Since 1989, Cultural Care Au Pair has been a regulated au pair agency that brings au pairs and host families together.
They help match young au pairs from all around the world with American host families. On a J-1 visa, au pairs can gain international work experience, take courses at an American university and develop personal and professional skills.
Read here the most important characteristics:
- Cultural Care Au Pair website and Social Media
- Application fee
- Other expenses
- Application Process
- Type of work
1. Cultural Care Au Pair website and Social Media
Cultural Care Au Pair has different websites depending on the country where you live. But simply access the international one and it will redirect you to your country’s website:
- International: www.culturalcare.com
- Colombia: www.culturalcare.com.co
- Germany: www.culturalcare.de
- Mexico: www.culturalcare.com.mx
- South Africa: www.culturalcare.co.za
- And more…
b. Social Media
The host families are all located in the United States in the following states:
- New Jersey
- Be 18 to 26 years’ old
- Have previous childcare experience (at least 200 hours)
- Driver’s license
- Have completed high school (or about to complete)
- Good English skills
4. Application fee
Once you match with a host family and decide on an arrival date in the USA, you’ll have to pay a one-time program fee.
The application fee costs between 960 to 2,000 USD (the au pair program fees varies by country).
5. Other expenses
- Visa fee: around $160 USD
- Police Certificate: varies by country
- Health certificate: varies by country
- International Driving License: around 19 USD
- Free flight to and from the United States.
- Weekly stipend of 196 USD (around 10,140 USD per year).
- 500 USD in tuition money to attend college or English classes.
- Accommodation and food are included (since the program requires you to be a live-in Au Pair).
- Cultural Care Au Pair 24/7 support.
7. Application Process
The application process consists of 4 main steps:
a. Free information meeting
Attend a free information meeting in a city near you (meetings typically last about two hours).
Here Cultural Care Au Pair Representatives will answer your questions.
b. Complete your online application
Create your online profile with
- Your childcare experience, work experience, school background, personal hobbies, interests and talents.
- 3 non-family references
- A letter of motivation to the host family
- Photos that describe your personality
- A short video giving a sense of who you are
- Health certificate
- Secondary school certificate
- Driving license
- Police clearance
c. Match with your host family
- With the help of a Matching Specialist you’ll find several host families
- Host families will review your online application to learn more about you
- If a host family likes you, you’ll receive a request to connect
- Once you find the perfect family and agree Cultural Care will help you plan your travel to the USA
- Complete the online Get Ready Workshop on life in the USA.
- Complete the online MyAuPairCourses on childcare in the USA
d. Finalize your visa & travel arrangements
- Visa: obtain the J-1 visa (allows you to spend a year in the USA as an au pair followed by a 30-day period to travel.
- Flight to New York: you’ll get to travel with other Au Pairs from your same city. You’ll be welcomed by program representative.
- Au Pair Training School: spend a week in New York preparing for your year as an au pair.
- Meet your host family: Cultural Care will provide transportation.
8. Type of work
As an au pair, your main focus will be caring for children. Common duties and responsibilities are:
- Meal Preparation
- Morning Routine
- Tidying up
To be an Au Pair in the United States you’ll have to commit to a minimum of 1 year according to the U.S. Department of State’s visa requirements. If you choose to cancel your experience abroad, you’ll have to pay a fee.
On the other hand, you have the opportunity to extend your stay up to 2 years if you liked it and want to stay longer.
Application open all over the year.
For more information, you can read the experience from my German friend Reggie who worked as an Au Pair in Minnesota in this post:
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