Hailing from more than 50 countries worldwide, Au Pair in America au pairs often love to share their culture with not only their host families, but also their local communities once they arrive in the U.S. One enjoyable and educational way in which au pairs bring a bit of their home country to ours is by visiting their host children’s classrooms, churches, and other venues to teach the children about various aspects of their culture. Thais, an au pair from Brazil, recently brought a taste of home to her local area.
Brazilian au pair Thaís shares her culture through language, dance, holidays, and more!
While living in Virginia, Thaís recently presented about her home country to an enthusiastic group of young girls. Here’s what she had to say about this fun experience:
“My first presentation was in [a church] in Alexandria, VA, and there were 8 girls ages 5 to 10 years old. We were talking about Brazil — about its culture, language, food, sports — and the main presentation was about a famous Brazilian holiday called Carnaval. I taught them a little bit about the holiday and the dance we do on this day called Samba. They danced and were using typical accessories we use in the holiday. I also taught them some words in Portuguese and how to make a famous Brazilian treat called Brigadeiro, a common treat at birthday parties.
For being my first time doing a Global Awareness presentation, I was nervous, but when I arrived there, everybody was super cordial and friendly as well as the girls. I loved so much being able to do this and having the opportunity to show, teach and share a little bit about my home country and its culture with them. And the best part of it was to see the girls so happy, involved and curious in learning about a new culture. It was simply amazing!”
Thanks to Thaís for giving these young American girls a unique intercultural experience!
Is your family interested in learning about the culture and language of another country with an engaging au pair like Thaís? Learn more about the cultural benefits of hosting an au pair!