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Austin Au Pair Resources

Au Pair Ambassador Milan P.

Hello and welcome! My name is Milan and I am a Local Childcare Coordinator for GreatAuPair. I support both host families and au pairs to help them have a successful and memorable cultural exchange year. I can help introduce you to vetted and qualified au pairs. I know how extremely critical it is for parents to find loving, compassionate childcare for their precious little ones, not just for their peace of mind but also for the safety and well-being of their children. I look forward to helping you with your childcare needs and making new friends as more Host Families across the country join our life-changing au pair program! Please let me know how I can assist you. Sincerely, Milan

Activities in Austin

There is lots to do in Austin! Here are just a few options:

Texas Capitol

1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Zilker Metropolitan Park-Trail of Lights

2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Barton Springs Municipal Pool

2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Bullock Texas State History Museum

1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve

3505 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Austin Aquarium

13530 US-183 #101, Austin, TX 78750 Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739 Rated 4.8 of 5 View map

Austin Zoo

10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736 Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Barton Creek Greenbelt

3755 S Capital of Texas Hwy B, Austin, TX 78704 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Circuit of the Americas

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue

210 Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Austin, TX 78704 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Blanton Museum of Art

200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

LBJ Presidential Library

2313 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Greetings From Austin Mural

1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

The Escape Game Austin

405 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 Rated 4.9 of 5 View map

Visit Austin

111 Congress Ave Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Austin Nature & Science Center

2389 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX 78746 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Austin Transportation

We've got transportation options!

William Cannon/Rialto

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6701 Silvermine/Sh 71

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6900 Scenic Brook/Sh 71

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Austin Transportation Department

Barton Oaks Plaza V, Austin View map

Texas Department of Transportation

200 E Riverside Dr #150, Austin View map

Capital Metro Transit Store

209 W 9th St, Austin View map

TXDoT Headquarters - Main Office

125 E 11th St, Austin View map

Camp Hubbard Transportation Department

3712 Jackson Ave, Austin View map

Amalgamated Transit Union

725 Airport Blvd, Austin View map

Txdot Flight Services

10335 Golfcourse Rd, Austin View map

Round Rock Transit Center

300 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock View map

Austin Accredited Schools

Check out these great educational opportunities:

Austin Dental Assistant School-Circle C

9600 Escarpment Blvd #770, Austin Rated 5 of 5 View map

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

4701 West Gate Blvd Building C, Austin Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Texas Health and Science University -- Austin

4005 Menchaca Rd, Austin Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin Rated 4.4 of 5 View map

University of Texas At Austin: College of Fine Arts

2301 Trinity St, Austin Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Strayer University

8501 N Mopac Expy Suite 100, Austin Rated 4.8 of 5 View map

Concordia University Texas

11400 Concordia University Dr, Austin Rated 3.7 of 5 View map

WGU Texas

12515-8 Research Blvd #250, Austin Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Star of Texas Dental Assisting School

12335 Hymeadow Dr #250, Austin Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS Austin)

12124 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin Rated 0 of 5 View map

South University, Austin

1220 W Louis Henna Blvd, Round Rock Rated 3.4 of 5 View map

Austin Driver's License

Here are some places to get a driver's license:

TxDMV Austin Regional Service Center

1001 E Parmer Ln A, Austin, TX 78753 Rated 3.3 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

4000 Jackson Ave, Austin, TX 78731 Rated 2.8 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Public Safety

6121 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752 Rated 2.3 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Public Safety

13730 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78750 Rated 2.5 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Public Safety

6425 S IH 35 Frontage Rd #180, Austin, TX 78744 Rated 2.4 of 5 View map

City of Austin Vehicle Support

6400 Bolm Rd, Austin, TX 78721 Rated 2.5 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Public Safety Driver License Mega Center

216 Wells Branch Pkwy, Pflugerville, TX 78660 Rated 2.8 of 5 View map

Camp Hubbard Transportation Department

3712 Jackson Ave, Austin, TX 78731 Rated 5 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Transportation

200 E Riverside Dr #150, Austin, TX 78704 Rated 3.3 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Transportation - Cedar Park Campus

9500 N Lake Creek Pkwy, Austin, TX 78731 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Travis County Tax Office - Southwest

8656 TX-71, Austin, TX 78735 Rated 3.7 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Public Safety - Crime Division

Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78752 Rated 0 of 5 View map

Austin District Headquarters

7901 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78753 Rated 4.2 of 5 View map

Travis County Tax Office - Main

5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 Rated 3.2 of 5 View map

Travis County Voter Registration Satellite Office

4705 Heflin Ln, Austin, TX 78721 Rated 3.5 of 5 View map

Motor Carrier Division

4203 Bull Creek Rd # 22, Austin, TX 78731 Rated 0 of 5 View map

Travis County Tax Office - Southeast

4011 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744 Rated 3.1 of 5 View map

TXDoT Headquarters - Main Office

125 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701 Rated 1.8 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Public Safety: Motor Carrier Bureau

6200 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78752 Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Public Safety

108 Denson Dr #4149, Austin, TX 78752 Rated 2.8 of 5 View map

Why host an au pair?

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Culturally rich, yet so affordable.

For as little as $778 per month*, you get experienced live-in childcare 45 hours per week. Plus, you could qualify for a childcare tax credit up to $5,000.

  • Affordable at just $778/month*
  • Flexible care when you need it
  • Experienced with 1,200+ hours
  • Dependable live-in childcare
  • Legal J-1 visa, up to 2 years
  • Trusted by families since 2001
*Participants are free to agree to compensation higher than the legally applicable minimum au pair stipend, which must comply with all legal requirements, including the Fair Labor Standards Act and U.S. Department of State regulations. Au pairs can provide no more than 10 hours of childcare per day and 45 hours per week.

Common Au Pair Questions

Au pairs participating in the U.S. Au Pair Program are young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 who come to the United States and live as an extended member of their host family while also completing 6 credit hours of school. An au pair provides up to 45 hours per week of live-in childcare in exchange for a private room, board and a minimum weekly stipend. Au pairs expose families to other cultures, languages and customs, offering valuable cross-cultural experience.

Because au pairs are visiting the U.S. as an exchange visitor on a federal exchange program that allows them to provide childcare, they represent one of the most affordable childcare and cultural exchange programs available, especially for families with more than one child.

A nanny is strictly a domestic employee whereby an au pair is a participant in a federally sponsored cultural exchange program. An au pair is welcomed and treated as a member of your extended family. Children receive an enriching cultural experience that is not always available from a nanny.

An au pair must meet specific criteria to participate in a government-sponsored Au Pair Program. In the United States, au pairs must be between the ages of 18-26 with demonstrable childcare experience, who come to the U.S. to stay with a family for a cultural exchange experience for one year. Au pairs typically don't make a career out of childcare work as nannies more often do.

Many families and au pairs participate in government authorized au pair exchange programs where there are defined rules and requirements. See Family Requirements or Au Pair Requirements for more information. The relationship between a nanny and family is that of employer and employee, not governed by the regulations of a federal exchange program.

Nannies are not required to meet the strict vetting, experience and training requirements of the Au Pair Program. Nannies are not necessarily seeking a cultural exchange experience, rather, it may be more of a career-building experience in childcare they are seeking.

An au pair visiting the US through a legitimate Au Pair Program sponsor designated by the US Department of State will be issued a J-1 Au Pair Visa that is valid for one year and may be extended for a second year. Afte the second year, the au pair must return home. The au pair may reapply to the Au Pair Program again after two years if she or he is still eligible.

In exchange for room, board, and a weekly stipend, your au pair will work for up to 45 hours a week helping you calm temper tantrums, conquering your kid's laundry, assisting with morning and bedtime routines, whipping up kids' meals and school lunches, solving burning math questions, transporting kids to school and activities, playing and having fun, and most importantly providing you with the satisfaction of knowing you can count on the best childcare possible.

For most parents, there simply aren't enough hours in the day to cross everything off the continuous 'to do' list, let alone have fun with your children, and find free time for yourself. It's a different story with an au pair. Not only will an au pair play with and supervise the kids, she will also help you with all child-related tasks:

  • Preparing meals and cleaning up afterwards
  • Making school lunches
  • Help with bathtime
  • Driving kids to school and activities
  • Helping with homework and tutoring
  • Doing kids' laundry
  • Keeping kids' rooms tidy and organized
  • Other specific duties as related to caring for the kids in your family

You might notice that au pairs are not responsible for heavy housework, yardwork, pet care, laundry, or meals for the entire family. However, they are also members of the family, as such you may ask them to participate in general household responsibilities that are shared among family members.

An au pair cannot be left as the sole-caregiver in charge of the children and household while host parents are out of town. Au pairs cannot work more than 10 hours a day which includes sleeping hours if they are responsible for the children. You should have another responsible adult available to relieve the au pair and assist with the overall management of the household in your absence.

Most au pairs are interested in getting out and socializing and going to school in their free time. Our experience is that placements are most successful if night shifts are avoided.

GreatAuPair does not determine au pair compensation. Au pair compensation is negotiated and decided upon between the au pair (the employee) and the host family (the Employer). The U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor has set the legally applicable federal minimum weekly au pair stipend at $195.75, subject to the FLSA, however, au pairs and host families are free to agree upon au pair compensation that may be higher than the legally applicable federal minimum au pair stipend.

The minimum weekly au pair stipend for the U.S. Au Pair Program is directly connected to the U.S. federal minimum wage. The minimum Au Pair stipend is based on the U.S. Department of Labor's formula that includes credit for the room and board Host Families provide for their Au Pairs. The room and board credit currently is 40% of an au pair's credited compensation.

If an au pair was to work 45 hours per week for 51 weeks at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour that would result in $16,638.75. If you subtract the 40% room and board credit from that amount, then the result is $9,983.25, which is then divided by 51 weeks, which results in $195.75.

Department of State regulations strictly prohibit an au pair from working more than 45 hours a week and 10 hours a day. Even if your au pair would like to earn the extra money for extra hours, it is strictly prohibited.

No, an au pair can only live with and work for one family.

No, au pairs are not permitted to work for other families.

Many families find that having their au pair accompany them on vacation is a great way to gain some extra free time and enjoy a second set of hands. Plus, your au pair benefits by having a rewarding and fun experience with your family. If an au pair accompanies you on a family vacation, the hours worked are counted and she continues to earn her stipend. An au pair should not be held responsible for costs associated with the family vacation other than special purchases/entertainment, etc. that the au pair chooses.

If you are traveling outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to check with that country's embassy to find out any visa regulations that might apply to your au pair. Your au pair will also need to submit her DS-2019 form to GreatAuPair for signature well in advance of the travel dates. The signature by a Responsible Officer at GreatAuPair demonstrates the au pair is in good standing on the au pair program and is necessary for re-entry to the United States.

Au pairs in their extension year may not be able to leave the country, as their original 12-month visa may have expired. Please be sure to check with GreatAuPair before leaving the country with an au pair on her extension year.

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