An agency is required in these countries to organise an au pair stay:
According to the law, Dutch host families and their future au pairs have to turn to a recognised au pair agency in the Netherlands, a so-called "sponsor", so as to submit the au pair application and handle the necessary administrative paperwork.
AuPairWorld has partnered with Au Pair International, one official sponsor, so that you can manage the au pair search with AuPairWorld and then the paperwork with Au Pair International.
In Switzerland, au pairs from non-EU countries need to pass through an agency designated by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. AuPairWorld's partner agency for au pair stays in Switzerland is Wind Connections. Families and au pairs can make a pre-match using the AuPairWorld platform and families can then register for the services of Wind Connections.
In the USA, the government stipulates that au pairs and host families must use one of the designated agencies in order to organise their legal au pair stay. The agency helps with the application for the required J1 visa. The partner agency of AuPairWorld in the USA is Cultural Care.
Find a prematch on AuPairWorld prior to choosing an agency
Why do I still find American host families and au pairs who wish to go to the USA on AuPairWorld? Au pairs and host families search and find each other on their own on AuPairWorld. This also works for the USA as a host country: host families and au pairs can make their choice according to their own criteria (prematching) as a first step. In the second step, they need to agree on one of the designated agencies. You can find more information in our information on the au pair program in the USA and in the FAQs on the USA.