Once your daughter or son becomes part of our program they are supported and cared for every step of the way: from application to departure and throughout their experience in America.
This is a secure and password protected site where applicants can access their online au pair profile, application documents and in later stages see interested families and pay the program fee securely.
Here is an overview of the different stages of becoming an au pair:
Once applications are completed they are reviewed along with the personality questionnaires by our staff in London or Bonn. Our team may ask for further information or suggest positive improvements before deciding whether an applicant can be accepted onto the program.
Once accepted, the next step is finding the perfect family for your child. All of our host families have been carefully selected and screened for our program. Applications are circulated among the families and your daughter or son will start to see interested families in their secure, password protected participant site.
It's a great idea for applicants to talk to as many families as they can before making a decision.
Nothing is to be paid to Au Pair in America until placement with a host family has been finalized. When placed, au pairs will be expected to pay the outstanding amount via their secure participant site where they will find their online invoice. Au Pair in America will never ask for payment via money transfer for example Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check or money orders.
Au Pair in America has dedicated staff to advise and assist with all aspects of obtaining the J1 Exchange visitor Visa. Our team will help with the paperwork and with booking the appointment at the US Embassy.
We take care of all flights to and from the USA. We also try to organize that au pairs fly together if possible and always let our au pairs know in advance if others are going to be on the same flight.
Our representatives will meet au pairs at their US arrival airport in New York and take them to a 4 * hotel just outside New York City for our 4 day Orientation program.
We provide a basic insurance package to all our au pairs with options to upgrade. We recommend that au pairs consider upgrading their package for maximum coverage.
Au pairs do not go straight from the airport to their host families. We make sure everyone is prepared and adjusts to life in America by first attending our 3-day Orientation Training Program. This is an essential and excellent introduction to life in the USA as an au pair. Our professional trainers offer advice and instruction on everything from childcare to cultural differences. There is also a Red Cross training course and optional AAA driving instruction.
The families on our program have all been carefully screened as per US Federal Regulations. A local Au Pair in America representative interviews the family personally in their home prior to their participation on the program. The family submits an application, an essay and photos, information on the au pair's schedule and 2 references. The representative will also make sure the designated private bedroom is suitable for the au pair.
All our Host Families are divided into "clusters" dependent on where they live. Each cluster is managed by a local Au Pair in America representative – the Community Counselor. The counselor will live a maximum of 1 hour's drive from the au pairs in their cluster and is there as a mentor, providing support and advice to au pairs and families during the year, in addition to arranging fun social activities and events for everyone.
Au pairs have access to a 24-hour, toll-free emergency helpline at our US head Office in Stamford Connecticut.