San Francisco, CA AuPairCare, the leading au pair agency for quality live-in child care services, is proud to announce their 2016 Ultimate Au Pair, Elem Borges Moura from Brazil. She lives with her host family, the Reynolds, in Waunakee Wisconsin.
Host parents Amber and Nate Reynolds are like so many other busy working parents. With ever changing schedules, they really wanted a flexible in-home caregiver for their one year old baby girl. Enter Elem, who was studying law, but cared deeply for children and wanted to take some time to study English and learn American culture before starting an international law career. The match couldn't have been more perfect. From the very first day Elem was kind, committed, and eager to share her culture with her host family. She went above and beyond the call of duty, and made herself essential to the family's daily life.
Many things the Reynolds' daughter has learned were influenced by Elem, from learning to walk to speaking her first words. It's normal for her to scream with excitement when au pair Elem returns after being out of her sight for even a short time. Amber describes the relationship between her daughter and au pair as beautiful.
The annual Ultimate Au Pair contest is a special way for host families to communicate what the au pair program means to their lives. Host parents nominate their au pairs with an essay to and then the top ten entries are voted upon to determine the winner. This year, over 110 families entered and more than 1,200 votes were cast. In some entries, host parents described their au pairs as the superglue that keeps the family together or their children said the au pair was the older sibling I always wanted. Not just live-in childcare, the au pair program has cultural exchange and the spirit of family at its core, and this annual contest brings that to the forefront.
The original essay by the Reynolds nominating Elem is available at AuPairCare Stories, along with stories of past au pair winners and participants.
AuPairCare is a leading au pair agency providing family-friendly live-in childcare services to American families since 1989. Designated by the U.S. Department of State, AuPairCare offers superior childcare to fit families' unique needs. AuPairCare has matched more than 55,000 au pairs with American families across the U.S. AuPairCare is a division of Intrax, a family of organizations that provide a lifetime of high quality educational, work and volunteer programs that connect people and cultures. Intrax is headquartered in San Francisco with offices on four continents. For more information about AuPairCare, call 800.428.7247.