Granny Au Pair in America / USA

With nearly 34.3 million families with children under the age of 18 in 2017, the USA is an appealing destination for American Grannies wanting a national au pair experience, as well as foreign Grannies looking for an American experience.

American Grannies in America

There are over 58 million women over age 50 living in the United States. Many of them consider themselves active seniors. They play sports, participate in social and cultural events, and volunteer their time to remain connected and impactful. Many find fulfillment in working with young children – they volunteer at their local schools, YMCA, Big Brother Big Sister, etc, and would make wonderful Grannies. The advantage of being an American Granny Au Pair in the US is the ability to command the language and have an understanding of the American culture and parenting expectations. Being a Granny Au Pair will allow them to travel within the country, experiencing new ways of living. A Michigan Granny might find appealing the prospect of spending a couple of the winter months in Florida, helping a young family. While the Texan Granny will enjoy experiencing the winter snow or cooler summers in Oregon!

Foreign Grannies Au Pair in America

Many foreign Grannies are looking for ways to improve their English in a native environment. Joining an American family as a Granny Au Pair in America will allow them to practice their language skills in a safe and loving manner. The American culture is engraved in many minds as a reference – many times portrayed and referred to in movies and shows, but rarely experienced as a local. Imagine the amazement in someone’s eyes when roasting marshmallows for the first time, watching their first 4th of July parade, or sharing a Thanksgiving meal with friends and family. Living in the US has always been a dream, and the Granny Au Pair program can make it a reality. The cultural exchange will be a time for sharing and taking in as much as possible in the 90 days the Grannies are allowed to spend on US soil.

Hosting a foreign Granny has many advantages. One of them being the exposure of children to a foreign language. Should the Family be interested in the opportunity, the Granny can speak her native language to the kids, making it a natural way to introduce the children to new vocabulary or to reinforce a language spoken by one of the parents or some of the grand-parents. The Granny will happily share stories of her home country, bake her favorite cakes and bring a new know-how to raising children. Differences should be embraced and both the Family and the Granny will learn from the experience. Keeping an open line of discussion will bring one of the most meaningful experiences for all parties. Who knew a German lullaby could put your little to sleep?

Important considerations before becoming a Granny Au Pair in America

Remember that, as with any destination, you are responsible for checking the rules and regulations surrounding your stay in the country. Being a Granny Au Pair in America will require that you abide by American immigration laws. Most Grannies will enter the country using a tourist visa, however, it is your responsibility to determine the correct visa for your stay. Being a Granny Au Pair is neither paid work, not volunteering. You are visiting the county to be exposed to the culture, hear the language, and discover the area. You are the guest of your hosts and need to remember that, by American immigration law, a foreign national is not allowed to work nor volunteer without a proper work visa. Most of our Grannies enter American territory without any problem, communicating their intentions to the immigration officer. If you however, say that you are coming to volunteer with a family or work with a family’s children, immigration will not let you enter the United States. Please, plan your visit to the USA accordingly. If you are traveling from a foreign country, be aware of this important distinction: as a Granny, you are a TOURIST, not a worker or volunteer. Research and understand the laws and clearly communicate your intentions when entering the country. OurGranny.com cannot be held responsible for any problems you may experience with immigration.

Sources:

United States Census Bureau

AARP Top 10 Demographics &Interests Facts About Americans Ages 50+

AARP Marital Status by Sex

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I am the founder of granny.com. I'm passionate about child care solutions that are a win for the families and the caregivers. With three kids and a full-time career, we are looking for a Granny to join our family and help us with day-to-day activities!

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