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Summer Blackhurst - Au Pair ExpertAu Pair Researcher - Summer Blackhurst

Summer Blackhurst is a mother of a six-year-old boy, four-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. When she isn’t raising kids, she is writing. She’s been a journalist, and is currently a blogger and a parenting/childcare expert. To date she has interviewed close to 200 parents and au pairs about their childcare experience.

She specializes in family and Au Pair Relationships, childcare, parenting and cultural exchange.

Host Mom Helper - Cyndi M. Frick   

Cyndi Frick - Host Mom & Guest Contributor

Cyndi M. Frick, COO at Paris Honoré, is a very busy mother of two amazing little boys.  If not for the flexible help that her Au Pairs afford her, she would not be able to successfully run multiple businesses at a time.  Follow along with this real-life Host Mom on through the ups and downs of her Au Pair journey.




Culture Shock Doesn’t Have to be so Shocking

Only the people on the front lines of culture shock – cultural exchange students, au pairs and host families - can really define what it feels like to go through this experience. Their firsthand accounts clear up how to overcome the confusion, stress, disorientation, and often the stomach aches or sleepiness that come with culture shock. 
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Posted: 4/20/2017 8:01:20 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Five Signs your Au Pair Needs Help with Cultural Adjustment

Au pairs can attest, there are many differences in the United States from their own cultures. Go Au Pair’s Ophelia He from China says it is so different drinking cold water in the states, instead of the warm water she is used to in China. Another Chinese Au Pair with Go Au Pair said she had never eaten cheese before she came to America....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 4/19/2017 8:00:17 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Why You Should Be an Au Pair | Caroline Azevedo

“I will always remember my life before becoming an Au Pair and after being an Au Pair.” Caroline’s Au Pair Experience has helped her to grow as a person. Living independently has taught her a lot and improving her English has been a huge benefit....Continue to Full Article
Posted: 4/14/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

An Open-Letter to Au Pairs | Cultural Events

Local Area Representative and Team Lead for the North and South East, Caroline Verhoef, shares an important open-letter that all Au Pairs should read before recieving an invite to their next cultural event. ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 4/7/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

2017 Au Pair in Excellence Nomination’s prove cultural exchange bridges divides

After hearing stories from more than 200 Host Families I am becoming more and more convinced that the best way to bring together a divided country is cultural exchange. Respect and differences don’t seem to go together right now. I believe it is something about the divisive nature of the Internet where people can hide behind their keyboards to spout unpleasant opinions.
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Posted: 3/20/2017 8:05:12 AM by Summer Blackhurst

Why You Should Be an Au Pair | Margarita Medina

You meet people. You know, in the US, you can find people from everywhere. So, it opens your mind to new things. New experience. When you can talk with people from different countries you can understand how it works in…...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 3/18/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Babysitting is Different from Being an Au Pair

Having a love for travel and a love for children is important when choosing to participate in the Au Pair program. This may seem like the perfect cultural exchange option for you, but you must know the major differences between the Au Pair lifestyle and your regular babysitting gig. Au Pair Kate Gaskin from South Africa shares the differences that she has found between babysitting and being an Au Pair.
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Posted: 2/24/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis

Why it's Important to Speak with Your LAR

As an Au Pair with Go Au Pair, you have a large support team to help you during your journey. Locally, you have the support of your LAR (Local Area Representative). This person will be there to guide you, assist you and offer support to both you and your Host Family. It is important to speak to your LAR and reach out to her  when you need her guidance. ...Continue to Full Article
Posted: 2/17/2017 9:00:00 AM by Au Pair Sis
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