Au Pair Attends #OurOcean Conference

September 29th, 2016

Au Pair Attends #OurOcean Conference | Au Pair in America

Luana Garcia de Carvalho is a biologist and au pair from Brazil living with her host family in Virginia. Recently, she attended Our Ocean, One Future, a prestigious international conference hosted by the U.S. Department of State, Georgetown University and the Sustainable Oceans Alliance. Below, she writes about the experience and shares her thoughts about the opportunity.

Hi everyone! My name is Luana. I’ve been here for almost one year, and I have some pretty exciting news!

Last week I had an amazing opportunity. I attended the conference Our Ocean, One Future. This was the third year for this conference and the second time being held in Washington, D.C. This was the first year they had a parallel event, Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit, at Georgetown University. Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Andrea Hinkel

September 26th, 2016

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Andrea Hinkel | Au Pair in AmericaWe 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 Andrea Hinkel. Andrea is an au pair from Germany living with her host family in Pennsylvania and second runner up for the National 2016 Au Pair Community Service Awards. She shared the following about her volunteer work as a firefighter. 

*BEEEEEEEEEEEP* The pager triggers “LOWER MERION….” In a hurry I slip into my sneakers, run to the shed and bike to the fire station. The adrenalin makes my blood rush in my ears. I slip into my gear and make it on the Engine. There is a building on fire in our township. Maybe we have to go in. On the way to the incident scene my pals and I put on the air packs. Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Jessica Clark

September 19th, 2016

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Jessica Clark | Au Pair in AmericaWe 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 Jessica Clark. Jessica is an au pair from the United Kingdom living with her host family in Connecticut and runner up for the National 2016 Au Pair Community Service Awards. She shared the following about her volunteer work collecting and preparing clothing and essential items for homeless people. 

Although I have not done so through representing a certain organization or company, I have been volunteering my time for almost the entirety of my au pair experience in the USA. Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Laura Ann Edwards

September 12th, 2016

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Laura Ann Edwards | Au Pair in AmericaWe 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 Laura Edwards. Laura is an au pair from the United Kingdom living with her host family in Virginia and the winner of the National 2016 Au Pair Community Service Awards. She shared the following about her volunteer work at a children’s hospital. 

I’m Laura Edwards, an au pair in Charlottesville, Virginia. I started volunteering Read the rest of this entry »

The Connections We Make

September 6th, 2016

Au pairs and host families gain lifelong connections—which is very useful in this day and age—for personal and professional opportunities now and into the future.

Over the past 30 years, we have seen au pair exchange transform so many lives for the better, and it all starts with people making connections with one another. At Au Pair in America, we look at our host families and au pairs like an extended global family. One family, one au pair at a time, this family expands as an international network of friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Au Pairs in Los Angeles Celebrate Our Oceans

August 25th, 2016

Au Pairs in Los Angeles Celebrate Our Oceans through Volunteerism | Au Pair in AmericaOn June 18, 2016, a dozen au pairs from Au Pair in America joined hundreds of volunteers from the surrounding communities of Venice Beach to clean up the trash on our beautiful shores. The au pairs came from all over the world, including Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa, Mexico and Panama.

For many years, the non-profit organization Heal the Bay has organized clean ups in Southern California in an effort to collect data for science, education and advocacy purposes. This month’s clean up stood out because it was part of a month long celebration of our oceans, with June 8 being World Oceans Day. Read the rest of this entry »

Sixteen Au Pairs Honored for Volunteer Work Across the United States

August 23rd, 2016

Sixteen Au Pairs Honored for Volunteer Work Across the United States | Au Pair in America

We are excited to announce the winners of our 2016 Au Pair Community Service Awards! These awards are a special way Au Pair in America celebrates au pairs making a difference through volunteer work—above and beyond their contributions as child care providers, students and cultural ambassadors enriching families across the country.

Our National Winners for the 2016 Au Pair Community Service Awards are: Read the rest of this entry »

#FlashBackFriday: Beverley Remembers Her Days as an Au Pair

August 12th, 2016

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We always love when our current au pairs share their stories with us. Hearing that they are having a positive experience with their host family, each sharing their cultures and customs is what cultural exchange is all about. We also love when a former au pair reaches out to us after many years and tells us how the program impacted her life.

Beverley, a former au pair from the UK who lived with a host family in Connecticut in 1988, shared her experience with us: Read the rest of this entry »

30 Hours of Community Service to Celebrate 30 Years of Au Pair in America

August 4th, 2016

30 Hours of Community Service to Celebrate 30 Years of Au Pair in AmericaTwo of our Community Counselors (CCs), Christine Connally and Lisa Maxwell, along with their au pairs in the Washington D.C. metro area, have taken a special pledge to celebrate a special anniversary.

In honor of Au Pair in America’s milestone 30th anniversary, Christine and Lisa decided to celebrate thirty years of cultural exchange by pledging thirty hours of community service in 2016. In doing so, they are helping the surrounding community and providing wonderful opportunities for their au pairs to get out and have fun while making a difference. Read the rest of this entry »

Au Pair in America Celebrates J Day 2016

August 1st, 2016

J Day 2016 | Au Pair in America | Shoe DriveAugust 1, 2016 is J Day – a day to celebrate international exchange!

J Day brings people together through volunteer work and fun opportunities to share culture and customs while doing something good for the community. This is a chance for American host families and international participants on cultural exchange programs like Au Pair in America to raise awareness about J-1 Exchange opportunities.

This year, Au Pair in America staff, host families and au pairs teamed up for a special Shoe Drive and festive gathering in honor of J Day. Read the rest of this entry »