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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 2020 Au Pair of the Year winner and runner-up.

Congratulations to Manuela Z. of Germany – Winner of our 2020 Au Pair of the Year Contest!

To 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.  Manuela has exhibited these traits, and many more, since her arrival to the United States. As au pair to 4 children, she has proven herself to be an invaluable third parent in her host home and someone they have come to love as a daughter.

“We cannot begin to describe what a blessing, and in many ways a life-saver Manuela has been to our family. From the moment we interviewed her we knew she was special and exceptional. Her calm and warm demeanor combined with a can-do spirit was only confirmed when we saw her in action in our sometimes chaotic household.” – the Bilal family

Congratulations on being our 2020 Au Pair of the Year, Manuela. We are so very proud to have you as part of the Au Pair International family!

Click the link below to read more about Manuela Z., and how she has touched the lives of those that know her!

Congratulations to Our Runner-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 runner-up, Aikaterini from Greece. Please click on her link below to discover why her host family nominated her for the Au Pair of the Year Award!

 

Would you like to nominate your au pair for our 2021 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 2021 Au Pair of the Year Contest is on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 at 11:59 pm MST.
  • The young person being nominated for the award must be an au pair during the 2020 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 (a minimum of 500 words), the host family, describing the characteristics that make your au pair exceptional.
  • Entries should be returned to our office no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 at 11:59 pm MST
  • The young person being nominated for the award must have been an au pair during the 2020 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 2021 Annual Conference, 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 2021 Au Pair of the Year Contest will receive:

  • A $500 travel voucher
  • 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.
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 A MINIMUM OF 500 WORDS AND DESCRIBE THE AU PAIR’S EXPERIENCE. 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.


PLEASE CONTACT PADAMS@AUPAIRINT.COM IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION E-MAIL UPON SUBMISSION

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