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Meet Your Global Neighbor: Sponsored by Au Pair in America

This is a great time to introduce kids to your culture!

AIFS and Au Pair in America are proud to "bring the world together!" Our au pairs are so excited to learn about the American way of life and we, host families, kids, counselors are so excited to learn about our au pairs' cultures too.

We want to learn from you!

Now is a great time to visit a classroom to teach the kids something about your country and culture. The holidays are approaching and what fun it is to learn how they're celebrated (or not celebrated) in other parts of the world.

Do a Global Awareness presentation and earn a Certificate of Participation. To learn more, contact

New Au Pair Arrivals Have Such Interesting Observations!

in category: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

I was having coffee recently with two new au pairs.  Both were doing well with their host families but not without some stumbling blocks.  As we discussed the importance of differences in styles of communication and child rearing and stressed the “American” way of doing things, both (one from Germany, the other from Colombia) sat Read more…

Peace Day Winners

in category: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

Many thanks to all who sent us their essays, poems and artwork!  What a wonderful group of women we have representing APIA! Take a look at the winners: 1st Place, Courtney Wright 2nd Place, Christelle Leredde 3rd Place, Sandra Tarka   Honorable Mentions:  Dezi Henning, Madeleine Trotter, Aerin Edens

Peace Day, 2015: Words from our au pairs

in category: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

Today is the International Day of Peace.  I’ve been reading the many essays I received for our Peace Day Contest, and was touched by the comments written by our wonderful au pairs.Chloe Fortoul, from France, wrote that “…we can’t think of “peace” selfishly, limiting it to our neighborhood or to our country….peace should connect every Read more…

A Summer Trip to San Francisco, CA

in category: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

Sharon Silva This summer I went to the beautiful, lively and stunning city of San Francisco. I must say that I fell in love with this city and I dare to say that it is the best city I’ve ever been. I went to visit my best friend, who is an Au Pair there, and Read more…

A Visit With Grandparents to Las Vegas and S. California

in category: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

A few weeks ago my grandparents came over from Germany to California to visit me and spend a week traveling. We started our trip with me showing them San Francisco, the biggest city I live close to. I took them to the ferry building, pier 39 where you can see the seals, to Fisherman’s Wharf Read more…

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