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Current Au Pair Resources

Find information for current au pairs below, including how to extend your program year with AuPairCare, insurance information, important visa details and travel opportunities.

Extend Your Stay in the U.S.

If you are enjoying your year as an au pair, you may want to consider the benefits of extending your program and staying longer. You could earn nearly $10,000 USD, receive up to $500 USD towards studying and enjoy another year in the United States.

You can extend your stay in the United States as an au pair for another 6, 9 or 12 months after your current program ends. Most extending au pairs choose to extend with their current family. However, you can also choose to extend and find a new host family, as many host families are eager to match with au pairs who have proven experience.

How to Extend:

  • Talk to your current family about extending your stay with them. Here are some tips on how to have the conversation
  • If you and your current host family decide not to extend with each other, talk with your Area Director about extending with a new family

Important Reminders about Extending!

  • Complete your education requirement before applying. The Department of State requires you to complete at least 6 credits or 60 hours or its equivalent at a post-secondary institution and have submitted evidence to AuPairCare before we are able to request your extension from the Department of State. To find an accredited school in your area login to Au Pair Room.
  • Extension applications must be submitted 40 days prior to your program end date. Additional information about how to extend will be available in your Au Pair Room account six months prior to your program end date. Late applications cannot be accepted by AuPairCare.

For more information about extending, please log into Au Pair Room.

Travel and J-1 Visa Renewal and Extension Information

During the extension program, if you wish to travel outside of the United States, you may need to renew your J-1 Visa or obtain an additional tourist visa. An au pair must have her extension approved by the Department of State prior to the visa renewal appointment at a U.S. Embassy.

Please note: Au pairs from certain countries may be required to obtain a tourist visa to enter a foreign country. The J-1 Visa for the United States does not automatically grant entry into other countries. You are responsible for checking the requirements for your home country.

Au Pair Travel and Accident Insurance

Insurance Overview:

Effective January 1, 2016 all current au pairs are covered under a new travel and accident insurance policy arranged by AuPairCare as part of their au pair benefits package and will be automatically enrolled with First Health Network. To get your insurance card visit For details of your coverage and to search the network of preferred provider doctors log into You can also visit your AuPairRoom Account for frequently asked questions and other important insurance information. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the policy coverage and exclusions.

Emergency Care

In the event of a life-threatening emergency, you should dial 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room immediately. You will be required to pay a $350 copay unless you are admitted to the hospital, so please consider if your emergency is in fact life threatening. 

For any questions or before proceeeding with any treatment, please always call the toll-free Customer Service Hotline at 800.314.3938 (Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) 


Travel the United States with TrekAmerica

One of the added benefits of being an au pair is that your J-1 Visa gives you the opportunity to spend an additional month in the United States after your au pair program has ended. Many au pairs take advantage of this time to travel around the country and see the sights. A vacation is the ideal way to finish off an incredible year in the United States!

America is jam-packed with epic cities such as New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles and the legendary San Francisco, home of the Golden Gate Bridge. If it’s nature and beautiful national parks you want, you’re in the right place – Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Monument Valley are just some of the incredible places waiting for you to explore. With all this awesomeness just around the corner, what are you waiting for?

TrekAmerica knows a thing or two about a good ol’ fashioned road trip and here are just few reasons why travelling with TrekAmerica after your time as an au pair is the way to go…

  • You’ll be joined by like-minded, international travelers aged 18-38
  • They have over 50 itineraries, lasting from three to 80 days in length so you’re sure to find a tour that’s made for you
  • The tour leaders are 100% American and they love showing people like you the best sights, tried and tested, from city hotspots to secret national park locations
  • All your transport, accommodation and national park entry fees are included in the cost of the tour
  • Choose from camping or budget lodging tours to suit your budget and your travel style
  • Tons of free time! 

Plus, they offer an incredible 20% Au Pair Discount for anyone looking to travel around North America!

See what it’s like to hit the road with TrekAmerica on a road trip through California.



Most popular tours for au pairs:
Camping Style:

  • Western Wonder, 7 days from San Francisco to Los Angeles (or reverse)
  • California Calling, 9 days from Los Angeles to San Francisco 
  • Freedom Trail, 7 days round trip from New York
  • Atlantic Dream, 14 days from New York to Miami
  • Westerner 2, 14 days round trip from Los Angeles
  • Southern Sun, 21 days from New York to Los Angeles (or reverse)

BLT (Budget Lodging) style:

  • Western BLT, 7 days from San Francisco to Los Angeles (or reverse)
  • Northeastern BLT, 9 days round trip from New York
  • Atlantic BLT, 13 days from New York to Miami
  • Westerner 2, 14 days round trip from Los Angeles
  • Southern BLT, 21 days from New York to Los Angeles (or reverse)

Included Highlights:

  • Transportation in a private vehicle with trailer
  • Professional TrekAmerica tour leader
  • All accommodation (camping or lodging)
  • All national park and monument entrance fees
  • Any included highlights or activities
  • Use of camping and cooking gear (except sleeping bag)

More info and booking: 
Call: 1 800 TREK USA