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The benefits of “ Au Pair Cultural Exchange Program for America":


A legal J1 visa for 13 months (with the possibility to be extended)
Free round-trip airfare to and from Bucharest – San Francisco
Free one week Au Pair Orientation & Childcare Training at the Au Pair Academy in San Francisco ;
Health and Accident Insurance
Pocket Money of minimum US$ 176.85 per week for 45 hours of light work ;
Up to $500 tuition for enrollment in an accredited post-secondary institution for 6 units of academic credit or its equivalent ;
Improvement of English knowledge ;
Room and board in a private bedroom with a pre-screened host family ;
Two weeks paid vacation
A 24 hour number to call in case of an emergency ;
Introductions to other au pairs in the area and monthly meetings with your local community counselor ;
The chance to learn about the American culture/customs/values from direct source living for 12 months the American family life .
The chance to visit America ;


An au pair's childcare responsibilities may include: 

Awakening the children, dressing them, bathing, playing and feeding them ;
preparing light meals or helping to prepare meals, making children's beds, doing their laundry, ironing their clothes ;
taking/collecting children to and from school, appointments or outings requested by the host family;
Shopping, hovering, dusting and some other light housework ;
being home if necessary while children are absent from school due to illness or holidays ;
baby-sitting in the evenings on request .

Note !
An au pair is considered a member of the family such as a big sister or brother and is not permitted to do heavy housework, gardening or the parent's laundry.

Host Family Responsibilities


Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents ;
Speak primarily English in the home ;
Agree to comply with U.S. Department of State regulations concerning the Au Pair Program
Treat the au pair as a family member and include in family meals and outings ;
Agree to honor the Host Family Agreement ;
Pay at least $176.85 to the au pair each week ;
Provide a private bedroom for the au pair ;
Agree to facilitate an open line of communication with the local community counselor ;
Ensure the enrollment and attendance of au pair at a U.S. post-secondary educational institution for six semester hours of academic coursework or its equivalent;
Agree to give the au pair 1½ days off per week, at least one full weekend off each month and two weeks paid vacation per year at a mutually agreeable time ;
Agree that the au pair does not work more than 45 hours per week/ 10 hours per day.

Costs:


Non refundable enrollement fee US$ 200 and refundable “Good Faith Deposit” of US$ 300 payable in the American Agency account – this money will be refunded to you after the completion of the 12 month program. You will have to deposit this amount only after obtaining the special au-pair visa. The Program Deposit is a guarantee of your commitment to the program.
Consular fee: US$ 131;
SEVIS fee: US$ 35.

Total US $ 666
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