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Sandra Persson, an au pair in CT tells us about St Lucia

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 [...]

By | December 9th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Sandra Persson, an au pair in CT tells us about St Lucia

How do our ‘global neighbors’ celebrate?

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 [...]

By | December 8th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on How do our ‘global neighbors’ celebrate?

Advice for Adapting to a New Culture (and life as an au pair)!

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 [...]

By | October 30th, 2014|Cultural Clash|Comments Off on Advice for Adapting to a New Culture (and life as an au pair)!

A Song of Support

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 [...]

By | October 20th, 2014|Cultural Clash|Comments Off on A Song of Support

Learn about Colombia!

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!  

By | August 13th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Learn about Colombia!

Stella Henning writes about “freedom”

Growing up in South Africa, freedom is something that was discussed a lot, and depending on what context, it had very different meanings.  I know freedom was not something that was had by all in this country in the past, and it seems as though this has caused pain and anguish back then and  still now.  I know it [...]

By | July 31st, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Stella Henning writes about “freedom”

Patricia Haberkorn Talks to Us about “Freedom” and Independence Day

Our national holiday in Germany-not a big deal?!? 4th of July in the USA-as my host family told me, "there is barely anything that is more typical for the US than our national holiday!"  I experienced a day on which everyone was dressed in the national colors and waved flags, lots of food was offered at [...]

By | July 29th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Patricia Haberkorn Talks to Us about “Freedom” and Independence Day

Natacha celebrates Bastille Day!

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 [...]

By | July 12th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Natacha celebrates Bastille Day!
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