Work as an Au Pair in the USA

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Trip code: USAP

Duration: 12 months

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Once in a lifetime experience
Live with an American family!
Earn over $10,000 USD

Do you want to work with children? Become an Au Pair in the USA and spend 12 months living with an American host family in a paid childcare role. If you are British, aged 18-26, have previous childcare experience and hold a UK driving license then you could be the perfect fit as an Au Pair. Earn over USD10,000 while living free with an American family as an Au Pair! 

There is just a £99 deposit to book onto the Au Pair programme! You pay the remaining programme cost once you have been matched with a host family.


Trip highlights

  • Become an Au Pair for a year and live with an American host family, gaining amazing childcare experience abroad
  • Earn over USD10000 for the year, with all accommodation and meals included as well – incredible!
  • FREE flights and medical insurance are also included – wow!
  • Enjoy an amazing orientation in Manhattan, New York. Stay for 3 nights in a hotel near Times Square and explore the Big Apple!
  • Enjoy 1.5 days off per week, 1 weekend off per month and 2 weeks paid holiday – plus 1 month’s extra time to travel at the end of your placement: Add in our brilliant road trip in the USA and make the most of your final month in America!
Further trip information

Want to be an Au Pair for a year in the USA? Earn over USD10,000 plus free flights, insurance, accommodation and meals included - wow!

Benefits of being an Au Pair!

Here are a few of the best, brilliant reasons to become an Au Pair in the USA:

  • Gain childcare experience abroad working with amazing kids in the USA
  • Free flights are included
  • Earn USD10,140 income per year!
  • Enjoy an amazing orientation in Manhattan, New York. Stay for 3 nights in accommodation near Times Square and explore the Big Apple!
  • Accommodation and meals are included for 12 months, over and above your pay packet!
  • Free medical insurance included
  • Get at least 1.5 days off per week, 1 full weekend off per month and 2 weeks paid holiday!
  • Monthly meetings with other Au Pairs in your area & your local coordinator
  • Receive USD500 towards extra study sessions in your chosen subject
  • 1 month’s time off to travel at the end of your placement: Why not add in our brilliant road trip in the USA and make the most of your final month in America?

Are you eligible to become an Au Pair in the USA?

You are eligible to become an Au Pair in the USA if you meet the following criteria set by the United States Government:

  • Aged 18-26
  • British passport holder
  • Hold a full UK driving license
  • Can provide two references for non-family related childcare (200 hours for female applicants, 500 hours for male applicants)
  • Are available for a full 12 months
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of handling the responsibilities of the programme for the duration of the time in the USA
  • Have never participated in an Au Pair programme in the USA
  • Have secondary school exams (GCSEs or equivalent)
  • Can get a recent, enhanced DBS check in advance of travel

If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, are permanently residing in the UK, and meet the other eligibility criteria, then you may be eligible to apply. Please contact us for details.

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine


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Gap 360 are the exclusive UK partner of InterExchange, one of the few official US State Department sponsor for J1 visas.

Between Gap 360 and InterExchange we have over 25 years of experience sending Au Pairs to the USA.

InterExchange is a member of IAPA (International Au Pair Association) the global trade association for the Au Pair community.

A day in the life of an Au Pair

Every Au Pair's role is different, depending on your host family. However, every Au Pair will work up to 45 hours of childcare each week, working no more than 10 hours a day. Common Au Pair duties include:

  • Getting the children up and ready for the day
  • Providing them with breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner
  • Playing and organising activities
  • Taking the children to and from school
  • Helping the children with home work
  • Organising the children's bedroom and laundry
  • Going on play dates with other Au Pairs
  • Entertaining the children during school vacations
  • Looking after the children when they are sick or have unexpected days off
  • Taking the children on fun outings

Our American host families are based all over the United States and have been thoroughly checked as suitable hosts for our Au Pairs.

New York Orientation

As part of your Au Pair experience you will get an exciting 3-night orientation in New York before you begin your Au Pair placement - say hello to the Big Apple! You will arrive into New York on a Tuesday and catch a shuttle bus to your accommodation, located near buzzing Times Square. Your orientation will run from Wednesday to Friday morning. You will travel on to your host family later on the Friday.

Topics covered during the orientation include rules & regulations, the practicalities of living and working in America, information about childcare, child safety and childhood development. You will also have the opportunity to go on an exciting New York City Tour on one evening of your orientation, for an additional cost of USD30. This is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of this amazing American city!

Time off

Au Pairs will get at least 1.5 days off per week, with 1 full weekend off per month and 2 weeks paid holiday so you can discover more of America!

Au Pair pay

Au Pairs will earn an amazing USD10,140 income over the entire 12 months placement. You will be paid USD195.75 (equivalent to approximately £150) weekly.

Au Pair support

Compulsory cluster meetings are held once a month for all international Au Pairs living in your area, and offer the ideal chance to meet other Au Pairs, make new friends and enjoy a ready-made social network. These monthly meetings also offer a chance to talk with your local coordinator about any questions or concerns.

Educational classes

As this is officially a cultural exchange programme, part of your visa requirement is that you must complete educational classes at a recognised US educational institution during you year as an Au Pair. This works out to be around 1 hour of classes per week or equivalent. During your first meeting with your local coordinator you will be shown a list of the courses available so you can choose your favourites: Subjects include fun options such as photography and fashion classes. You will receive USD500 to go towards these classes, which will cover some or all of the cost (depending on the courses you choose). You may have to top up the cost of these classes, but your contribution should not be much more than an additional USD200 in total.

One month to travel after your Au Pair placement ends!

As part of your J1 visa, you are allowed up to a month of travel time in the USA once your Au Pair placement ends – awesome! Make the most of this free time to travel and add in our incredible, fun road trip in America and explore the stunning sights, landscapes and cities of the USA...

Add-on: 8-day New York to New Orleans Road Trip

Spend 8 days discovering America after your Au Pair placement ends, on this amazing road trip from New York to New Orleans. Kick off in NYC, travel on to Washington DC, visit Shenandoah National Park, hang out in Nashville and Memphis and finish your fantastic road trip in the home of Mardi Gras, New Orleans. To find out more about this awesome road trip click here. 

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