Eva and Her Host Family: Sharing Cultures, Sharing Love


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Eva and her host child have fun while baking cookies!
Eva and her host child have fun while baking cookies!
Image courtesy of the Schoenfish family

Cultural exchange is not only the key focus of the U.S. Department of State Au Pair program; it is one of the most loved aspects of the program by both host families and au pairs. The close one-on-one relationships cultivated through the program form the basis of long-term international understanding.

After connecting with InterExchange Au Pair USA, the Schoenfisch family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, found the cultural value of the program to be an indispensable part of their everyday life. The supportive and nurturing relationship between the Schoenfisch family and Eva, their Czech au pair, embodies the best of what the au pair program represents.

Eva enjoys a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Eva enjoys a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Image courtesy of the Schoenfish family

Eva, the family’s fourth au pair with InterExchange Au Pair USA, had all of the qualities the young Chapel Hill family wanted in a child care provider and became like a member of the family.

“Eva not only gives 100 percent to her job caring for our children; she is also proactive about being a part of our family, experiencing American culture, and sharing Czech culture with all of us,” said Ms. Schoenfisch.

Eva not only gives 100 percent to her job caring for our children; she is also proactive about being a part of our family, experiencing American culture, and sharing Czech culture with all of us.

Eva herself decided to au pair in the U.S. for many of the same reasons the Schoenfisch family enjoys hosting an international child care provider.

“I always loved spending time with children and it seemed like a great opportunity for me to achieve valuable memories about becoming a part of American family,” said Eva. “Learning about American culture is the best part of this. Sharing one home with my host family means to share everything about American culture – history, feasts and holidays, cuisine, movies, and hobbies.”

Learning about American culture is the best part of this. Sharing one home with my host family means to share everything about American culture – history, feasts and holidays, cuisine, movies, and hobbies.

The Schoenfisches embrace and value their au pairs’ opinions and cultures. This mutual respect fosters genuine learning experiences for everyone involved, and on a more global level, expands understanding between countries.

Our four-year-old has picked up some Czech phrases, and we read traditional Czech children’s books, translated into English.

Eva has delighted her host children by sharing Czech food, language, and stories. “Our four-year-old has picked up some Czech phrases, and we read traditional Czech children’s books, translated into English,” said Ms. Schoenfisch. “We do our best to keep each au pair part of our children’s lives through pictures and stories, and part of that involves bringing in elements of where they are from, special traditions they celebrate in their home country, language, and family. In the long run, it is our hope our children know how loved they are, and part of that includes the love they’ve been shown by the au pairs from other countries who have cared for them.”

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