How to become an Au Pair in America?

The application is simple and straight forward.  We are here to guide you every step of the way!


Check that you meet our requirements and submit your basic information. You will then receive an email directing you to our online Application Site.

Create your Online Profile

Log in to your online Application Site and start completing your:

  • Application Form
  • Childcare Experience Form
  • Host Family Letter

You will also need to upload:

  • A short video all about you
  • Photographs of you, your friends and family and the children you care for
  • A passport photo & passport copy
  • 3 written references (including at least 1 Childcare Reference)
  • Medical Form (completed by your doctor)
  • Full Driving License
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Education Certificate

The aim of this is to build a personal online profile for host families to view during the selection process.  The profile should be a true representation of who you are, demonstrating not just your experience with children but also your personality. 

We provide lots of great resources on your online Application Site to help prepare you for the year ahead.

Attend Your Interview

Once your application is complete, African Ambassadors will arrange a face-to-face interview. During the interview they will discuss your experience and expectations and help you decide which of our 3 programs is best suited to you. You are also required to complete a personality questionnaire.

Finding your Perfect Host Family

When your profile is complete our host families will be able to view your application online and request a phone or Skype interview with you. You will be able to see which families are interested in you via your Application Site.  Once you talk to them you will both be able to decide if you are a good match for each other. These conversations will give you a better indication of what is expected of you as their au pair, and you will be able to make an informed decision about which family is best for you.  It may take one conversation, or it could take longer for you to choose the right family.

Attend the Visa Interview, Pay the Program Fee and Depart for the USA

Once you have matched with a host family we will help you arrange an appointment at your local US Embassy to submit your J1 visa application.  We arrange all your visa documents and your flight to the USA.  You will only be invoiced for your Au Pair in America Program Fee once you have matched with one of our host families.  You will pay your Program Fee and select the insurance package of your choice via your secure Application Site. 

You are now ready for your amazing American adventure! 

What are you waiting for?  Sign up today for the experience of a lifetime in America! A whole new world of opportunities is just around the corner!