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Countries and Cultural Exchange

Cultural exchange is the heart of our au pair program. Au pairs are so much more than a live-in nanny; simply by being around other cultures, your little ones become more adaptable, global citizens.  To help you navigate the many new cultures we bring to the U.S., we’ve created a series of blogs to highlight au pair countries & cultural knowledge, along with great stories and ideas on how to introduce your au pair to the United States.

French AuPairCare Au Pairs

Au Pair Country & Culture Highlight: France

With a language and culture that is hundreds of years old and full of interesting and fun quirks, France is a fascinating country to experience through your au pair! Learn more about the country where the term "au pair" originated.

Monday, December 15th
South Africa Map

Au Pair Country & Culture Highlight: South Africa

Au pairs from South Africa often have a lot of experience with children both in their own families and in schools and daycares. There is a strong focus on improving the education and physical well-being of children, so there are many opportunities for young au pairs to play, interact with, and educate children of all ages.

Tuesday, November 4th
Sweden Map

Au Pair Country and Culture Highlight: Sweden

The au pair year has become a tradition among many young people from Sweden for their ‘gap year’ before attending university. This Nordic culture offers a wealth of creativity and fun. Let's explore this Scandinavian Nation!

Sunday, October 19th
Japan Map

Au Pair Country & Culture Highlight: Japan

AuPairCare has one of the longest traditions of bringing au pairs from Japan to the U.S., in part because our co-founder, Takeshi Yokota, hails from Japan. Comprised of an archipelago in East Asia, Japan has a family-oriented culture rich with longstanding traditions in theater, literature, and design. Let’s explore Japanese skills and attributes that may be important to you as a host family.

Wednesday, September 3rd
Brazilian Au Pair and Host Child

The Benefits of Bilingualism

As parents we want to give our children every competitive advantage we can, from the very moment they are born until they are out on their own two feet. Bilingualism is one of those competitive advantages we can offer our children, and having an au pair is a great way to expose them to a foreign language via language immersion.

Tuesday, July 22nd
Colombia Map

Au Pair Country & Culture Highlight: Colombia

Many of our au pairs who join American host families hail from Colombia, a South American country rich in culture. Let’s explore Colombian skills and attributes that may be important to you as a host family!

Wednesday, June 25th
Brazil Map

Au Pair Country & Culture Highlight: Brazil

Many young people come from Brazil to join host families as an au pair. Much like in the U.S., Brazilian culture is a melting pot. Portuguese is the primary language, and Brazil has African, Amerindian and European influences. They all help make up a rich and diverse national culture that champions family life and fun! 

Wednesday, June 4th
Brazilian Au Pair and Child Celebrating World Cup

Cultural Exchange Brings Brazil 2014 World Cup to America

Children begin expressing interest in different cultures at a very young age. Hosting an au pair exposes your children to ethnically diverse and historically rich heritages. It also helps them become more globally and culturally aware. The 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup Brazil™ is a wonderful time to take advantage of your au pair’s background!

Wednesday, May 21st

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