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No Stereotyping, Please!

The summer and early fall are busy seasons for Au Pair in America.  Many au pairs from many different countries are arriving in the U.S. It's a time when we can remind ourselves of how important it is to not fall into the "stereotype trap!" When working with people from other countries, we must remember [...]

By | July 26th, 2013|Blog, Cultural Clash|Comments Off on No Stereotyping, Please!

A Conversation about Pre-Conceived Notions

 I had the pleasure of speaking with Justine, Nina and Marie, French au pairs who are currently living in the U.S. with their host families.   All three young women arrived in the U.S. with pre-conceived notions of what life and the American people were all about.  Let's see what they had to say: Justine heard [...]

By | July 8th, 2013|Blog, Cultural Clash|Comments Off on A Conversation about Pre-Conceived Notions

Reflections on a year abroad

Bruna, from Brazil, a former au pair and now back in Brazil teaching English, wrote to say that "yes, living in the U.S. changed my mind about Americans. ...back home, people believe that Americans are always up to something and whatever they do is always about them.  I tell them that judging Americans without living with [...]

By | February 13th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Reflections on a year abroad

Au Pair in America Welcomes You!

Au Pair in America was happy to welcome more than 600 au pairs  from around the world in July and August.  It's a wonder that so many matches are successful given the challenges of cultural differences and a difficult adjustment that many au pairs experience.  It's important to remember several points during the initial stages of [...]

By | September 16th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on Au Pair in America Welcomes You!
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