About us

Au Pair in America — The original and most recognized US au pair program 
Trusted live-in childcare since 1986

Au Pair in America is a safe, secure and legal cultural exchange program focused on childcare in the USA.  Au Pair in America was the first legal au pair program to be designated by the US Department of State in 1986, and for over 30 years, we have provided the best childcare opportunities to more than 4000 au pairs from around the world every year.

We are a division of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS),  the leader in cultural exchange and educational programs since 1964, creating opportunities for more than 1.5 million students.

AIFS established the Au Pair in America program over 30 years ago, allowing young people the opportunity to experience the real America by living with an American host family, providing childcare, studying and learning about American culture. In addition to Au Pair in America, our programs include College Study Abroad, Camp America, gifted education and high school study/travel. 

Our goal is to provide the best cultural exchange experience for you! Whether it's your local interviewer, our head offices or your community counselor, we're all on hand to support you throughout your stay in the USA.

“Au Pair in America took really good care of me! I made friends straight away and my host family made me feel so welcome!” Amelie, 23 - France


Open your heart to childcare, and your mind to new possibilities.

This is your opportunity to have the adventure of a lifetime, make new friends from around the world, live with an American family, care for children, study something new, improve your English skills and explore the USA! We take care of everything, from matching you with a family to arranging your flight. As the leading au pair agency for over 30 years we pride ourselves on our caring culture and customer service. By choosing us, you can be confident that you will be supported throughout your American adventure.

Live for a minimum of 12 months as an equal member of your host family in the USA. Provide up to 45 hours of childcare per week and receive a weekly stipend, a private room and 3 meals a day. Study at a local college or university or through online courses with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Travel during your 2 weeks paid vacation, weekends off or the additional travel month after completion of your stay.


Live with an America host family for a minimum of 12 months and experience the real America


Travel on an Exchange Visitor J-1 visa — the only legal way to live as an au pair in the USA


Develop résumé enhancing skills, be a role model and discover who you are meant to be!


Receive a minimum of US$500 annual study allowance in order to study at a US College or University


Experience American college life and improve your CV by studying at least 3 hours per week during term time


Make lifelong friends, travel and explore and create a lifetime of memories with Au Pair in America