I cannot afford airfare to where I want to work. Can I apply anyway?
Yes, you may certainly apply! Many families will agree to hire a nanny who lives at a distance. For example, the nanny may live in Oklahoma, and the family may be in Boston. It is customary for the family to advance the nanny's transportation expense, with the understanding that the nanny will reimburse the family out of the first several paychecks (usually about $50 per week). This may not be airfare, as more economical transportation may be available such as bus or train.
Many families will offer to reimburse transportation expenses to the nanny after she has worked for the full year agreed to. This is a form of bonus to the nanny. If the nanny leaves before the year is out, it is at her expense. All issues regarding the transportation expenses should be clearly spelled out in the work agreement, so there is never a "he said...you said" kind of exchange.