InterExchange Au Pair USA families have hosted au pairs from 66 countries since 1989. These au pairs have been from Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, and Latin America!
Here are what a few families who've hosted au pairs from several countries around the world have to say about their experience with the program:
5 au pairs are flying in for the Lemberg family's b'nai mitzvah party!
The Lemberg family, from Westfield, New Jersey, has hosted au pairs from 7 countries! "We have met some amazing young ladies from Germany, Belgium, England, Denmark and the Netherlands. Each brings something else to our family and we continue to keep in touch. In fact, we are having a triple b'nai mitzvah party for our kids in September, and at least five of our past au pairs are flying in for the celebration!"
"We are having a triple b'nai mitzvah party for our kids in September, and at least five of our past au pairs are flying in for the celebration!"
"I think our lives have been enhanced by the program in many ways. We have learned about different cultures, accents, food and songs from all over the world. The biggest lesson my kids learned was that 'it's a small world after all.' No matter where people are from, there are commonalities. They like to prepare a nice meal and eat with the family. They love to meet friends at Starbucks and go dancing at clubs in New York City. Young people are the same all over the world."
For the Kobrynski-Lesnick, au pairs from France and Mexico keep their heritage and experience alive!
The Kobrynski-Lesnick family, from Atlanta, Georgia, has hosted au pairs from six countries! "We’ve hosted au pairs mainly from France and Mexico. This is because my wife speaks French, having extensive family in France. I speak Spanish, and spent a year as an exchange student in Mexico while I was in high school.
Being an exchange student is a lot like being an au pair, so I felt a kindred spirit with all the young ladies staying with us. We still keep track of nearly all of them. We often see them when we go to France to visit Lisa’s family. Our first au pair is now in her late 30s and has four children of her own. We love visiting with her family in the Paris suburbs."
"Being an exchange student is a lot like being an au pair, so I felt a kindred spirit with all the young ladies staying with us."
For the Carthers family, au pairs were there to help with every step of the kids' growth.
The Carithers family, from Alexandria, Virginia, has hosted au pairs from three countries! "We feel so lucky to have gotten to know six lovely and educated women from around the world (Japan, Germany and Latvia) through InterExchange Au Pair USA who have become extended members of our family.
Each of these young women has brought energy and enthusiasm to the job and a fresh perspective. Each one has helped our children through various stages of their lives - they've lived through potty training with us, starting kindergarten, learning to tie shoes, learning to swim… all with a sense of humor and adventure. We really have been so happy."
"They've lived through potty training with us, starting kindergarten, learning to tie shoes, learning to swim... all with a sense of humor and adventure. We really have been so happy."
It's always wonderful to hear about how growing up with an international au pair both broadens and shrinks the world for children in our host families. These families have truly gained new family members!