By now you probably know about how hosting an au pair can bring culture into your home. But how can au pairs impact your greater community? Au pairs come from a wide range of different backgrounds and bring with them unique experiences, traditions, and perspectives. When they share their culture with their host family and the broader community, they can help bridge cultural divides, promote understanding, and enrich the lives of those around them.
Here are a few of the incredible ways that au pairs can bring culture to your community:
🌐 Language Exchange
At Au Pair in America, we recruit au pairs from nearly 60 countries. Many families decide to bring an au pair into their home to expose their children to a new language. Au pairs can share their language skills within your community, including at local schools, cultural centers, or language clubs. They may even offer language lessons or conversational practice sessions, allowing community members to learn and appreciate different languages and cultures.
🌐 Cultural Events
Au pairs can organize cultural events or participate in existing community activities that showcase their traditions, holidays, music, dance, or cuisine. They might collaborate with local organizations or community centers to arrange cultural performances, workshops, or festivals. Au Pair in America’s Community Counselors also organize local events to celebrate cultural exchange. These events provide opportunities for your community to learn about diverse cultures.
🌐 Volunteer Work
Many au pairs are enthusiastic about engaging in community service. They can volunteer at local charities, schools, or cultural centers, sharing their skills, knowledge, and cultural experiences with others. This involvement not only contributes positively to the community but also fosters cultural understanding and appreciation.
“Community service is a big part of American culture. As an Ambassador for cultural exchange, I try to introduce the au pairs in my area to opportunities to give back to the community they are living in while they are in the United States.” — Christine, Au Pair in America Community Counselor.
🌐 School Presentations
The Global Awareness initiative, sponsored by Au Pair in America, encourages au pairs to visit classrooms to teach others about their country and customs. Au pairs can visit local schools and present about their home country, sharing insights into their culture, history, geography, and traditions. They can give presentations, participate in Q&A sessions, or even assist teachers in delivering lessons related to their native country. This direct interaction helps students broaden their horizons and develop a global perspective. It can also be a great way for your au pair to learn more about your community!
🌐 Cross-Cultural Friendships
Au pairs often build connections within the community and establish friendships with local residents and fellow au pairs in your area. Through social activities and gatherings, they can introduce their host families and friends to their culture, language, and customs. This personal interaction cultivates mutual understanding, breaks down stereotypes, and promotes intercultural friendships.
🌐 Community Engagement
Au pairs can actively participate in local events, clubs, or sports teams, encouraging cultural diversity and acceptance within the community. Their presence and involvement can contribute to an inclusive community atmosphere where different cultures are valued and celebrated.
The positive impact of au pairs on your community
Au pairs and host families can help encourage dialogue and empathy in their community, paving the way for a more tolerant and connected society. In today’s globalized society, having cultural awareness and understanding differences is more important than ever. As your children grow up and interact more with the world, they will be uniquely equipped with advanced communication and global skills learned from a home embracing cultural exchange.