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Learn about Colombia!

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

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

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

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!”

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

“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…

A Visit to the Second Grade

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German Au Pair, Justine Probst visited her host child’s 2nd grade classroom to talk about her country with the students. She showed the students a traditional dirndl dress she made for October fest.  She said she wore it to Octoberfest here with her host family! She engaged the students by asking them questions about Germany.  Read more…

Children’s Day, Parents Day and Teacher’s Day in South Korea

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

              Did you know that May 5 is Children’s Day in South Korea? Children have picnics and celebrate with their parents. For working parents this national holiday gives them the chance to have fun with their family in the open air. Three days after Children’s Day in South Korea, Read more…

Happy Thai New Year! Our Au Pairs teach us about their celebrations!

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

One of the special treats of being a Community Counselor with APIA is learning about so many different cultures from our wonderful au pairs.  Thai celebrations look like a lot of fun for all! Songkran 2014 Dates When: 13th – 15th April, 2014 Where: Thailand Water Festival in Thailand (Songkran) - You will get wet on Read more…

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace April 6th, 2014

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

  International Day of Sport for Development of Peace exemplifies the potential of sport to advance human rights, eliminate barriers and promote global solidarity. Through two films, we see, “Through our journey, we learned that sports really are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.” 

St Patrick’s Day Around the World

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So what is it and who was St. Patrick?  Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians.   Many Read more…

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