This page features stories about au pairs who have been in my cluster. Some are about special events or recognition received, others are essays about Life in America.
Life in America – As they approach the end of their au pair experience, I have asked them to share some of their impressions of America and their experiences. I try to edit these as little as possible. They reflect the views of the individuals, so please enjoy them in the spirit they are intended – interesting, often amusing cultural reflections.
I recently asked the au pairs in my cluster to share their favorite holiday memory from fall/winter 2011. I expected to have a lot of replies about Christmas, New Years and maybe Hanukkah. I was surprised that I received more replies about Thanksgiving than any other holiday. I suppose I take Thanksgiving for granted because Read More
Five Things That Surprised Me Most in the US Everybody is so friendly. I think Americans are really friendly, when you go to a restaurant waiters and waitresses are super nice, calling you “sweetie” and coming during dinner making sure everything is ok; You can’t walk in a shop without having multiple help from the Read More
One of our au pairs (Ingrid from Germany) was lucky enough to go to the White House Easter Egg Roll with her host family. I asked her to share some photos and her impressions about the experience. Here is what Ingrid had to say about it: First of all, I was so glad that my host Read More
I wanted to share a little bit about Emilie, a French au pair in our cluster. Emilie has done such an outstanding job that her host family nominated her for the International Au Pair Association Au Pair of the Year Award. Here are a couple excerpts from the lovely nomination essay written by her host Read More
Five things that surprised you most about life in the U.S. The food surprised me very much, especially because I live in a family where my host parents cook, so I’ve tried a lot of different dishes, while I expected I was just gonna eat hamburguers and similar for a whole year! but of course Read More
Wow, where do I start! Ok, my life in America has seriously been like a yo-yo! Amazing times and rough times but above all a lot of growth! So, I arrived in America in August 2009. Oh, was it a huge change of scenery compared to South Africa. The food oooh was/is American food delicious! Read More
This week’s au pair featured in my Life in America blog series is Anna from Germany. “I wanted to go America pretty much since I was 15 years old. For some reason at that point I got more and more excited about everything I saw in the movies and the TV. Especially when we talked Read More
This is the first installment of a new series of posts asking au pairs about their impressions of life in America. The first au pair to take part is WenWen (nickname Candy) from China. 5 Things that Surprised You Most About Life in the U.S. Good protection on nature environment (such as trees, parks etc.) Read More