Experience America

Hillsborough Community College is excited to present the Au Pair Weekend program, “Experience America,” offered in Tampa, Florida. This unique and fascinating program helps you, as an au pair working in the United States, to gain the most from your American experience.

This program can satisfy the U.S. Department of State au pair educational requirement. It is very affordable and can be customized to fit your needs. Earn 60 or 72 hours by attending Au Pair Weekend courses and completing pre- and post-assignments as necessary. (Contact your au pair agency to determine their specific requirements regarding hours and credits.)

Course Descriptions

Make a Difference

Through fun and interesting combination of classroom discussions, community activities, and student assignments, you will learn important skills for dealing with the cultural and personal challenges that international visitors often face in the U.S. You will have unique opportunities to reflectively look at U.S. cultural perspectives to see how they influence your relationships and communication with others. Certain classes will discuss how to engage and participate in a variety of community experiences. You will also examine the rich cultural diversity of U.S. communities, with a specific focus on the Tampa area. 

Discover Tampa and the U.S.

In addition to gaining a greater understanding of the United States and the Tampa area, you will also have the opportunity to share your home country’s culture with other students and compare it to key aspects of American life. You will gain in-depth knowledge of U.S. geography while also learning about exciting events in U.S. history and how they have influenced the current U.S. political culture and process. Through various field trips and activities, you will be able to explore and further understand the important historical and cultural identity of Tampa that you’ve learned about in class.

Explore Our Environment

Get ready to explore the geographically diverse science wonders of the Tampa Bay area through a fun and interesting combination of classroom discussions, field trips, and lab work. Learn about wilderness geocaching, environmental science, disasters and preparedness, salt water desalinization, healthy habitats, manatees, water chemistry, and more through field trips in the Tampa Bay area. You’ll also have a chance to study environmental problems that affect your home country and present your findings to your fellow classmates.


For complete program details, including exact dates, pricing, and to register, please see

Please email us with any questions at, or call the APW program coordinator, Melanie Leathers, at 727-605-4603 (email strongly preferred).

Click HERE to begin the registration process.

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