Au Pair Resources

APIA EMERGENCY Contact Information

If you have a legal or serious medical problem, notify your Community Counselor. If your Community Counselor is not available and you cannot wait for her return, call the 24-hour emergency service at 1-800-928-7247.


Cluster Education Options

For a summary of education requirements, click on this link.

The following Virginia area classes have been approved and count towards your State Department education requirement.  For the classes listed below an au pair will need to earn 8.0 CEU’s to complete the State Department education requirement.

$ – denotes classes will cost at least $500 above the program education allowance.

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.

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.


Fitness and Gym Locations


Medical / Health Care

APIA’s health (medical) insurance plan is First Health Network.

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.

Other low-cost health services:


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Travel Inside the USA

Travel/Tour Companies & Travel Websites



Travel Outside the USA

For information on traveling outside of the US, read this first.


Hints for Success – Homesickness/Culture Shock

Almost everyone experiences culture shock when they come to a completely new environment. Everything is different: the language, the food, and the people. Here are my Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Homesickness 1. Make Friends – Don’t wait for other au pairs to reach out to you, reach out to them. There are other Read More

Facts About Au Pair in America

  Did You Know???- –          Over 65% of Au Pair in America families repeat with us. –          Au Pair in America Community Counselors are experienced, the average years of service of 9 years. – I have been with Au Pair in America for over 15 years!!! –          Au Pair in America customer service surveys results Read More

Back to School Safety Tips

  Here are a few tips for a great start to the new school year: Proper Backpack Use Remember to have your kids always use both shoulder straps on their backpack. Carrying their backpack by using only a single shoulder strap can strain muscles. Riding a Bus Protect your kids from unsafe areas along any Read More

Lunchbox Pet Peeves Solutions

  PET PEEVE #1:”I can’t stand soupy yogurt and warm drinks.” SOLUTIONS Use a frozen juice box to keep yogurt and other foods cold by wrapping the two containers together with a piece of aluminum foil. The night before, fill a freezable drink container halfway with the beverage (noncarbonated) you plan to pack. Freeze the Read More

5 Ways to Improve Your English and Cultural Experience

Make friends with au pairs from other countries. You will be forced to speak English together and you will have the side benefit of learning about their cultures. We even have a few native  English-speaking au pairs in our cluster. In addition to being really cool ladies, speaking with them would be a great way to Read More

Safety Tips Traveling To and From School

  The new school year is right around the corner.  Review these safety tips to ensure your kids safety to and from school. School Bus If your child’s school bus has lap/shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times when in the bus. If your child’s school bus does not have Read More

Put the Brakes on Backtalking!

From our friends at Positive Parenting Solutions: The best way to stop back talk in its tracks is to allow our kids the positive personal power they need. By fostering independence within our limits, we can help them grow up, as well as limit the back talk, arguing, whining that no one enjoys. Here’s how: Read More