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"Before we had four people in our family. Since Leonie came we have five people in our family." That is how our five year old son describes Leonie: as a member of the family. Not a babysitter or a caregiver or a friend. I couldn't agree more. Since Leonie joined our family through Au pair in America just over one year ago, we have been rewarded over and over.
Leonie has brought her culture to us. She often sings French songs with the children, teaches them to count, and reads to them in French. Our three and five year old are so proud when they can show off their French.
Leonie comes from a small town in France where her family grows many of their own vegetables. She has taken it upon herself to start an herb and vegetable garden with the children. They have spent hours cleaning, planting, labeling and watering the garden. Last week when I came home from work my son grabbed my hand and ran with me to the backyard. The pride my son felt in showing me the first sunflower that was blooming was priceless. Leonie has been teaching him about the reward that comes with hard work and dedication in caring for the garden.
Karla is a remarkable, passionate and caring young lady whom we are very fortunate to have welcomed into our family. She is extremely dedicated to not only providing phenomenal care to our son, Gabriel, but to also being a member of our family. Karla explained, for as long as she could remember, she dreamed of coming to the United States as an Au Pair. As such, she came to our family prepared to not only provide a safe and supportive environment for Gabriel to thrive, but she also brought with her many activities to enrich Gabriel’s educational experience through learning Spanish and customs from her home country of Mexico. After first discussing her ideas with us, she began teaching Gabriel to speak Spanish as well as English. Each day she chooses a word and explains the definition to Gabriel and then says it in both English and Spanish. Gabriel enthusiastically repeats the word and each night tells us about “his Spanish” he is practicing with Karla. In addition to teaching him Spanish, Karla also displays her dedication to Gabriel’s well-being through her patience and constant efforts to truly understand Gabriel and the most effective ways to capture his attention and help him advance educationally and emotionally each day.
เพื่อน You might not be familiar with this word, but our nearly one year old daughter knows it. It is the Thai word for “friends.” Our little girl recognizes the word because her exceptional au pair, Oi, translates many of our daughter’s books into Thai.
When my husband and I were evaluating child care options, one compelling reason we chose an au pair from Au Pair in America to be our childcare provider was the opportunity for our daughter to be exposed to another language and culture. We matched with an engaging, intelligent, and caring au pair named Supattra “Oi” Jairew. During the match process, we expressed to Oi our desire that our child learn Thai. Oi was excited to share her language and culture in additional to improving her own English and learning more about the USA.
Each year the International Au Pair Association (www.iapa.org) 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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