Au Pair Estados Unidos

Gain experience living and working in the USA as an Au Pair.  Improve your English, meet Americans, make new friends, travel, and earn money.

Au Pair Requirements:

If you want to spend a year living and working in the U.S. as an au pair, then you'll need to meet the program requirements listed below. InterExchange will review your application and interview you to make sure that you:

  • 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


Your responsibilities as an au pair are limited to childcare and related tasks. You are not responsible for heavy housework, pet care, yard work, etc. As a member of the household, you might contribute to small, everyday tasks like washing dinner dishes, but only in a way that is equal to the contributions of other members of the family.

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

Becoming an Au Pair with InterExchange:

We understand that the decision to become an au pair is an important one. Our team is dedicated to helping you have a fun and successful year in the USA. Here’s how our process works.

1. Learn More: InterExchange's representative in your home country will speak to you about the program, answer your questions, and learn about your background and experience to see if you qualify for the program.
2. Apply to the Program: Our online application is an opportunity for you to tell us about your childcare experience, lifestyle, and reasons for wanting to become an au pair. Upload photos and provide required documents such as references, medical checks, background checks, etc.
3. Interview with Host Families: Once accepted into the program, your profile will be available online to InterExchange host families. You will have an opportunity to view the family’s profile and meet them via video or phone. The interview is your chance to learn more about the family, ask questions, and share information about yourself.
4. Make a Match: Both you and the family will decide if you’d like to make a match. Once you accept the family’s offer and decide on the arrival date, InterExchange will make plans for your arrival to the U.S.
5. Prepare for Your Departure: InterExchange will issue the paperwork you need to apply for your J-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. We will also arrange for your flight, and Accident & Sickness insurance. Your local InterExchange representative will help you with everything you need to prepare for your departure.
6. Au Pair USA Online Academy: Before traveling to the United States, you will have the online training which includes courses in Child Development, Pediatric and Adult CPR, First Aid Training, American Culture, Life as an Au Pair, Personal Safety, and helpful information to make your au pair program a success!

6. Meet Your Host Family: Once you've completed your online training you will be ready to travel to the USA, and you will meet your host family and InterExchange Local Coordinator. We are here to support you every step of the way.

Benefits of Au Pairing with InterExchange:

Being an InterExchange Au Pair has so many personal and financial benefits. The Au Pair USA program allows you to live and work in the USA and gain valuable experience. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect.

Financial Benefits:
  • A minimum weekly stipend paid by your host family of at least $195.75 per week

  • Room and board provided by your host family

  • Two weeks of paid vacation (11 days)

  • $500 Educational allowance to take educational classes at a college or university

  • Round-trip airfare from your home country to the USA

  • Accident and sickness insurance

Personal Benefits:
  • Improve your English. Quickly become fluent as you speak English every day.

  • Travel and explore different areas of the U.S. The opportunities are endless!

  • Become more independent. Open yourself to new opportunities and experiences.

  • Make new friends. Meet Americans, other au pairs, and bond with your host family.

  • Learn a new culture. Discover American culture and share your own.

  • Gain international work experience. Improve your CV and future career prospects.

InterExchange Local Support:

When you go to the USA, you are not alone. Your InterExchange Local Coordinator lives in your community and is there to support you. Her role is to help you get oriented to your new community, introduce you to other au pairs, and meet with you and your family shortly after you arrive. She will also be there to offer advice and support when you need it.

Monthly Activities:

Each month, your Local Coordinator will organize a meeting for all of the au pairs in your area. These meetings are a great opportunity to make friends and explore your community.

Monthly meetings can include:

  • Holiday parties

  • Museum trips

  • Concerts

  • Sporting events

  • Volunteer projects

  • Travel opportunities


Educational Opportunities:


As part of the program, au pairs complete at least 6 credit hours (60 hours) of coursework at a post-secondary college or university. This is a great opportunity to experience an American classroom and meet new people. Choose the courses that interest you and fit with your schedule. Your host family will provide you with a $500 educational allowance to complete your studies.

Explore Your Community:


In your free time, you’ll have an opportunity to explore your community and meet new people. It’s likely that you’ll have other au pairs in the area who also want to explore. Join a gym, take a hike, go shopping or try a new restaurant. You have many options to make the most of your free time.

Share Your Culture:

A big part your au pair experience is learning about American culture and sharing yours. Share a holiday tradition, make your favorite food from home, teach your host children words in your language, there are so many great ways to share your culture!


Extend Your Program:

Not ready to leave after 12 months? Consider extending your program for an additional 6, 9 or 12 months. This is a great way to continue to improve your English language fluency and experience even more of the U.S.

Travel at the End of Your Program:

Your J-1 visa allows you to remain in the USA for 30 days after your program end date. This gives you a month to travel and have fun. Get together with friends for a road trip, travel to see a city you’ve always wanted to visit before you head home to your country.