Who are our au pairs
Caring and committed
Au pairs are caring and committed, adventurous and educated young people, ages 18-26 years, from many different countries worldwide. They are eager to experience American culture while sharing their own unique backgrounds. While living in your home as a family member, they provide your family with up to 45 hours per week of personalized childcare. They have decided to venture out of the safety of their home and culture in order to grow and develop, to improve their English and to widen their horizons, both personally and professionally. Participating in the au pair program is a life-changing experience for these young people and they are excited to find a kind and supportive American host family to work and live with during that year.
Different from nannies or babysitters
Unlike nannies or babysitters, an au pair is not an employee—she becomes part of your family during her stay. All au pairs have prior childcare experience varying from nanny work to teachers to babysitters and everything in between. Many host parents describe their au pairs as the “third parent” in the home. Au pairs become personally invested in your family and vice versa. Many of our au pairs and host families stay in touch for years after the program ends. This personal investment translates to better care for the children than a nanny or babysitter would provide.
Meet strict requirements
All au pairs come with prior childcare experience including teaching, nannying or babysitting. In addition, all Cultural Care au pairs must fulfill a number of general requirements and pass a rigorous screening and selection process. Au pairs obtain a legal J-1 cultural exchange visa in their home country before traveling to the U.S., and once they arrive, they spend their first 4 days in the U.S. at our Au Pair Training School reviewing child development, safety, and communication and becoming American Red Cross-certified in CPR/AED and First Aid. New this year, Cultural Care au pairs will also attend a classroom course on driver’s safety—also delivered by the American Red Cross—designed to familiarize au pairs with American driving laws, signs and protocols. (Effective for au pairs arriving from overseas April 2014 and beyond.) Once they complete this training, they travel to your home by plane or bus.
Provide childcare and light housekeeping
Not only can your au pair provide childcare coverage, she can help with household chores related to your children and share her culture with your whole family.
Au pairs are well prepared to:
- Provide flexible in-home childcare (up to 45 hours per week; up to 10 per day)
- Customize care to suit your family’s individual needs
- Assist with child-related household duties including meal preparation, doing their laundry and helping keep their rooms neat
- Supervise your older children during after-school hours and summer breaks
- Help get your children to school, activities, and appointments
- Enrich your children’s playtime with international games, stories, and activities
- Expose your family to another language and culture.
Meet some available au pairs now!