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Everyone has a dream to travel the world and see places that have only been fantasies until now. Au pairing not only offers you the chance to fulfil this dream but it also allows you to become part of a new family and a new culture for a year. Instead of being a tourist, you will become American for a year.

The American families also view this experience as a way for them to 'travel' without going anywhere. So in fact, being an au pair is not only about working for a family but being involved in an exchange programme - an exchange of cultures, languages and friendship. You will also be able to study either a language or a course of your choice! Au pairing is a safe and secure way of exploring a foreign country - especially if you have never travelled before.

  • About USA

    Have you ever dreamed of travelling and working in America? Being an au pair provides you the chance to ski in Colorado, visit the Big Apple (New York City) and perhaps even catch a glimpse of your favourite movie star on Hollywood Boulevard! All this whilst you become part of a new family for one year.

    So, is au-pairing in the USA is the option for you?

    Being an au pair is an adventure of a lifetime as you will have the chance to experience many new exciting things – living in another country, becoming part of an American family and making new friends from all over the world. YDP works with a select number of reputable and longstanding au pair agencies in the United States, so you will be assured of applying through a legitimate organisation and will therefore have the best support structure whilst au pairing in the USA. Once you make the decision to participate on one of our au pair USA programmes, you will be participating in one of the biggest cultural exchange programmes in the world (over 25, 000 participate each year globally). American host families seek not only a childcare provider, but also to meet and exchange ideas with a new culture, in this case South African.

    YDP assure you that you are applying through a legitimate organisation and as such will be able to give you the best support structure while you are staying in the USA. If , during your year experience any problems with your host family, our American based partners will be able to counsel and assist and if necessary even change you to another family. South African au pairs are often well sought after, mainly because we are excellent English speakers, hard working and reliable

    What is included in the USA programme?
    • Return flights from either Joburg, Durban or Cape TOwn to your destination in the USA are FREE!
    • US$500 education allowance to study a course of your choice at US college
    • au-pairs get 1.5 days off per week, plus weekends, plus 2 weeks paid vacation if you complete your programme
    • Medical insurance
    • A counsellor within an hour's drive of you
    • A minimum tax free wage of US$195,75 (±R1, 600) per week
    • A 13th month to travel the United States
    • Option to extend for a second year
    What are the requirements?
    • At least 2 child care references from non relatives
    • Aged between 18 and 26 years
    • Experience with children under the age of 2 is preferred (it is easier to place you), and babysitting of at least 200 hours.
    • A valid driver's license (or in the process of applying for one)
    • A vaild Passport
    • A Police Clearance Certificate
    • Applicant's must agree to commit to a full year (12 months) in the USA
    • Be single and have no dependants (never been married/divorced)
    • Completed your secondary education (matric certificate / school leavers certificate)
    What are your working conditions?

    You must be prepared to work 45 hours a week and to do light household duties. You will have one full weekend off each month as well as two weeks paid leave during your year. You will be expected to do babysitting, but this is part of your 45-hour week.

    How does the programme work?

    Once you have registered for the YDP Au-pair in America programme by visiting your nearest YDP office and paying your R350 registration fee (which includes an electronic police clearance application done in the comfort of our YDP offices), we will within two working days rush you the complete Au Pair Application. Once you have completed these and had an interview with your nearest office, your file will be sent to our placement partner in America and your file will then be reviewed within 24 hours.

    The family / au pair selection process is as follows:

    1. You choose your date of arrival
    2. You explain to the consultant the type of family with which you wish to live
    3. As well as what lifestyle, i.e. city life, ranch in the country, suburban town etc.
    4. The age group of the children you wish to be an au pair.

    Then, you are matched with a family accordingly! Once your dedicated au pair consultant has received information from our placement partner about the potential host family, you will be notified immediately so that you are prepared for your telephone call.

    Very Exciting!

    What costs are involved for the USA?






    Registration (includes electronic police clearance application)



    Interview fee



    Application fee, due upon acceptance



    Final payment upon placement

    YDP also offer our unique ABSOLUTE AU PAIR programme, which is designed exclusively for applicants with a childcare or teaching qualification or two years live-in au pair experience. All ABSOLUTE au pairs qualify for a R1, 000 discount off the above mentioned programme fees.

    Please note that the host family in the USA pay the flight of the au pair from the au pair's city of departure to the city of destination RETURN! Upon successful completion of the full au pair year, you will be eligable for your return flight home.

    YDP's offices and agents will offer you friendly, efficient and a highly professional service. We will even be able to make the application for the visa on your behalf.

    What do I do now?

    Visit your nearest YDP office (details here) and fill out the registration form for the Au Pair in the USA programme and bring along your YDP registration fee of only R350. This registration is a once off payment and entitles you to regular updates on your programme and an electronic police clearance application.

    Don't forget to set up an appointment with your nearest office once you have completed all the application forms so that we can conduct your interview.

    If you would rather have a personal meeting with a YDP consultant then just phone your nearest office for an appointment.

    YDP offices also have regular FREE information sessions. So come along with your friends and family, get all the info and register to start your travelling adventure of a lifetime.

    Click on the APPLY ONLINE link at the top of this page to apply, or click here to contact one of our offices.

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