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The au pair exchange program of America was established in 1986 as an educational and cultural exchange program 

with a strong child care component. Program participants enter the United States for 12 months to care for children 

of the American family in whose home they live. At the same time, au pairs are required to complete an educational 

component of six semester hours of academic credit or its equivalent. At the end of one year, au pairs return to 

their home country. Au pairs is to be treated like a member of the family. The rules are clear: au pairs are provided 

a private bedroom, meals, remuneration tied to the minimum wage, one and one-half days off weekly plus a full 

weekend off each month, two weeks’ paid vacation, and $500 toward the cost of required course work to be 

completed at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education in order to satisfy the requirements of the 

educational component of the program. Au pairs are responsible for the host families’ child(ren) entrusted to their 

care. Au pairs are not to work more than 10 hours a day/45 hours a week. They are not to serve as general 

housekeepers or assume responsibility for household management.

The au pair program is an educational and cultural exchange program with a child care component. Au pairs come 

to the United States for one year to provide not more than 10 hours per day or more than 45 hours per week of 

child care for their host family while pursuing educational credits. Sponsoring organizations in the U.S. have the 

responsibility for administering the program, within the regulations set by the Department of State. Although the 

Department designates organizations to conduct au pair programs, the responsibility for choosing the right 

organization rests solely with the host family and the au pair.

In order for an American family to host an exchange visitor under the Au Pair Program they must agree to (1) facilitate 

the enrollment and attendance of the au pair in a U.S. "post-secondary" educational institution; (2) ensure that the au 

pair has adequate transportation to attend; and (3) pay up to $500 toward the cost of required academic course work. 

Any additional costs associated with acquiring the required six academic credits are to be absorbed by the au pair. The 

au pair program will make au pair experience possible. The program is a cultural exchange experience through child care 

and is regulated by the U.S. Department of State. Designated agencies, offer the only legal way for Au Pairs to travel 

to the U.S. All designated agencies enforce the rules and regulations set forth by the Department of State. Living with 

an American family is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While being an au pair in the U.S. is a rewarding and fun job, it 

comes with important responsibilities. Every host family and au pair relationship is different and au pairs will need to 

adapt to own new situation by getting a good understanding of their host parents' preferences, schedules 

and children needs.

Au pairs are not like typical nannies or daycare employees; they're part of a vibrant cultural and educational exchange 

program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Au pairs' host family may become like a second family to you.

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