Au Pairs who hail from all over the globe to care for children for a year or two find the cultural exchange goes more than two ways. And often, the au pair exchange will move more than just the au pair herself and her host family - other people in the U.S. host community benefit as well.
Xi Zhou came from China to the U.S. hoping to understand more about American culture and receive more education along with a greater understanding of the English language. What she got after she arrived was a new family and other close friendships.
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: