The Alliance Exchange Voice

Giving voice to the power of exchange

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 09:04

The 40th annual Independence Day Parade took place in Gatlinburg, TN, at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. This midnight tradition garners national attention as the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” It also attracts over 80,000 spectators.

A group of Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants from China served as volunteers in the parade, holding banners and balloons, and advertising the fireworks display.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 14:27

When Brazilian au pair Francielly came to the USA, her Area Director, Kay, invited her to volunteer at a local food bank. Francielly, though new to Texas and the community, immediately felt a pull towards helping on a regular basis. It takes a special kind of person to dedicate her free time to others, but for Francielly, it was easy.

She shared: 

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:02

During their stay in the United States au pairs taste new foods like Cheetos, participate in activities like bowling and may see snow for the first time.

Au pair Douglas Gonçalves do Nascimento from Brazil shares his first experience with snow in Utah this past winter:

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:34

This spring, 60 au pairs from 8 different countries engaged in the great American pastime - a baseball game. Dressed in Phillies red and white, au pairs from the Philadelphia area gathered at Citizens Bank Park for a match-up against the Washington Nationals. The ladies enjoyed watching the game, laughing at the Philly Phanatic mascot, and singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:53

When German au pair Svenja pictured her au pair experience, she imagined it would be with a classic American family, like in the movies. What she didn’t expect was that she’d get the opportunity to also learn about East Indian culture, with her Indian American host family, the Iyers. Svenja lives in Northern California with the Iyers, looking after their two children - a boy age 3 and a girl age 1.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:45

Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants from South America recently had the opportunity to learn about flora, fauna, history and the environmental impact humans make on California's Lake Tahoe at a presentation by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, commonly known as “Keep Tahoe Blue”.

15 SWT participants from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina who have been working in North Lake Tahoe for the winter attended an information session hosted by InterExchange, The Ritz-Carlton-Lake Tahoe and the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 16:44

Sharing customs and foods from their home countries with their American hosts is a fun way for exchange participants to celebrate holidays and traditions while abroad and at the same time teaching their American family and friends about these customs back home.

Seungmi and Yujin, two au pairs from Korea, recently celebrated the Korean Lunar New Year with their Pittsbiurgh, PA, host families, indulging in traditional Korean foods and teaching their host children and parents about this important Korean holiday. 

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:11

Cultural exchange is at the core of the au pair program, and each winter provides opportunities to show au pairs from warm-weather countries what fun this season can be. AuPairCare’s Westport, CT cluster took advantage of the snow and cold and went ice skating for their monthly event. AuPairCare au pairs from Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Germany and Switzerland gathered to skate. It was the first time skating for many of the au pairs. Skill levels varied from hugging the rail to quick learners to zipping around the rink, but everyone agreed that they had a great time!

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:10

Au pairs in Cincinnati have created one habit that they’ve carried over into the New Year- volunteering! Au pairs and host families recently gathered together to work at a local humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, Matthew 25.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:20

International au pairs in Maryland gathered together this holiday season to volunteer with Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.), a charity that was started in the group’s own community of Anne Arundel County. B.I.G. collects recycled books and distributes them to children in poor communities across a variety of continents including Africa, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.