On August 3, 2015, a number of U.S. J-1 visa sponsors joined forces to celebrate J Day — a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange.
International exchange participants across the country came together with their American hosts to share cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have fun.
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.