Juneteenth – Learn More and Celebrate this American Holiday

History Juneteenth (Emancipation Day, Jubilee Day) is a day to honor and celebrate the abolishment of African American slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and “the state’s residents finally learned that slavery had been abolished.” All those who were enslaved celebrated their newfound freedom in song, dance, and prayer. This [...]

By |2022-06-15T12:08:34-04:00June 13th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Juneteenth – Learn More and Celebrate this American Holiday

Ukraine Peace Flag Contest Submissions and Tools for Future Peace

We asked our au pairs to share what peace could look like in a Ukrainian flag and below is the beauty they imagined and created.  APiA will be making a donation in all of your names to a relief organization providing humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine.  Thank you sharing.   Karien from South [...]

By |2022-04-08T18:50:02-04:00April 8th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Ukraine Peace Flag Contest Submissions and Tools for Future Peace

International Women’s Day – What Can’t Women Do?

  GA would like to take a moment to share some history of the day, how we all might get involved in the fight for gender equity around the globe and an opinion piece shared by an au pair currently on program from Germany.  Happy International Women's Day! -- The History: International Women’s Day timeline and why [...]

By |2022-03-09T15:42:03-05:00March 8th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on International Women’s Day – What Can’t Women Do?

Celebrating Black History Month and Award-Winning DEI Initiatives at APIA

Celebrate Black History Month!  It's Black History Month here in the US!  Our participants from around the globe on a cultural exchange in the US are living in a time where more resources and learnings on the history of the US are available to learn and re-learn the history.  Black History Month (BHM) has a [...]

By |2022-02-16T12:48:23-05:00February 7th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Celebrating Black History Month and Award-Winning DEI Initiatives at APIA

The Year of the Tiger – Lunar New Year

  Lunar New Year began on February 1, but this isn't just one night or day of celebrating, as it lasts for several days. In China, the celebration lasts 15 days, with the Spring Lantern Festival on the final day.  Above is Olivia, an au pair from China, with her host child celebrating the holiday. [...]

By |2022-02-08T12:00:44-05:00February 4th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on The Year of the Tiger – Lunar New Year

2022 Rebuild – APIA Activates Global Goals for the Year Ahead

"We are humans, the most capable species in the world, if we don't fix this planet, who will?"  - Jessenia, Ecuador To see the good in human beings, the nature, the earth, and the stars, everything that will come in future, and peace and love.  -Isabelle, Germany -- We asked our au pairs last month, [...]

By |2022-02-03T18:56:49-05:00February 3rd, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on 2022 Rebuild – APIA Activates Global Goals for the Year Ahead

Martin Luther King Day – GA Asks You, “What is Worth Fighting For?”

January is a special month.  It signifies the start of new year, a new beginning, and a renewed energy.  In the US, we celebrate Martin Luthur King Day later this month (Jan 17).  Dr King inspired a nation as the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, which fought [...]

By |2022-01-05T16:38:12-05:00January 3rd, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Martin Luther King Day – GA Asks You, “What is Worth Fighting For?”

10 Tips for Sharing Global Holiday Traditions (and Making New Ones)

The winter holidays are celebrated differently around the globe depending on culture, religion or family values.  Appreciating differences and sharing them is what cultural exchange is all about.   This past Fall, APIA Field Representatives and Senior Community Counselors, Cindy Garruba of Riverhead NY and Melinda Brooks of Boston, MA, presented a webinar to host families nationwide, entitled, "Holidays [...]

By |2021-12-15T16:00:20-05:00December 14th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on 10 Tips for Sharing Global Holiday Traditions (and Making New Ones)
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