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Online Course for Au Pairs

Taking Care of YOU:
Practical Tools for Prioritizing Your Own Health and Wellness as a Caretaker

Course Code: AU0110WA21

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Course opened: October 6, 2020 at 8:00am EDT
Course closed: October 13, 2020 at 9:00pm EDT

Starting on October 6, 2020 at 8:00am EDT, you will have one week to complete the program. There will be instructor-led, live sessions held on 2 Tuesday evenings (10/6 & 10/13 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT) and over the weekend (10/10 & 10/11 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT). The remainder of the program will be self-paced so you can participate whenever it is most convenient for your schedule.

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Moving to a new country can be exciting and super overwhelming for anyone. For au pairs who travel across the world for their host family, they must immediately adapt to a new and different lifestyle, culture, and job on top of suddenly being immersed in the English language. When focused on meal preparation, chauffeuring kids to soccer or play practice, laundry, homework, and bedtime, it is common for au pairs to neglect their own health and wellness.

In this self-paced online course, which includes live instructor-led discussion sessions, students will learn the holistic concept of wellness and some practical ideas for self-care. Special emphasis will be placed on incorporating concepts and practices into everyday life while caring for children.

Topics include:

  • Keeping the eight dimensions of wellness in balance: emotional, occupational, physical, social, environmental, financial, intellectual, and spiritual
  • Nutrition basics such as reading food labels and cooking skills
  • Making physical activity a daily habit
  • Mindfulness to reduce stress
  • Role modeling healthy behaviors for kids

As they say, you can't pour from an empty cup. Learn how to prioritize your own health/wellness so that you can be the best version of yourself for yourself and the family you take care of.

This program is sure to fill fast – Register Today!

This online program will give attendees three of the six educational credits required under the J-1 visa. Au pairs (commonly misspelled as au pere or au pear) are required to earn educational credits under the J-1 visa. Click here to learn more.

Registration Fee TBD Includes all course materials, certificate of completion, and other J-1 required documentation.
Cancellation Fee TBD  

This online course for au pairs provides three (3) of the six educational credits required under the J-1 visa program. Click here to learn more.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Rutgers Canvas learning management system. Registrants will receive an email with a link to access the course, a document with tips on how to use Canvas, and an invitation to participate in a technology check prior to the course start date.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer (desktop or laptop)
  • A microphone and speakers are not necessary, a call-in option is available
  • Webcam


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with anyone else.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used a shared email address, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled?
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Online Au Pair Course: Taking Care of YOU" or Course Code AU0110)
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Sarah McCarthy, 848-932-7703