The application process
Getting started with the au pair programme takes five easy steps and we are here to help you, every step of the way.
1. Sign up for a free information meeting
Take the first step by signing up for a meeting today. Cultural Care Au Pair will be in touch to discuss your childcare experience, answer your questions and confirm the details of a free information meeting in your area. The meeting will include a detailed presentation on the programme, as well as a chance for you to ask questions. Where possible, you will have the opportunity to hear from a former Cultural Care au pair. You will also have the opportunity to complete the required one-on-one interview with one of our representatives.
2. Complete your online application
After signing up for a meeting you will receive an email with a link to your online application and all the details about how to complete the application. This application will ask about your childcare experience, as well as other work and school experience. You’ll have the chance to talk about your hobbies, interests, talents, and childcare experience. You will write a letter to your future host family, introducing yourself personally and sharing some pictures with them.
3. Being matched with a family
As soon as we have received your completed application and officially accepted you onto the programme our staff in the USA will begin the search for your host family. While host families can view au pair profiles online, our team in the USA speaks with all host families personally and oversees the matching process. We find that this individual touch provides the most successful matches.
Once a good match is made, you and the host family will be connected through your personal online accounts. The host family will then review your application and decide if they think you will fit in with what they need from an au pair. If they feel that your profile fits in with their family, they will call you for a phone interview. After the phone interview you and the family each get some time to decide if this is the right match. Once you have a mutually agreeable match, planning begins for your travel to the USA!
4. Visa and travel arrangements
We will send you the visa and insurance information and take care of your flight arrangements. Cultural Care Au Pair provides free basic health insurance coverage, but we also provide additional information about our extended insurance coverage.
5. Au Pair Training School in New York:
You will begin your au pair adventure at the Cultural Care Au Pair Training School located at St. John's University on Long Island – just 45 minutes from New York City. At our school you will spend several days learning from teachers who are specialists in early childhood development. Before you leave for your host family you will have the chance to learn more about child safety, American culture, age appropriate activities and personal safety in the USA.