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Au Pair Culture Quests

Peru

Western South America
Capital: Lima
Languages: Spanish (main), Quechua, Aymara
Predominant Religion(s): Christianity
(Catholic)

The following information is generalized and compiled from questions posed to the agents and interviewers in Peru. Although au pairs from this country may or may not have had these experiences/beliefs, Au Pair in America wishes to share this general information with our families.

Common Characteristics:

  • Peruvian people describe themselves as optimistic, creative and persevering.
  • Peruvians are characterized by being hard workers.
  • Peruvians maintain a very strong sense of national identity – they love to celebrate their Independence Day on July 28th!

Fun Facts:

  • Peru has 84 "microclimates" of the 114 that exist in the world and also has more than 75% of ecosystems, making it one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet.
  • Peru is one of the richest countries in terms of natural resources – it is one of the world's top producers of gold, silver, copper, lead, iron and zinc and also has reserves of oil and natural gas.
  • Lake Titicaca in Southern Peru is the world's highest navigable lake and South America's largest lake. Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Useful Phrases:

  • How are you?       ¿Como estas?
  • Fine, thanks.       Bien, gracias.
  • My name is…       Mi nombre es…
  • Nice to meet you!      ¡Encantado de conocerte!
  • Thank you.           Gracias.

“To be an au pair is a beautiful experience that will always be in my memories.”   – Carmen, au pair from Peru
“It's the best experience ever in life. You learn a lot, gain confidence and independence. You will make great friends.”   –Mirna, au pair from Peru
“Being an au pair was the most rewarding experience of my life. I made many friends, traveled to different places, and shared different experiences which will last forever in my heart.”   –Janira, au pair from Peru

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