Programme Fee & Other Costs

With Cultural Care you’re choosing the best au pair programme out there. We offer you an exceptional experience in the USA at a fair price with no hidden costs.

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As a Cultural Care au pair, you are signing up for a premium programme – the highest quality way to live and work abroad. At Cultural Care we use our 30 years of expertise to make sure you get the best training and preparation and support throughout your journey. Find out more about why we are the best option to help you in your au pair experience.

Best of all, at Cultural Care we won't ask you to pay anything until you’ve found your family. That means you can learn more about our programme, work on your au pair application and even match with your host family completely free of charge.

Once you match with a host family and decide on an arrival date in the USA, we’ll ask you to pay a one-time programme fee.

Programme Fee: 1800USD

Your one-time payment includes a comprehensive group insurance policy for your initial au pair term, your round-trip airfare*, global support 24/7 and all additional program benefits.

We have worked with Erika Insurance Ltd. since 1995 – and together, we have created a custom group travel policy to help give you complete peace of mind.

Having an exceptional insurance plan means that you can participate in all the exciting activities organised by Cultural Care or your host family and friends without worrying. The plan includes:

  • Illness and accident coverage
  • Coverage for loss of baggage and property damage/theft
  • Liability and legal coverage
  • Roundtrip airfare if your programme is interrupted due to death or serious illness in immediate family
  • 24-hour emergency assistance via the free phone number

Find out more details on our insurance coverage by contacting us.

Cultural Care Au Pair offers you the opportunity to purchase a program cancellation protection in case you do not travel as an au pair. It covers your program cancellation prior departure due to a series of reasons (ask the office for more details). This covers a refund of program fee and flight cancellation fee.

Both au pairs and host families pay a programme fee to participate in this mutually beneficial cultural exchange programme. As programme participants, they fulfill different obligations and receive unique benefits. Learn more about the benefits of the au pair programme.

Additional Costs

We also want to make you aware of some supplementary costs that will arise throughout your travel preparation. Please note that these fees are not paid to Cultural Care, but are required to participate in the au pair programme:

  • Visa fee: $160, around £120 (payable to the U.S. Embassy)
  • Police Certificate: £45
  • GP Health Check: Varies
  • International Driving License: £5

Peace of Mind Cancellation Protection

We offer “Peace of Mind” which is a special cancellation protection to safeguard your programme fee against Force Majeure** events restricting travel to the USA. “Peace of Mind” gives you extra security in uncertain times.

With this additional option you will receive a full refund of the programme fee if you cannot start the programme because any of the following conditions are met up to 30 days before your departure:

  • Your local government prohibits travel to the USA.
  • The US government prohibits travel from your country to the USA.
  • Your host family cancels the programme due to concerns related to the above-mentioned travel restrictions.

Are you a former au pair?

You may be eligible for 300USD off the programme participation cost if you have either:

  • Spent a successful year or more as an au pair in the USA at least two years ago
  • Had a successful au pair experience in a country other than the USA for at least 6 months

No more than one discount per au pair can apply.

*valid on completion of the programmme

** Force Majeure as used herein means an event beyond your control prohibiting travel to the USA exclusively due to any of the following causes: war, terrorist act, pandemic (including the COVID-19 pandemic), travel bans or Level 4 travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State or equivalent warnings issued by competent governmental authorities, natural catastrophes.