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Irish Au pairs needed in the U.S.A

Are you between the ages of 18 and 26 and love children? Have you ever dreamed of traveling to the United States? If so, then you may qualify to be an au pair with the Expert AuPair program.

As one of just a handful of US au pair sponsor agencies, the Expert AuPair program is truly the opportunity of a lifetime and it looks great on resumes. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, we match international students with host families in the United States who need childcare. International au pairs work legally for host families, providing up to 45 hours of childcare per week, in return for a weekly salary, educational support, and free room and board for one year.

The US au pair program allows you to stay with a host family for one year, with a one-time optional extension. As an au pair, you will become intimately involved in the culture and family life of the United States. Few travel programs can offer anything close to this experience.

You will only be responsible for the US$500 program fee and the $100 airfare supplement, which will cover your round-trip flight from either Shannon Airport or Dublin Airport. The only other costs you can expect to incur are entertainment expenses during your stay with your host family. Please note that we will not ask you to make any payments until after you have been approved for your visa. Once you are matched with a host family, the average wait time for au pairs to arrive in the US is approximately four weeks.

When you work with us, we’ll help you with your embassy interview, the J-1 visa application process, we’ll supply you with health insurance, and we’ll fly you to St. Petersburg, Florida for orientation and CPR and First-Aid training before you start working for your host family. You’ll also receive US$500 toward your education at a US post-secondary institution and an income that will total at least US$10,100 during your stay!

If you are between 18 and 26 years old and you can meet the minimum requirements for being an au pair, please fill out an application and create your profile on If you have any questions about the application process or about the program, please email us at or call +1 727 388 3472. You can also check out our blog at to see all of our latest news!

How to help your Au Pair to settle in Ireland

1. Write the daily routine down for all the children. If the Au Pair is not sure she can always go back to read it.

2. Make a book of house rules that the Au Pair can read.

3. Make her aware that she can come to you with any issue. If an issue arises please confront it as it is better to do it sooner rather than later.

4. Let her know a week in advance of her hours so she can make plans. I know this may not be possible if you work shift work but I am sure if you explain every scenario with her she will understand

5. It takes 2-3 weeks to settle in. Week 1 is normally the learning week and they tend to take everything on board. Week 2 is normally their 1st full week working. They are tired after this week and get a bit home sick. Week 3 is when they know their surroundings, the children’s routine and they are comfortable with the transition.

It does take take for both Au pair and the family to get to know each other.

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What is an Au Pair?

An Au Pair is a person (usually aged between 18 and 35 years) coming from another country to help a family with childcare and light housework while staying as a guest with the family. The au pair receives pocket money. In addition she can improve her language skills and learn about the culture and lifestyle of the country.


Au Pair’s Working Hours

Usually 30 – 45 Hours including 1 Night baby sitting

Time Off

Au Pairs should have Sundays free and one other day.

Pocket Money

€100-150 per week.


In addition to childminding your au pair will also assist with light housework (tidying, vacumning, preparing meals, laundry, etc).


The Au Pair will require her own bedroom, fully furnished with adequate heating.

English Classes

Au Pairs have to be available to do English classes. Normally the classes are on twice a week.

Contact us for a list of classes in your area.

Set up weekly roster

Let Au Pairs know a week in advance what hours they are working if possible. This causes less confusion and everyone can work around the roster

Talk about issues

If issues arise sort them out straight away. There can be many issues such as home sickness or general misunderstandings. Au Pairs should be treated as part of the family

House Rules

Make a set of house rules. Every house hold is different and so are the Au Pairs.

Our Tips (1)

There is a real balance required between taking your time to find the right au pair that is right for your family and acting quickly when you do find a great au pair, as great au pairs can be selected by other families very quickly.