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gold-star-2-1Congratulations to all of our runner up winners for the 2012 Au Pair of the Year Contest and THANK YOU for being such wonderful Au Pairs!


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Laura W. - Germany

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Nomination Letter from Laura's Host Family



When our twin boys (Will and Seth) arrived a month early, we were absolutely delighted but concerned about what life would be like for us all when I returned to work after 4 months. Day care options were few and far between, and didn’t offer flexible hours to support our work lives. Additionally, as first time parents of premature boys, we were nervous about their health.
We started to explore the option of an au pair, but had concerns about leaving two babies in the care of one person during the day, as well as how someone new would fit in with our family and the city.
When we spoke with Laura, we were struck by her maturity, calm nature, and her sincere interest in caring for children.   As a pediatric nurse, she had experience dealing with multiple (crying) babies, which gave us assurance that she would have the reserve to handle stressful situations.
Deciding to bring Laura into our family has been one of the best decisions we have made for our family. She’s provided our boys with loving care since day 1.  When they were in the first year, she was a great gauge for determining what was a legitimate concern (hand, foot and mouth virus) vs. typical baby issues (eczema).  Now that they are a little older, she sings with them and plays games to develop their coordination and play.  I can’t even count how many times I’ve opened the front door to the sound of the boys (and Laura) giggling away. She speaks German and English with them, and we love that our boys are learning another language with her. 
She supports our boys, which was our primary concern when we decided on the au pair program. What has surprised us though is how she also supports my husband and me. Although we try our best to stick to a schedule, work emergencies come up, and there are times when we both need to work late. Laura has been so flexible when we need to adjust hours. As working parents, my husband and I can feel like we are missing some milestones with our boys. Every day, Laura tells us what happened with the boys and shares their stories. She takes pictures and videos too, to help us relive their day’s activities.

Laura has a zest for life that is contagious. It’s inspiring to see how she is making the most of her time in the states. From travel and camping to parachuting out of a plane, she is amazing in her pursuit of her American experience.  She has adapted to life in the U.S. fantastically and has made a wide circle of friends.  Laura has become a part of our family in a fundamental way – spending time with us, our friends, and our extended family. We are just so thankful and grateful that she’s with us. She’s made an indelible mark on our lives and our boys.
We would like to nominate Laura for au pair of the year. We have benefited so greatly from her involvement in our family and feel she is the epitome of what the au pair program can offer- trustworthy, caring childcare from a young person who is vivacious and open to the American experience.


Kumi U. - Japan

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Nomination Letter from Kumi's Host Family



Our family will never forget the first time we saw Kumi on Skype: she had a large bird on her head and a huge smile on her face.  The bird, her beloved pet, stayed in Japan, much to our children’s disappointment.  The smile came and stayed with us in California for two years.  
What made Kumi a truly amazing au pair?  We have had four au pairs now, and each one has been wonderful.  Yet, Kumi still stands out.  We expect that every one of our au pairs will do the “au pair job” of childcare, driving and speaking with our children in Japanese with competence and initiative, and we have never been disappointed.  But Kumi has a passion for living and a joy that comes through in whatever she does.   Her face painting at Halloween, her photographs and videos, the way she played, everything she did had that special “Kumi energy.”  
She “fit in” as a member of the family, enthusiastically embracing our often peculiar, and loud, habits.  She was vocal in her appreciation of food at our nightly family dinners  – especially her favorite, “Country Captain Chicken.”   And she did not just join our family.  She brought her family, especially her father, into our children’s lives via Skype.  Our daughter especially loved to talk with Kumi and her father in the evenings.  
Not surprisingly, our children, Geoffrey, Alexandria and Thomas, adored her.  She made things fun, even as she kept control of the often unruly crew as she drove them from class to class in the afternoons.  Even our adult son, who was 17 when she arrived, got along well with her, a testament to Kumi’s easy-going personality since they shared a connecting bathroom.   
But she also understood that being an au pair is not just about childcare.  She struck a perfect balance between being part of the family, being a caregiver and being her own adult person.  She was determined to experience life in the United States and beyond, and she did.  And she brought back some of each adventure to share with us over dinner and enrich our lives.  
Sometimes, the adventures were more local or of a personal nature.  Her hairstyles changed frequently, and were a source of much interest and discussion.  Among the more eccentric, we saw a Mohawk, dreadlocks, and shaved stars and sort-of stripes, just in time for the Fourth of July.  She learned to skateboard, and went to a skateboarding camp during one of her vacations.  On weekends, you could often find her at the beach, surfing with friends.   
Sometimes, the adventures were more far afield.  She traveled to the Grand Canyon, driving more than 2000 miles across the Western states.  She flew to Mexico and stayed for a week and half with nothing more than what she could fit into a small backpack. She camped at various sites in California.  And, she realized her dream of travelling in Southeast Asia just after her time as our au pair was over, before she returned to her home in Japan.  Kumi is a free spirit in the best sense of the word.  Our family feels extraordinary blessed that she was – and will remain – a part of our lives.




Judith L. - Germany

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Nomination Letter from Judith's Host Family


I am a single Mom of a 9 year old special needs daughter.  Given what it takes for me to find, train and integrate caregivers, I was especially reluctant to invite an AuPair into our home.  Then I found Judith from Germany.  It was "love at first skype!"  We hit it off right away and I could tell Judith had the demeanor to handle my daughter.  We skyped more, I introduced her to my daughter, did a virtual tour of the house and gathered the animals so she could see what she was getting into.  She was not deterred.  Judith now lives with us and I am as grateful as I was skeptical.  She's fallen into our routine without skipping a beat.  She was able to pick up on my daughter's cues after being here for no more than two weeks.  I have a level of confidence with her I have not had with other caregivers.  And I'm able to leave the house knowing everything will be all right.  I would like to nominate Judith as the AuPair of the Year.

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What Our Host Families Say

  • John - CO

    A little over two years ago, I lost my wife Patty to cancer. With a huge hole in our home from the loss of Patty, Svetlana stepped in and helped Bryce feel loved and cared for during a situation that is difficult to imagine and understand. She has seen us through many tears and sadness, but brought so much safety and comfort into our home. I honestly don’t know how we could have made it the past few years without her.
     
  • LindseyMary

    Lindsey - CA

    Mary Luisa or lulu as we call her entered our family at a challenging time in early July. I was 7 months pregnant and our son was starting to act out as he realized a new baby was on the way. Rocket met Mary and instantly fell in love. He was so excited his new best friend would be living in our house. From day one lulu stepped in and has been there for our son and helped make the new baby transition easier on the whole family.
     
  • Ornela

    Keith - MD

    It was a very terrifying thought for me to entrust my children to someone else, but I can say with whole hearted enthusiasm, we really "hit the jackpot" with Ornela. She has taken our twins from speaking greek words to being completely bilingual! To see the confidence and ability that they have is in a large part dedicated to her. We can truly see the pride and love that she has for Georgia and Peter. Ornela has really become a part of our family, not just an au pair.
     
  • NozomiStevenson

    The Stevenson Children - MD

    These past four months with our au pair have been the best experience ever! She even rode the Tower of Terror at Disney World with us three times. Tell us how many au pairs will do that for their host family kids! Our au pair is very special and we love her just like a family member. She does so much for our family and we just want to tell everyone how awesome she is to us!
     
  • Effie

    Patricia

    We feel fortunate as parents to have Effie in our family, especially in our busy lives when being away from home and the children during the day can often be very stressful. She makes our life easier, giving us the confidence that our kids are safe, in good hands and with the right direction!
     
  • Lissy

    Audrey - FL

    Lissy has exceeded every expectation we had for an au pair and has become just like another family member. I have said time and time again that you guys must do an amazing job screening these applicants. Although now I would have a hard time doing this again because I don't know if we could ever top Lissy!
     
  • MaureenSatoko

    Maureen - MI

    We have had several au pairs in our home and we feel very glad and are very lucky that Satoko came to us. I don't want to jinx anything because this is only the second week but I can tell you that Satoko is golden. We are grateful to Au Pair International for introducing her to us!