Former Au Pair Shares Appreciation

February 15th, 2017
Former Au Pair Shares Appreciation | Au Pair in America

Rachel and her husband

We always enjoy reconnecting with au pairs and host families from over the past three decades. Recently, we were excited to hear from a former au pair whose niece just completed an extended exchange as an au pair. What a wonderful thing to run in the family!

Here’s what Rachel, our former au pair from England, had to say about Au Pair in America and the opportunity to visit the United States, experience American culture and become a part of a great host family: Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Abigail Wilks

February 6th, 2017

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Abigail Wilks | 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 Abigail Wilks. Abigail is an au pair from the United Kingdom living with her host family in New York and a State Winner for the 2016 Au Pair Community Service Awards. She shared the following about her volunteer work helping recovering addicts. 

My name is Abigail Wilks. I live in Bronxville, NY and I volunteer at a non-profit growing organization call MARS (Medication-Assisted Recovery Services). Before I began my journey with Au Pair in America I had spent the last three years during University volunteering at a family support center. I supported underprivileged families going through a variety of things, such as the loss of a loved one, to a parent attending drug rehabilitation. Read the rest of this entry »

In Support of Cultural Exchange

February 1st, 2017

In Support of Cultural Exchange | Au Pair in America

Our world is a beautiful place. Let’s continue to embrace the ideals of cultural exchange and foster greater understanding among the people of the world. Over thirty years ago, Au Pair in America became the first cultural exchange program to provide a culturally enriching child care solution to American families while simultaneously providing young adults from overseas a chance to live and study in the U.S. We adopted a vision which simply states we bring the world together.

Au Pair in America is a resounding success, because our participants—American families and international au pairs—form caring, meaningful connections with each other that endure long beyond the end of the exchange term. Since 1986, more than 100,000 American families have welcomed an au pair to live as part of their family. These are people from all walks of life with varying cultures, religions and nationalities. They come together with open minds in the spirit of family and friendship.

Today, we need to follow the example of au pairs and host families over the past thirty years: participate in open dialogue; share your opinions; use your voice and listen when others are brave enough to do the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Au Pair in America Provides First Aid Training

February 1st, 2017

Au Pair in America Provides First Aid Training

There are many reasons why Au Pair in America is known for providing trusted, live-in child care since 1986. One very important reason is the exceptional preparation our au pairs receive as part of participating in this unique cultural exchange opportunity. Among many firsts, we were the first organization to include special Red Cross training for au pairs in preparation for their time caring for infants and children in American homes.

Continuing this tradition of excellence, a fantastic group of au pairs recently Read the rest of this entry »

New Jersey Au Pairs Volunteer at Red Cross Event

January 30th, 2017

New Jersey Au Pairs Volunteer at Red Cross Event | Au Pair in America

Volunteering and community service opportunities are a great way for au pairs to meet people and build meaningful connections over their time in the U.S. Recently, Au Pair in America Community Counselor Denise E. in New Jersey joined a group of au pairs from her cluster to volunteer at Run for the Red 5K Race and Walk.

This was the third year in a row that Denise’s cluster volunteered in support of this event to benefit the American Red Cross. She was joined by au pairs representing several countries, including Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. This wonderful group helped out at the refreshment table as runners and walkers enjoyed a scenic course through the South Mountain Reservation in Millburn, New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »

Fabiola Follows Her Dreams

January 25th, 2017

Fabiola Followers Her Dreams | Au Pair in AmericaFabiola, an au pair from Costa Rica, recently wrote to share how happy she is to have followed her dreams to join a host family through Au Pair in America. Her thoughts about this experience provide great insight for families considering au pair child care.

I am Fabiola Rodríguez Guillén. I’m 26 years old and from Costa Rica. I came to the United States six months ago with the great illusion that I would have a great year. My instinct did not betray me, because they have been the best of my life. I’m so happy to share with all of you about my experience as an au pair.

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Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Nadine from Germany

January 11th, 2017

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Nadine from Germany | 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 Nadine Shulte. Nadine is an au pair from Germany living with her host family in Louisiana and a State Winner for the 2016 Au Pair Community Service Awards. She shared the following about her volunteer work with a local elementary school and more.   

I volunteered in several places during my time as an au pair, but in my extension year I wanted something more than just doing it once in a while. I love to work with kids, and so I decided to volunteer twice a week in the kindergarten class of my host child. It is amazing to see how happy you can make children just with being there for them, play with them or encourage them to try again reading the word or name the number right.

One of the best moments always is when I walk into the classroom and all the kids looking up, smiling and welcome me with a “Hi Mrs. Nadine,” or the moment when I got my first craft from one of the girls, and of course when I get a hug goodbye. All these moments are so heartwarming, and I love being together with these kids; it is great to see how much they learned over the past few months in reading, writing and math.

I learned a lot about the American culture and lifestyle, because who is better in explaining things than cute little kids, and of course I heard a lot of stories and memories so I get a great view in the American life—and I also love to share with them my culture. Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Mijin Kim

January 6th, 2017

Spotlight on Community Service: Au Pair Mijin Kim | 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 Mijin Kim. Mijin is an au pair from South Korea living with her host family in North Carolina 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.  

The organization I am volunteering at is International House. My job here is a Teacher’s Assistant. My main role is to lead the class with the teacher. We discuss activities and some issues together. I also check the attendance and try to find what students need and help them learn English in better ways.

As soon as I was given this volunteer job, the whole world looked very different and a lot better. And I could not hide the excitement for a while. By the time I turned in the application for this volunteer work as a Teacher’s Assistant for ESL class, I was not expecting I would get the chance to have an interview. I wanted to give it a shot, because I did not want to have regrets about not even trying. Finally, I did, and I got through the interview! I was very nervous and anxious during the interview. I can’t forget the moment the interviewer was offering me this position and I couldn’t help screaming!! Read the rest of this entry »

Au Pair Q&A: Meet Jelva from Germany

January 4th, 2017
Au Pair Q&A: Meet Jelva from Germany | Au Pair in America

Last survivors after zip lining and hiking in the West Virginia Aces

Jelva, an au pair from Germany, is one of several au pairs that stayed with the Davis family in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, over the past two decades. Jelva and the Davis family were such a great match that she extended her stay for a second year of memories and adventure. She provides some great information in the following Q&A to share a bit of what the au pair experience is like.

Where are you from?

I’m from Hattstedt, Germany. It’s in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, 20 minutes from the Danish border right at the North Sea.

Where did you live in the U.S. when you were an au pair?

I lived in Huntley, Illinois, which is about 40 miles from Chicago, outside the northern suburb.

What was your host family like?

My host family was big, a perfect mix of chaotic but well organized, loving and lovely. I always felt and still feel welcome anytime.

Why did you decide to become an au pair?

I wanted to go out and see the world after my A-Levels. I chose to do this as an au pair, because I wanted to not just see the culture, but live it and to be part of it.

Describe any travels on your own or with your host family from your stay as an au pair.

I travelled all over the place. As of now I am only missing three states I have not been to – Hawaii, Alaska and New Mexico. I only traveled at the end of my stay and during a couple weekend-trips with my friends/family from home, other than that I was welcome to join any trip the Davis family did and am more than grateful I had that opportunity. We would all jump into their “big red bus” and have an adventure on the road, before the actual vacation even started. Read the rest of this entry »

Au Pairs Share Resolutions for the New Year

December 29th, 2016

Au Pairs Share Resolutions for the New Year | Au Pair in America

So many au pairs took the time to share their New Year’s resolutions with us. Common themes included plans to travel, treasure every moment with their host families, make memories to share when they return home and making new friends. Volunteer work and self-improvement was also common, with resolutions to help others, learn a new language, improve English, learn an instrument, lose weight and more.

 The following are a sampling of resolutions shared by current au pairs looking forward to the coming year:

I live in Miami, Florida, with a lovely American family. I take care of a little girl named Penny. She’s almost three years old, and she’s growing up so fast! I can’t believe I’ve been here for almost nine months now, and it breaks my heart to know that I have to go home to Sweden soon and leave my sweet Penny here. But I’m also so happy that I’ve been able to experience all of this. It has been amazing. I feel so blessed that I ended up in this family with these wonderful people, and I couldn’t be happier!

When I first came here I wanted to experience America and the American culture. I wanted to improve my English, and I wanted to grow. I wanted to learn to take more responsibility. Now, nine months later, I must say that I’m so proud of myself. I’ve got to do a lot of the stuff that I wanted to do. I’ve been to a couple of states, and I’ve got to know so many new people from all over the world. I’ve grown. I feel stronger today. It hasn’t always been easy, but it definitely made me stronger.

My resolution is to keep growing as a person. I want to be the best version of myself. And of course, that includes to be the best au pair for Penny. I hope that I can give her a lot of good memories and happiness! I still have three more months here; let’s do the best of it! Thank you Au Pair in America for helping me making this year so wonderful.

— Karin, au pair from Sweden

 My resolution is to learn at least one new word per day, explore more of the city I’m living in, meet at least four more states, make more friends, hang out with my great host family and buy a good camera to record all these moments.

Luise, au pair from Brazil

Five months ago my journey as an au pair was beginning. I had many fears, insecurities, and a mix of feelings. Now I can say, every experience here makes us stronger. New challenges are coming for the next year, I’m super excited for that. More goals to reach, my dream to visit the Disney World will come true, a new language to learn, a volunteer job to help who more need. Here everything is harder, but I’ll be strong enough to be a better person, a better au pair. I’ll keep my faith and give my best to reach my dreams.

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