The Alliance Exchange Voice

Giving voice to the power of exchange

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 15:20

America loves baseball, and to kick off the 2016 season a group of au pairs in the San Francisco Bay Area enjoyed the sights and sounds of this favorite pastime! It was a warm and sunny Sunday in March when a group of over 25 au pairs attended a University of California Berkeley baseball game. The group showed up ready and excited, many dressed in Blue and Gold to cheer on the hometown Cal Berkeley Bears. They were eager to show their pride but also equally enthusiastic about learning the rules of the American sport.

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 11:20

Au Pair Julie from France recently spent an educational day in Georgia, learning about the American political process. Her time with a local political party in Hall County, Georgia, gave her firsthand experience on how the United States’ representative government works.

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 11:23

Host families all across the U.S. recently submitted over 100 heartwarming essays, full of incredible stories outlining why their international au pair deserves to be awarded the title of Au Pair of the Year. The host families' essays listed examples of caring, commitment, bravery & grace under fire, community involvement and positive, lasting impressions on family members. It was heartwarming and touching to read and very difficult to pick a winner out of all of these submissions.

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:45

As one of their favorite outings from 2015, a group of au pairs from Nashville spent the day canoeing down and learning about the Harpeth River located in Davidson County, Tennessee. Au pairs from Brazil, Turkey, China, Thailand, France, Mexico and Colombia were able to spend the day taking in the natural beauty of one of Nashville's favorite recreational areas. This region is also well known historically as it was settled from 1000 – 1600 A.D. by a group of Native Americans known as Mississippians.

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 16:22

Six international au pairs from Brazil, Columbia, Spain and South Africa currently staying with host families in Larchmont, New York, volunteered to help feed those in need the Monday before Thanksgiving by dedicating their hands and hearts to the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force.

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 18:04

This summer, a group of au pairs in Columbus, Ohio learned about the history of their temporary home in the United States by visiting the Olentangy Indian Caverns. Au pairs from Poland, Denmark, South Africa, Germany and Brazil enjoyed a guided tour where they wandered through caves formed millions of years ago by an underground river cutting through solid limestone rock.

“The Columbus Au Pairs really enjoyed the tour and were amazed to learn how old the Caverns were” said Area Director Monika Jakesova:

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 10:43

Au Pairs who hail from all over the globe to care for children for a year or two find the cultural exchange goes more than two ways. And often, the au pair exchange will move more than just the au pair herself and her host family - other people in the U.S. host community benefit as well.

Xi Zhou came from China to the U.S. hoping to understand more about American culture and receive more education along with a greater understanding of the English language. What she got after she arrived was a new family and other close friendships.

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 13:07

The majority of families and au pairs beginning the au pair program meet for the first time when the au pair arrives in the USA. For the Santos family of Maryland and their French au pair Sophie, that wasn’t soon enough! Over the summer, the Santos’ traveled to France, met Sophie’s family and went to Paris together. Here are some highlights of their adventure, in host mom Angela’s own words.

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 14:41

On August 3, 2015, a number of U.S. J-1 visa sponsors joined forces to celebrate J Day — a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange.

International exchange participants across the country came together with their American hosts to share cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have fun.

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 14:20

One Au Pair from China and two from South Africa had something in common when they recently spoke about their experience in the United States. They all said their host families made them feel like they have a home away from home.

Au Pair Fulan Li from China stays with a family from Aspen, Colorado and says her host parents love her like she were their own:

“My host parents are very wonderful persons. They are kind, generous, and warmhearted. They always love me, respect me and care for me.”