How the Au pair program affected Adult Children from Former Host Families.
(Excerpted from Au Pair in America Program Outcomes- Perspectives of Host Children 1999-2017)
Cassie Heine and Catie Steidl, AIFS program Researchers stated:
“The host children love and learned from their Au pairs. As a result, their eyes were open to the world beyond the doorsteps of their home.”
Catie “When children are raised to think of cross-cultural understanding, interaction and the embrace of difference and diversity as the norm, they are guaranteed to grow into similarly tolerant young people and adults who are interested in and enthusiastic about the positive aspects of cultural understanding.”
The impact Statistics gained from surveying 4000 former host children now age 21 or older:
An ability to accept differences in other people- 88%
An appreciation for global cuisine- 81%
A desire for more diverse friendships and social networks-71%
A better understanding of myself and my values- 71%
The Au pair affected their lives in a positive way- 99%
Would you have an Au pair care for your children- 94%
I consider the Au pair who lived with us to be like family-92%
62% of adult children of APIA can comfortably hold a conversation in a different language. Only 26% of American-born citizens can do this.
College-age children of APIA were 7x more likely to study abroad.
Quotes from former host children:
Caitlin Age 25 New Jersey:
“They broadened my horizons and showed me that people everywhere live different and interesting, but equally beautiful lives. Through them I learned about different languages, food, architecture, and displays of friendship. I wanted to know more about people, and I wanted to go on adventures because of them.”
Madeleine, age 26 Massachusetts:
“I attended my former Au pair’s weddings. I’ve met their parents and their children. To me, to everyone in my family, they are Family. I feel like they will stay that way for the rest of my life.”