At Au Pair in America, we love to hear from our au pairs and host families about their experiences with our program. We recently received a sweet note from German au pair Carola, who is currently in her extension year with her host family in Connecticut. Reflecting on her arrival in the U.S. and how she quickly developed a close relationship with her host family, Carola’s story demonstrates the positive impact that cultural exchange has on the lives of our participants.
German au pair Carola describes her journey as an au pair in America below:
“In 2017, I started my au pair adventure and flew all the way from Düsseldorf, Germany, to New York in the United States. I didn’t know what it would be like to live here for a year with people I have only seen on Skype.
But these people became my second family that I appreciate and love so much. My host parents, Aidan and Walter, made their home my home and included me as a true family member. Both of them are lovely and warm-hearted, and no day goes by without us having dinner together, talking together or just watching a tv show at night. Every day we get to know each other better and better. I take care of two adorable young kids. I can’t describe how happy these kids make me. Every ‘I love you, Carola,’ every little hug or smile makes my heart grow!
Being an au pair is not a job for me. It’s truly a passion for these kids and family. I love to make them happy and to see them smile. Spending time with my host family is really important for me. Also it includes playing two hours of football or four square without knowing all the rules in the winter with my boy or two hours of pretend Barbie play with my girl. I just love it!!
I have already been with them for one and a half years, and I can’t describe the painful feeling of leaving in six months. But one thing I know is that I will never forget the time with them and will always have them in my heart!
Love to my host family and to Au Pair in America!”
Thank you to Carola for sharing her experience, and to her host family for welcoming her into their lives and hearts with open arms.