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About us

STA Travel is the world’s largest student & youth travel company, for students, young people, teachers & everyone wanting to travel. With 35 years’ experience in organising safe, secure and exciting trips for young people all over the world. At STA Travel, we’re with you every step of the way when organising a dream trip that’s perfectly aligned to your needs and requirements.


Our Working Holidays department was started in 2012 and has grown from strength to strength. We now have over 10 different programs available with a variety of requirements, so there is a program to suit everyone. Au Pair in the USA has always been a passion of ours, with several of our staff members having Au Paired in the USA themselves. So, with hands on experience and a love for the program, it was only natural for us to jump in feet first.


Au Pairing in the USA will give you the opportunity to take part in the day-to-day routine of your host family and experience what it’s like to live in the USA. You will become part of the family and get to share your culture and customs with the family, while embracing theirs. We want to help you Start your adventure!


We also host an informational event every second month to give applicants the opportunity to connect with us and ask all the questions they might have. Sign up for our next event here.


Au Pair in the USA from R7,990 T&Cs apply



What is an Au Pair?

An Au Pair is a someone who travels to the USA on a J1 Visa to work as a care giver for a Host family. You become part of the family and have the opportunity to learn more about their culture and share your culture with them. This program allows you to experience the real United States of America while living with a host family!

What does an Au Pair Do? Your day to day schedule may include:


Look after the children in your care


10 Hours a day for 45 hours a week

tuk tuk

Waking the children and taking them to school


Daily activities or after school extra-murals


Preparing meals for the children


Cleaning up after the children

So why become an Au Pair?

Being an Au Pair is the perfect way for those passionate travellers to see the world while making some money, or for those who love children to do what they love and see the world at the same time. Becoming an STA Travel Au Pair means that you become part of our global family. The travel bug will bite you, and what better way to see the world, make some money, and most importantly create lifelong friendships and memories.


Step 1 - Sign Up

Sign up to get more info about the program & to set up your “Get to know you - Interview” at your local STA Travel Store. Interviews typically last between 30min-1hr. It’s best to apply at least 4 months before you want to travel. Departures happen all year round & depend on when your host family wants you to start. Processing time varies dependent on your application time.

Step 2 - Application

Complete your app documents. A well-prepared application will give you the best opportunity to find your ideal host family. This is your chance to introduce yourself to the families – so be honest! In addition to the application forms, you will also have to provide: 2 childcare references (non-family related), 1-character reference, some photos and a video to describe yourself/ life, a letter for the host family; & copies of your Matric certificate, driver’s license & criminal background check.

Step 3 - Matching

Once your application is live, host families will start to view it…. EXCITING! Interested families will reach out to you set up skype calls to chat. Don’t be nervous, we have got your back. Don’t stress, you will have questions to prepare for, & all the necessary information required. You pick them as much as they pick you - so, don’t feel the pressure to pick straight away. Make your decision based on what feels best for you.

Step 4 - Visa

Once you have matched with you USA host family, you will receive all your documentation. Your DS2019 is a very important doc that you will need to travel with, as this is the document that gives you permission to work as an Au Pair in the USA. No need to worry. Applying for Visa’s can be scary sometimes, but we will be with you every step of the way. We will even book the appointment for you.

You are NOT alone

  • There is no need to be afraid about this new adventure that you are about to embark on, as you will have a Community Administrator that will be there for you.
  • A Community Administrator is there to support and advise you & your family throughout your stay.
  • They will guide you through any challenges and also coordinate and set up social outings with all Au Pairs in the area, to get to know each other.
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Terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions apply. If booking online, full Terms and Conditions will be displayed as part of the booking process as well as on the corresponding final booking confirmation. If booking in store, please ask your Travel Expert at the time of booking or enquiry.