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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.
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."
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. An au pair cluster in Connecticut took advantage of the snow and cold and went ice skating for their monthly event. 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!
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.
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.
Once a year, host families and au pairs come together in communities across the country to take part in International Host Family Day. The day focuses on celebrating the cultures of au pairs and host families alike, creating a unique opportunity for cultural exchange.
Events, organized by AuPairCare range from picnics in a local park to museum tours and appeal to family members of all ages.
This August, eight international au pairs gave back to their Cincinnati-host community by volunteering with the Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity. Helping to build a home for a local family in need, these au pairs were able to make an impact on the family that will last a lifetime and truly exemplifies the cultural exchange spirit of the au pair program.
Many will agree that experiencing a sporting event in another country is a great way to learn about that country’s culture. This summer, au pairs from all over the globe currently living in Jacksonville, FL were able to discover a true traditional American pastime by visiting a minor league baseball game.
The au pairs attended a Jacksonville Suns vs. Mobile Bay Bears game for one of their monthly outings. This was a new experience for the majority of au pairs, with au pair Elisa from Brazil sharing:
The White House, built in 1792 and home to all U.S. presidents since President John Adams, is arguably the most famous house in the world. Annually, thousands upon thousands of visitors from across the United States and the globe visit what was once referred to as ‘the President’s Palace’. This spring, 18 DC area au pairs had the amazing opportunity to visit this beloved American landmark.
This winter tuned out to be the coldest American winter in 20 years. International au pairs spending their exchange with host families in New York embraced the freezing elements by snow tubing at a local park. For many au pairs, this year has been the first time they’ve lived with snow and cold temperatures and most au pairs had not heard of snow tubing at all.
Carolina from Colombia shared: