Step-by-Step Application Process
Getting started with the Au Pair programme takes five easy steps and we are there 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. Just fill in a few details on the pre-application form to get started. Cultural Care Au Pair will be in touch to discuss your childcare experience, answer your questions and confirm the details for 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 might also be able to complete the required one-on-one interview with one of our representatives. If English is not your native language we will also assess your English level. Don’t be shy! It might be better than you think. In some cases we offer evaluations at our Information Meetings. We can let you know how this evaluation happens in your area.
2. Complete your online application
After signing up for a meeting you will receive an email with a link to your online applications and all 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 and talents. And of course, there will be the opportunity to write a letter to a future host family introducing yourself personally and share 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 personally. 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 with their family, they will call or email 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 for you. 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.