Needle (extra charge if wishing to go to the top)
  • Downtown Waterfront
  • Washington State Ferries
  • China Town
  • OPTIONAL (additional fee): Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of Flight, Olympic Sculpture Park, Museum of Science & Industry, Seattle Art Museum, and more!

 

Total Cost

$250 (*All attendees are responsible for booking their own flights as well as the cost of airfare.) 

 

Booking Travel:

API au pairs that book their travel arrangements through Student Universe receive a discounted flight fare! If you decide to use Student Universe for your own travel arrangements, please contact us for your personal login details. All attendees must pay for their airfare and travel to and from the airport.

https://www.studentuniverse.com/travel-services/aupairint/affiliate/aupairint

 

Seattle Trip Registration Form:

Trip is open to all Au Pair International friends. Please contact us if you have an au pair friend with another agency interested in joining. 

**Registration Closes on August 24th, 2018**

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 Washington D.C. Trip2018

 

Au Pair International Takes On Our Nation's Capital!!

API au pairs from all over the U.S. are welcome to join us in Washington, D.C. from November 1st - November 4th!

 

Washington, D.C. Trip Details: 

  • Accommodations for 3 nights in Washington, D.C.
  • Transportation around Washington, D.C.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Sightseeing with other au pairs around Washington, D.C. landmarks on November 2nd and 3rd. Be sure to bring your comfortable walking shoes and camera! (November 1st and November 4th are reserved for travel days).

 

Sites will include:

  • Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • World War II Monument
  • White House
  • National Mall
  • U.S. Capital Building
  • Georgetown
  • Supreme Court

 

Total Cost:

To be determined  (*All attendees are responsible for booking their own flights as well as the cost of airfare.)

 

Booking Travel:

API au pairs that book their travel arrangements through Student Universe receive a discounted flight fare! If you decide to use Student Universe for your own travel arrangements, please contact us for your personal login details. All attendees must pay for their airfare and travel to and from the airport.

https://www.studentuniverse.com/travel-services/aupairint/affiliate/aupairint

 

Washington, D.C. Trip Registration Form:

Trip is open to all Au Pair International au pairs. Please contact us for pricing if you have an au pair friend with another agency interested in joining. 

**Registration Closes on October 19th, 2018**

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What Our Host Families Say

  • John - CO

    A little over two years ago, I lost my wife Patty to cancer. With a huge hole in our home from the loss of Patty, Svetlana stepped in and helped Bryce feel loved and cared for during a situation that is difficult to imagine and understand. She has seen us through many tears and sadness, but brought so much safety and comfort into our home. I honestly don’t know how we could have made it the past few years without her.
     
  • LindseyMary

    Lindsey - CA

    Mary Luisa or lulu as we call her entered our family at a challenging time in early July. I was 7 months pregnant and our son was starting to act out as he realized a new baby was on the way. Rocket met Mary and instantly fell in love. He was so excited his new best friend would be living in our house. From day one lulu stepped in and has been there for our son and helped make the new baby transition easier on the whole family.
     
  • Ornela

    Keith - MD

    It was a very terrifying thought for me to entrust my children to someone else, but I can say with whole hearted enthusiasm, we really "hit the jackpot" with Ornela. She has taken our twins from speaking greek words to being completely bilingual! To see the confidence and ability that they have is in a large part dedicated to her. We can truly see the pride and love that she has for Georgia and Peter. Ornela has really become a part of our family, not just an au pair.
     
  • NozomiStevenson

    The Stevenson Children - MD

    These past four months with our au pair have been the best experience ever! She even rode the Tower of Terror at Disney World with us three times. Tell us how many au pairs will do that for their host family kids! Our au pair is very special and we love her just like a family member. She does so much for our family and we just want to tell everyone how awesome she is to us!
     
  • Effie

    Patricia

    We feel fortunate as parents to have Effie in our family, especially in our busy lives when being away from home and the children during the day can often be very stressful. She makes our life easier, giving us the confidence that our kids are safe, in good hands and with the right direction!
     
  • Lissy

    Audrey - FL

    Lissy has exceeded every expectation we had for an au pair and has become just like another family member. I have said time and time again that you guys must do an amazing job screening these applicants. Although now I would have a hard time doing this again because I don't know if we could ever top Lissy!
     
  • MaureenSatoko

    Maureen - MI

    We have had several au pairs in our home and we feel very glad and are very lucky that Satoko came to us. I don't want to jinx anything because this is only the second week but I can tell you that Satoko is golden. We are grateful to Au Pair International for introducing her to us!