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Imagine exploring the USA. Imagine befriending people from all over the world. Imagine discovering a second family — and a second home. Imagine becoming an au pair.

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What is an au pair?

An au pair is a cultural exchange participant between the ages of 18 and 26 who travels to the United States on a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa and stays for 12-24 months.

While in the USA, she or he lives with an American host family and cares for their children, in exchange for cultural immersion, travel and educational opportunities, and the adventure of a lifetime. “Au pair” means “on par” in French, which reflects the kind of relationship an au pair has with their host family: One that is equal, mutually enriching, and caring.

The au pair programme was established in 1986 by the U.S. Department of State to promote cultural exchange between American families and visitors from around the world. In the past 30 years Cultural Care Au Pair has sent more than 125,000 young people to the USA to be au pairs, making us the largest and most experienced au pair agency in the world.