Become an Au Pair and experience our cultural exchange program

Broaden your horizons whilst living abroad with Au Pair in America.

Looking for the ultimate way to experience what it’s really like to live, study and travel in the USA? As an au pair in America you can combine your desire to travel and your passion for childcare with the opportunity to become part of an American family.

Life as an au pair in America gives you so much more than a passing glimpse into the USA. It’s a unique opportunity to absorb the American culture through the rewarding experience of caring for American children.  Share everyday life as an equal member of one of our carefully selected American host families, after all that’s what ‘au pair’ literally means; ‘on par’ or equal! You can study alongside your childcare duties, receive weekly pocket money and travel on weekends, vacations and for a further month on completion of the program.  

To become an Au Pair in America you need a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa which allows you to live in the USA legally with your host family and provide childcare for a minimum of 12 months but with the possibility to extend your stay for another 6 or 9 months or even an extra year.  You will connect with other au pairs from over 60 countries around the world who have also chosen to spend a year in the USA. It’s an incredible way to gain lifelong friends through a shared international experience. 

To take part in the Au Pair in America program you must have childcare experience and a passion for working with children. So if you have previously worked as an au pair, teacher, teaching assistant, nursery nurse, childminder or looked after children in other ways – this is your chance to spend at least a year in the USA!

Who are we?

African Ambassadors (Pty) Ltd, South Africa, is the leading agent for Au Pair in America in Southern Africa. African Ambassadors is based in Cape Town, with regional offices throughout South Africa, together with an extensive independent interviewer network covering communities in South Africa and neighboring Southern African countries. 

Au Pair in America (a safe, secure and legal childcare program to the USA) is a division of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and was the first legal au pair program to be designated by the US Department of State. Since 1964, AIFS has been the leading provider of cultural exchange and educational opportunities for more than 1.5 million students.  Our goal is to create the best cultural exchange experience for you!

"Au Pair in America provided the moments I shall treasure the most.  Go on!  Try it!  Your life will be changed forever!"  Nombuso, Durban