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Adapting to life as an Au Pair in the U.S.

Au Pair Encounters an American Critter

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Adapting to Life in the U.S.|Tags: , , |

Maryland Community Counselor Cynthia Chan shares her blog post about her Au Pair: Kayleigh hails from South Africa and has been an au pair in Maryland for almost two years now! She shared some reflections [...]

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New Au Pair Arrivals Have Such Interesting Observations!

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Adapting to Life in the U.S.|

I was having coffee recently with two new au pairs.  Both were doing well with their host families but not without some stumbling blocks.  As we discussed the importance of differences in styles of communication [...]

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She Should Know

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Adapting to Life in the U.S.|

“I really must leave this host family,” said the au pair. “She knows nothing about childcare,” said the host mom. “Why,” I asked. Each party went on to describe the perceived error and ended with, [...]

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Learn About the U.S.!

Doreen K. Learns to Hula

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: Learn about the U.S.|Tags: , , |

German Au Pair Doreen K., from Robin Leon's Austin, TX cluster recently traveled to Honolulu with her host family.  During their visit they went to a Luau and Doreen was chosen to get on stage [...]

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From Horseback Riding to Sleeping in a Native American Hoghan – Traveling TrekAmerica Style

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: Learn about the U.S.|Tags: , , , , |

Ana M. from Spain lives in Robin Walter's Queens, NY cluster. Ana shares her amazing Spring break adventure with her host family in Arizona: Coming from a dry, really warm place in Spain, after a [...]

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Au Pairs visit Houston Rodeo

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Learn about the U.S.|Tags: , , |

 Global Awareness is exemplified in everyday life of our Au Pairs.  Community Counselor Jennifer Stein shares how the Houston-based Au Pairs were able to be part of an amazing cultural experience during their last cluster [...]

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Volunteering at NYC Marathon

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Learn about the U.S.|Tags: , |

Pauline B. from Germany  who is in Angela Holland's Connecticut cluster, had the opportunity to volunteer at the 2016 New York City Marathon. Here's her story about that experience: My best accomplishment in my year [...]

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17 Weird Things about America non-Americans Don’t Understand

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Learn about the U.S.|Tags: , , |

AskReddit posted a survey polling non-Americans on "the weirdest thing about America that Americans don't realize."  The survey received over 18,000 responses.  Here are some of the responses: Turkey legs at theme parks Commercials for [...]

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Au Pairs Tour Yale University

By | December 16th, 2016|Categories: Learn about the U.S.|Tags: , , |

Margret's Connecticut-based cluster had the opportunity to tour Yale University.  After which the au pairs were spectators of a very American sport - Football! YALE UNIVERSITY TOUR: APs rubbing the golden toe of Yale's 10th [...]

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Thoughts about Thanksgiving

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Learn about the U.S.|Tags: , |

Community Counselor Cynthia Chan asked her Southern Maryland cluster what their thoughts were about Thanksgiving. "I love pumpkin pie and I hope we will have some." - Austria "Last year I was very interested in [...]

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Au Pairs Experience Voting in the US

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: Learn about the U.S.|Tags: , |

Elections and the way we vote is different throughout many countries in the world.  The Chicago-based Au Pair in America au pairs had the opportunity to experience first hand what it's like to vote in [...]

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Au Pairs Discover NYC

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Learn about the U.S.|Tags: , , |

New York city is a popular destination for many reasons. On October 23rd, 250 Au Pair in America au pairs from 20 different clusters gathered to scour NYC for clues in the Annual Au Pair in [...]

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