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Au Pairs Sharing Their Holidays

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Elin Giding, an au pair in Kristina Scholtin’s cluster sent us photos and a wonderful description of Lucia.         Laura Brinkman tells us about her holiday in Germany       Natalia Rodriguez tells us about Christmas in Spain

Sandra Persson, an au pair in CT tells us about St Lucia

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Lucia is a tradition that’s always been a part of my life. Every school in Sweden celebrates Lucia and every school arranges a Lucia train where one girl gets selected as the Lucia throughout lottery (not in preschool but in elementary and high school). Apart from the Lucia in the train there’s also a lot Read more…

How do our ‘global neighbors’ celebrate?

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As our au pairs learn about the holidays in the U.S., we learn about theirs.  Here are a few special dates in the countries of our global neighbors. Dec 12 is the day of feasting in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico. This is a happy day for Mexicans and there are fiestas Read more…

Advice for Adapting to a New Culture (and life as an au pair)!

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Tuesday evening, I met with my group of wonderful au pairs from many different countries.  I asked them questions about adjusting to life in the U.S. and if they had any advice for the newly-arrived au pairs: :Balance your social life with work,” ” communication is everything,” ”  try not to speak to your friends Read more…

A Song of Support

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Annika Halder was an au pair with Au Pair in America in 2013.  She’s recently submitted an updated video of a song she wrote while she was in the U.S. as an au pair.  Her goal, at the time, was to support other au pairs who were experiencing homesickness and/or having difficulty adapting to a Read more…

Learn about Colombia!

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Joanne Avendano, an au pair from Colombia  shared information on her country and its culture with the Girl Scouts in her community.  Take a look at this wonderful Power Point presentation! Thank you Joanne!  

Stella Henning writes about “freedom”

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Growing up in South Africa, freedom is something that was discussed a lot, and depending on what context, it had very different meanings.  I know freedom was not something that was had by all in this country in the past, and it seems as though this has caused pain and anguish back then and  still now.  I know it Read more…

Patricia Haberkorn Talks to Us about “Freedom” and Independence Day

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Our national holiday in Germany-not a big deal?!? 4th of July in the USA-as my host family told me, “there is barely anything that is more typical for the US than our national holiday!”  I experienced a day on which everyone was dressed in the national colors and waved flags, lots of food was offered at Read more…

Natacha celebrates Bastille Day!

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Hi My name is Natacha, and I come from France . In France we didn’t celebrate Independence Day on July 4; we have the 14th of July . From the biggest city to the littlest village we celebrate it  Bastille day ! This is a very important day for our country . For this occasion Read more…

Ramadan Started

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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. The Month of Ramadan is also when it is believed the Holy Quran was sent down from heaven. It is during this month that Muslims fast. It is called the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month. Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on Read more…

Justine Probst receives Global Awareness Certificate of Recognition

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Cindy Garruba, Senior Community Counselor on Long Island, presented a Global Awareness Certificate of Recognition to Justine Probst for sharing her German culture with young children. Thank you, Justine!  You helped support the AIFS mission, “bringing the world together!”  And thank you, Cindy for sharing your love of cultural exchange with your au pairs and Read more…

“This is so much more than I thought it would be!”

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“This is so much more than I thought it would be” is a frequent lament of au pairs! Do we ever stop to think about the enormity of being an au pair? No matter how much childcare experience, an au pair has, she’s most probably never worked where she lives, lived with strangers, been “part-of-a Read more…

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