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.


Guest – Think Carefully Before Asking..

It is important to think carefully before asking your host parents to allow you to invite guests, especially friends of family who may come stay for a week or more. There are many host families who would not feel comfortable with allowing that and will say no. If they say no, you need to do Read More

Polar Bear Day

  Polar Bear Day celebrates the world’s largest carnivore. A polar bear can grow up to nine feet tall(when standing) and 1400 pounds. They are a favorite at zoos around the country. Polar bears live at the North Pole region, and are native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Need some ideas Read More

How to Say Goodbye Around the World

  How to Say Goodbye The English word “goodbye” is derived from the pharse “God be with you.”  Parting words in other languages are similar. In Spanish, it’s adios (ah-dee-ohs), in French adieu (ah-dyur).  Both words literally mean “to God”. There are other ways to “goodbye”, however.  English children shout “Cheerio” when parting and in Read More

Going Unplugged During Work Hours

  Au Pairs – Imagine for a moment that you went to the hospital and you were in the care of doctors and nurses.  How would you feel if those doctors and nurses who were there to care for you were more interested in texting or using their personal computer than caring for you?  How Read More

10 Tips on Making New Friends in the Cluster!

  Connecting with new friends is #1 fear as an au pair followed closely by # 2 worrying about gaining weight.  This year is your opportunity to make friends from around the world!  Here are a few tips to help you to take the first step to make a friend! 1.  Look and act approachable! Read More

Be Ready for an Emergency

  Illness, accidents or medical emergencies: As a host family, you should handle your au pair’s illnesses, accidents or medical emergencies in the same way that you would for any family member. If serious, please notify your local communication counselor. Since au pairs are adults, they may sign any consent form required. If your au Read More

Winter Driving Tips !!

  BATTERY BASICS: Bad weather requires the use of more accessories that stress your electrical system.  Your battery is the foundation of your starting and charging systems.  Make sure that yours tests in good (not marginal) condition.  {If you need a new one, Genuine Toyota TrueStart batteries are on sale through January 31.} CLEAR AS Read More