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Global Presence

Au Pair in America has a worldwide team dedicated to providing you with a reliable source of child care and a once-in-a-lifetime cultural exchange experience for your family.

Au Pair in America, the original and most recognized au pair program in the United States, is an organization of the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS). With more than 50 years of experience, AIFS is a leader in the educational and cultural exchange arena. More than 50,000 people participate each year on AIFS programs—more than 1.5 million since its’ founding in 1964. AIFS maintain offices in the U.S., Australia, France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Community Counselors: Local Support

One of Au Pair in America’s strengths is our network of more than 180 Community Counselors in the United States. One of these experienced counselors will reside in or near your community and maintain contact with you and your au pair throughout the program.

Interviewers Overseas: One on One Screening

Au Pair in America has more than 300 interviewers around the world. Interviewers overseas are responsible for screening and interviewing candidates. Our team supervises the recruitment activities of the interviewers throughout the world and we strive to maintain quality applications that are consistent with our program standards and host family needs.

U.S. Headquarters: 24/7 Support

Our headquarters, based in Connecticut, provides comprehensive support to all program participants. An experienced and dedicated placement team facilitates the selection and distribution of au pair applications for host family review and regional managers assist the activities of our community counselors throughout the country. We also handle the logistics like visas, flights and offer the definitive au pair orientation program in the industry.

Experienced Leadership: Ruth Ferry, Director of Au Pair in America

Ruth Ferry is Senior Vice President and Director of Au Pair in America. With nearly 40 years of international cultural exchange experience, Ruth is the responsible officer for the Visitor Exchange Program of the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the United States Department of State. She has been director of Au Pair in America since 1998 and prior to that was assistant director for seven years – as well as an Au Pair in America host mother.

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