A New Jersey family's au pair has been named the 2010 International Au Pair of the Year! Mayumi Yano, a 24-year old au pair from Musashi Murayamashi, Japan was recently honored as the 2010 International Au Pair of the Year at a waterfront ceremony in Miami, Florida.
Each year the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) honors the one au pair whom they feel embodies the true spirit of being an au pair at their annual conference. Mayumi, an au pair with InterExchange's Au Pair USA program, was nominated for the award by her Host Family, the Yadao-Cahill family of New Jersey who wrote a beautiful essay explaining why Mayumi deserves the award.
Host Mom Bevin Cahill wrote, "Being with Mayumi is like being with the meaning of love, kindness, and fun. Mayumi is so genuine, so full of enthusiasm for every day and every moment that she has made a lifelong impression upon our family." Bevin continues in her winning essay, "She is not only our children's best friend, and a trusted member of our family, but is an exceptional person, a rare gem in the world."
The entire family, including the two little girls for whom Mayumi cares, made the trip from New Jersey to Miami to watch Mayumi accept the prestigious award. Mayumi's sister also made the trip from Japan to represent the Yano family.
"I want to accept this award not just from myself but really for all the au pairs in the world. It is such an important job full of responsibility, but also full of love and happiness", Mayumi said while the two little girls hugged her legs. True to being the Au Pair of Year, her focus was more on the children than the crowd gathered to watch her accept the award.
"We are so very proud of Mayumi!" says Michael McHugh, Director of InterExchange's Au Pair USA program, "She's an outstanding au pair and such a warm and caring person. Mayumi is actually the first au pair from Japan, and even the first from Asia, to win the award. Having such a great winner bodes well for everyone because we are seeing a lot more interest in the program in that part of the world."
IAPA was founded in 1994 as an oversight agency to protect the rights of au pairs and host families. The organization establishes internationally approved guidelines for all au pair exchange programs.
InterExchange Au Pair USA is a non-profit cultural exchange organization that has been connecting families in the USA with qualified, experienced au pairs from all over the world for more than 20 years. Au Pair USA specializes in creating authentic cross-cultural connections between host families and au pairs, and makes live-in childcare affordable for many families.
A fan of independent cinema and proponent of the Oxford comma, Matthew began his career at a Miami-based tech startup before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his M.A. in Foreign Languages. He has worked at InterExchange since 2006 and currently serves as a Marketing Project Manager.