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Crowds lined up at the end of the Philadelphia finish line cheering the racers home November 17th. At the finish line, more than 30,000 marathon and half marathon participants were greeted by Au pairs volunteering for the American Cancer Society, handing out race bags full of snacks and gifts.

Close to a dozen Au pairs participated in the event. The countries represented were Brazil, China, Columbia, Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, Panama, South Africa, and Mexico. Au pair Ophelia Mengting He from China said about her experience:

Author: Go Au Pair

That bitter sweet moment when you have to return home after being somewhat of a surrogate mom in the U.S. for two years. The day when leaving the two-year-old who has been a constant companion since your arrival, has come and you’re headed back to see your own family.

Doreen Mueller returned home to Germany this past year and her heart practically broke having to leave the family and friends she made during her two-year stay as an Au Pair.

In Doreen's words:

Author: Go Au Pair

The Poughkeepsie Journal (New York) recently took an in-depth look at the value of hosting an international au pair.

The article, titled "Hosting an au pair," featured comments from Diahanna Keyes from Westchester County, New York. Keyes has hosted au pairs from France and South Africa with InterExchange Au Pair USA. Keyes said:

Author: InterExchange

The annual Coastal Clean-up is a major volunteer event to clean up the world’s shores and waterways. Last year 320 tons of trash and recyclables were collected just in California alone! Each year on the 3rd Saturday in September, volunteers around the world gather to pick up litter and debris that has collected on the local shorelines. It’s not only good for the environment; it’s good for the community too.

Author: AuPairCare

Amy Andrew, an au pair from the UK on the Au Pair in America program, is indeed unique. It’s not often you come across an au pair who spends 4 years on the program! When we caught wind of Amy’s situation we simply had to ask her to share with us a bit about her experience, which she does so eloquently. Amy’s testimonial about being a 4-year au pair is below.

I know all the words to One Direction’s singles. I can do three different kinds of hair braid. I can build wooden dinosaur puzzles, without the instructions. I am an au pair.

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This summer, au pairs in San Diego, CA, were able to experience firsthand why the United States is considered a ‘melting pot’ of cultures.

Author: AuPairCare

On June 1, 2013 Chloe Haggard, a South African au pair with Au Pair in America, took part in the Best Buddies Challenge at Hyannis Port, MA. This was a ride hosted by Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization established in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. Best Buddies International is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and more inclusion within schools, communities and the workplace for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Saying good bye and welcoming new au pairs can be a difficult, and an exciting time for veteran host families. Read this heartwarming story about the process of interviewing and asking their future au pair if she'd like to join their family, submitted by Cultural Care host mother, Lindsay Wallin:

From the beaches of New Zealand to the frozen Alaskan Glaciers, Gabriella Finlayson’s Au Pair cultural exchange has been nothing less than breathtaking.

Gabrielle’s primary motivation for becoming an Au Pair was for more childcare experience as she hopes to return home and work in the childcare field in New Zealand. Along with her hopes of expanding her resume, Gabrielle has fulfilled her dreams of ‘living with no regrets’ in the United States.

During her time here Gabrielle said she has built lifelong relationships with her host family.

Author: Go Au Pair

Many volunteers at the Spring Hill RECenter in McLean, Virginia hail from other countries, like Marie Duval, a French au pair with Au Pair in America.

While her host family’s children were in school, Marie spent her free time assisting with day-to-day operations at Spring Hill. This included anything from keeping the fitness room machines clean to helping with landscaping around the grounds.

As the end of Marie’s au pair year approached, a Spring Hill staff member reflected:

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