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 »