Become An Au Pair
An au pair is a cultural exchange participant between the ages of 18 and 26 who travels to the United States on the J-1 Visitor Exchange Visa to provide childcare in exchange for the experience to live with and become part of an American family.
Au Pairs provide their host families with childcare, up to 45 hours a week, and help with child related household duties, transporting children to school and activities, and more. Our program allows au pairs to experience American education, life, and culture in an affordable international program.
As a standard au pair, you will earn a minimum weekly stipend of $195.75. The U.S. Department of State calculation of the minimum weekly stipend is based on the federal minimum wage with a 40% deduction for room and board in exchange for childcare services. Host families and au pairs are free to agree to compensation higher than the legally applicable minimum.
Requirements to be an au pair in the United States:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 26 when they arrive in the USA
- Be available for a 12 month cultural exchange program
- Have previous childcare experience
- Have good English language skills*
- Be a secondary school graduate or equivalent
- Be in good health and have no criminal record
- Have a driver’s license
To care for children under the age of two, au pair candidates must have at least 200 hours of previous childcare experience with children under the age of two.
Benefits of the Au Pair Program:
- Experience American life and culture
- Receive a weekly financial stipend based on your program
- A private bedroom with a pre-screened host family
- Health and Medical Insurance
- Study in the USA at an accredited institution
- Gain valuable international travel and global experience
- Improve your English language skills
- Become more independent and self-confident
- Make new friends from around the world
In order to become an au pair, you must meet the U.S. Department of State Requirements to be qualified for the au pair program. The requirements and regulations are the same for all Au Pair Programs in the United States. Agent Au Pair supports program participation from all nations, but obtaining a J-1 Visa may be challenging in some countries.
*Though official English language test scores are not required as part of the application process, submitting test results would be beneficial. Please see our score conversion chart.
Learn More about becoming an au pair with Agent Au Pair by reading our brochure.