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                                        gold-star-2-1Congratulations to Huiwei C.Untitled-1

Our 2012 Au Pair of the Year!




Nomination Letter from Huiwei's Host Family

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Huiwei has been the au pair for our two young sons, Brody (3.5 years) and Cael (1.5 years), since the end of June. Since then, our 1 1/2 year old Cael has begun speaking and singing in both English and Mandarin Chinese. It seems Huiwei has really helped with his overall language development. Huiwei spends the bulk of her time with Cael while Brody is in a Mandarin Immersion preschool. Cael really enjoys spending time with her and she takes him to story time music class and kindergym. She teaches Cael numbers, sayings and songs in Chinese. He is learning so much that he is so excited to get to Chinese preschool with his big brother and interact with all the Chinese teachers at Brody's school.

One of her responsibilities is to drive Brody to preschool. When she started with us, Huiwei did not have a California license and she dilligently took the time to learn the U.S. driving laws and learn how to drive carefully. She passed the California driving test with ease on her first try. The boys love the commute to and from Brody's school with Huiwei because she sings Chinese songs with them in the car. She is also very interested in improving her English language skills and spends a lot of her free time reading vocabulary and grammar books. Huiwei is interest in arts and crafts and is creative with the projects she introduces to the boys. She is doing a good job of developing their creativity skills. She recently borrowed a book from the library and did some of the crafts from it which the boys really enjoyed.

Since Cael is too young for preschool we worried that he would be "bored" or not challenged being out of school when we moved to a town where kids couldn't start preschool or daycare until they are potty trained. Previously we lived somewhere where Cael was able to attend daycare and able to interact with kids and caregiver adults all day. We were concerned being out of this setting would affect his progress and social development but he has done very well over the past few months with Huiwei. He is speaking and singing an unusually high number of words for his age and he understands both English and Chinese directions and can already speak in full sentences. He is very comfortable when he is around other kids at the library for story time and is also very comfortable interacting with teachers and other adults when he goes to music and kindergym. He also loves going with her to a nearby park to run around, play on the playground and ride is toy motorcycle.

Our boys are still very young, but they have already developed some very good skills - especially understanding and speaking Mandarin Chinese - from Huiwei that will serve them well the rest of their lives. She is really bringing out the best in them. The boys love spending time with Huiwei and we are lucky to have her!

Nomination Essay from Huiwei

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My host families with me in 2011:

I arrived in the US at the end of June, 2010. I can still remember the moment that i took my first step on the land of the US - just like many people who came to the US at the first time, I was so anxious and excited with unknown world and life. How time flies, 2 years passed just like a blink, and I am still fine.

The year of 2011 was so special for me, I extended my au pair years, and I lived with two different host families.

In the June of 2011, I started with a family who lives in Orlando California. They just moved in a new house one month before I started. The family has two boys, Brody (3.5 years old) and Cael (1.5 years old). Ir was a challenge for the boys for that everything was new - new school to go, new friends to make, and there is a "stranger" (I am the first au pair of this family) to live together.

Like a little deer, Brody kept his distance from me at the beginning. I tried different things to play with him. At that time, I found that this little boy has special interests in ART. So I borrowed some art books from the library and did the artist project with him. He seems enjoying doing the projects. After a while, he is close to me. Now, he gives a big hug to me and says "I love you" in Chinese every morning afer I drop him off at the school. The hugs and the words make me happy.

I spent the bulk of time with Cael while Brody is in Chinese preschool. My host parents give me the freedom to choose the way getting along with Cael. I didn't have many nice experiences in the childhood so that my eagerness to make children happy is much more stronger than everybody else. I took him to the story time, playground, kindergym and music class so that he has different activities and social experience everyday. Since then, he likes to say hi and smile to the people. Also I like to read and sing to him in both Chinese and English. Now he is eager to read and sing to me once he remember the words. For me, it is a "special treat".

My host parents are very nice to me. I didn't have a California driver's license when I started with the family. My host dad took one week off and helped me to practice the driving. It is very hard to come by that someone can spend a lot of time teaching you that. Of course I passed the driving test on my first try. At Christmas, I got a big surprise from the family. They got the round trip airline tickets to New York for me as a spresent. The grandman also sent me an envelope which has $100 inside (which we called "lucky money" in China). She said that she wanted me to have a nice trip. What a great family!

In August, I visited my previous host family in Santa Rosa, CA. I had a great year with this family. They offered me a guest house with kitchen, bedroom and living room. At that time, we talked about everything - about life, about work, about the future, just like a family. Even though we had some unhappy experience at the beginning. Sometimes when I think it back, it was because I didn't know how to communicate with the family, I was shy and didn't like to share the thought with them at the beginning. But anyway, after one year I become someone more than a friend.

There is an old Chinese saying said: You reap what you have sown. You treat someone by heart and you will be treated by heart. Now, all my hard work have return - host parents' care, the children's friendship and life experience I got.

My two years as an au pair almost done. Thanks for all the help and caring from API. One time the care got a flat in the way to the au pair meeting, I still remember how sweet my area director Katrina is. She told me what should I to do, and asked me what was the progress was. All the caring make me feel that I never alone in US. And the API gave me two great families, the au pair meetings every month make me feel I like being in a big family which all of my sisters come from worldwide. I am so glad that I choose API.

Become an au pair, I go a lot of experiences which I never had before, my life is so different from then on.




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Our 2013 Au Pair of the Year!



Ornela with her Host Family!
Ornela with her Area Director Natalie!




Nomination Letter from Ornela's Host Family 

Our family would like to nominate our au pair, Ornela Lola as Au Pair of the Year! Ornela joined our family in January of 2012. She came to us from Greece a very shy young lady, with kindness and curiosity in her heart.

She was coming to a new country filled with experiences she has never seen before. I am sure that she also came with a little anxiousness as our family is not the typical family unit from the outside. We have 5 year old twins, Georgia and Peter, and they have two fathers, Andreas and Keith.

Immediately upon her arrival, we could tell that she really had a desire to be an au pair. She started building a bond with our twins, teaching them new art projects, interacting and playing with them and most importantly to us, engaging them in the greek language. You see, we searched for an au pair from Greece, as we are greek and wanted to strengthen and enforce their greek language skills.

It was a very quick bond that she built with the twins, but also with us as a family. Eating together, learning and teaching new things (us teaching her about America, and the differences she needed to learn, and her teaching the twins the importance of their heritage and language). We had a few adjustments to endure, as driving was a new endeavor for Ornela. With her enthusiasm and desire to learn this was a quick accomplishment for her!.

She has taken our twins from speaking greek words to being completely bilingual! They are now fluent in greek, speaking to their great grandmother (who only speaks greek) to teachers, our priest and other elders in the church and community. To see the confidence and ability that they have is in a large part dedicated to Ornela. She works with them daily on their language skills and also in learning the greek alphabet. She has brought many of the traditions that have disappeared in the United States, back to our home and to our extended family. We can truly see the pride and love that she has for Georgia and Peter. She has talked with us about their strengths and also for her hopes for their futures. Ornela has really become a part of our family, not just an au pair.

Her parents have even commented that she left as a girl and now when they speak either by telephone or Skype, they are speaking to a young woman. She is not only helping us with our twins in assisting in developing their futures, but she has also blossomed into a confidant and outgoing woman.

Ornela has also understood the goals, manners and etiquette that we want to instill in Georgia and Peter. She works with them daily to reinforce the politeness, table manners and respectfulness that we want them to learn and practice. When we became parents we knew that we wanted to guide and mold them to be the adults we wanted them to be, while simultaneously, promoting and nurturing their individual spirits. I watch and listen to Ornela working on the same for them. I can stand in another room, without the twins or Ornela knowing and listen to their interactions. I tear up many times in hearing and seeing the children they have become, and knowing that Ornela has been a significant part of that.

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. Please accept this nomination for Ornela Lola, to be Au Pair of the Year, as she has earned every acknowledgement and praise we can bestow on her!!!

Nomination Essay from Ornela

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It is hard to write about my whole year and my new family in only a letter but I will do my best!

I am young girl from Greece and you might not know it but being an Au Pair is not very common there. Everybody told me that I am crazy for even just thinking about going to America to live with a family that I don't even know. My parents were anxious, too, but when I Skyped with the Vellios family they felt much better. They had a chance to speak to Keith, Andreas and the kids and they started to feel more confident about letting there daughter go to another country all by herself because they knew that this family would take good care of me and support me during my year in a foreign country.

When we first read that I would have two host fathers, you can imagine that my parents didn't really know what to expect and how to react. But also this was not an issue anymore after we first met them on Skype. Instead they completely changed there opinion about same-sex couples and understand that this is a very normal family with parents who love there kids more than anything in the world!
But let's move on to the time when I finally arrived in the US. Although I had a very good feeling about my host family, I was scared and shy and I didn't really know what to do with myself on the first days so I just tried to hide in my room but Andreas and Keith didn't let me! They sent the kids to me to bring me out, even for dinner time I didn't know whether I am supposed to join them or not. But Georgia and Peter came into my room, grabbed my hand and dragged me to the dining room.

Georgia and Peter helped me a lot in the beginning. They accepted me immediately and I just fell in love with them. They are wonderful, kind, warm-hearted kids! They made me feel so happy that I didn't feel homesick or lonely at all! I love to spend my time with them and to see them grow up every single day. What I really enjoy here are the little moments with the kids. Other people might think that this is just an ordinary day and they may be right, but for me it is also a moment where I realize how happy I am right now. So one day for example, we went to a city center with a small lake. We like to go there because the walk around the lake is really nice! We were racing, learning Greek letters, drinking juice and then we sat on a giant rock close to the water. It was quiet and nice and Georgia and Peter took a stick in their hands and pretended that they were fishing. It was that moment when I thought that this is a perfect day. And then I realized that the kids thought the same because Peter said he wished we could stay there forever.

Another special thing for me is bedtime, everytime I put them to bed, Peter asks for two hugs and Georgia is hiding under the blanket and when I finally “find” her she gets out of the blanket and asks with big surprise, how I could find her. It makes me laugh every time! When they finally lie down I usually sing them a Greek lullaby and they fall asleep :-)

This year was an amazing experience for me! My family grew and I feel like I now have parents in Greece and in America and even my two families got to know each other. Keith and Andreas and my parents talk on Skype (they are working together on finding me a boyfriend, even though I'm scared for them to…). Andreas's parents even went to Athens twice and met my family. So my two families feel like they are connected and became a gigantic Greek-American family now. All this made me decide to stay an other year, even though in the beginning I kept telling my self I would just stay for one year.

I love Georgia, Peter, Keith and Andreas so much and want to thank them for everything they did for me! I can not imagine a better host family!


Congratulations Hitomi


 Congratulations to Hitomi - Our 2016 Au Pair of the Year!

Hitomi joined the au pair program from Japan with a deep love for children and enthusiasm to visit the United States! She was matched with an outstanding host family in North Dakota and is currently the loving au pair for their two beautiful children. Hitomi's host family nominated her for this prestigious award for 2 reasons. Not only has she demonstrated excellence in caring for their children, bus she is also passionate about actively participating in the American culture and improving her English skills. As our 2016 Au Pair Of The Year winner, Hitomi received a brand new Surface Pro 3 and is recognized as portraying the best of what the Au Pair Program has to offer! Congratulations Hitomi...you deserve it!!

 Hitomi's Nomination Essay!


 Congratulations To Our Runner-Up Winners!

A heartfelt congratulations to our 4 runner-up winners this year, as well as all of our MANY au pairs that were nominated by their host families! Please click on their links below to learn why their host families nominated them for the au pair of the year award!










     Congratulations to Catherine K - Our 2015 Au Pair of the Year!



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Catherine came to Au Pair International from South Africa with a wealth of knowledge in the childcare field and an eagerness to experience life in the United States. Her host family nominated her for the Au Pair of the Year contest because she is "magical" with their twin boys and has become an integral part of their family. Catherine's host mother writes that Catherine is truly an amazing, gifted woman, not only with her children but with everyone she touches. She never shows how hard her job is. In fact, she makes raising twins look easy. Her patience has no boundaries. She is very gracious; she never lets anything upset her. She treats everyone with the utmost respect. She is humble. She goes above and beyond to help out. She is friendly and warm, and very likeable. She rolls with the punches and is flexible to change. Everyone who knows her has said how lucky we are to have her with us. As a first-time mother, Catherine has also taught me a lot about parenting. None of the countless books or videos I watched about parenting could have taught me what Catherine has, just by example.


Catherine's Nomination Essay and Collage!




2015 HF Winners


 Congratulations to BOTH the Dowd and Mendoza families - Winners of our 2015 Host Family of the Year contest!

We asked for nominations and WOW did we get them!!  A big thank you to all the au pairs that sent in essays and videos to nominate their outstanding host family for this award. In fact, we had such a great response we had a hard time choosing JUST ONE winner. This year the award for Host Family of the Year was presented to both the Dowd and Mendoza families! Their au pair's strongly believed them to be 2 of the best host families within Au Pair International and we agreed. Both families have received $500 toward their program fees in recognition of being outstanding host parents! Please click on the links below to view their nomination letter/video.

 The Dowd Family in Vermont - Nominated by Lina from Colombia


 The Mendoza Family in Florida - Nominated by Elena from Spain


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.
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    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.
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    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


    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!