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Annually thousands of young people from all over the world embark on a special journey by becoming au pairs. Leaving behind the familiarity of their homeland for as long as one year, au pairs travel to distant countries, where they are welcomed into another culture as a part of their host family.

Each year Au Pair International will select one au pair amidst all nominees to become our Au Pair of the Year.  In addition, we select three nominees to be submitted to the National IAPA Au Pair of the Year contest where he/she will compete against other outstanding au pairs from around the world!

This year, we are proud to introduce you to our 2018 Au Pair of the Year winner and runners-up.

Congratulations to Martin T. of Hungary – Winner of our 2018 Au Pair of the Year Contest AND winner of the National IAPA Au Pair of the Year Contest!

martinTo be awarded Au Pair of the Year, we look for participants that go above and beyond to care for their host children, embody American culture, and truly become a member of their family. Martin was nominated by his host family in Houston, TX for his compassionate care not only of his host family and their children, but to neighbors and friends who stayed with the host family during Hurricane Harvey. During this difficult time, Martin’s spirit never wavered. From playing games with the children to getting people to safety, he went above and beyond his call of duty to assist his host family. In his nomination letter, his host family says, “There is so much more we could say about Martin, but overall, he has shown us a loyalty and love for our family that is like no other we have felt from any au pair before. We are truly humbled by his giving nature and our family will forever be grateful for his assistance and care during the most difficult time of our lives.”

Martin was also recently chosen as the International Au Pair of the Year through the International Au Pair Association (IAPA)! IAPA supports au pairs throughout the world, and this award aims to showcase the cultural benefits of the program, for both au pairs and their host families. We are honored to be celebrating our 10-year anniversary of partnership with IAPA this year, and this is the first time an au pair from Au Pair International has won this prestigious honor.

Click here to read more about Martin, and to watch him accept the IAPA honor!

Congratulations to Our Runners-Up!

Au Pair International received many wonderful nominations for the Au Pair of the Year Contest this year, all of whom deserve recognition for being outstanding au pair’s to their host parents and children! Therefore, we would like to extend some heartfelt congratulations to each of our nominees, especially our two runners-up. Please click on their links below to discover why their host families nominated them for the Au Pair of the Year Award!

   2nd Place – Amanda S. from Spain 3rd Place – Natsuki O. from Japan
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Would you like to nominate your au pair for our 2019 contest? Nominating him/her for this prestigious award is a wonderful way to give him/her much deserved recognition and credit for being an exceptional caregiver and invaluable part of your family! See below for full details.



Eligibility and Contest Regulations

Nominee Eligibility

  • Nominations are based on an essay written by you, the host family, describing the characteristics that make your au pair exceptional.
  • The entry deadline for the 2018 Au Pair of the Year Contest is on Sunday, January 14th, 2018.
  • The young person being nominated for the award must be an au pair during the 2017-2018 year.

Additional Information

  • We are looking for compelling reasons why you believe your au pair is exceptional. Nominations are an excellent way of recognizing the dedication your au pair shows to your children. Au pairs should not only be nominated for excellence in their childcare skills, but also for taking full advantage of the cultural exchange aspect of the program. We encourage nominations for those au pairs who strive to be an integral part of the family, and also take opportunities to experience American culture.
  • Host family essays will be judged by a selection panel appointed by Au Pair International (and the International Au Pair Association, if selected for national submission). To ensure fairness and objectivity by the selection panel, the names of the au pair and the sending/receiving organization/s will not appear on contest entries.
  • All contest entries will become property of Au Pair International and the International Au Pair Association, including rights to edit and publish the material.
  • The nomination is an essay written by you (of at least 500 words), the host family, describing the characteristics that make your au pair exceptional.
  • Entries should be returned to our office no later than midnight on Sunday, January 14th 2018, MST
  • The young person being nominated for the award must have been an au pair during the 2017-2018 year.
    • In order for your au pair to be eligible for the award, you may be required to provide verification of the essay's content.
    • The winning au pair will be notified by Au Pair International.
IAPA (International Au Pair Association) Contest
  • Select nominations will be submitted to the annual IAPA Au Pair of the Year Contest, at the discretion of Au Pair International.
  • Submitted host family essays will be judged by a selection panel appointed by the International Au Pair Association. To ensure fairness and objectivity by the selection panel(s), the names of the au pair and the sending/receiving organization/s will not appear on contest entries.
  • Host family essays will be rated, and then three au pair finalists selected amongst all agency entries. In order to qualify, each finalist must then write, in their own words, a short essay detailing his/her own au pair experience. The essay does not need to be in English.
  • All contest entries will become property of the International Au Pair Association, including rights to edit and publish the material.
  • The winning au pair will be required, all expenses paid, to attend the Association's 2018 Annual Conference in Seville, Spain, where he/she will be presented with a token prize and commemorative award.
  • In order for your au pair to be eligible for the award, you may be required to provide verification of the essay's content.
  • The winning au pair will be notified by IAPA.
Awards and Recognition

The winner of our 2018 Au Pair of the Year Contest will receive:

  • His/her choice of an Apple or Samsung watch.
  • A commemorative certificate recognizing their prestigious title.
  • Recognition on the Au Pair International website, and social media channels as the Au Pair of the Year.
  • The top 10 nominees will also be given free registration to one of our fun destination trips (airfare not included) held throughout the year.
Nominate Your Au Pair!




HOST FAMILY INFORMATION

AU PAIR INFORMATION

ESSAY
PLEASE COMPOSE AND SUBMIT AN ESSAY WRITTEN BY YOU, THE HOST FAMILY, DESCRIBING THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE YOUR AU PAIR EXCEPTIONAL, AND YOUR REASON FOR NOMINATING HIM/HER FOR THIS AWARD. ESSAY LENGTH SHOULD BE LIMITED TO BETWEEN 500 AND 850 WORDS. THE ESSAY SHOULD ONLY DESCRIBE THE AU PAIR’S EXPERIENCE, WITHOUT REFERRING TO THE NAME OF EITHER SENDING/RECEIVING AGENCY. YOU MAY ALSO CHOOSE TO CREATE A VIDEO THAT CONVEYS WHY YOUR AU PAIR IS DESERVING OF THIS AWARD. PLEASE INCLUDE THE VIDEO DOWNLOAD LINK BELOW. **PLEASE NOTE - WE RECOMMEND WRITING YOUR ESSAY OUTSIDE OF THIS SITE, AND PASTING IN THE BOX BELOW UPON COMPLETION, IN CASE THERE IS A SUBMISSION ERROR.**

NOMINATION ESSAY/VIDEO LINK

PHOTOS
WHILE COMPLETELY OPTIONAL, THE FOLLOWING SECTION IS PROVIDED FOR YOU TO SHARE FUN PHOTOS OF YOUR AMAZING AU PAIR! (PLEASE LIMIT FILE SIZE TO 500KB AND FILE TYPE TO .JPG AND .PDF.) PHOTOS MAY ALSO BE SENT TO PADAMS@AUPAIRINT.COM.





CONSENT FOR USE
WE AT AU PAIR INTERNATIONAL LOVE TO SHARE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES WITH OTHER HOST FAMILIES AND AU PAIRS AROUND THE WORLD! PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ESSAY AND PHOTOS YOU SUBMIT WILL BECOME PROPERTY OF AU PAIR INTERNATIONAL, WITH RIGHTS TO USE THEM ON OUR WEBSITE, AND IN VARIOUS OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING MATERIAL.


YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION E-MAIL UPON SUBMISSION