One of the many benefits of the au pair program is the lasting bonds families and au pairs make. Visits, vacations, weddings and more — we love receiving these wonderful reunion stories. A former au pair who lived in Virginia visited her host family last year and shared this with us about her experience:
Three years ago I left my everyday life in Sweden to become an au pair in America. I wasn’t sure what to expect other than hoping to experience the American culture and take care of children. I could never imagine having such a great year as I did!
I lived outside of Washington, DC in a family with three children. During my year, my host family became like a second family to me; the children were not only my host children, they were like my little siblings, and my host mom became a really good friend. My year in America turned out to be the best thing I have ever done so far in life.
This June I visited my host family again, and even though a lot of time has passed, it all felt the same. Seeing the children again was wonderful, and we spent a lovely weekend catching up on everything that has happened since I left. I consider myself very lucky having a second family in America. This is an experience I wish everyone could have.
Cultural exchange is truly an experience everyone should have! We want to hear from our families and au pairs so send us an email and share your story!