The Alliance Exchange Voice

Giving voice to the power of exchange

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:53

When German au pair Svenja pictured her au pair experience, she imagined it would be with a classic American family, like in the movies. What she didn’t expect was that she’d get the opportunity to also learn about East Indian culture, with her Indian American host family, the Iyers. Svenja lives in Northern California with the Iyers, looking after their two children - a boy age 3 and a girl age 1.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:45

Summer Work Travel (SWT) participants from South America recently had the opportunity to learn about flora, fauna, history and the environmental impact humans make on California's Lake Tahoe at a presentation by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, commonly known as “Keep Tahoe Blue”.

15 SWT participants from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina who have been working in North Lake Tahoe for the winter attended an information session hosted by InterExchange, The Ritz-Carlton-Lake Tahoe and the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 16:44

Sharing customs and foods from their home countries with their American hosts is a fun way for exchange participants to celebrate holidays and traditions while abroad and at the same time teaching their American family and friends about these customs back home.

Seungmi and Yujin, two au pairs from Korea, recently celebrated the Korean Lunar New Year with their Pittsbiurgh, PA, host families, indulging in traditional Korean foods and teaching their host children and parents about this important Korean holiday. 

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:11

Cultural exchange is at the core of the au pair program, and each winter provides opportunities to show au pairs from warm-weather countries what fun this season can be. AuPairCare’s Westport, CT cluster took advantage of the snow and cold and went ice skating for their monthly event. AuPairCare au pairs from Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Germany and Switzerland gathered to skate. It was the first time skating for many of the au pairs. Skill levels varied from hugging the rail to quick learners to zipping around the rink, but everyone agreed that they had a great time!

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:10

Au pairs in Cincinnati have created one habit that they’ve carried over into the New Year- volunteering! Au pairs and host families recently gathered together to work at a local humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization, Matthew 25.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:20

International au pairs in Maryland gathered together this holiday season to volunteer with Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.), a charity that was started in the group’s own community of Anne Arundel County. B.I.G. collects recycled books and distributes them to children in poor communities across a variety of continents including Africa, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:13

Over 50 interns and trainees gathered in South Beach/Miami on Nov. 19 to celebrate International Education Week (IEW). 5 different countries – South Korea, Turkey, Indonesia, Spain, and the Philippines – were represented at the celebration.

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:34

19-year-old Sophie Meyer from Germany first visited the United States when she was 7 years old; that’s when she decided it was her dream to return to the U.S. someday. In February of 2014 she did return as an au pair.  

Sophie wrote an article about her experience for her local newspaper back home. Here Sophie translates some of the highlights:

The Jump into the Unknown: Sophie Meyer from Werne spends one year as an Au Pair in the USA

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:27

On a cold and windy November day, eight au pairs from five different countries joined forces to raise more than $700 for an Autism Speaks walk in Pennsylvania.

The au pairs, who are part of two different clusters in the Philadelphia area, held three fundraisers before the day of the event and surpassed their goal of $500 by $200. And even though the actual day of the walk was cold, the hearts of the au pairs were warm.

The following are some of the thoughts they shared after the event:

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:56

Once a year, host families and au pairs come together in communities across the country to take part in International Host Family Day. The day focuses on celebrating the cultures of au pairs and host families alike, creating a unique opportunity for cultural exchange.

Events, organized by AuPairCare range from picnics in a local park to museum tours and appeal to family members of all ages.