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For greater awareness of women’s equality-International Women’s’ Day

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

International Women’s Day 2015 Theme: MAKE IT HAPPEN All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality and focusing on women’s rights. Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. Thousands of Read more…

Miriam shares St Martins Day!

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I celebrated St. Martins Day with the kids. First I read the story to the kids, sang a song and then each child got his/ her own lantern and they were allowed to paint on it. Also everyone got a homemade baked goose (lanterns and geese are the symbols of St. Martin). St. Martin was a soldier who shared Read more…

Happy Birthday to Yasmine in Arabic!

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

Thanks to a birthday for one of my favorite people at Au Pair in America, I heard “Happy Birthday” in Arabic!  Thought readers would enjoy it too-plus it’s a special version of the song! Yasmine is a Regional Program Manager at APIA and is instrumental in her support of community counselors, host families and au Read more…

Chinese New Year, February 19, 2015

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

Chinese New Year 2015 begins on Thursday 19 February, and end on 5 March. It is day one, month one of the Chinese lunar calendar, and its date in January or February varies from year to year (always somewhere in the period January 21 to February 20). The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Read more…

Chrissy shares her country, Austria with 3 classes!

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Chrissy has been an active participant in Global Awareness.  She did 3 presentations to different grades in a school in PA.  Chrissy shared a video with the children and with us.  It shows her dance group in Austria.  

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?

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

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!

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!  

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