Host family

Become a Host Family

The European tradition of “Au Pair” has existed for years and has proven to be an effective way for families to get quality child care while expanding intercultural understanding.

In French, Au Pair means “on par”, which represents one of the primary objectives of our program–to provide “equal” cultural exchange for Au Pairs and American Host Families. Just as Europeans have learned about their neighbors through Au Pair exchanges, American Host Families now have a world of opportunity to enrich their children’s education and cultural understanding while providing Au Pairs from around the world with the chance to work and learn about the United States.

Support Throughout The Year

The first few months are especially important for the success of this cultural exchange. Your Local Community Representative will lead Au Pairs and Host Families through Pre and Post-Arrival Orientations and monthly contact thereafter. Getting off to a good start and establishing open communication will ensure a successful year. In the beginning many questions will arise and finding the right answer is just a small part of what the Local Community Representative will help you do.

Throughout the 12 month program, Au Pairs and Host Families receive:

  • Continuous support from our Local Community Representative, APF Field Staff and APF National Headquarters.
  • Monthly contact maintained throughout the year by Local Community Representatives that makes sure both Au Pairs and Host Families are happy and satisfied with the program.
  • If differences arise, Local Community Representatives play an important role in the mediation process by working with Au Pairs and Host Families to find solutions.

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