It was a chilly day in the city of Preston, Washington, when a group of international au pairs came together to warm the hearts of their new community. They arrived to their local Area Director Ashley’s home for brunch to fuel a morning of volunteering their time for the Eastside Baby Corner. The group of 17 au pairs hailing from Germany, Czech Republic, Mexico, Poland, France, Thailand, Colombia, Brazil, Belgium and South Africa got to know each other during their brunch, as many had newly arrived to the Seattle area.
With the sun shining bright, over 2,500 local residents in California’s North Bay Area took full advantage of the hot weather and enjoyed Marin’s annual Hayday event. The old-fashioned county fair is held in a local pasture, and the funds raised support the Belvedere-Tiburon Library’s children and teen programs and services. A little heat didn’t discourage a group of au pairs from joining in the festivities, meeting local residents and volunteering at a number of stations during the event.
Belton, Texas, au pair Scarlett Palomoone recently volunteered at a local high school to assist students in their Spanish lll class. Scarlett is from El Salvador and since the class was beginning a project on Central America they were excited about the the opportunity to learn about her country first-hand. The students asked Scarlett a variety of questions about her home country including what type of music was considered "traditional", if uniforms were required at school, and even a few questions about the politics of El Salvador.
Au Pairs from Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania donated their time and energy at the 2016 Special Olympic Games - an experience they benefited from tremendously.
Au Pair Julie from France recently spent an educational day in Georgia, learning about the American political process. Her time with a local political party in Hall County, Georgia, gave her firsthand experience on how the United States’ representative government works.
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.
Six international au pairs from Brazil, Columbia, Spain and South Africa currently staying with host families in Larchmont, New York, volunteered to help feed those in need the Monday before Thanksgiving by dedicating their hands and hearts to the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force.
This summer, a group of au pairs in Columbus, Ohio learned about the history of their temporary home in the United States by visiting the Olentangy Indian Caverns. Au pairs from Poland, Denmark, South Africa, Germany and Brazil enjoyed a guided tour where they wandered through caves formed millions of years ago by an underground river cutting through solid limestone rock.
“The Columbus Au Pairs really enjoyed the tour and were amazed to learn how old the Caverns were” said Area Director Monika Jakesova:
The majority of families and au pairs beginning the au pair program meet for the first time when the au pair arrives in the USA. For the Santos family of Maryland and their French au pair Sophie, that wasn’t soon enough! Over the summer, the Santos’ traveled to France, met Sophie’s family and went to Paris together. Here are some highlights of their adventure, in host mom Angela’s own words.
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.