AU PAIR USA FAQs

Below are some of the most frequent questions we get about our Au Pair USA programme. We’ve tried to give you the best possible answers but if you want more information or if there is a question you have that’s not covered then get in touch and our team will get right back to you!

Q. HOW LONG IS THE AU PAIR USA PROGRAMME?

A. The program lasts for 6 – 12 months. If both you and your host family want to continue your placement beyond 12 months, an extension option is available. Under this option, you may stay with your host family an additional 6, 9 or 12 months. Extensions must be approved by the U.S. Department of State. You can leave your position and return to Ireland at any stage during the programme.

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Q. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A PARTNERSHIP INTERNATIONAL AU PAIR USA AU PAIR?

A. The following requirements must be met before applying:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 26
  • Speak, write and understand English
  • Have a passion for, and experience of, working with children
  • Have, or be able to obtain, an international driver’s license
  • Have your high school diploma
  • Have no criminal record
  • Be in good health (medical check required)
     

Q. HOW DO I APPLY TO BE AN AU PAIR IN AMERICA?

A. Fill out the online application request form. Once you have submitted this form, we will provide you with a full application form and get you started in the process.

Please note: The Au Pair USA programme is only available to Irish students.
 

Q. HOW LONG WILL I BE ABLE TO STAY IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER I COMPLETE MY TIME WITH MY HOST FAMILY?

A. Once you successfully completed your time with your host family, you may stay in the United States on the J-1 Visa for an additional 30 days. You can use this time to travel around the U.S.; however, you are not permitted to work.
 

Q. WILL I HAVE TO PAY ANY PROGRAMME FEES?

A. To participate in the programme, you will need to pay a Programme Share Fee. The amount can be found on the application page.
 

Q. WILL I HAVE TO PURCHASE MEDICAL INSURANCE WHILE I’M IN THE UNITED STATES?

A. Our programme will provide you with accident and sickness insurance for the duration of your Au Pair programme dates at no additional cost to you.
 

Q. IS IT SAFE IN THE UNITED STATES?

A. In general, the United States is a very safe place. You should feel comfortable in your host community. However, it is always a good idea to keep security and safety in mind, especially when travelling after your program has ended. Use common sense, remember the emergency contact numbers and prepare responsibly and you should have no problems.
 

Q. CAN I DO EXTRA WORK OUTSIDE OF THE AU PAIR USA PROGRAMME?

No. This would be a violation of the terms of the J-1 Visa.
 

Q. WILL I BE ABLE TO TRAVEL?

A. Yes. Au pairs may travel freely within the United States. Under your J-1 Visa, you’ll also be able to travel for one month after you complete your time with your host family. If you plan to travel outside of the United States with your host family, you must follow the specific visa rules and regulations of the destination country. Be sure to research those regulations prior to departure. Also, you must be sure to carry your DS-2019 form at all times.

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For more about the responsibilities, rights and role of an Au Pair check out our Au Pair Information page where you’ll also find details of the easy application procedure.

If you have any more questions about being an Au Pair in America then just send us a message and we’d be very happy to answer them.

  • Paula

    (Madrid, Spain)

    This experience have been really positive for me. I have learned how to live independently, how to value a lot of things (a job, a weekend, to do the shopping, to save money, to spend money in a responsible way, etc.). I also have demonstrated to myself that I am a professional and that I enjoy teaching a lot. Now I know that I am qualified to be a teacher in a different country with a different language. I recommend this programme for everybody because it is fantastic!

  • Camille

    (Belgium)

    Réaliser un stage à Cork a été une opportunité extraordinaire pour booster ma future carrière! Le stage répondait à mes attentes de A à Z, j’ai eu l’occasion de travailler au sein d’une équipe dynamique, et j’ai énormément appris, aussi bien d’un point de vue professionnel que personnel. De plus, l’Irlande est un pays magnifique, il est impossible de ne pas tomber sous son charme! Si j’ai un conseil à vous donner, c’est de faire confiance à Partnership International pour votre stage à l’étranger!

  • Steph

    (Berlin)

    With my internship, organised by Partnership International, I got to visit many different Irish companies and was involved with introducing international students to them. I was also involved with inductions and orientations for foreign students. My work also included office administration. My colleagues were really nice so the working experience was very good. And I got to see a bit of Ireland while there. I’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher, a whiskey distillery, a falconry and many places more. So, overall it was a great experience and I would totally recommend it!

  • Asisa

    (Kronach, Germany)

    First of all, I really love Cork! The people are very nice and friendly. My placement was with a very cool and friendly company as well. I enjoyed the time with my cool colleagues and boss! My work was familiar to me because I translated documents like I am learning in Germany. I would recommend an internship in Cork for every student because it is worth it. You improve your language skills and learn the culture. The Irish accent is also very cool but funny as well! So, I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you Partnership International!

  • Christian

    (Berlin, Germany)

    So after all, I have to say it was an absolutely great opportunity to get to know a new country/city, people and to make an intercultural experience. I am lucky that Partnership International organised everything so well and that they were hands-on to their students the entire trip. Thanks very much for everything and keep doing what you are doing! It will definitely not be my last time in Ireland and you helped me to open new ways! Cheers!

  • Xabier

    (Spain)

    Me ha gustado mucho realizar unas prácticas de 3 meses en Cork. De hecho, voy a quedarme aquí otros 3 meses más (¡la empresa donde hice las prácticas me ha contratado!). La ciudad es muy agradable y todo el mundo es muy atento, amable y con una mente muy abierta. Lo peor, como español, es el tiempo y los precios. Mi inglés ha mejorado mucho y he viajado por esta magnífica isla, así que creo que esta experiencia ha sido perfecta. Tomé una gran decisión al animarme a hacer las prácticas con Partnership International. La bienvenida tanto de Partnership como de la empresa fueron excelentes.

  • Laura

    (Bordeaux, France)

    My internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot and to improve my professional skills in a foreign language. It was a great opportunity for me to gain practical skills and work within a professional team. The lessons I learned as an intern are still with me today and I’m thankful to all the team of Partnership International who were a real pleasure to deal with. I would recommend an experience like this to everyone.