Monthly Archives: June 2014

World Cup!!!

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As we bring the world together with this program, so does world cup soccer!  The World Cup is one of the most followed international sporting events in the world and takes place every 4 years.  Many of you come from the countries represented and take great pride in supporting their national soccer teams.  So here is a little information about the Word Cup:

The tournament kicks off today when Brazil plays Croatia in Sao Paulo. It will mark the 20th edition of the World Cup, which will culminate with the final on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro. The World Cup will feature 32 nations — placed in groups with four teams apiece — and a total of 64 games. Defending champion Spain will have to contend with the likes of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Italy if it wants to retain its title. The United States has qualified for its seventh straight World Cup and will be looking to get out of a very tough group that features Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

The host nation has won the World Cup five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) and will be going for a sixth before a home crowd. Anything short of lifting the trophy will be a tough day for Brazil. So wish your Brazilian au pairs some extra luck, you know they love their soccer!

The groups are as follows:

Group A        Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Group B        Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

Group C        Colombia, Greece, Cote d’lvoire. Japan

Group D        Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

Group E        Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras

Group F         Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

Group G        Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA

Group H        Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

Did you know there is a FIFA world cup app you can download to follow the scores and latest news.

#JoinIn the Brazil 2014 experience

For more news and information go to the official FIFA World Cup website

Au Pair Firsts – A Video Quilt

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Au Pair Firsts – A Video Quilt

Thousands of young women arrive in the U.S. every year to participate in the Au Pair in America program. For many of these women, there are many “firsts” that they experience while they’re in the United States.

We asked our au pairs to submit videos of memorable “firsts,” and we’ve had so many wonderful submissions. Special thank you gifts will be sent out to all who participated! Many thanks to our wonderful APIA au pairs!