Two staples of the Au Pair in America program since its founding in 1986 have been trusted, cultural child care – and Jody Landon.
For 33 years, Jody has been the Lead Orientation Trainer at the Au Pair in America orientation, attended by each new au pair before they travel to their host family’s home. Jody has worked tirelessly for more than three decades to help au pairs have a clear understanding of the expectations of the program and to help prepare them for their year ahead. The results of her efforts can be seen in the thousands of families and au pairs that have had successful, life-changing experiences through the program.
This week, Jody said goodbye to Au Pair in America as she heads off to retirement. She shared these words with her final group of au pairs at orientation:
“To all the young women, and few young men, who have been a part of Au Pair in America for the last 33 years:
Today, I said goodbye to my last orientation group and moved into retirement. For those who sat with me, you heard me say each first day that I have the best job in the world. I give all credit to you for that. You have taught me most of what I know about the world, and that is not about our cultural differences, but how we are, deep in our core, so much the same in our hopes and dreams and challenges. You gave me a reason to get up when my husband died 15 years ago. You gave me a space to talk about my children and grandchildren in a way most Nana’s do not have. You laughed at my jokes. But most of all, you have taught me to be brave. I am not clear about what my next life will be, but I am absolutely sure, if I use you as a model, it will be interesting, exciting, useful and fun. I keep you in my heart as a guide. Thank you.”
To Jody we say, thank you – and wish her all the best!