Between our large selection of host families across the USA and the extensive training, preparation and support we provide, Cultural Care Au Pair is the top choice for thousands of au pairs every year.
1. Global Support from Cultural Care
Cultural Care strikes the right balance between providing the security of a large organisation and the personalised support that makes our participants feel cared for. We offer round-the-clock support in both the USA and in your home country, making it easy to ask questions and voice any concerns. It is our job to take a complicated process and make it simple, helping your experience as an au pair go as smoothly as possible.
2. Host Family Screening & Matching
Cultural Care has the largest pool of host families to choose from, giving you the best chance at finding your perfect match. We carefully screen our host families to ensure that you will be happy and comfortable during your time in the USA, and we customise each matching process to fit the needs of our participants.
Cultural Care is unique in that we provide each of our au pairs with a designated Au Pair Matching Specialist – an expert in the matching process whose sole job it is to support our au pairs in finding their perfect host family.
3. Au Pair Training & Preparation
Cultural Care believes that starting your au pair journey on the right path begins with proper preparation and a good introduction to the USA. That’s why we create and distribute extensive pre-departure materials to help you get ready for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We also created exclusive training programmes that will prepare you better than any other agency – at no additional cost. Examples include MyAuPairCourses (an expert-led online training course on childcare in the USA), our Get Ready Workshop (an online workshop that will prepare you for your big trip), and our Au Pair Training School (a 5-day training programme that takes place just outside of New York City).
4. Official U.S. Department of State Sponsor
The only legal way to be an au pair in the USA is through a designated sponsor such as Cultural Care. Our team in the USA works closely with and strictly adheres to the U.S. Department of State’s guidelines to ensure that all programme participants are treated fairly and given a quality experience during their time abroad. We are also a member of the International Au Pair Association (IAPA), which gives us a “quality seal of approval” as an American au pair programme.
Between 1-2 years
Minimum weekly stipend: $195.75 per week from your host family
Programme fee: £1,200 including return flights, unlimited accident and travel insurance, global support plus 4 days in New York at our Training School
Address : 26 Wilbraham Road
I was an Au Pair in America for 2 years through Cultural Care. I could not reccomend them more. The best experience I ever had and best thing i have ever done. All the staff are super helpful and supportive also whenever you need them. Best agency in my opinion if being an au pair is what you are thinking of doing!!
I was an au pair for 2 years and had the most amazing experience. My host family will always be my forever family. Cultural care au pair UK helped me every single step of the way from the very first phone call to the very end of my experience. Without there support and knowledge I wouldn’t of been able to do it. Thank you CCAP for everything you have done for me.
After finding Cultural Care Au Pair at an employment gap year fair at my college I have had nothing but positive interactions with them. The staff at Cultural Care were very supportive and helpful during the application and matching process and after I had found my host family they ensured I was well prepared and knew what was happening, and would happen, at every stage of my journey.
I loved my 2 years in the U.S.A. and still keep in contact with my host family, friends from the U.S., friends from around the World and even the Cultural Care staff. I can honestly recommend even just speaking to Cultural Care if you think you want to live in the States, make family there, make friends there, meet friends from many Worldwide cultures and feel supported the entire time. There aren't many chances in life to move somewhere else and become a whole new person. Be who you want to be and take a chance on a life changing experience.
My au pair journey started through Cultural Care Au Pair and I was able to be an au pair in Chicago with an amazing family. Travelling with them was the best decision I've ever made. The process was smooth with help and support every step of the way. I couldn't recommend the company more, I had the best time of my life as an au pair and it changed my life massively. Thank you so much for all the memories. I wish everyone could have this amazing experience.
I don’t have experience with any other agencies besides CC so I can’t really compare, but as far as CC itself goes, I’m really happy I applied with them. They’ve done all they could to make sure my au pair years go smoothly, I have an amazing LCC who supports me and helps with any questions/issues that may come up. If you have a desire to become an au pair but are still hesitating, don’t. Apply, you won’t regret it!
Cultural Care is in my opinion the best au pair agency. They will take care of you, communicate with you and make sure everything is the way it is suppose to be. I definitely recommend going to the states as an au pair, you will have lifetime experience and live the real american life.
If you´re reading this because you´re hesitating to go away for a year, well you should know that this is the most exciting experience you´ll ever have and trust me, you won´t regret it. I was an Au Pair from January 2016 until August 2017 in a little suburb of Texas, pretty close to Dallas and Fort Worth, so this is my first advise, don´t pick your family based on the location. Great families are all over the States but if you really feel the match when you´re interviewing, then go for it, no matter if they´re located in the coolest place or if they´re in Texas, like in my case (by the way, Texas is pretty cool).
I took care of twin boys since they were 4 months old until a month before they turned 2. Thinking about what´s the best age to take care? Well.. all ages are fun. Babies are a challenge, sometimes you´ll find yourself kind of bored because they just sleep, cry, eat and poop BUT been able to see them grow and learn and becoming little persons is the most satisfying feeling. Toddlers are a challenge too but they´re fun, they´re little persons already but still with so many things to learn and then you have "grown-ups", they´re without a doubt a huge company, you´ll definitely improve your English with them but they´ll be off to school, swimming lessons, etc. I always knew that I wanted to be with them all the time, not just help them with homework, drive them to school, cook for them, and that's why I picked babies, also because when I met my host family for the very first time I felt something I didn´t feel with the other families I was interviewing by the time.
Anyways.. if you´re going to be an Au Pair, you really should love kids and prioritize them always. Put yourself in the host families´ shoes, they are trusting you with their most precious thing, their kids so don´t think this experience is just the cheapest way to go and live in the States. Good luck on your journey and again, you won´t regret it :)
I was going to do this when I was 22 I was afraid because I thought: oooh I’ll never do this is so hard, I need a lot of money, I need to know English, I need different kind of documents, etc. In that moment in my life I had a job very very demanding I didn’t have time and simply I forgot everything about Au pair. All the time I read information and ads on Facebook and was sad was my dream living in USA all that I’ve seen in movies, I really wanted to live the experience!
Finally I moved to another city (I took English classes before even my English was good) and I had free time for myself. I was 24 so I started to research all about Au Pairing with Cultural Care and I’m so blessed because everything was easy, I was living the best moment of my life and Cultural Care was helping me all the time with everything! Thanks to Cultural Care. I I’ve been in USA for 4 months and I need to say in the beginning was very hard to me as I felt like a fish out the water, crying I thought maybe this experience hasn’t for me I wanna to back but it normal! But don’t be afraid about that!
I’m sure you’ll become an amazing and independent person after this experience! Now I feel better, my host family is my support they are incredible. I’m living a different life, because here you don’t have your parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, etc. You are alone and it is like: who do I need to this by myself. So you feel stronger. You can find friends from another parts of the world! We can have trips together! Go out, have fun, practice English. You’ll study in an American school!
If you come back to your country with an American school documents I am sure you’ll have a big chance to find a international job. I need to say sometimes I really miss my friends in Mexico because I know there aren’t more like them but we need to live the present and enjoy this adventure. I’m sure you’ll get remember this like the best experience in your life. I’m happy but most important: I’m so proud of myself or doing this! I really am! And I learned something: If you really wish something with all your heart just do it! Try it! Because is better die in the trying than living repentant the rest of your life.
I decided to be part of this adventure just not to improve my English, I wanted to go outside and discover what the world and the universe had to me, so this was the best, cheapest and safest way to travel here to USA. This experience hasn't been easy because there are many moments that you gonna have homesick but I can say that during this year seriously, I feel different in the way that I become more independent, mature, sensitive and an open minded person.
My way to see the life has changed and I'm so grateful for that. Moreover I have been the opportunity to travel a lot around to USA ( I have been in Washington state, California, Wyoming, South Dakota,Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, Colorado, NY, Arizona and Utah) and also, I have been the opportunity to travel abroad with my host family to San Pedro, Belize.
Finally I can say that during this time as an Au pair, it taught me that the life is no easy but you can be happy enjoying the little things and also that the life is about attitude. 😊
As soon as you start your application it is touch and go from there on. They check up on you regularly and have a agent assigned to you specifically to help with anything, so you don’t have to talk to someone else every time (therefore they’re familiar with your application). The price to apply, as well as some additional costs like your visa and police clearance is quite reasonable.
However, I do recommend anyone south of the equator with warmer weather to not arrive during the winter months, as costs will become much more since you will have to get the proper attire which Europeans already have, unless you don’t car about the extra costs. Next the training school is very intensive training all 4 days, but you do learn a lot, most of which I still remember and use on a daily basis. You also make friends for life, whether you spend a few months or a whole year with them.
The whole experience in itself is probably one of the most rewarding things you could ever do for yourself, as I don’t even recognize the person I was in the beginning of my year. The traveling is an added bonus as you can literally travel to any and every state, and with public transport being relatively good here, it makes it even easier. If you love children and traveling, don’t hesitate just do it!
Hi everyone, I'm Virginia and I'm 20 years old. Coming to the USA was my dream since I was 16, and now thanks to Cultural Care (but also thanks so my inner strength) here I am!! It is a great agency which help me through all the process to find a family, to get a visa and it is present also now that I'm in the USA.
Flying far away from home, leaving family and friends can be scary but it's really worth it. I'm having the chance to discover a new culture completely different, meet a tons of people from all over the world, not only Americans, experience all kind of stuff that I always see in TV and even what I have never known before (have you ever heard about pumpkin patch?!).
I'm having so much fun in Chicago, my new home, and with my lovely and super funny host family. My host kids are something like half my little brothers and half my sons, I love them even when they drive me crazy and at the end of the day I'm exhausted. It's an amazing experience!!
I've learned so much working as an au pair with Cultural Care and would really recommend them. One of the biggest benefits is I have improved my English and meet so many people. Cultural Care also offer a training school and fun activities are arranged which similar au pair agencies do not offer. If you have any questions about the experience or would like to check out my pictures on my Instagram page www.instagram.com/mylifeabroad.2017_18.
I have been working as an au pair with Cultural Care on Long Island, NY and have had such an amazing time so far. I really want to extend for another year!
For the last year I have been working as an au pair in the USA and have loved the experience. I have been placed with a friendly family and have had the chance to travel all over the USA. I would not change it for anything!
Deciding to work as an au pair in the USA will be one of the best things you can do in your life. I applied with CulturalCare who are one of the best international au pair agencies and have been abroad for over a year and a half now.
They are always there is you need any help or support and provide extensive information before departing. One of the things I most like about CulturalCare is they give you a local childcare consultant near to where you are living in America who can help with any queries or issues.
Hi! My name is Fernanda but you can tell me "Bunny". I'm 24 years old and I'm an Au Pair.
I started my process in May 2017 but I became aware of the agency in December 2016. From that moment I started to investigate about the experiences of other girls and the different agencies that offer this opportunity to travel abroad and get an experience. of life, in addition to the acquisition of a second language.
Thanks to that I was preparing myself with information for almost a year, I had the notion of the things that I really wanted to live in the experience I had already decided to undertake. It is very important that before making a decision you are fully informed and clear about your objectives of this cultural and personal exchange.
I have been living in the United States for one month in the state of Rhode Island (the smallest state in the United States). I take care of three twins girls of 4 and the older one of 5 years old. The family with whom I share my time and life is pleasant and I could say that I knew how to choose very well. I passed through 21 families with whom I interviewed before being able to match any (Yes, I know, they seem too many but believe me it's worth all that work and time). My family number 20 is with which I decided to make the match and now I am here, happy and very comfortable with the decision made, as they really make me feel part of the family and support me in my interests and also care about me . I also had the opportunity to share two weeks with the previous au pair, which I think is a great idea, because you can learn your tasks and duties faster, but also can make you feel comfortable and at home (not all they succeed, but if you're lucky, they will).
There are so many things that I would like to share with you, but I think it would not have to do with the introduction, so if your future (or) au pair, you want to talk with someone and know more about the experience or just clarify doubts, you can contact me without any problem. I can advise and guide you in whatever is in my hands. You can find me at:
CulturalCare main focus is helping people to work as au pairs in the United States and they have years of experience doing this. I have been working as an au pair in the USA for over 5 months now. The positives of CulturalCare are getting to know yourself, making friends, flights with other au pairs, having LCC meetings to meet others, growing as a person, getting to travel and learn more about the United States culture.
Before leaving Germany everything was very prepared and CulturalCare help with applications, documents etc. I think the matching process could be better since you can only match with one family at the time, they could let you review more families at the same time. The training school at Hofstra University is amazing and lots of fun. The CC staff were very friendly and spending time in New York was also amazing! Flights to host families are then organized by CulturalCare to go to your host family. I didn't get along with my first host and getting a new host was a bit chaotic. I'm now working with a family in Florida which has been much better.
I'm really loving working in the USA - the experience is so good! I would really recommend CulturalCare but there some things they could to do to be better and improved.
By applying to work abroad with Cultural Care you get help with your application, flights and the training school is in New York which is amazing. Cultural Care really tries to match au pairs to the right families and I have been placed with a family in Minnesota looking after 5 children. I get weekends free to do other things and there are local groups and help available to meet other au pairs in the area and you make real friends. I'm very happy I applied with with CC because they have been a really good au pair agency,
I applied to work in the USA with Cultural Care and had a great experience. The whole application process right through to living and working in the USA was just fantastic. Before departing they get you prepared with what to expect and when you are there you have in-country support. Cultural Care is a really great agency to apply with.
I have been in the USA working as an au pair in Boston, MA with Cultural Care for almost 3 months now which has been very exciting. I have a good relationship with my host family and look after two children and get lots of time like on weekends to relax and do other things. I have also made friends with other au pairs from all over the world. This job is really exciting and a great way to travel in North America.
I had an amazing time in the USA with Cultural Care. I spent two years working as an au pair and the training and support Cultural Care provided was first class. We had monthly meetings and help was always available. You will also get to see places like NYC (which is where training is held)!
I love Cultural Care, they are a great agency and helped me to get an au pair placement in Connecticut. When in the USA they also provide assistance with any problems and the job is a great way to travel and see lots of amazing places in the United States.
Take the chance to gain experience and travel with Cultural Care. You won't regret it.
I worked in the USA as an au pair with Cultural Care and this organization really helped me with the application process, costs and adaption to life as an au pair. You will get to see amazing places like New York and then live in the USA with a host family. I was able to grow as a person, improve my English and travel. The whole experience is worth it!
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