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Welcome to Go Au Pair

An Au Pair Agency That Truly Cares.

A trusted Au Pair agency for over 30 years, Go Au Pair provides an extraordinary cultural exchange program and a safe, reliable, live-in childcare solution.

We know choosing the right childcare does not come easily. You don’t want to sacrifice quality to get more flexibility, and you shouldn’t have to! We strive to facilitate a trusted, reliable, long-lasting relationship between your family and your Au Pair.

Register as a Host Family for free and search our incredible database of Au Pairs. Identify qualified Au Pair candidates based on your family’s unique needs.

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Flexible & Affordable

Advantages of Joining Our Au Pair Program

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They make your life easier by performing common childcare tasks.

School & Activities

Lunches, homework, backpacks, after-school activities; Au Pairs provide a convenient way to manage your busy schedule.

Laundry & Tidying Up

Au Pairs help out around the house, doing laundry and cleaning bedrooms and play areas for the kids – allowing you more quality time to spend with your kids.

Culture, Meals & Fun

Cultural fun every day through food, games, holidays, and other activities! Get top notch enrichment and love for your kids.
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Au Pair vs Nanny

While a Nanny can be live-in or not, they’re usually from your local area, and the pay and responsibilities are decided entirely between the family and Nanny.

Au Pairs are young people between 18-26 from another country, who live with your family while caring for the children. An Au Pair can even care for multiple children without additional cost! See more about the differences between a Nanny, Au Pair, and Daycare.

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How much do you pay an Au Pair?

A weekly stipend of at least $195.75 is the minimum provided by the State Department; Host Families and Au Pairs may agree to a stipend above the legally applicable minimum. Host Families also pay a one-time contribution of $500 toward the Au Pair’s educational requirements during each placement year.

With Go Au Pair, live-in childcare starts at $8.98/hour for up to 45 hours per week, and offers more flexibility to your family than any other form of childcare.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Au Pair Program

Yes, Au Pairs are allowed to care for special needs children, as identified by the Host Family, when the Au Pair has specifically identified their prior experience, skills or training in the care of special needs children and the Host Family has reviewed and acknowledged in writing the Au Pair’s prior experience, skills or training so identified. 

Many of our available Au Pairs have broad experiences and are interested in caring for children with special needs.

Yes, your Au Pair may drive in the U.S. for a variety of reasons including (but not limited to) as part of child care responsibilities, to attend school, to attend events hosted by your Local Area Representative and/or for personal/social reasons. Host Families are responsible for reviewing and screening an Au Pair’s driving experience during the matching process and for helping the Au Pair adjust to driving in the U.S. after arrival.

Au Pairs do not have cars. If driving is part of the Au Pair’s child care responsibilities then a car must be provided. All other car access is coordinated between the Au Pair and Host Family. Any Au Pair driving in the U.S. must have auto insurance coverage and a driver’s license (either international license or state license depending on state law).

Au Pair selection is regulated by the U.S. Department of State and includes at minimum:

  • The Au Pair is between the ages of 18 and 26
  • Secondary school graduate, or equivalent
  • Proficient in spoken English
  • Capable of fully participating as evidenced by satisfactory completion of a physical exam
  • Personally interviewed, in English, by organizational representative
  • Successfully passed a background investigation which includes verification of school, three non-family personal and employment references, criminal background check and successfully pass a psychometric test


Go Au Pair screens and selects potential Au Pairs through the following:

  • Au Pair profile
  • Photo copies of official documents such as passport, school diploma, driver’s license, certificates, etc.
  • Au Pair agreement


Au Pair selection is performed primarily by our International Representatives in the Au Pair’s home country.

According to State Department regulations (e-CFR §62.31), only designated sponsor agencies are able to sponsor an Au Pair visa.

There are sixteen designated Au Pair agencies in the U.S. To bring an Au Pair into the U.S. on the J-1 Visa, you would have to work with one of those sixteen agencies.

So in this sense, no, you cannot find an Au Pair without an agency.

What Qualifications do Au Pairs have?

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Want to Become an Au Pair?

Whether you want to come to the United States of America, or go abroad from the USA, we’ve got you covered.

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About Our Au Pair Agency

Go Au Pair is one of the best Au Pair agencies in the United States, providing quality child care for over 30 years. Beginning as a nanny company in 1984, we soon expanded to include Au Pairs. We were one of the original Au Pair Program sponsors designated by the department of State in 1989.

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