The best way to learn about a different culture is to live it. By becoming a part of a family and caring for their children, you'll learn first-hand what it's like to live in America. While living abroad, you’ll become more self-reliant, improve your English, and take on responsibilities that will help you grow in many ways. When you return home, you’ll have many new skills and friends from around the world.

Au Pair Requirements
· Have experience and enjoy caring for children
· Be between the ages of 18 and 26 upon arrival to the U.S.
· Speak conversational English
· Have completed secondary school (high school)
· Commit to spending 12 months in the USA
· Have at least 200 hours of experience caring for children under the age  of two if you wish to care for children less than to years old as an au pair
· Have a driver's license
· Be in good physical and mental health
· Pass a criminal background check
· Be able to provide personal and professional references

Au Pair Duties
Being an au pair is one of the most rewarding jobs you’ll ever have! Every family is different and specific duties will vary; however, below are some common au pair duties.
· Managing daily routines (morning, bedtime, etc.)
· Doing activities with children
· Preparing meals and cleaning up afterward
· Driving children to school and activities
· Helping with homework
· Doing children’s laundry
· Going on special outings and adventures
· Teaching the children about your country and culture

Au Pair Hours and Time Off
As an au pair, you are only permitted to work a maximum of 45 hours per week and no more than 10 hours per day. You will have time off so that you can meet up with friends, explore your community, take classes, or just relax. Program regulations require that you receive the following time off during your program:
· At least 1 ½ days off per week
· One full weekend off per month
· Two weeks (11 days) of paid vacation

Au Pair Benefits
· Earn a stipend $195.75 per week
· Free flight to and from the United States, including all connecting flights to your host family
· Travel and accident insurance package for 12 months
· A private bedroom in your family's home
· 30 days to travel the country at the end of your program
· 1 1/2 free days per week, plus 10 days of paid vacation during your program year
· Up to $500 USD in tuition money to attend college classes (you must complete 6 credits or equivalent)
· 24 hour emergency line and continuous support from your local AuPairCare Area Director
· Opportunity to extend your program for another 6, 9 or 12 months
Improve your English, meet Americans, make new friends, travel, and earn money.