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Information at a glance

city: Washington D.C.
country: USA
language: English
surface area: 177 km² (ca. 68 mi²)
population: 632.323 (2012)
country code: +1 202
website: www.dc.gov


Au pair stay in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C., or simply D.C. as the locals call it, is the capital and seat of government of the United States, and the only American city that is not part of a state.


The city is named after George Washington, the first president of the United States. D.C. is one of the newest and most powerful capitals in the world.


The White House (the residence of the US president) is in Washington D.C., together with the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Furthermore, the World Bank and the OAS (Organization of American States) are also based in Washington.


But Washington is more than just an administrative center; it is a multicultural, lively city with many interesting sights and a vibrant cultural life.


Being an au pair in Washington D.C.

  • requirements: 18-30 years, not married, no children, be in good health, experience with children
  • working hours: 45 hours per week
  • responsibilities: child care and small chores around the house
  • salary: $ 195,75 US per week
  • duration of au pair stay: 12 months
  • health insurance: the au pair agency usually takes care of your health insurance
  • language course: there are public and private language schools
  • driver's license: having a driver's license is strongly recommended


What to do in your free time in Washington

Au pairs in the US get 1,5 days off per week. Take advantage of this free time to see the city and meet new people. Once you get used to the daily routine in your host family, it will be easier for you to plan your free time. Try to make the most of your day as there are many things to do and see in Washington. What are the best ways to explore the city? The easiest ways are by foot, by trolley or by boat.  


Rigth in the center of the city you will find a beautiful green space, the National Mall. Around the National Mall there are also many important  monuments, several museums and the White House. Apart from the tourist attractions, Washington is full of museums, theaters, green parks (check out Rock Creek!), restaurants, cafes and shops.


Our tip: a boat tour on the Potomac river or biking along the National Mall.


The most important sights in Washington D.C.

  1. Arlington National Cemetery
  2. Dupont Circle – shopping gallery
  3. Jefferson Memorial
  4. Library of Congress
  5. Lincoln Memorial
  6. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
  7. Smithsonian Institute –  the largest museum complex in the world
  8. The National Mall
  9. US Capitol
  10. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  11. Washington Monument
  12. White House


Language schools in Washington D.C.

One important goal during your au pair stay in Washington is obviously to improve your English skills. Apart from practicing the language with your host family, you can also take language classes.


Do you know a good language school in Washington D.C.? Get in touch and tell us more!


Sports in Washington

You can practice a variety of sports in Washington D.C.:

  1. gyms
  2. yoga and Pilates courses
  3. sports centers
  4. riding a bike
  5. jogging
  6. ice skating


Exploring the surroundings of Washington D.C.

The weekends are perfect to get to know the areas around Washington. Some popular destinations around Washington are:

  • Alexandria
  • Annapolis
  • Baltimore
  • Fredericksburg
  • Gettysburg
  • Lancaster
  • Mount Vernon
  • Philadelphia
  • Shenandoah National Park


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