What is Global Awareness?

Global Awareness brings expanded educational and cultural opportunities to the forefront for all Au Pair in America participants. With ongoing opportunities to not only “meet our global neighbor” but also to build “cross-cultural bridges,” the aim is to encourage better understanding of other cultures, improve communication between cultures and support the concept of mutual acceptance.

Through the use of material on the Global Awareness website, presentations done in schools (PK-6) and special activities and contests which will involve host families, au pairs and community counselors, the goal of Global Awareness is to emphasize cultural diversity as a source of enrichment rather than a source of confusion and strife.

Global Awareness

Global Awareness highlights the cross-cultural aspect of the exchange experience. The intention is to promote multi-cultural understanding and appreciation between the Au Pair in America community of host families, au pairs and community counselors as well as with the communities in which the au pairs live.

Especially important is the formation of positive first impressions of people from other cultures in young children. Au Pair in America’s au pairs support this notion when they visit classrooms (PK-6), local libraries, scouts, clubs and other community organizations. They can support existing curriculum or present age-appropriate materials aimed at enhancing multi-cultural knowledge. Au pairs often present mini-language lessons to pre-school children, offering vocabulary, stories in other languages and other fun activities highlighting either a specific language or a series of different languages during “reading hour” at local libraries.

About Cultural Exchange

Cultural exchange is an avenue to expose our children to a bigger world- a world in which people speak different languages and participate in different traditions, a world of other cultures. Through cultural exchange, we spark an interest in people who may not look the same, certainly don’t speak the same, but in so many ways are actually very similar.

Au Pair in America is committed to supporting successful cultural exchange for all participants; we support the AIFS mission of “bringing the world together.”

Meet Your Global Neighbor

Au Pair in America au pairs not only provide childcare but are also active in their local communities. Global Awareness, a unique volunteer program sponsored by Au Pair in America, is designed to foster a greater knowledge of the diversity and variety of cultures the world has to offer.

Au pairs go into elementary school classrooms, libraries, local bookstores, cub scout and brownie groups and other organizations of interest to children to share their culture. One teacher recently said “60 kids will go home today knowing more about the world than when they first arrived at school this morning”. The au pairs present a wide variety of topics and all the presentations are interactive and fun for the children! Au pairs who come to the U.S. with Au Pair in America are dynamic young adults who live with American host families, provide 45 hours/week of childcare, take college-level courses during their stay and engage in a mutually rewarding cultural exchange experience for the entire community. To learn more about Au Pair in America, please visit www.aupairinamerica.com
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