Every year at AuPairCare our host families take a moment to recognize the au pairs that have come into their lives and embraced the spirit of childcare and cultural exchange. This contest was one of the most competitive ever, but hundreds of entries and many deliberations, we have our list of finalists! Check out the highlights of our wonderful au pair finalists for Ultimate Au Pair of the Year!
Winner! Sara from Brazil
"We admire her patience and kindness. She brings the best out in our girls and inspires them to stay strong and be the best they can be. Sara is definitely the Ultimate Au Pair and one in a million." Read the full entry from the Kang Family here!
Finalist Liz from Mexico
The Warnke Family on their wonderful au pair, Liz! "Liz has made such a wonderful impression on our boys. She has went above and beyond to become a part of the family and support us and our kids". Check out the complete entry from Liz's host family here.
Finalist Mariyanny from the Dominican Republic
Mariyanny's host family, the Normans, share how special Mariyanny is, "Marianny is a caring, thoughtful, patient individual. She is the type of person you hope your child will become and thus, is a great role model for our little ones." Read their entry here.
Finalist Sara from Germany
Congratulations to Sara! As a finalist, her family, the Smiths from Colorado, share that "the ways that Sera has impacted our lives are incredible. Sera is truly one of a kind. The ways that she enriches our lives range from sharing her culture, to teaching, and ultimately to bringing our family closer together." The Smith's family whole story can be read here.
Finalist Bursa from Turkey
Nominated by the Quirin family, Busra has exemplified how to be the ultimate au pair. The Quirin family shares "Busra is everything anyone would want from an au pair. As a parent of a special needs child, I was nervous about having another au pair. Busra told us she had endless love for special needs children and makes my son feel so loved and special. She goes out of her way to meet him where he is".
Finalist Chonelle from South Africa
From sharing her unique Afrikaan culture to her talent as a violinist, Chonelle has made a huge impact on the lives of her host family, the Covell-Pierson. They share "Chonelle is the best Au Pair we could ever ask for and here are three of our reasons. Just know there are so many more!". Check out their reasons for nominating her here.
Finalist Luca from Japan
The past few years have been challenging, but nothing stops au pair Luca! Her host family shares " Luca was enthusiastic and ready to tackle her 2nd year in America. In November 2020, Luca Takahashi joined our family and blew us away by seamlessly merging into our family to make us better, together. The connection was magical." Read the full nomination here.
Finalist Lizi from Georgia
The Okoh-Tisch family shares that Lizi "is the kindest, most loving, and dedicated human being that you will find. Lizi always puts 100% focus and energy into what she is doing...She always goes above and beyond to be helpful while in the mix with us. She is just like a daughter to us and chips in whenever she sees we need help.
Finalist Lele from Colombia
From Washington, the Kullnat family shares how Lele "truly surpasses every aspect of the ultimate Au Pair, Our family is better and stronger with Lele a part of it, and I know she will continue to be a part of our family long after she has returned home." Read their entry here.
Finalist Jonna from Germany
"From the moment we met, her kindness, charm and warm heart radiated through her personality...She is family now. I can't imagine life after she returns to Germany." Nominated by the Silva family, read all about Jonna!