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One Au Pair from China and two from South Africa had something in common when they recently spoke about their experience in the United States. They all said their host families made them feel like they have a home away from home.

Au Pair Fulan Li from China stays with a family from Aspen, Colorado and says her host parents love her like she were their own:

“My host parents are very wonderful persons. They are kind, generous, and warmhearted. They always love me, respect me and care for me.”

Author: Go Au Pair

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International au pairs in the St. Louis region joined forces recently with a local non-profit organization, Love the Lou, which works to positively impact the community of St. Louis city through restoration efforts and connecting resources to the needs of the city. Love the Lou brings a positive impact in areas of the city that are struggling. One of the many ongoing projects is to beautify and maintain neighborhood gardens that are located in areas of the city that are stricken with crime, poverty, and little sense of community.

Author: AuPairCare

When Brazilian au pair Francielly came to the USA, her Area Director, Kay, invited her to volunteer at a local food bank. Francielly, though new to Texas and the community, immediately felt a pull towards helping on a regular basis. It takes a special kind of person to dedicate her free time to others, but for Francielly, it was easy.

She shared: 

Author: AuPairCare

During their stay in the United States au pairs taste new foods like Cheetos, participate in activities like bowling and may see snow for the first time.

Au pair Douglas Gonçalves do Nascimento from Brazil shares his first experience with snow in Utah this past winter:

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This spring, 60 au pairs from 8 different countries engaged in the great American pastime - a baseball game. Dressed in Phillies red and white, au pairs from the Philadelphia area gathered at Citizens Bank Park for a match-up against the Washington Nationals. The ladies enjoyed watching the game, laughing at the Philly Phanatic mascot, and singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Author: AuPairCare

When German au pair Svenja pictured her au pair experience, she imagined it would be with a classic American family, like in the movies. What she didn’t expect was that she’d get the opportunity to also learn about East Indian culture, with her Indian American host family, the Iyers. Svenja lives in Northern California with the Iyers, looking after their two children - a boy age 3 and a girl age 1.

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Sharing customs and foods from their home countries with their American hosts is a fun way for exchange participants to celebrate holidays and traditions while abroad and at the same time teaching their American family and friends about these customs back home.

Seungmi and Yujin, two au pairs from Korea, recently celebrated the Korean Lunar New Year with their Pittsbiurgh, PA, host families, indulging in traditional Korean foods and teaching their host children and parents about this important Korean holiday. 

Author: AuPairCare

Au pairs in Cincinnati have created one habit that they’ve carried over into the New Year- volunteering! Au pairs and host families recently gathered together to work at a local humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, Matthew 25.

Author: AuPairCare

International au pairs in Maryland gathered together this holiday season to volunteer with Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.), a charity that was started in the group’s own community of Anne Arundel County. B.I.G. collects recycled books and distributes them to children in poor communities across a variety of continents including Africa, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.

Author: AuPairCare

19-year-old Sophie Meyer from Germany first visited the United States when she was 7 years old; that’s when she decided it was her dream to return to the U.S. someday. In February of 2014 she did return as an au pair.  

Sophie wrote an article about her experience for her local newspaper back home. Here Sophie translates some of the highlights:

The Jump into the Unknown: Sophie Meyer from Werne spends one year as an Au Pair in the USA

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