Are you an occupational or physical therapist, pediatric nurse, teacher, educator, special needs care worker, social worker, or experienced nanny? Do you love children and making a difference? If the answer is yes, you can work abroad and experience a new culture and improve your English while gaining valuable experience in your social care profession on the Apex Social program.

Apex Social’s unique program lets you put your social care professional experience to work in either the USA or Australia. Our program has been specially designed to be a work-related stay abroad for 1-2 years allowing you to gain experience while living and working with a host family and learning about American or Australian culture.

Program Benefits

  • Valuable International work experience you can add to your CV
  • Weekly stipend plus free room and board from your host family
  • Placement with a carefully screened host family
  • Medical and liability insurance
  • $500 education allowance (USA only)
  • 38 hour online American Education Institute child development course
  • Full support of Apex Social USA and Australia staff
  • Opportunity to improve your English skills
  • Chance to meet new friends and travel to new places
  • Learn the local culture and share yours!

Apex Social specializes in matching social care professionals with host families in the USA and Australia. We are also the only agency dedicated to working with families who have children with special needs – allowing you to put your professional experience to work in a practical setting.  Many of our social care professionals have the opportunity to work closely with the child’s local therapists during their program and to support therapy homework and other practices in a home setting.

Approximately 70% of our host families have children with special needs including:

  • Autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s syndrome
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Down syndrome and other genetic conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disabilities
  • Developmental delays
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Learning disabilities
  • Undiagnosed/severe conditions
  • Mental and physical delays

To participate in our professional program, you must enjoy working with children, be between the ages 20-26 (for the USA program) and ages 27-30 (for the Australian program), have a completed degree in the social care sector, and have at least 400 hours of documented childcare experience.  You should also be able to speak basic English as you will be living in an English speaking country. (You’ll be amazed how much your English improves while on the program!)