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Au Pair in United States

5(100 reviews)
Experience
Au Pair
Destination
United States
Duration
12 months
Ages
18 to 26

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Trip overview

Home away from home? How about a family away from home – on the other side of the world? 

An Au Pair program combines your love of children and travel into one EPIC cultural exchange where you become part of the family while looking after the kids. 

In exchange, you get full board and lodging in your host family’s home and a basic salary.

Which means anything you’re earning can go straight to your adventure fund! 

And when you go with Global, you get: 

  • Host Family Match. Personally approve your host family via family profiles and video calls before you even leave home. 
  • 3-day orientation in New Jersey. Start your program with 2 nights in New Jersey, connecting with fellow au pairs and gaining essential skills like CPR, driving safety, and child care techniques. Plus, enjoy a full-day tour of iconic NYC, group dinner & more!
  • Full board and lodging. Accommodation and 3 meals a day are covered. So your salary can go towards your travel fund instead! 
  • Paid vacation. You’ll get 2 week's paid vacation. Giving you plenty of time to explore the rest of the USA or further afield on that side of the world. 
  • One night in Vegas. Experience the wild nights and city lights of the infamous Las Vegas strip with one night at a hotel ON US!
  • 2nd family match. Keep the adventure going and get matched with a new family in another country, such as: Netherlands, Canada, Australia or New Zealand! 

If you enjoy hanging out with children, and you’re looking for a cultural exchange program overseas that’ll help you travel for months at a time, this is the one for you. 

You become part of the family as you’ll form close bonds with everyone while you’re helping out. It’s your shortcut to experiencing a new country with the insight of a local. 

You’ll get to pre-approve your host family using family profiles and video calls before you leave home. So you know exactly what you’re getting into long before you step foot on a plane. 

With your living expenses covered and a basic stipend of $215+ a week, all your earnings could go straight to your travel fund.

Your days off could be filled with adventures around your new American neighbourhood, exploring the huge and diverse country beneath your feet, or hopping the border to collect passport stamps and unforgettable experiences.  

Talking about time off, you’ll have plenty. You’ll agree on your responsibilities and salary with your host family before you leave. But you know the kids will be at school for several hours a day and you get at least 1.5 days off a week, at least one full weekend off per calendar month AND 2 weeks paid holidays. 

When you book with Global, you book with the best. Our team will sort out your admin from visa assistance, finding an approved host family before you go, banking advice, side trip planning, worldwide support, and much, much more.

Inclusions

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Host family match
Second country match
Flights & basic medical insurance
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Access to family profiles
Pre-approved family agreement
Airport pickup or transfer
Private live-in accommodation
Welcome orientation
Meals
$500 educational allowance
Paid vacation
Overnight stay in Las Vegas
4 nights hostel accommodation
Incompatible family re-match
Certificate of completion
Ongoing local team support
Global Emergency Line
gWorld access
SocialNEW
Global AcademyNEW
Marketplace dealsNEW
$250 off your next trip

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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-26 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Au Pair in the US program is designed to get you set up safely and securely abroad with a welcoming, English speaking host family.

Our expert team offer assistance with all the essentials you need to get set up overseas, from a local bank account and the perfect host family to 24/7 support and live-in accommodation, to ensure your transition to living abroad in the US is seamless.

Arrive into the country with the confidence that you are many steps ahead of every other person looking to be an Au Pair in America.

We offer you the security of an approved placement with a local pre-screened and loving host family, flights, insurance, accommodation and an agreement set up before you’ve even left home!

Start your program with a fun and informative 3-day orientation in New Jersey! You'll pick up all the skills you need to rock it as an au pair, from nailing communication with your host to handling on-the-job challenges and conquering any worries you might have during the program. 

Beyond the awesome group activities, we've got a full-day tour of NYC, group dinner & breakfast, and more lined up for you!

With the hard work done for you, you can settle into your home-away-from-home straight away, get to know your new family and embrace the American lifestyle with open arms.

Our 24/7 support team will guide you throughout the entire journey to ensure you feel confident knowing you are in the best hands possible.

With most of your living expenses covered, you can spend your stipend exploring the natural beauty of the US, touring the different landscapes and joining your family on weekend getaways.

Don’t waste your precious time sweating the logistical stuff. That’s exactly why we’re here - to save you time, money, stress and even the risk of having to return home early.

Make your time count on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and prepare to immerse yourself in the friendly and relaxed culture, foster your personal growth and develop important life skills your future-self will thank you for!

The only bad part of any life-changing cultural exchange like this is having to come home, now you don’t have to (straight away)! When you’ve finished your placement in America, we can rematch you with a brand new family in the Netherlands, Canada, Australia or New Zealand if you wish to extend your program.

Requirements

To qualify for this cultural exchange program, you will need to have 2 months of proveable child-caring experience, have your high school certificate or diploma and have your full driver's licence, as well as meet the visa requirements. You also cannot be married or have children. 

As an au pair, you can not smoke or have suffered from any mental health or eating disorders, will not require orthodontic or medical treatment whilst abroad you will be required to obtain and pass a medical examination as proof. You must attend an interview at our office as part of the government's regulations.

What extra costs will I have? 

Visa, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Accommodation & meals

You’ll be set up with your own private room right there in your host family’s house. You’ll also share all your meals with your host family. 

With rent and utilities covered, everything you earn could go straight to those once-in-a-lifetime side quests you’ve been dreaming about.

Trip itinerary

Before you leave

Pre-approve your host family through detailed family profiles and video calls. You’ll get to interview the family, agree on your responsibilities and compensation, and get to meet everyone before you’ve left home.

Arrival

You'll kick off your trip with a 3-day orientation in New Jersey, starting the Tuesday of your arrival week.  Your first day will be all about making in-person connections with other au pairs through icebreaker activities and a group dinner. You'll also receive an awesome welcome gift!  On Wednesday, engage in morning group activities and savor your first American breakfast before embarking on an all-day tour of New York City! The hotel activities aim to support you with communication skills, troubleshooting on-the-job challenges, and addressing any fears or concerns during your program. Thursday brings more morning group activities and a full American breakfast before you head to your designated airport or host family.        

Ongoing

Since you’ve agreed on your responsibilities and schedule beforehand, there’ll be no surprises about what’s expected of you. Generally, you'll be helping out for 25-50 hours a week doing the following tasks:  - Caring for the children at home - School drop-off and pickup - Park outings  - Fun activities with the children  - Light household duties (expect your share of the regular household chores that family members do around the house) You’ll have at least 1.5 days off every week for you to explore. You'll also have at least one full weekend off per calendar month.  With 4 nights of accommodation at any hostel in the USA included in your package, you’re halfway to the most epic vacation you could dream of.  And if you’re looking for travel buddies, we can help with that, too.  Hop onto gWorld – our social app for Global Travellers – and link up with other travellers to explore the USA together. You could even join a bucket-list Global Getaway with other Global Travellers. Whatever you choose to do, we can help make it easy.  We’ll be in touch with you throughout your stay. If you ever need advice or support our team is available to answer your questions.  Don’t go alone. Go with Global.

Why choose us

We take care of pretty much everything so you don’t have to. You’ll arrive in the USA totally prepared with a plan of action and trusted people helping you along the way. 

Our Au Pair programs are designed to get you set up with a host family you’re comfortable with on the other side of the world before you’ve left home. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re on your side from the moment you get started. 

You’ll be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with the pesky visa. No guesswork – only the right paperwork, approved the first time, in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, and any add-ons you’d like for your program. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

We maintain relationships with a huge network of screened and vetted partner organisations all over the world. We know they’re trustworthy and that you’re in good hands because of all the successful trips Global Travellers keep having with our partners. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Join 80,000 travellers – giving us 10000+ 4 & 5 star reviews – by choosing Global to make your travel dreams come true. 

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited. So if you’re serious about being an Au Pair in the USA, don’t delay. 

With our Book Now, Decide Later feature, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and setting you up with a host family in the USA. 

This is the cultural exchange for you if you’re after the ultimate au pair experience in the USA, complete with everything you need and 24/7 support.

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Why Au Pair

The main purpose of this program is for you to be a live-in Au Pair for a family in the USA. 

Each placement is different and depends on the needs of the family. But you’ll cover all of this in the pre-screening process while looking for a host family match. 

The happiest and most successful Au Pairs make a point to become part of the family. You want to form close bonds with your host family – they are your home away from home after all. Besides, you never know what opportunities this relationship could have for you in the future.

This means helping out around the house with regular chores just like any other member of the family would. 

If you’re interested in child care as a career, this is a great way to get some broad experience that’ll stand out on your CV while smashing your travel dreams in the process. 

If you’re just keen to work and travel around the world, this is a great way to base yourself in one location for some time while you form close personal bonds and save up for the next adventure. 

Being an Au Pair is one of those travel ‘hacks’ that help people travel for extended periods of time all over the world. And we can make it easy for you.

Au pair locations

From the concrete jungle where dreams are made of in New York to the golden coast where nothing comes close in LA and some incredible places in between. You could find yourself au pairing in any of these amazing places. 

  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • New York City
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Austin
  • Seattle

Reviews

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I think Global work & Travel is amazing and all the experience behind it all! The team is absolutely sweet and very helpful especially Clair, she helped me out a lot and made me feel very welcomed and not so nervous about the whole trip to the US!🙌🏽 I can’t wait for my journey to beginning, thanks to the Global work & Travel Team.
Marie L
I've always been well looked after. Just really happy over all with global work and travel.
Zeniya Q
Fabulous experience
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Awesome, Organised and motivating company!
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Frequently asked questions

Why are you the best company to choose?

As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we pride ourselves on providing a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide, and let us assist you with visas, pre-departure preparations, flights, insurance, and tours. Throughout your journey, our cool tech features will support you every step of the way. As a Global Traveller, gain access to gWorld, our personalised app designed to enhance your travel experience. Keep important documents and trip details handy, and take advantage of exclusive Marketplace deals, a vibrant social network, language learning resources, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like having all your favorite travel apps merged into one, but even better! But our support doesn't end there. With four international offices, over 100 dedicated staff members, a 24/5 emergency team, and the backing of over 90,000 Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us, rest assured you're in good hands. We also proudly boast the most and best reviews in the biz, and maintain a massive following on our social channels including Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. Embark on your next adventure with confidence and ease. Join us and discover the world in a meaningful way!

Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

What is an Au Pair?

Au Pairs are like the superheroes of childcare, providing live-in care for the children of a host family abroad. They aren't just ordinary caregivers, they become temporary family members themselves. Picture this: you could be joining the family for exciting holidays, sipping lemonade by the poolside, and maybe even having lively dance-offs in the living room. As an Au Pair, you'll experience the joy of being part of a new family, creating unforgettable memories and building bonds that last a lifetime. So, if you're ready to bring that extra sparkle to a host family's life and become an honorary family member, look no further. We'll help you find the perfect Au Pair opportunity abroad, where love, laughter, and family moments await. Get ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure filled with love, care, and a whole lot of fun!

What if I don't like my host family?

Our Au Pair trips are known for our exceptional matching process. We take the time to understand you and your preferences, allowing you to access a variety of family profiles and be involved in the matching process. Video meetings with the parents and children ensure a strong connection and compatibility. Leading up to your departure, you'll have the opportunity to connect with your host family again. With this thorough process, uncomfortable situations are extremely rare. However, if any unexpected circumstances arise, we are dedicated to finding you another match (providing you haven't broken the Au Pair agreement). Your satisfaction and well-being are our highest priorities throughout your Au Pair journey with us. Get ready for an incredible experience as an Au Pair, creating lasting memories with your host family!

How long does an Au Pair placement typically last?

Au Pair placements generally range from a few months to a year, depending on the requirements for the trip and host family. We are here to ensure we find the perfect fit for you, to satisfy your timeline and goals for the experience. Once registered, your dedicated Trip Coordinator will guide you through next steps and recommend the best possible option to go for.

Will I be responsible for any household chores as an Au Pair?

As an Au Pair, your primary responsibility is to provide childcare assistance. However, light household chores related to the children, such as tidying up their rooms or preparing meals, may be expected. You will be provided a clear understanding of the household expectations and responsibilities before accepting your placement.

Will I receive any compensation as an Au Pair?

Yes, as an Au Pair, you will typically receive a weekly or monthly stipend from your host family. The amount may vary depending on the destination country and the agreed-upon terms of the placement. Additionally, your host family will provide accommodations and meals as part of the arrangement.

Will I have any free time during my Au Pair placement?

Absolutely! As an Au Pair you will have at least 1-2 days off per week (usually weekends when the parents are home) along with designated free time throughout the week. This will allow you to relax, explore the local culture, or meet up with other Au Pairs or Global Travellers you met through Global Social in gWorld!

What support will be available to me during my placement?

Our Au Pair trip provides comprehensive support throughout your placement. From the initial matching process to ongoing guidance, our team is always available to address any concerns or assist with challenges that may arise. Additionally, you'll have access to a community of other Au Pairs to connect with and explore your new home together!

Why should I book now?

After the last unexpected disruption to travel caused by the..c word..people are now more eager than ever to venture out and explore the world, determined not to miss out on any experiences. Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12+ months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend or partner?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

How it works

1. Choose a trip style

Find your dream experience & destination, then secure your spot with a flexible & low deposit. Activate your gWorld to unlock some cool perks. Well done! The hardest part’s over!

2. We become friends

Book a time to meet your dedicated Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs of your trip. They’ll be by your side and working behind-the-scenes to pull everything together.

3. Time to go!

We’ll get your tickets, accommodation & transfers ready. Our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared & waiting for your arrival. Get on the plane with no worries!

4. 24/5 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24 hours, Mon-Fri.

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