Cultural exchange programs like Au Pair in America create long-term global relationships. Even after an au pair returns home, they leave a permanent impact on their host family’s hearts.
Just as host families form intercultural relationships with their au pairs, Community Counselors develop global bonds with them too.
One of our Community Counselors from Atlanta, Cindy, experienced this first hand. After making many lasting friendships with her clusters of au pairs, she decided to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Berlin, Germany.
In Berlin, she flipped the au pair experience around by visiting some of her former au pairs in their neighborhoods. She recently shared the details of her trip with us – and it was jam-packed with amazing memories.
First, Cindy watched an au pair’s homecoming from America to Germany which she said was incredibly sweet. She also enjoyed browsing local shops and buying some German souvenirs.
One of the best parts of her trip, though, was reconnecting with former German au pair, Jenny. Jenny served as Cindy’s personal tour guide in Berlin, showing her around the city and stopping at various landmarks like the Berlin Wall. Later in the day, they enjoyed reconnecting over burgers at a local restaurant.
Now, Cindy has returned home to the USA, and she and Jenny live on opposite sides of the world. However, Cindy can forever say that she has a piece of home in another country.
Cindy’s wonderful German adventure is a testament to the meaningful connections that Au Pair in America creates. It shows that, though au pairs leave to return home, the relationships our host families and Community Counselors form with them can last a lifetime.