(Alejandra from Colombia above)

We are all about the cultural exchange and the experiential learning that this year overseas brings in all its many forms.  Halloween holds a special place in the culture of the US population with cities and small towns alike coming alive around this spooky death-focused holiday.   In our first FLASH BLOG, Global Awareness asked, “why do au pairs love Halloween?”  Au pairs responded the same day with lots to say….

CONGRATS TO THE RAFFLE WINNER – Liz from Colombia!  video_0_a2b274a8b7174b14a6588a4bf195fdf5


Michelle from South Africa says, “I love Halloween for the matching outfits and the overall spirit leading up to and on the holiday 🍃”


Ieda from Brazil says, “I love how everyone seems to get in the spirit of something unique. We see people decorating their houses, buying pumpkins and dressing up for it and it’s very fun!”


Mariana from Brazil loves Halloween because, “I love the idea of being anything you want.  You can be a hero, a villain, a scientist or whatever makes you happy.” 

Olena from Ukraine says, “Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Christmas and others can end up making you sad because you know you should be happy. But on Halloween, you will be who you want to be. (c) Ava Dellaira”


Fiorella from Peru says, “This is my first Halloween celebration and I’m loving it.  What I think I love most about Halloween time is that we are surrounded by creativity.”


Mayra from Colombia says, “I really enjoy this time of the year because we can dream and be what we have always wanted.  From super heroes to astronauts, it’s just letting your imagination and inner child live on in Halloween.”


Sofia from Mexico says, “I love Halloween, and I love that feeling;  the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.”


Daniela from Colombia says, “I have loved Halloween here because the combination of Fall and costumes is just wonderful!  Many families decorate their houses with pumpkins, it is something I have never seen before!  I loved picking pumpkins with my host family.”


Sina from Austria says, “I love Halloween, because for one day you can be whatever you want- without limits.  And of course, the wonderful, bright color orange of the pumpkins, which are placed almost everywhere!


From left to right: Jessica from Colombia, Jana from Brazil, Mayara and Mayara from Brazil, Valentina ( CC’s daughter), Noa from Israel, Johana from Colombia, Becky from Mexico, Valery from Costa Rica, Kelly from Panama, Michelle from Netherlands, Kristyna from Czech Republic, and Liz and Paulina from Colombia