You’ve heard the word “au pair” before but you’re not quite sure what it is? A nanny? A babysitter? Where do they come from? What do they do? How do I find one?
For me, an au pair is my child’s hero, who flies in from an unknown world and teaches them a new language and how to make empanadas or sticky rice.
An au pair is much more than a babysitter or nanny, she or he is a new member of the family, just with a different accent.
In the metro Atlanta area there are hundreds of au pairs from the around the world who are sharing their culture with our children by living with local families. As the Local Coordinator for InterExchange Au Pair USA, I often hear families say they wish they had heard about hosting an au pair years ago. The flexibility of hosting an au pair versus other forms of child care is why so many local families are choosing to bring the world to their home with InterExchange Au Pair USA.
Au pairs are part of a vibrant cultural and educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Your au pair will also become a part of your family! You will become “host parents” and your family will look forward to sharing family meals and events with your au pair. Read more about the benefits of hosting an au pair.
Every au pair who comes to the U.S. must be sponsored by a U.S. Department of State-designated organization like InterExchange and must meet the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 26
- Speak English
- Commit to at least 12 months with the host family
- Receive training in child safety and development
- Have at least 200 hours of documented infant child care experience if caring for a child under the age of two
- Agree that they are not the sole person responsible for an infant under three months old
- Have an international driver’s license
- Complete at least six credits of college-level classes (or their equivalent) per year
InterExchange Au Pair USA screens and interviews all applicants to our program thoroughly to make sure that they meet these requirements. Learn more about our screening and matching process.