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5 ways being an au pair in the USA will change your life

If you’re looking for an affordable and fun way to explore the USA, make friends from around the world and grow both personally and professionally, then being an au pair could be the perfect next step for you. Spend your gap year with Cultural Care Au Pair—to change your life in more ways than one.

1. Travel the USA

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Since most of our au pairs are placed in urban or suburban areas, you’ll have lots to see and do within a few hours’ drive of your American home. What’s more, the 30-day grace period at the end of your stay as part of your J-1 visa gives you a full month to travel and experience America firsthand. From cities to deserts, mountains to beaches, America truly has it all.

2. Make friends from around the world

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Spending your gap year as an au pair means making lifelong friends. From our Au Pair Training School in New York – where you’ll live and attend classes for five days with au pairs from all over the world—to the American University, you’ll study at, there are plenty of places for you to find travel buddies, confidantes and friends from all corners of the world.

3. Find a second home

Au pairs discover a deep sense of belonging during their year in the USA—and much of that is attributed to the close bonds they form with their host parents and of course, host children. Our families come in all shapes and sizes—but the thing they all share in common is an eagerness to welcome a new member of the family into their home and their heart.

4.) Experience American life

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At the heart of the au pair program is a cultural exchange—something you just can’t get by backpacking or taking a short trip to the USA. Over the course of a year, our au pairs experience uniquely American traditions and holidays while sharing customs from their own home country with their host family. It’s the best way to fully immerse yourself in American culture. 

5.) Discover your independence

Moving to the USA will give you a newfound sense of independence, maturity and confidence in your abilities. You’ll learn that you’re capable of taking care of others, travelling on your own and even navigating the next phase of your professional career. Spend your gap year with us and you’ll emerge feeling empowered and ready for the next exciting chapter of your life. 

Click here to learn more about being an au pair!

This article was written in partnership with Cultural Care Au Pair

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