#ThrowbackThursday: Au Pairs Enjoy Spring in New York City

May 25th, 2017

Three au pairs enjoys a day at the Central Park Zoo

Here are some fun photos Kaylan, a Community Counselor from Hudson, New Jersey, shared with us at about this time last year. She organized an event for a group of au pairs to visit Central Park Zoo on a lovely spring day. The au pairs ate gyros for lunch in Central Park and had a great time getting to know each other better. It looks like these au pairs enjoyed their time in New York City very much!  Read the rest of this entry »

Au Pairs and Host Families Make a Difference Together

May 16th, 2017

 

Our Community Counselors do such a great job planning activities and events for au pairs and families to meet up and get involved in their local communities. The following details are courtesy of Roberta Dittoe about a volunteer service event in Cincinnati, Ohio:

Au pairs and host families smile while helping out.

Au pairs, host families and Community Counselors joined forces for a fun day spent working together to make a difference. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Volunteers in America

May 10th, 2017

We love our volunteers.

National Volunteer Week 2017 may have passed, but it’s important to carry on the spirit of volunteerism throughout the year. During their time in the U.S., many of our au pairs develop a strong interest in volunteering, finding it both personally rewarding and a great part of the American culture.

At Au Pair in America, we celebrate our au pairs, host families and Community Counselors for their year-round efforts to set a fantastic example of service.Through individual efforts and organized events, our participants engage with their communities nationwide, donating their time and talents to help others. Read the rest of this entry »

How Cross-Cultural Communication Empowers Interconnectivity

May 2nd, 2017

How Cross-Cultural Communication Empowers Interconnectivity | Au Pair in America

Our interconnectivity is fundamental to how people form conceptions and understanding of society and our place in the world and the universe at large. What has defined the human race throughout history is how we communicate with each other, how we learn from one another and how we influence each other.

Our energies—curious and creative—fuse and collide from person to person, family to family, neighbor to neighbor, town to town and so on until the world resounds with the buzz of human interaction. This leads to many discoveries and opportunities, but unfortunately, this energy can also lead to dangerous and disturbing places through misunderstandings.

This is why opportunities for cultural exchange are so important. Read the rest of this entry »

9 Reasons to Choose Au Pair in America

April 25th, 2017

9 Reasons to Choose Au Pair in America | Au Pair in America

As America’s first au pair program, you’ll find we have set the standard for screening, selection, support and success. If you are considering au pair child care for your family, here are nine reasons you’ll want to choose Au Pair in America.

1. You appreciate outstanding service.

Our comprehensive service includes a personalized support team of experts to assist you and your au pair every step of the way, from getting started and finding a match, throughout your exchange term and transitioning from one au pair to another.

2. You’re looking for flexible and dependable child care.

With an au pair, you gain the flexibility and convenience of live-in child care to simplify your life. An au pair helps take the stress out of dealing with sick days, school closings, doctor appointments, soccer practice and other things that cause your schedule to fluctuate a little bit from day to day. Your children will have a trusted caregiver in the comfort of their own home, and you will have someone that can transport them to and from activities and appointments without hassle. Read the rest of this entry »

What You Should Know About Au Pair in America Community Counselors

April 18th, 2017

What You Should Know About Au Pair in America Community Counselors | Au Pair in America

The most important thing you should know about Au Pair in America Community Counselors is that they are there for you. Our Community Counselors live nearby and are there to help you and your au pair navigate the intricacies of cultural exchange to reap the rewards of live-in, intercultural child care.

Au Pair in America Community Counselors are an important part of the exceptional support and service our participants receive. They live in your community to provide personal guidance in addition to mandatory program support. When you have a question or need assistance, your Community Counselor is a friendly, knowledgeable and capable resource that is just a phone call away—available for house calls and in-person meetings, as you prefer. Read the rest of this entry »

Discover 6 Ways Hosting an Au Pair Will Benefit Your Family

April 11th, 2017

Discover 6 Ways Hosting an Au Pair Will Benefit Your Family | Au Pair in America

As America’s first au pair program, we know from experience that hosting an au pair has many benefits. Over the past several decades, we’ve connected families across the U.S. with talented and caring au pairs from around the world through cultural exchange. If you are considering au pair child care, read on to discover six ways hosting an au pair will benefit your family.

1. Time

Time is a precious commodity for everyone. The convenience and flexibility of au pair child care in the comfort of your own home have a tremendous impact on time. What family wouldn’t benefit from more time—and better quality time at that—to enjoy together? Hosting an au pair helps take the hassle out of daily routines and smooths out the frustration of unexpected hiccups like sick days, school closings and more. Hosting an au pair helps to provide stability and comfort for children throughout the day. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Simple Steps You Can Take to Improve Cultural Opportunities in the U.S.

April 4th, 2017

3 Simple Steps You Can Take to Improve Cultural Opportunities in the U.S. | Au Pair in America

For more than three decades, Au Pair in America has seen firsthand the way cultural exchange benefits individuals and communities, providing our participants with so many advantages and opportunities. As the first au pair sponsor organization designated by the U.S. Department of State, we have helped thousands of people to connect and learn from each other across cultures around the world—and witnessed the positive impact of participation on matters of education, career and lifestyle.

International exchange programs have been shown to help national security and diplomatic interests, help educate and prepare the national workforce, strengthen the U.S. economy and empower American enterprises to compete internationally. These initiatives have historically found support from government representatives and individuals from coast to coast, across political ideologies and party affiliations. It’s important to raise awareness and advocate for international exchange to make sure this doesn’t change. Read the rest of this entry »

Au Pair in America Unveils Advanced Orientation Model

March 27th, 2017

Au Pair in America Unveils Advanced Orientation Model | Au Pair in America

As the leader in au pair exchange, Au Pair in America continues to set the bar for service and support for all program participants. Our latest innovation is an advanced orientation model for au pairs arriving in the United States.

After carefully examining the requirements of the au pair exchange program and the evolving needs of au pairs and American families, we’ve introduced a new blended learning orientation model. With this advancement, our au pairs are better prepared to provide outstanding child care to host families and ready to appreciate the educational and cultural aspects of their exchange experience more fully.

Our au pair orientation begins with a robust online course completed in their home countries, prior to departure for the U.S. Upon arrival in New York, au pairs then enjoy a multi-day orientation for in-depth child development, cultural adjustment and health & safety education. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Up with the Davis Family: “Will They All Listen to Me?”

March 20th, 2017

Keeping Up with the Davis Family: “Will They All Listen to Me?” | Au Pair in America (APIA)

Mellissa, a former au pair from South Africa, is one of several au pairs that stayed with the Davis family in Chicago over the past two decades. These wonderful ladies, along with the Davis family, have agreed to periodically share their thoughts and experiences related to Au Pair in America as part of an ongoing series, Keeping Up with the Davis Family. Through firsthand experiences about what it’s like to participate in our cultural exchange program, this international family is providing everyone a chance to learn more about au pair child care.

It has been almost four years now that I am back in South Africa, and I have not regretted one moment of my time spent with the Davis family. The Davis children, every one of them, are special in their own way. I remember our morning rides to school and pickups. I am sure if I could mention every treasured moment I spent with each of them, I could write a book that would consist of endless chapters.

I arrived in the USA in 2012 as an au pair to a family with two children. After the first month, I entered into rematch, and the first family that contacted me was the Davis family.

My first phone call memory is slightly vague, but I do remember my host mom, Jennifer, telling me that she has 6 children. It came as shock and the first question I asked was, “will they all listen to me?”

With a giggle, Jennifer said “is that the only question that you have? I would think you would ask more questions.” Thinking back about it now brings a giggle to myself. Read the rest of this entry »