TIMELINE ON USIA'S AU PAIR PROGRAM

AU PAIR BACKGROUND

USIA's au pair program began with two designated organizations and approximately 200 au pairs. On an annual average, there are approximately 12,000 au pairs in the U.S. working with eight designated exchange organizations that carry out the day-to-day operation of the program. These organizations are responsible for the recruiting, training, screening, and placement of the au pairs. Some 60,000 young people have participated in the program since its inception in 1986.

Annual cost to an average American host family is about $12,000. This includes fees to the designated organization, weekly stipend, educational allowance, and room/board.

February 1998
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