Please remember that because the US Government has imposed a J1 Visa ban until January 2021, we can only accept US citizens on this program.
This program is accepting applications now.
You must be able to work in the United States legally to qualify for this program.
American Au Pair
Are you looking for something new and exciting to do while you take some time off from college or your career? Would you like to experience life in a different part of the United States? If yes, you might want to become an American Au Pair!
The American Au Pair Program enables participants from the United States to experience life in a new US location while they provide their host families with childcare, homework, and assist with related household duties.
What do Au Pairs do? Au Pairs take care of the children during scheduled hours. They might help the children with their homework and assist in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean. They prepare snacks and meals for the children, and can drop them off or pick them up from school or activities. If this sounds like something you’d be really good at, then being an American Au Pair is definitely for you.
Rather than take your chances on a family that has not undergone a background check, when you're an American Au Pair, your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators near where you will be working you can call at any time. All of this to ensure you have a safe, comfortable environment and that your host family is a suitable host. Receive a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. Through monthly meetups, make new friends during your time with your US host family.
- There is no application fee to sign up to be an American Au Pair.
- CPR and Emergency Procedure Certification must be paid for by the au pair.
- Your flight ticket back home at the end of the program must be paid for by the au pair.
What you will earn
You will be paid a minimum of $10 per hour. If the local minimum wage is higher than that, you will be paid the higher amount. The hourly rate paid to an American Au Pair is based upon the local minimum wage of the area where the host family resides. If the host family lives in an area with a local minimum wage higher than $10, the family is required to pay the required hourly rate in their area. If an au pair provides duties that exceed 40 hours per week, the host family will be required to provide compensation based upon local overtime regulations.
You will receive up to a $500 travel scholarship to be used on a GeoVisions Foundation program of your choice.
How Long Can You Stay?
Au pairs must agree to be placed with their host family for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months.
We have families available year-round.
- Be between the ages of 18 to 26.
- Be legally qualified to work in the United States.
- Agree to provide their host family for a minimum of 3 months.
- Adhere to the American Au Pair Program Agreement
- Sign an Employment Agreement with your host family.
- Have at least 200 hours of documented previous childcare experience.
- Must be CPR and Emergency Procedure Certified.
- Speak English.
- Be a secondary school graduate or equivalent.
- Assist your host family’s children with schoolwork and educational activities
- Be in good physical and mental health.
- Pass a criminal background check.
- Provide verifiable childcare and personal references.
- Have a driver’s license.
- Have medical insurance.
- Complete the Enrichment for All Students: From Foundational Methods to Practical Strategies with Renzulli Learning Course
Caring For Infants
American Au Pair has infant-care au pairs who care for babies up to 24 months. Infant-care au pairs must have 200 hours of caring for children under the age of 2 prior to arrival with their host family. Individuals who do not qualify or are not interested in caring for children under 2, must have 6 months of childcare experience to qualify for the au pair program. This experience can include babysitting, working in a school or daycare, or prior au pair experience. Au Pairs must provide verifiable childcare references, which cannot be from family members. References must list the ages of the children cared for, the dates cared for and the duties performed during these experiences.
Included in the program:
- Your placement with a carefully screened host family.
- A private room and full board.
- At least $10 per hour, up to $15 per hour.
- Up to a $500 travel scholarship on any GeoVisions Foundation program of your choice.
- Airfare from your home to the family.
- 24 x 7 x 365 support.
- Airport transfers.
- 6 and 9-month placements receive 1 week of paid vacation. 12-month placements receive 2 weeks of paid vacation.
Not included in the program fee:
- Meals when you travel or go out on your own.
- Spending money for personal expenses, when you travel or optional activities.
- Return airfare from your host family to your home.
What is American Au Pair Training and what does it cover?
How do you support me in helping the children with their homework?
Can I choose my location?
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the GeoVisions Foundation $500 travel scholarship work?
My Experience with GeoVisions in China last year was great.
I had a culture course online before I went over. It really helped me know what to expect when I got to China. My placement was not exactly where I wanted at first, but everything worked out in the end. Every time I had any issues GeoVisions were always there to support me. Overall it was a great experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
May 24, 2019
"The experience I'll never forget
The experience has definitely improved my life- it has forced me to grow and develop, learn an appreciation for the Chinese way of life and its people/culture, and I wouldn't change a thing about what I did. I have no regrets and am grateful for what I have been through.
Thank you, Geovisions, for opening up the world to me and giving me this opportunity. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a change, a challenge and a bit of adventure. I have made some new friends for life as a result of my time there, and a lifetime of memories and photos to bring along wherever my journey takes me now. Knowing what I know now, would I go back and do it all again rather than remain in my comfort zone in Melbourne? Probably. Would I go back to the same place tomorrow and do it for another year? I definitely don't plan on it... But let's see where life takes me.
February 12, 2019
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This experience will look great on your CV or Resume. Gain valuable career experience.
There are no official "start dates." You can set your dates up with your host family in advance. The age range is 20 to 26. Become more independent and self-confident. Make new friends from around the United States and from around the world.
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