Summertime is a busy travel season for host families. Here are some reminders about program rules regarding holidays and vacations.
- Host families are not required to give au pairs any specific holidays. However, if you know that you will be home, a holiday day off can be a nice reward for an Au pair!
- Each host family will make different arrangements for holidays, some au pairs will be off and others will be required to work.
- Au pairs should not make plans for holidays without checking with their host family first.
- An Au pair earns 11 days of paid vacation during the course of her year. An Au Pair who always has the weekends free will earn 10 days of paid vacation.
- Vacation time should be mutually agreed upon before it is taken.
- All vacations should be preplanned (at least 4-12 weeks in advance.) This can allow time to coordinate the au pair’s weekend off for the month and her vacation days.
- Time cannot be made up in the remaining week if the vacation is taken with individual days.
- All au pair’s friends and/or family visits/vacations should be pre-approved prior to purchasing tickets. Some host families will not be comfortable with guests visiting during work hours. It might be best to coordinate the Au Pair vacation with guests’ plans to visit.
- If an au pair travels with her host family, it should be discussed in advance whether this is the au pair’s vacation or if she is working. A schedule is necessary for work during the host family vacation.
- If an au pair travels with the host family to work, the host family is required to pay for her transportation, lodging, and meals. Her Lodging should ensure her privacy.
- An Au Pair cannot be away from the host family’s primary residence for longer than 3 weeks.
- Year 2 Au Pairs cannot travel internationally with the exception of Canada, Mexico, and some adjacent Caribbean islands.
Important: If an au pair is traveling outside of the U.S., she must have her DS2019 signed (travel validation) PRIOR to her departure from the US. This can take up to 4 weeks to process. A visitor’s visa may also be needed for the country you are visiting.
More information about international travel may be found with these resources: