Au Pair international is often referred to as America’s “Boutique Au Pair Agency” as a result of our high quality and attention to detail. We strive to provide the highest quality childcare available, and according our satisfied host families, we have succeeded.
Organizational Strength - the Au Pair Program Experts.
We are America’s Au Pair Program expert with a 100 percent focus on delivering the highest value to host families and au pairs, and we focus strictly on au pair service. While many au pair programs diversify by simultaneously running high school programs and language schools, we stick to our specialty. The au pair program is our organizational strength and focus, and therefore, we provide better results and lower costs.
Your satisfaction is extremely important to us. If you are not satisfied with your au pair match, we will quickly assist you in finding a new au pair or provide a refund according to our contractual agreement.
When compared with other childcare options or other au pair programs, Au Pair International comes out ahead.
Nobody beats our quality. With our multi-level screening process we select only the best candidates for the program. The candidates are well prepared through our training program which uses only courses accredited course for certified childcare provider designation
High Support Staff Ratio:
One of the ways we ensure quality service is by offering the highest staff-per-host family ratio. In fact, most of our clusters serve less than 15 host families per Area Director - not hundreds. Your local Au Pair International representative knows you, your children and your au pair(s). To us you are part of our family, not just another customer.
When you are passionate about providing the best care for your children, you need a partner who has your family’s best interests in mind at all times. As experts in the field, we have the requisite skills: Au Pair International.
Become an Au Pair in the United States!
“Au pair” means equal (on par). Au pairs are exchange visitors from a overseas who travel to the US on a J-1 Visitor Exchange Visa to acquire a better understanding and appreciation of American culture and life while living with an American family and caring for their young children. In order to participate in the au pair program, candidates must apply through a designated agency like Au Pair International, meet a set of minimum requirements and adhere to US regulations and agency rules. If accepted and matched with a US host family, Au Pair International will provide you with the official documents needed to apply for a J-1 Visa at a US Embassy or Consulate in the your home country.
Au pairs come to the US on a 12 month J-1 Visa with the opportunity to extend for 6, 9, or 12 months once they have successfully completed their first program year. After their program, (whether they complete 12, 18, 21, or 24 months) they have a 30 day grace period that permits the au pair to stay or travel in the US. Au pairs may return to the US for a second program term as long as they meet the requirements.
Hours and Stipend.
As an au pair, you may provide childcare and light childcare related housework for your host family for up to 45 hours per week and up to 10 hour per day.
The minimum weekly stipend is established based on a formula which calculates the federal minimum wage less an allowance for room and board. The current stipend for the Au Pair Program is $195.75 per week. The stipend will be paid to you weekly by your host family.
Host families also pay up to $500 per candidate per year toward the cost of 6 credit hours of required academic course work.
As an au pair you will be entitled to a minimum of two (2) weeks paid vacation for each 12 month exchange term (prorated for periods shorter than 12 months), in addition to the regular minimum 1.5 days off per week and minimum one (1) full weekend off per month.
Au pairs may have a wide range of responsibilities related to childcare. An au pair provides busy parents with a much needed “extra set of hands” and duties can include childcare and light housekeeping related to childcare such as doing the children’s laundry and cleaning up after the children.
Au Pair Minimum Requirements:
Must be 18 years old and above.
Proficient in conversational English.
In good health.
High school graduate or equivalent.
Minimum of 200 hours of documented child care experience.
Have successfully passed a detailed background investigation. (see application)
Pass a detailed screening process.
The costs for an Au pair to participate in the US Au pair Program are set by the United States Au pair agency organization. The following are only estimates of the costs to the Au pair each.
1. Application Fees : $200
2. Agency Fee: $250
3. Document processing Fee $600( Visa , work permits, and insurance).
4. Placement Fee of $200
5. Airfare surcharge varies by departure city. In Most European countries there is no surcharge. In Australia, New Zealand or South America there may be a surcharge of up to $950 each way. ( Host Family are responsible for the Air ticket and all you need to pay is $1250)
What is DS 2019?
The Form DS-2019 or "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status" is the basic document used in the administration of the exchange visitor program.
This form permits a prospective exchange visitor to seek an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in order to obtain a J visa to enter the United States.
The Form DS-2019 identifies the exchange visitor and their designated sponsor and provides a brief description of the exchange visitor’s program, including the start and end date, category of exchange, and an estimate of the cost of the exchange program.
As soon as you have read all the details and the procedures to become an Au Pair in USA and you are willing to continue with us for the Program. We require you to send an email back to your LCC in charge to start your Application and documentation Process.
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Au Pair International,Inc
4450 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303