What Do Au Pairs Think About US Culture?


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A unique tradition in the USA is to wear American flag t-shirts.
A unique tradition in the USA is to wear American flag t-shirts.
Image courtesy of the Camargo family

The au pair program is all about cultural exchange and we asked our au pairs what they thought were some of the positive aspects of U.S. culture after experiencing it for a year. It’s refreshing and interesting to hear their outside perspective!

Au pair Luisa from Mexico

Their desire for improvement, self-actualization, and optimism.

Au pair Ludivine from France

The patriotism is amazing, the people are so welcoming and nice. They’re hard workers and very motivated. I loved all of the holidays that I don’t have in my country, and it was a pleasure to celebrate all of them with my host family.

Au pair Annika from Germany

There is always a polite and friendly “thank you” and “you’re welcome” wherever you go.

Au pair Nicola from South Africa

The love for their country.

Living in a new country and culture is an experience like no other.
Living in a new country and culture is an experience like no other.
Image courtesy of InterExchange

Au pair Geraldine from Colombia

I like that people are very kind, they love their country and take care of it. I learned the very importance of being on time. ;)

Au pair Maria from Spain

People from different places living together in the same country. You can find whatever you want wherever you want.

Au pair Maria de Jesus from Mexico

They have the habit of reading. In NYC people do exercise and most of them eat organic food.

Au pair Marion from Austria

They are so caring and open-minded. I love it! Everybody asks you how you are and talks to you just for fun. They give you compliments right away.

Be sure to fully embrace U.S. culture while given the opportunity.
Be sure to fully embrace U.S. culture while given the opportunity.
Image courtesy of Katharina

Au pair Myrthe from the Netherlands

Americans are hard working people but they do enjoy their weekends and time off. They are very sporty and like to compete.

Au pair Anissa from France

To me, the most positive aspects of the US culture I have found was the holidays and the way people celebrate them. Celebrating every single holiday. We can feel that people are joyful and warm. I also like the way houses are decorated.

Joy Lo Joy Lo

Joy is a huge advocate for cultural exchange. She's lived across the USA, then moved overseas to London and Sydney. She currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, giving her a unique perspective on working and thriving in a culture not her own. Joy graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Marketing and started her career in the au pair industry. She works on the blog and social media for the Au Pair USA program.

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