August 25th, 2016
by Au Pair in America | au pair, au pair in america, community service, heal the bay, los angeles, southern california, volunteering in Community Service,News | No Comments
On 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 »
August 23rd, 2016
by Au Pair in America | au pair, au pair in america, community service, community service awards, volunteering in Community Service,News | No Comments
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 »
August 12th, 2016
by Au Pair in America | au pair, au pair in america, cultural exchange, culture in Au Pair Stories,Cultural Exchange | No Comments
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 »
August 4th, 2016
by Au Pair in America | #aupair30, au pair, au pair in america, community counselor, community service, cultural exchange, volunteering in #aupair30 | No Comments
Two 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 »
August 1st, 2016
by Au Pair in America | au pair in america, Au Pairs, camp america, cultural exchange, j day, J-1 visa, shoe drive in Cultural Exchange,Events | No Comments
August 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 »
July 5th, 2016
by Au Pair in America | au pair, au pair in america, cultural exchange, flag day, global awareness, holiday in Cultural Exchange,Holidays | Comment (1)
Au Pair in America is pleased to announce the winners of our fourth annual Flag Day Competition — where au pairs submit creative representations of the flags of their home countries. This year’s top three winning au pairs are: Read the rest of this entry »
June 29th, 2016
by Au Pair in America | #aupair30, au pair in america, Au Pairs, child care, childcare, cultural exchange, nanny, parenting in Child Care | No Comments
Families looking for in-home child care providers have several options to consider. To find the best caregiver for your family, consider your needs for qualified, convenient and reliable care to reduce stress, support your children and enrich your family. Read the rest of this entry »
June 28th, 2016
by Au Pair in America | arts and crafts, au pair in america, Au Pairs, community service, maryland, sending smiles, southern maryland in Arts and Crafts,Au Pair Stories | No Comments
Cynthia, a Community Counselor in southern Maryland, shared the following about a recent cluster event with a group of au pairs having fun to support a local charity.
A group of my au pairs recently participated in a community service project helping out at an event for Sending Smiles. We supported this local charity, created by kids, in their “10,000 card celebration.” Sending Smiles creates postcards that are distributed to hospitals and hospital housing residences like Children’s House at Johns Hopkins and Ronald McDonald Houses. Some cards are mailed directly to individual children, while others are sent to the locations to be distributed by staff.
We had a great time and completed forty-two cards! We also brought a huge stack of blank cards back with us to work on over the summer.
Thanks for sharing this great story of au pairs and the local community working together for a good cause, Cynthia! We appreciate the work you do to make sure our au pairs have fun, meet great people in their communities and get to know each other better.
To learn more about our au pairs and how they are helping American families, please visit Au Pair in America – the nation’s first au pair agency, celebrating 30 years!
June 23rd, 2016
by Au Pair in America | au pair, au pair in america, children, cultural exchange, education, global learning, international exchange, parenting in Cultural Exchange | No Comments
How many of us wish that we had grown up speaking an additional language or two? How many of us have struggled to bridge language and cultural differences with a coworker? How many of us are nervous travelers, because travel takes us out of our comfort zone?
Advancing technology and global interconnectivity comes with many advantages, but it also deepens the available talent pool, creating a highly competitive environment. To find success in future endeavors, our kids must be prepared to work alongside, compete against, learn from and teach people from vastly different geographic and cultural backgrounds. Our children can expect competition from international candidates when it comes time to get into choice schools, when looking for jobs and throughout their careers.
The good news? Read the rest of this entry »
June 17th, 2016
by Au Pair in America | au pair, au pair in america, father's day, host family, host father, parenting in Holidays | No Comments
In celebration of Father’s Day, we send our heartfelt appreciation to all of our au pair host dads. Thank you to all of the fathers across the country that not only care for their own children but also fill the role of father figure for our au pairs while they are living away from home. To visiting au pairs, you are an example of an ‘American dad’ and an important part of the cultural exchange experience.
It’s always a good time to celebrate the love, support, friendship, guidance and fun our fathers provide, but not every day is a national holiday. So today, let’s make a big fuss over our dads to say thank you for everything that they do.
Happy Father’s Day and best wishes for joyous times spent with your family – today and always!