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I have a driver's license?
No, but most American lead highly mobile lives and you will
find a family match much faster if you have one.
medical Insurance is provided by the program, inclusive in
the program fee. Click here for
are the duties and responsibilities?
Provide up to 45 hours of childcare per week, but no
more than 10 hours per day
Provide quality childcare
Help children get ready for the days activities
Assist with general child-related chores, such as
laundry, tidying the children's bedrooms and play areas, and
food preparation for the children
Driving the children between home, school and other
is what Americans understand by the words "au
long is my contract?
JCR will ask
you to contract with your host family for one year. You may
then take a thirteenth month in the USA to travel and
explore the country or you can extend your stay by an
additional 3, 6 or 12 months. Its your choice!
If you have been an
aupair in the USA once before and would like to go again,
you can now apply for a second time!
If one year
is more than you can manage, have a look at the summer
aupair program for four months!
the age limits..I look very young!
limits are not set by JCR. They are set by the American Government and unless you are within the age limits
requested, you will be refused an au-pair permit for
much will it cost me?
here for the program costs.
Protection do I have?
programs you have the security of being a legal au pair
participant with a proper J-1 exchange visitor visa. Au
pairs who are in the USA illegally can be arrested and
expelled from America, without the opportunity to return.
They often receive little money, and have no legal rights
and no one to turn to for help. JCR offers a safe and
legal approach to becoming an au pair in America.
travel on a legal
J-1 exchange visitor visa, which allows you to
come and go freely to and from the USA.
a brochure on America
a brochure on all other countries
You can make it happen, by
living as part of an American host family for a whole year through our
USA Intercultural Child Care Programs. You'll help care for your
host family's children in exchange for the rich experience of living
as a treasured "big sister" in an American family.
Only a limited number
of applications are accepted each year. It is the only legal
means of becoming an au pair in the United States.
to the United States Department of State, the au pair program is
organized to permit “foreign nationals the opportunity to live with
an American host family and participate directly in the home life of
the host family while providing limited child-care services and
attending a U.S. post-secondary institution.” An au pair is expected
to work up to 45 hours per week and perform light housework related to
the children for whom she cares. This
is in contrast, perhaps, to other countries' standards, where an au
pair may work less than 45 hours per week or may be asked to perform
general housekeeping tasks. The au pair must be flexible about
scheduling the hours she will provide childcare for the host family,
because many of our host families consist of two working
YOU AND YOUR
Your host family
expects you to provide safe, loving, reliable care for their children
for up to 45 hours each week. You may be responsible for bathing and
feeding the children, playing games, making up the beds and
straightening the children's rooms. Your day may include being
available to a sleeping child, helping with schoolwork, or driving the
children to a soccer or ballet practise. You won't be responsible for
heavy housework, but you may prepare an occasional family meal, help
clean up the dinner dishes, or help with the family grocery shopping.
As you enthusiastically join in your family's life - and chores -
you'll soon realize that even the simplest of family activities - a
trip to the market or walk through the neighbourhood - help you learn
more about America
We provide you with
information about your host family and they will call you for an
interview. Often you will choose a family based on mutual expectations
and hobbies and interests, or they may just sound right.
WHAT IT IS
LIKE TO BE AN AU-PAIR IN AMERICA
When you become an
Au-pair through JCR:
- YOU will
choose the Host Family you wish to live with, and we provide you
with detailed information about families to help you decide
- Families are in over
400 communities nationwide. The family you choose
may be close to theatres, museums, and historical sights; or you
may live where you can spend your free time on the ski slopes,
camping hiking, or on the beach.
- Free air tickets are
- You will undergo a
pre departure orientation to prepare you for your flight,
homesickness and the experience. You will receive a handbook and
other useful information such as suggestions on what to pack.
- You receive a detailed travel itinerary and your Host family
will meet you at your home stay airport.
- Sponsorship includes obtaining a J-1 visa that will allow you to
experience the United States for 12 months and to travel America
for one additional month with an option to renew for a second
Local Area Representative or Community Counsellor, who will guide, advise, and
assist you throughout the year.
- Your counsellor will help
you build a relationship with your Host Family that will last a
- We will provide you
with a toll-free phone number for
any additional assistance that you might need.
- Travel assistance is
provided year round, with many tours available.
- At the end of a
successful year, YOU will be AWARDED a CERTIFICATE
- You will live with a
host family and have your own room and all your meals as well as
receive pocket money.
- You will be able to
study courses of your choice.
- As a participant, you are automatically entitled to receive benefits
under the medical insurance package.
are five options for this program:
Au Pair An
Au Pair is an international legal visitor who lives in the
as an extended
member of their Host Family. These young men and women provide child
care services in exchange for room, board, a weekly stipend, and
contributions towards education. Most au pairs participate in the Au
Pair Program for the valuable cultural experience of living with an
American family and are treated more as a member of the family then an
employee. Au pairs can be from any foreign country except those which
does not have diplomatic relations.
are the requirements to be an Au
Must be between the ages of 18 and 26
Must have graduated from secondary school of the equivalent
Must be proficient in English
Must complete Au Pair Application
Must be able to provide at least 2 non-related childcare
references and at least 1 non-related character reference
Most pass a criminal background check
Must pass psychometric test
Must obtain a J1 Cultural Exchange visa under sponsorship
The Au Pair Plus Program is for au
pairs that have lived abroad as an au pair for at least one year
before applying to be an au pair with goAUPAIR. These au pairs receive a higher weekly stipend for their
child care duties.
Host families provide a weekly stipend
of $170 and room and board and up to $500 towards completing 6
semester credits of education courses.
In addition to requirements to be an Au Pair, an Au Pair Plus
candidate has Completed at least one year as an au pair in another
Premiere Program is for au pairs with professional training or
at least 2 years of full time child care experience. These au pairs
receive a higher weekly stipend for their child care duties.
Host families provide a weekly stipend of $200 and room and board and
up to $500 towards completing 6 semester credits of education courses.
addition to requirements to be an Au Pair, a Premiere Au Pair
either a full-time academic course in childcare OR
two years full-time experience as a nanny, child care provider, or
nursery school teacher
license for at least 6 months
least 20 years old
Au Pair The
EduCare Program is ideal for au pairs wanting to focus on their
education in addition to providing quality child care to American
families with school aged children.
What is a EduCare Au Pair?
- Provide up to 30 hours of childcare per week,
- Help get children ready for school each morning,
- Provide after school care,
- Help with homework,
- Assist with general child-related chores like
- Introduce your children to new cultures
Host families provide up to $1,000 towards completing 12 semester
credits of education courses, a weekly stipend of $132.64 and room and board.
Au Pair This program is for four months and you receive the same
weekly stipend as a full year au pair. The arrival time is fixed for
arrival in May / June or each year and the last applications
are accepted in February.