For a summary of education requirements, click on this link.
- George Mason University – Osher Institute
- George Mason University Adult Arts Program
- George Washington University Art and Design $
- Georgetown University – Continuing Studies English program
- Graduate School Classes $
- International Language Institute – Washington DC
- L’Academie de Cuisine (cooking classes)
- LADO International Institute (English and Spanish language classes)
- Northern Virginia Community College – All Campuses
- TESOL Certification (18 months required) $
- Potomac Massage Institute
- UCLA Extension APIA Advantage Course (this is the only on-line class approved by the State Department)
- Virginia International University – ESL Classes and one-day Museum Trip classes held most Saturdays for 0.5 CEUs each class).
The following programs are considered “weekend” classes approved by the State Department. Read the program descriptions carefully; some do not include housing and/or transportation.
- Alliant International University’s Learning to Live Your American Dream (travel courses)
- Bunker Hill Community College Learning to Live Your American Dream (travel courses)
- Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Learning Across America (travel courses)
- College of St. Rose’s Silver Bay Au Pair Courses (travel courses)
- National Louis University Learning to Live Your American Dream (travel courses)
The following Free/Low Cost Education class DO NOT count towards your State Department education requirement. These classes provide extra hours to improve you English skills.
If you want to take the TOEFL test during your year in the USA, it is recommended to register for the test at least 3 months prior to the end of your year. Details at link.
Driving in Virginia
Required documents for Virginia Driver’s License: Passport, DS2019, I-94 Verification, Driver’s License from home country, and current bank statement.
- Car Accident Report Form – keep in your glovebox
- Driving Schools:
- Department of Motor Vehicles Locations
- Sample Test Questions
- Virginia Driver’s License – English
- Virginia Driver’s License Manual – Spanish
Fitness and Gym Locations
- Adult Sports Leagues in Fairfax
- Fairfax County Rec Centers
- Gold’s Gym
- Olympus Gym
- Planet Fitness
Medical / Health Care
APIA’s health (medical) insurance plan is First Health Network.
- Health Insurance Coverage Explained
- 2014 Health Insurance Brochure– for au pairs who arrived or extended in 2014
- 2015 Health Insurance Brochure– for au pairs who arrived in 2015
- Claim Form
- Sports Insurance Registration Form
If you are sick, these doctors’ offices take your insurance. Tell them you have First Health Network Insurance, when you call to make your appointment or check-in at the office.
- Find a doctor or facility that accepts your insurance here
- CVS Minute Clinic and Target Clinics accept First Health Network
Other low-cost health services:
- Dental: Catholic Charities and/or Howard Dental Clinic
- Gynecology Services (Birth Control, Reproductive Svcs, etc.)
- Vision Care
Return Flight Home
- How to address and mail a letter or package
- How to use US money and write a check
- Au Pair Information on 2014 Taxes
- 2015 Estimated Tax Instructions
- Pay Taxes by Credit or Debit Card
- IRS Payment Plan Application
Travel Inside the USA
Travel/Tour Companies & Travel Websites
- AAA Bus Safety Reports
- Bolt Bus– trips between Baltimore, Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and DC
- Vamoose Bus trips between NYC and Bethesda, MD, Arlington, VA, or Lorton, VA
- Super Shuttle– transportation to and from airports in DC and all over the US
- Happy-Cars -car rental for 18+
Travel Outside the USA
For information on traveling outside of the US, read this first.
- APIA Travel Outside the USA Form
- Automatic Revalidation Code
- Details on Travel Outside the USA
- Do I need a VISA to travel?
- Travel to the Caribbean In Year 2
- Visa Application for Canada
- Washington DC Embassy Directory