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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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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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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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Grand Canyon Trip 2018

 

Come join us for a GRAND ADVENTURE at the GRAND CANYON!

API au pairs from all over the U.S. are welcome to join us for the Grand Canyon trip next October 11th-14th, 2018. 

 

Grand Canyon Trip Details: 

  • Accommodations in Phoenix Thursday night and in Northern Arizona, Friday and Saturday night.
  • No sightseeing on Thursday, October 11th and Sunday, October 14th. Those days are reserved for travel.
  • Transportation to and from the Phoenix, Arizona airport.
  • Transportation around Northern Arizona
  • Sightseeing around Arizona and the Grand Canyon (Bring your comfortable walking shoes and a camera!)
  • Breakfast each day. 
  • Space is very limited so REGISTER SOON!

 

Sites will include:

  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Williams (Route 66)

 

Total Cost:

To be determined. Space is very limited so REGISTER SOON! 

*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 fly into the Phoenix, Arizona airport and inform API of your arrival and departure times.

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

  

Grand Canyon Trip Registration Form:

Trip is open to all Au Pair International friends. We ask that all attendees fly in no later than early afternoon on the Thursday of the trip, and return home Sunday evening.  If you have questions regarding the Grand Canyon trip, please email Katrina Vanderhulst at

 

 

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San Diego Trip

 

Come join API in "America's Finest City!"

API au pairs from all over the U.S. are welcome to join us in San Diego this coming February 22nd - 25th, 2018. 

 

San Diego Trip Details: 

  • Accommodations in San Diego for 2 nights.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Transportation around San Diego.
  • Sightseeing on February 23rd and 24th (February 22nd and 25th are reserved for travel days).
  • MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!

 

Sites will include:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Cabrillo Point
  • Balboa State Park
  • La Jolla Beach
  • Old Town San Diego
  • The Hotel Del Coronado
  • Seaport Village
  • Gaslamp Quarter

 

Total Cost:

$275

*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

  

San Diego 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.  If you have questions regarding the San Diego trip, please email Katrina Vanderhulst at

 

 

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The United States Department of State (DOS) requires that each au pair participant register and attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post secondary institution for not less than six (6) semester hours of academic credit (72 classroom hours).

Taking a post-secondary class is not only a requirement, but a great opportunity for au pairs to pursue a new interest, improve English, experience student life, add to their resume/CV, meet new people and make new friends. Au Pairs have the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of subjects, and to attend a traditional college or university.  The host family will pay up to $500 for the educational component and assist the au pair in registering and attending classes.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The US Department of State Education Requirement

What is the educational requirement?
The United States Department of State (DOS) requires that each au pair participant register and attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post secondary institution for not less than six (6) semester hours of "academic credit, or the equivalent" during his/her 12-month au pair program. The educational requirement is, as it states, a requirement for participating in the au pair program and spending a year in the US under a J-1 au pair visa. By participating in the au pair program, you have agreed to complete the educational requirement.

Can I choose to not complete the educational requirement?
No. The educational component is a requirement by the United States Department of State and is an important part of the au pair program. If the educational requirement is not met, you may forfeit your deposit and be required to pay your home flight ticket. Also, the host family may be ineligible for future participation in Au Pair International’s program. Education is an important part of your year in America. At the end of your au pair year, you must provide proof of having completed your educational requirement. In order to extend your visa, you must have completed your educational requirement for the first year.

What is an accredited educational institution?
An accredited institution is one that has been granted accreditation by a regional or national accrediting commission of schools and colleges. Being "accredited" means the school reached a standard level of educational quality. This means that you must enroll in classes at an approved school or program. Classes taken at a church, health club, library or other non-accredited educational institution will not be approved.
 
What is meant by post-secondary?
Post-secondary literally means "after secondary". Post-secondary means the institution offers at least a one-year program of college-level studies. In America, secondary school ends after grade 12, usually when a person is 18 years old (grades 9-12 are often referred to as "high school"). Most au pairs attend a community college. Some enroll in technical or junior college, or college or university.

How do I find out if it is an accredited U.S. post secondary institution?
Ask: The easiest is to ask the school to sign the Proof of Attendance form before attending classes.

Search:  Some, but not all, accredited U.S. post secondary institutions are listed at this search. Double-check all schools that you find to make sure that the school you choose is post-secondary accredited.  To do this, have the proof of attendance form filled out prior to the start of class.  There are many major approved schools that do not show up on this list despite that they are approved and others that are on the list, but do not have the right accreditation: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.asp

What is meant by an "academic credit or the equivalent"?
An academic credit is generally equal to 12 hours of class time. A class which meets for 3 hours each week for approximately 4 weeks (a total of 12 hours) would be the equivalent of one (1) credit course.
To complete the requirement six (6) semester hours of "academic credit, or the equivalent", you must at a minimum complete 72 hours of class time.  However, please note that the number of hours needed to complete an academic credit may vary from one school to another, one class to another and to between states. If your school is not able to provide you with the hours required per credit, please use 12 hours of in-class lecture time per credit.

Which classes/subjects can I take?
You can choose a subject of your choice as long as it is offered by a post-secondary educational institution. If you are not fluent in English, we recommend that you start with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

Proof of enrollment - How do I document the education I am taking?
All au pairs are required to get the Proof of Attendance form (attach) signed at the top before they start classes.  This is to make sure that the class is accredited as a post-secondary institution from the beginning.  Once they have completed the class, the au pair will then have the teacher sign the bottom of the form documenting the number or credits or hours.

 
What is the educational requirement if I extend my visa for 6, 9 or 12 months?
Au pairs who extend their visa are expected to take an additional 3 credits for a 6 month extension and 6 credits for a 9 or 12 month extension. Host families will pay up to $250 towards education for a 6 month stay and $500 for a 9 or 12 month extension.

2. Choosing my Education – What are the Options?

 

3. Other Information about the Educational Requirement

Paying for the education, books and transportation to classes.
Host families will reimburse tuition costs and costs of related materials (books and supplies) up to $500 for the first year. The money is not owed to the au pair should the educational costs total to less than $500. The host family must provide transportation to and from classes. In order to complete the required 6 credits (or equivalent) within the budget, you might want to try to save some money:
• Discounts: Many educational institutions will give discounts to au pairs, so be sure to ask.
• In-state tuition: Au pairs are exchange participants that live as part of an in-state host family, in some states they qualify for in-state tuition. Be sure to ask. In some states au pairs do not qualify as they are in the US under a J-1 visa. However, in most states the au pair will qualify for the in-state tuition after a year in the US. Therefore, if the au pair decides to extend her stay she will normally qualify for the in-state tuition for the extension period.
• Taking non-credit or auditing classes instead of taking "for-credit" classes will save you money.
• Buying textbooks used and online can be much less expensive.

Do I qualify for "in –state" tuition?
Au pairs are exchange participants that live as part of an in-state host family, and in some states they qualify for in-state tuition.  However, this may vary from one state to another and from one educational institution to another. Be sure to ask.

What documents and skills do I need to enroll for classes?
Documents needed for signing up for classes vary greatly from one educational institution to another. When signing up for classes, you might be asked to show some or all of the following documents:
• Passport.
• I-94.
• Visa.
• Social Security Number (or a letter from SSA indicating that SSA did not make a decision yet or SSA rejection letter).
• Written verification showing proof of employment (letter from Au Pair International).
• DS-2019.
Some English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have placement exams. These are used to determine which your skills level and are designed to place you at the appropriate class level. Some schools may require other placement tests at the time of registration for other courses as.

Transferring credits to your home country
Transfer of credits: If the au pair is taking a course for academic credit ("for-credit") and wants to transfer credits home, it would be the decision of the university in the au pair’s home country if they would accept that credit or not. It is the responsibility of the au pair to contact her university to find out if it is possible to transfer the credits.
Recognition: If the au pair is taking a course for academic credit, she will receive a grade and an official transcript. If she is auditing or taking a non-credit course, it is at the discretion of the instructor to give the au pair an official transcript.

Local Educational Opportunities
To find local education institutions, go to the following links and look at the institutions listed under your state. You will need to review their current course offerings, schedules, prices and audit policies to determine whether they currently offer a program that will work for you. You should also take the initiative to contact any other educational institutions in your area to check for courses that may work for you.

Community College and Universities
Many au pairs complete their educational requirement at their local Community College because of the lower cost.  Community Colleges and Universities are accredited U.S. post secondary institutions. To find a college or university near you, go to:

Community Colleges: For an updated list of community colleges in your area, you might look at the following web site: http://www.utexas.edu/world/comcol/state/: For an updated list of universities in your area, you might look at the following web site: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state/ are accredited U.S. post secondary institutions: Some, but not all, accredited U.S. post secondary institutions are listed at this search. Double-check all schools that you find to make sure that the school you choose is post-secondary accredited.  To do this, have the proof of attendance form filled out prior to the start of class.  There are many major approved schools that do not show up on this list despite that they are approved and others that are on the list, but do not have the right accreditation: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.asp

 

Taking classes

Au pairs can fulfill the educational component in different ways. The choice you make will depend largely on your budget (over the $500 covered by your host family) and schedule. If you choose to take classes at a local school (ex. a community college), you have several options. You can:

• Take academic "for-credit" classes. For- credit classes are often more expensive than the options listed below.
• Audit classes. "Auditing" allows a student to attend a class with limited in-class participation, ungraded assignments and no final grade. If auditing is available, the cost may be less than that of a "for-credit" class. Each individual college or university decides if it allows auditing.
• Take non-credit classes. Non-credit classes are designed for a purpose other than toward a degree. They are usually taken for personal enrichment or career specific skills. Taking non-credit classes is often less expensive then taking for-credit classes.
You can take day, evening and/or weekend classes, depending on what best fits your schedule and interests. Schools vary in what they offer, but most offer a wide range of choices. As long as the class is taken through an accredited post-secondary institution you can choose and class or subject. The subject choice is up to the au pair!

 

Documents and skills needed to enroll
Documents needed for signing up for classes vary greatly from one educational institution to another. When signing up for classes, you might be asked to show some or all of the following documents:
• Passport.
• I-94.
• Visa.
• Social Security Number (or a letter from SSA indicating that SSA did not make a decision yet or SSA rejection letter).
• Written verification showing proof of employment (letter from Au Pair International).
• DS-2019.
Some English as a Second Language (ESL) classes have placement exams. These are used to determine which your skills level and are designed to place you at the appropriate class level. Some schools may require other placement tests at the time of registration for other courses as.

Local Educational Opportunities
To find local education institutions, go to the following links and look at the institutions listed under your state. You will need to review their current course offerings, schedules, prices and audit policies to determine whether they currently offer a program that will work for you. You should also take the initiative to contact any other educational institutions in your area to check for courses that may work for you.

Community College and Universities
Many au pairs complete their educational requirement at their local Community College because of the lower cost.  Community Colleges and Universities are accredited U.S. post secondary institutions. To find a college or university near you, go to:

Community Colleges: For an updated list of community colleges in your area, you might look at the following web site: http://www.utexas.edu/world/comcol/state/: For an updated list of universities in your area, you might look at the following web site: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state/ are accredited U.S. post secondary institutions: Some, but not all, accredited U.S. post secondary institutions are listed at this search. Double-check all schools that you find to make sure that the school you choose is post-secondary accredited.  To do this, have the proof of attendance form filled out prior to the start of class.  There are many major approved schools that do not show up on this list despite that they are approved and others that are on the list, but do not have the right accreditation: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.asp

 

 

ArmelaPashollari3"I have 3000 childcare hours and know First Aid."

  • Home Country: Albania
  • Designation: Infant Qualified Au Pair
  • May care for: Children of All Ages
  • Driver's License: Yes
  • Level of Education: University
  • Languages: Albanian, Greek, English

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Sending Agent Partner Resources

 


 

This page is dedicated strictly to our valuable sending agent partners who work so hard to bring us quality au pair candidates!

Please note that the documents below should be filled out using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order for them to work properly.  You may download the latest version of Adobe Reader by clicking on the following link:  Adobe Acrobat Reader

 

 

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Description/Instructions

Marketing

 

API Logo

Au pair International Logo to be used in your marketing and promotional materials.

Sending Agent Documents

 
Sending Agent Application

Application to be a partner sending agent with Au Pair International

Sending Agent Handbook

Detailed handbook that describes the role of the Sending Agent within Au Pair International.
Marketing Brochure Side A Tri-Fold Brochure for marketing purposes that can be customized for your agency. You may upload your own logo and also insert contact information.
Marketing Brochure Side B Tri-Fold Brochure side B for marketing purposes.

Au Pair Application Documents

 
Au Pair Application Checklist Checklist to ensure that all portions of the au pair application have been submitted.
Au Pair Application Application for au pair applicant's to complete to apply for sponsorship through Au Pair International. This form does NOT include the au pair agreement or the host family/au pair agreement. Those documents can be downloaded below.
Childcare Reference Reference form to be filled out by a non-family member of the au pair applicant.
Personality Reference Personality reference form to be filled out by a non-family member of the au pair applicant.
Psychometric Test Personality test to be completed by the au pair applicant.
Medical Record Verification Medical record verification form to be filled out by the au pair applicant's physician.
Interview Guide Guide used by the sending agent to interview the au pair applicant.
Interviewer's Report Report to be filled out by the Sending Agent offices following a personal interview with the au pair candidate.
Video Creation Guide Instructions for the au pair to create a video. This video will be shared with potential host families and placed on the Au Pair International website and YouTube channel.
Au Pair and Host Family Agreement Agreement to be signed by both the au pair and host family agreeing to the terms and conditions of the au pair program.
Au Pair Agreement Agreement to be signed by the au pair applicant agreeing to the terms and conditions of the au pair program.
Au Pair Training and Information Notification Form Form to be filled out by the au pair after a match has been made. This form MUST be submitted prior to the au pair departing for the U.S.

Au Pair Pre-Arrival Documents

 
Au Pair Insurance Information Document that lists information on the travel insurance offered through Au Pair International.
Au Pair Handbook Handbook that outlines the au pair program regulations that have been set forth by the State Department and Au Pair International.  A guidebook for au pairs during their program.
Education Information/Proof of Class Attendance Information on the educational requirement of the au pair program.  Includes a proof of class attendance form that must be filled out by the au pair's professor/instructor.

 

 

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!