To be an Au Pair is a life changing experience.  Don’t take our word for it (even though we have sent over 30 000 happy peeps overseas), take it from one of our YDP Au Pairs… ”  These past nine months have been life changing.  I have an awesome host family,who make me feel so comfortable and I have met crazy amazing people and formed good friendships.  I have grown as a person and become more independent. I have learnt so much and gained a lot of experience.  My aupair adventure is definitely memorable and shall be cherished”.  Noelle Jansen (2017).  Apply today to start your adventure.
au pair in the usa
Everyone has a dream to travel the world and see places that they’ve only been able to read about. Au pair jobs in the USA offer you the chance to fulfil your dream to travel while enabling you to become part of a new family and experience a new culture for a year. American families also view this experience as a way for them to ‘travel’ without having to go anywhere. Being an au pair is not only about working abroad while working for a family but being involved in a one year work exchange programme – an exchange of cultures, languages and friendship.
Programme Requirements

• Aged between 18 and 26 years
• Completed your secondary education (matric certificate / school leavers certificate)
• Currently employed full-time unless matriculated or graduated within the last 6 months
• Proficient in the English language
• Single with no dependents (never been married/divorced)
• In good health, physically fit and no current or prior mental conditions
• A valid South African passport (or proof that you have applied for one)
• A valid driver’s license (or learner’s license and in the process of applying for a driver’s license)
• International Drivers Permit to be obtained in South Africa before departure
• A police clearance certificate 
• A minimum of 2 child-care references from non-relatives
• A minimum of 500 hours of babysitting and experience with children under the age of two (preferred)
• Commitment to a full year (12 months) au pairing in the USA

Included in the program fee
• One way airfare from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban to the USA with another one way flight back to South Africa only on completion of the 12 month programme
• Up to USD 500 worth of study allowance
• International travel health insurance for the duration of the programme (12 months)
• All processing costs in South Africa & USA
• Recruitment, screening & selecting of host families
• Application, interview and placement fees
• You will earn USD 195.75 weekly for 45 hours of au pairing with 1.5 days off per week
• Accommodation and meals provided by the host family
• 2 weeks of paid leave on completion of the 12 month programme
Working conditions
You must be prepared to work 45 hours a week and to do light household duties. You
will have one and a half days off per week, 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.
Once you have registered for the au pair programme and paid your registration fee,
YDP will assist you in completing your au pair application. Upon receiving all of the
necessary documentation, your file will be sent to our placement partner abroad which
will then be reviewed within 24 hours. The matching process with a host family then
begins. You will be notified by email about a potential host family match and will need
to prepare for a possible telephone call from the host family. Having accepted a host
family, your next step will be the visa application and upon approval you will be on
your way.
Costs involved


1. Once off YDP registration fee R 500
2. Interview Fee R 2500
3. YDP Programme Fee

R 2800

4. USA Partner Payment (On Job Offer) $ 220
5. American consular Visa fee $ 185
6. SEVIS Fee $ 35 
7. Return Airfare Free 

If you would like to apply for this program, please click here to see if you meet the requirements and we will be in touch with you.

It is truly fantastic here in the US. I love it so so much.  I learned so much about the American culture and I made some life long friends from all over the world, so I’m definitely also learning about their cultures!  I’ve been to Florida, Texas and North Carolina so far. And of course, New York City was the BEST experience ever. The snow was amazing and the busy city was a different experience. My host family is amazing and the kids are so sweet. Summer vacation starts today and then the fun starts!!

I’m truly having the time of my life!

I miss my family, dogs and friends back home in Cape Town, but I have no regrets doing a gap year in another country!


Chandre Schnell