Through the Au Pair Program, foreign nationals between 18 and 26 years of age have an opportunity to continue their education while participating in the home life of a host family in the United States. Au pairs provide limited childcare services for up to 12 months. An extension of 6, 9, or 12 months may be granted in certain cases.
Au Pairs must be proficient in spoken English and be a secondary school graduate or equivalent. They must also complete at least six hours of academic credit or its equivalent at an accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institution during their Au Pair program.
There is also an “EduCare” option. The EduCare component of the Au Pair program is for foreign nationals providing childcare for school-aged children. EduCare companions must fulfill the standard requirements to be an au pair. The EduCare participant must complete an educational component of at least 12 semester hours of academic credit or its equivalent.
More information on regulations regarding the Program is available here.
Several Spanish organizations are associated with American designated sponsors to select participants for this program.
Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Embassy.