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Congratulations to our 2018 Au Pair of the Year winners!

Au Pair in America is proud to announce our 2018 Au Pair of the Year winners. Here are their special stories.   See last year's winners.

    2018 Au Pair of the Year – First Place Winner

    Morgane Chabot – France

    "Morgane has been an extraordinary addition to our family. Alex (8) and Theodore (6) adore Morgane. Dave and I love her too. Over the past 14 months, she has become family—big sister to our children and little sister to me. She has become indispensable in every aspect of family life: helping with the children’s education, dealing with extracurricular activity logistics, improving our routines and habits, and infusing creativity into our lives.

    Both children attend French immersion school and participate in activities. Help with French math homework is unmatched by Morgane’s skills. She also ensures both children get high scores on their English spelling tests by fastidiously attending to their homework and testing schedules. It is an understatement that our children could not participate in their extracurricular activities without Morgane’s transportation assistance, her encouragement, and ensuring nothing important (like meals) suffers."


  • Second Place Winner

    Rocio Tito Uri– Bolivia

    "Rocio 'Chio' Marlene Tiot Uri was enthusiastic, happy, ambitious, and completely enamored with little Jamie. Jamie returned her affection absolutely: each weekday morning he'd toddle up the stairs with a big grin, exclaiming "Chio!" when he glimpse her waiting for him. Hand in hand, they explored the parks, trails, gyms, and libraries of Golden Colorado - rain, shine or snow

    Chio's initiave, creativity and commitment to Jamie's cognitive development were unparalleled. Our walls are covered with the artwork she made with Jamie -- as well as the learing tools she created for him while he napped. She hand-drew emoticon puppets to teach him emotion words in two languages ... and ven built him a playhouse complete with a refrigerator, microwave, and oven (which included a felt pizza with play toppings)!"

  • Second Place Winner

    Rozelle Botes – South Africa

    "Every year I say we should nominate our au pair, as the effort they put into helping our daughter thrive is amazing. Alana takes patience and perseverance. She is non-verbal and needs help with all activities of daily living, yet she is the warmest little person who tries every day, despite all that is stacked against her.

    On a cold day in March we skyped with Rozelle Botes from South Africa and we just knew she would be a perfect fit for our family. We had no idea she would become 'Super Au Pair', surpassing all caregivers before her! Her English is perfect, an important trait when trying to teach Alana to make sounds. Her degree in Kinder Kinetics is a plus but nothing could have prepared us for the impact she has had on our family. She is warm and caring, strong and diligent, respectful and engaged but most importantly she is committed to helping Alana reach her goals."

  • Third Place Winner

    Ling Guo – China

    "Then Ling “Grace” Buo came into my life. She is a 2nd-year au pair and therefore came in with perfect English and a strong perspective on her job. And oh what a perspective she has.

    6 months before she came on board, she requested weekly FaceTime sessions to get Wesley comfortable with her. A month before she arrived, she asked for daily updates on his progress and daily pictures, if I had them. She wanted to come into the home with an already established rapport."

The information below explains the process that was used to select the winners of the 2018 Au Pair of the Year contest. We believe the contest was a wonderful way for host families to show their appreciation for their au pair's achievements and the ways in which she has touched their family. We'd like to thank all our host families for their submissions.
  • Each host family that entered the contest submitted an essay of 500 to 850 words that described the characteristics that make their au pair exceptional, noted the positive impact she has had on their family, and explained how she has integrated into their local community and learned about America.
  • To be eligible, the au pair being nominated must have been an au pair in 2018.
  • APIA asked the Community Counselors to submit a reference on behalf of all entries under consideration. The reference included details of the au pair's participation in the educational component, cluster meetings and activities, and the special ways the au pair embraced her experience in America.

The Au Pair of the Year – First Place Winner received:

  • 2 round trip tickets to reconnect with her host family in the U.S!
  • Entry into the International Au Pair Association's Au Pair of the Year contest!
  • Recognition on the Au Pair in America website!

Second Place and Third Place Winners received:

  • 1 round trip ticket to reconnect with their host family in the U.S!
  • Entry into the International Au Pair Association's Au Pair of the Year contest!
  • Recognition on the Au Pair in America website!

All nominees received:

  • A certificate from Au Pair in America and a copy of the host family's nomination letter!
  • Host family essays and Community Counselor references were judged by a committee appointed by Au Pair in America.
  • All contest entries are property of Au Pair in America, including rights to edit and publish the material.
  • Travel arrangements require 60 days notice and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Travel will be booked to the nearest major airport. Maximum value of $1500 per ticket.
  • By submitting a nomination, the host family agreed to the Au Pair of the Year Contest Official Rules.
    Click here for the official contest rules.

Each year the International Au Pair Association ( awards one exceptional au pair with the title "Au Pair of the Year." The "Au Pair of the Year" award not only celebrates one young person's achievements as an au pair, but also gives positive recognition to all au pairs and au pair programs across the world through its international media coverage.

Au Pair in America's winning Au Pair of the Year will be entered into IAPA's international contest. Submissions are judged by a selection panel appointed by IAPA, and three au pair finalists are selected. Each finalist must write a short essay detailing her/his au pair experience. Au pair essays are evaluated by the panel and a winner is chosen. The winning au pair will be notified by IAPA. All contest entries will become property of the International Au Pair Association

The winning au pair will be required to attend IAPA's Annual Conference in March (all expenses paid by IAPA) where she will be presented the "Au Pair of the Year" award.

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