As one of their favorite outings from 2015, a group of au pairs from Nashville spent the day canoeing down and learning about the Harpeth River located in Davidson County, Tennessee. Au pairs from Brazil, Turkey, China, Thailand, France, Mexico and Colombia were able to spend the day taking in the natural beauty of one of Nashville's favorite recreational areas. This region is also well known historically as it was settled from 1000 – 1600 A.D. by a group of Native Americans known as Mississippians.
On a cold and windy November day, eight au pairs from five different countries joined forces to raise more than $700 for an Autism Speaks walk in Pennsylvania.
The au pairs, who are part of two different clusters in the Philadelphia area, held three fundraisers before the day of the event and surpassed their goal of $500 by $200. And even though the actual day of the walk was cold, the hearts of the au pairs were warm.
The following are some of the thoughts they shared after the event:
Au pairs in North Carolina have started a new monthly tradition of volunteering at the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) houses families whose children are receiving health care at local hospitals.
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:
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:
Participating in an American tradition, 15 Pennsylvania au pairs recently packed 50 Operation Christmas Child boxes filled with donations from their friends, their host families and themselves for children in need around the world.
One of the AuPairCare au pairs, Mieka from South Africa, talked about how receiving the packages would spread compassion to those less fortunate:
Learning something new and making new friends is an outcome that epitomizes the concept of cultural exchange.
To create such a learning experience and facilitate a true sense of community, AuPairCare brought together its au pairs, their host families and local area staff at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this month to celebrate AuPairCare’s annual International Host Family Day.
Last month, AuPairCare au pairs from Buffalo, NY took a day trip to one of America’s most popular tourist attractions: the Niagara Falls. The au pairs enjoyed the American side of the falls by strolling through the state park, riding the Maid of the Mist and taking photos that they could share with their friends and family in their home countries.
Chapel Hill, NC — Family dinner is an important part of any family’s day. And the Schoenfisch family has made their Monday dinners even more special with the help of their au pair, Eva.
Named “Czech Mondays” by Eva and the Schoenfisch’s young children, family dinner has turned into a cultural learning event for the whole family.
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.