2016 Photo Contest: Announcing the Winners!

December 8th, 2016

Au Pair in America Photo Contest 2016 - Winners Announced!

Thanks to everyone that participated in our 2016 Photo Contest. This contest highlights what a life changing experience Au Pair in America provides participants.

Your votes have been tallied, and the winner in each category will receive a $200 Amazon.com Gift Card. Without further ado, here are the winning photos for 2016: Read the rest of this entry »

Au Pair from South Africa Reaches New Heights

December 7th, 2016

Au Pair from South Africa Reaches New Heights | Au Pair in America

Recently, our Community Counselor Sonia reached out to share an amazing story about Micayla, a young woman from South Africa, and her journey as an au pair on a mission to climb all peaks in New Hampshire more than 4,000 feet—that’s 48 mountains!! We are delighted to share this story of adventure and determination with you.

From Sonia:

I want to share a true success story of one of our au pairs in New Hampshire. Micayla was part of the Au Pair in America program for 2 years. I remember when I first began as a Community Counselor I wanted to meet all the au pairs so that I could put faces to names and vice versa. When Micayla spoke, it was like speaking to a sage old woman—not a 19-year-old girl. She spoke of her experiences in the program and her dreams when she headed home to South Africa. She shared that her goal before she left was to climb all 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. Not many accomplish this feat, but she did!

As an au pair, Micayla was caring for 3 children (ages 6, 4 and 3), and on the weekends she climbed and explored the U.S. An interesting part of this is that she did not begin doing this do so until Year 2. She says she spent her first year not interested in going out of her comfort zone, but then in Year 2 she asked herself, why not?   Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Alicia Hammond

December 5th, 2016

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Alicia Hammond | Au Pair in America

We are so impressed by how many of our au pairs donate their time and talents to community service work. This week’s spotlight is on Alicia Hammond. Alicia is an au pair from Jamaica who lived with her host family in Washington, D.C. and a State Winner for the 2016 Au Pair Community Service Awards. She shared the following about her volunteer work with Martha’s Table serving food to community members in need. 

Volunteerism can be viewed as a recognition of a need, with an attitude of social responsibility and without concern for monetary profit while looking beyond one’s basic obligations. It allows you to utilize your time, effort, technical, human and conceptual skills to contribute to a worthy cause. What does volunteerism mean to me? There are no words to describe what volunteerism means to me, but it broadens my perspective on life and its embellishments. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Great Reasons to Host an Au Pair

December 2nd, 2016

1. Your friendships and family expand.

5 Great Reasons to Host an Au Pair | Au Pair in America

When you host an au pair, you gain access to a network of friends and an international family. In addition to your au pair, you have the chance to get to know the fellow host families and au pairs in your community and your au pair’s family overseas. Connections with the world around you are what au pair exchange is all about—and before you know it, you may find branches of your family have extended around the globe! Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Photo Contest: Vote for your Favorites!

December 1st, 2016

Au Pair in America Photo Contest 2016 | Au Pair in America

Voting is now open to choose the winning photos for the Au Pair in America 2016 Photo Contest. We received so many fantastic pictures and have selected the finalists. Now, your votes will determine who wins a $200 Amazon.com Gift Card! Each of the following categories will be released for voting on a specific weekday:

  • 12/1: Family Portrait

  • 12/2: Homework Help

  • 12/2: Young Ones

  • 12/5: Multiples

  • 12/6: Sharing the Culture

  • 12/7: Best in Show

Visit our Facebook page to vote for your favorites. The winners will be announced next week.

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Diana Nunez Robles

November 28th, 2016

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Diana Nunez Robles | Au Pair in America

We are so impressed by how many of our au pairs donate their time and talents to community service work. This week’s spotlight is on Diana Nunez Robles. Diana is an au pair from Costa Rica living with her host family in Virginia and a State Winner for the 2016 Au Pair Community Service Awards. She shared the following about her volunteer work teaching English as a second language. 

After being for a while here in the USA and after pursuing my TESOL (Teaching English for Students of Other Languages) certificate at a local college, I started thinking about doing something else, not only for me but also for the community. That’s when I decided to start volunteering as a teacher’s assistant.

I started volunteering in February 2015. At the beginning I was going once a week but then I started going twice a week as a teacher assistant at Pimmit Hills High School and once a week as a teacher for beginner students at Saint James Catholic School with “Hogar Immigrant Services.” Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Au Pairs Give Thanks

November 23rd, 2016

New Jersey Au Pairs Give Thanks | Au Pair in America

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to reflect on the things we are most grateful for in life. At a recent Au Pair in America cluster meeting in New Jersey, Community Counselors Anne and Lois asked our au pairs to share the things that they are thankful for this year. Here are some of their heartwarming responses:

  • My host family for having me and loving me as part of the family
  • My new niece
  • A Thanksgiving birthday
  • I fit in pretty well here
  • Food and new friends
  • Good people in my life
  • Best kids ever
  • My lovely host family
  • My workout at the gym
  • Staying in touch with my family and friends in Germany
  • All the friends I made in the USA
  • All the new experiences
  • The sweet gift my host mom gave me from her trip
  • For life and everything
  • My boyfriend, my parents and sisters and opportunity to be here
  • Spending a year in the USA-it’s a dream come true
  • Having family and friends back home who encouraged me on this adventure
  • Happy that I have food and can live my life
  • Grateful for [my host] family for choosing me and giving me the opportunity to experience America
  • Little precious moments
  • Wonderful life in the USA

We are thankful for everyone in the Au Pair in America community for helping us bring the world together through cultural exchange. Thank you to our host families, au pairs, and Community Counselors for their dedication. On behalf of everyone at Au Pair in America, have a happy Thanksgiving!

With So Much to be Thankful For…

November 22nd, 2016

With So Much to be Thankful For... | Au Pair in America

At this time of Thanksgiving, we look back on our anniversary year full of stories and accomplishments that make us so proud to support international education and cultural exchange.

We are thankful for all of our au pairs that travel to this country to join American families, to provide culturally enriching child care and to pursue education and adventure in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate International Education Week 2016!

November 15th, 2016

This week, join Au Pair in America as we celebrate International Education Week (IEW) along with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education and thousands of teachers, students, host families, au pairs, schools and individuals across the United States and the world.

The educational benefits of au pair exchange improve the lives of all participants, especially the children in the care of international au pairs. Au pairs provide child care with a cultural focus that helps American children learn about languages, places and cultures from countries all around the world – while the au pairs themselves learn about the American way of life.

Throughout the year, but especially this week, we encourage our program participants to share stories about what they have learned, why international education is important and how it makes a difference in their lives. Please take a moment to share your highlights on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtags #IEW2016 and #aupairinamerica to join the celebration.

For thirty years, Au Pair in America has been at the forefront of au pair exchange, providing opportunities for young adults from around the world to study in the U.S., experience life in an American family and share a mutually rewarding and culturally enriching experience.

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Au Pair in America Team Member Wins the McCarry Leadership Award

November 11th, 2016

Au Pair in America Team Member Wins the McCarry Leadership Award | Au Pair in America

Au Pair in America is delighted to announce that regional program manager Elizabeth Azeizat received a McCarry Leadership Award at the Alliance for International Exchange 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. Elizabeth is a fantastic advocate for intercultural exchange and education, as you can see in the following thoughts she put together regarding the award:

I have been working in international exchange for five years, beginning at Academic Year in America (AYA). I spent three years at AYA, first as a Regional Director and then as Student Support Administrator. As a Regional Director, I placed international high school exchange students with volunteer host families and high schools. I supported host families, students, Local Coordinators and high school staff throughout the yearlong experience. I worked with coordinators to manage cases that ranged from homesickness and culture shock, to more serious cases concerning the safety of a student. As Student Support Administrator, I managed high-level support cases as well as the student disciplinary and matching process throughout the program year with Regional Directors.

Currently, I work as a Regional Program Manager at Au Pair in America. In this role, I provide year-round program support including mediation, managing communications, Community Counselor and cluster oversight as well as Read the rest of this entry »