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)

Float Away the Sorrow – The Lessons of Loy Krathong

 (Wanida, an au pair from Thailand at a temple in MA, sharing the lessons of the holiday with her friends from around the globe.)  Today is a day to cut your hair and your nails and set them afloat on a banana leaf as you symbolically let the negativity of the year float away and welcome [...]

By |2021-11-19T16:59:13-05:00November 19th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on Float Away the Sorrow – The Lessons of Loy Krathong

Celebrating International Education Week (Nov 15-19), 2021

The US Department of State’s “International Education Week (IEW), November 15-19, 2021 is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and [...]

By |2021-11-24T13:48:03-05:00November 11th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on Celebrating International Education Week (Nov 15-19), 2021

“I wish everyone could experience the feeling of something like that.” – Au Pairs Volunteer at the NYC Marathon

Quintesentially American and quintessentially New York - the NYC Marathon was this past Sunday and we had a volunteer crew of au pairs on-hand with a smile and a glass of water.   They agreed that it was truly like no other day in NYC with all that energy and determination of each and every runner [...]

By |2021-11-22T18:44:09-05:00November 9th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on “I wish everyone could experience the feeling of something like that.” – Au Pairs Volunteer at the NYC Marathon

Why Do Au Pairs Love Halloween?

  (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 [...]

By |2021-11-05T18:21:33-04:00October 29th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on Why Do Au Pairs Love Halloween?

Understanding and Appreciating Differences: Day of the Dead – Halloween

This multi-day holiday is celebrated in Mexico and Latin America between October 31-Nov 2.  Here amongst the beautiful diversity of the US, we find celebrations and ornamentation that is also highighting the festivities, but how can we ensure we understand the difference?  Let's learn more.   Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos has [...]

By |2021-10-22T15:10:45-04:00October 22nd, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on Understanding and Appreciating Differences: Day of the Dead – Halloween

Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day in the US

Au Pair In America Community Counselors are as unique and diverse as our au pairs.  Global Awareness caught up with one in Denver, Colorado, Laura Mauger, to hear her story and seek advice on the upcoming celebrations of Indigenous People's Day.  Here is what Laura shared from her past and her advice as we celebrate [...]

By |2021-10-21T14:22:30-04:00October 7th, 2021|Blog|Comments Off on Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day in the US
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