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Au Pair Weekend Courses

“Experience America”

This unique and exciting program will help au pairs to gain the most from their American experience. The program can also satisfy the U.S. Department of State au pair educational requirement. It is very affordable and may be customized to fit individual needs. Most au pairs can earn all the hours they need by completing two of our 3-day weekend courses, plus pre-assignments and follow-up work.

Through a fun and interesting combination of classroom discussions, field trips, community engagement, and other activities, au pairs will learn important skills for dealing with the cultural and personal challenges that international visitors in the U.S. often face. These courses will assist students  in interacting directly with Americans through a number of valuable learning opportunities designed to help them enjoy and make the most of their time abroad.

Students will also learn a great deal about the Washington, DC area and gain important background knowledge to help you better understand and appreciate the American way of life. Topics include:

  • Culture shock
  • Diversity
  • Conflict resolution
  • U.S. history and politics
  • U.S. customs and traditions
  • And much more!

Course Descriptions

Make a Difference

Students will identify personal learning goals for their international experience and complete related projects and activities. Students will also interact directly in American life by participating in community-based learning experiences in Washington, DC and within the communities where students live. In addition, students will learn strategies for resolving conflicts students may encounter while living abroad. This will help students better understand culture shock and how it can affect students both in the U.S. and when returning home. Finally, students will learn about and experience the rich cultural diversity inherent in U.S. communities, with a specific focus on Washington, DC.


Discover Washington, DC

In addition to gaining a greater understanding of the United States and the Washington, DC area, students will also have the opportunity to share their home country’s culture with other students and compare it to key aspects of American life. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of U.S. customs, rituals, celebrations, and important holidays while also learning about exciting events in U.S. history and issues in US politics, many of which took place or happen in Washington, DC. Through various fieldtrips and activities, students will be able to explore many of the important historical sites that they’ve learned about in class.


Learn more about Au Pair Weekend Classes


Please email our program coordinator, Tina Rychalsky at with any questions, or call 617.777.5085 (email strongly preferred).