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Today is International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides and opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by the United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly.


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State Department Reception Honoring the 25th Anniversary of Legal Au Pairs in the U.S. & Au Pair in America

Click here to view the full program

Click here to view the full program

I was excited to take part in a very special celebration yesterday at the U.S. State Department. It was a reception honoring the 25th anniversary of the legal au pair program in the U.S. and Au Pair in America, the first au pair agency.

In 1986, The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) received designation from the State Department to sponsor a two year pilot au pair program and Au Pair in America was born.

Twenty-five years later and we have placed more than 87,000 au pairs from more than 60 countries worldwide with host families in 43 states.

APIA Director, Ruth Ferry (Asst. Sec. of State, Anne Stock & AIFS CEO, Bill Gertz)

Alexandra with her host mom, Donna.  Teresa with her host mom, Julie & I. I was very pleased theses au pairs and host moms from our cluster were able to attend this special event.

Asst. Sec. of State, Ann Stock.

Asst. Secretary of State, Anne Stock (Sen. Chris Dodd & AIFS CEO, Bill Gertz)

Au Pair in America Brings You Olympic News!

Au Pair in America
Olympic Update
from Vancouver!

“we bring the world together”


Au Pair in America brings the world together, so we thought it would be fun to bring the world to you with updates on the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Enjoy!

Inspiring Performances in Ladies Figure Skating

Inspiring Performances in Ladies Figure Skating

Joannie Rochette of Canada skated an inspiring and emotional short program last night, not 48 hours after her mother passing away suddenly of a heart attack. Her score of 71.36, a personal best for the short program, put her in third place going into the ladies long program on Thursday.
In first place, South Korean Kim Yu-Na, a heavy favorite for gold and a marketing icon in her home country, set a new scoring record for short program, with a 78.50. Mao Asada of Japan is in second, with a score of 73.78, a personal best for her as well.
Thursday’s long program is definitely a must see!

Nordic Combined Relay

Nordic Combined Relay

In very snowy conditions, Austria won the gold medal in the Nordic combined relay yesterday with a winning time of 49 minutes 31.6 seconds, beating out the US team by 5.2 seconds. Germany took home bronze, 19.5 seconds behind Austria.

Olympic Giant Slalom

World Champion Carlo Janka of Switzerland took the gold medal in the men’s giant slalom Tuesday, with a combined two-leg time of 2 minutes 37.83 seconds. Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal, both of Norway, won silver and bronze.

Women’s Ski Cross Makes it’s Debut

Women's Ski Cross Makes it's Debut

Ashleigh Mclvor of Canada made the hosting country proud by taking home gold in the Olympic debut of women’s skicross on Tuesday. Hedda Bernsten of Norway won silver, while Marion Josserand of France won bronze.

Medal Count!

Medal Count!

The top five countries are as follows:

US: 7 Gold, 9 Silver, 10 Bronze, Total: 26

Germany: 7 Gold, 9 Silver, 7 Bronze, Total: 23

Norway: 6 Gold, 5 Silver, 6 Bronze, Total: 17

Russia: 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 6 Bronze, Total: 13

Canada: 6 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze, Total: 11

For a complete Medal Count list, click here