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Peace Day Winners

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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 categories: 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

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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 categories: 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…

Travels to Philadelphia

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Lettie Mabaso from South Africa. Local Community Counselor; Adriana Hanlon I have been travelling and experiencing a lot of things but I wanted to share about my travels to Philadelphia and New Jersey. Towards the end of June I travelled to Philadelphia alone. I did and saw a lot of things during my stay in Read more…

Is the au pair year really life changing?

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

I was having a good-bye coffee with Beth, one of my au pairs who was returning home after a wonderful 21 months with her host family. I asked her the usual questions, what were her future plans, how would she rate the experience, what did she learn about the U.S and herself, would she recommend Read more…

Summer Travels Have Begun!

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

  Vivian visited Niagara Falls this month. She enjoyed it so much that she shared the experience with us (all her friends at Au Pair in America).  She was amazed by the sight of so much water pouring down and by the great numbers of people who visit from around the world. Take a moment Read more…

Global Awareness visits Massachusetts!

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

Sussie Henning (Dezi) has been volunteering in many classrooms teaching the children about her country, South Africa.  Here she is showing photos to a class of first graders who seem to be enthralled by this new information. Dezi has participated in all Global Awareness events presented during her time in the U.S.  She has been Read more…

St Louis au pairs celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

Bridget Feldmann, Counselor in St Louis, planned a cluster event for her au pairs to acknowledge World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.  Read what Bridget wrote about the event…and check out the links for great international recipes! International Potluck Picnic and Recipes from St. Louis, MO The United Nations World Day for Read more…

Geveve from Namibia visited a 4th grade class

in categories: Blog by Gail Tomanelli

First i was shy when i entered the class room , all those beautiful faces looking at me. Than i realized this is actually what i was doing for the last years back home , its only in a different country and oh yeah they are just 4th graders. I started to introduced myself at Read more…

International Night-My Experience, Marena Lammering

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”International Night” Photo and Experience The International Night at the school (Abraham Lincoln School in Glen Ellyn, IL) of my 5-year-old girl is a yearly event where families of students can present their culture. The International Night started at 7 pm and was finished around 8:30 pm. Besides Germany, my presentation, were Korea, India, Nepal, Read more…

Meryem tells us about a trip to Atlanta

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My trip to Atlanta, Georgia During my first vacation week in the US, I planned a trip to Atlanta with a friend of mine. Only for two and a half days, not a very long trip, but a trip that was filled with exciting adventures and so many new impressions that I will never forget. Read more…

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