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Natacha celebrates Bastille Day!

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

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

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              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

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

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…

International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014

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International Women’s Day   celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women. There are some countries in which International Women’s Day is celebrated as a national holiday. The Suffragettes are honored for their work to get the right to vote for women.  The holiday celebrates the successes of women but also reminds the world Read more…

Multi-Cultural Celebration of Chinese New Year!

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Ana Cruz, Costa Rica Christine Connally’s Cluster, Maryland  I celebrated the Chinese new year with all my friends at the Chinese new year parade in WashingtonDC.  It was really fun because we saw dragon dance, Chinese music, bands and different activity from Chinese culture, and of course we can’t leave without eating the most popular Read more…

And the winner is…Penny Yong!

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For telling us about her celebration of  Chinese New Year.  Many thanks, Penny, for sharing your festivities with Global Awareness! Chinese New Year Essay by Penny Yong, Malaysia.   Chinese New Year (CNY) is one of the big celebrations in Malaysia aside from Ramadan and Deepavali. Each year we kick-start CNY with a reunion dinner on Read more…

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