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Award-Winning Au Pairs

Learning firsthand how Au Pair child care has changed you and your Host Family’s lives is truly rewarding. Your wonderful experiences remind us all of the enriching cultural experience and human connection Au Pair child care was designed to create. Host Families are asked to send in photos, videos and a nomination essay to share how their Au Pair has impacted their lives and why their Au Pair deserves to be recognized.


IAPA Au Pair of the Year Winners

The International Au Pair Association (IAPA) presents the Au Pair of the Year Award annually to one outstanding Au Pair. This award is based on nominations sent in from thousands of Host Families around the world, which detail the many ways their Au Pair has made a positive impact on their lives. Go Au Pair Au Pairs been internationally recognized through this award in 2009, 2005 and 2004, here you can read their stories:

Mariela - 2005 IAPA Au Pair of the Year Winner

2005 IAPA Au Pair of the Year Winner - Mariela Poveda, Ecuador

While in the U.S. Mariela worked with a single mother to provide care for her 10 month old daughter, Serena. During Mariela's time with her Host Family, Serena was diagnosed as profoundly deaf. "Rather than being daunted by the experience, she became excited about this new opportunity to learn another language and culture," wrote her host mom. Mariela's dedication to Serena was apparent when one of the first signs that Serena learned was Mariela's name. 

Read Mariela's Nomination


Lenuta - 2004 IAPA Au Pair of the Year Winner

2004 IAPA Au Pair of the Year Winner - Lenuta Tedora, Romania

Lenuta matched with a Host Family in Virginia. While there, she cared for two boys, Andrew and Lucas. Lenuta worked with her host parents as a team, to help provide the best possible care for the children. "She doesn’t just love children because they are cute, but she sees them as the world’s future and treats them that way, helping them to become responsible and thoughtful individuals." Lenuta was able to identify areas of need within the home and willingly pitched in to help.

Read Lenuta's Nomination

View Past Winners and Finalists of the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award

Au Pair in Excellence Winners


Go Au Pair's Au Pair in Excellence Award was created to honor our Au Pairs who truly changed the lives of their Host Families. This award is also based on nominations sent in from Go Au Pair’s Host Families all over the country. We want to recognize all of our Au Pairs for their hard work and effort in providing quality child care for families.

Nominating your Au Pair for this prominent award is an excellent way to give them the credit and recognition they deserve for providing quality child care and becoming a valuable part of your family

Silvia - Au Pair in Excellence Winner

2016 Au Pair in Excellence Winner - Silvia Gutierrez Benavides

Silvia came from Colombia to Austin, Texas to be with the Anschutz family of three kids with one of them being a small infant. 

"More importantly, is how much my children love her. It is hard for us both being working parents and leaving our infant and toddler behind each and every work day and on some days seeing someone else get to spend more awake time with the children than you do. But we couldn’t ask for anyone better to spend that time with our children."

Read Silvia's nomination

Monica - Au Pair in Excellence Runner Up

2016 Au Pair in Excellence Runner Up - Monica Smith Abella Giraldo

Monica arrived in Upper Arlington, Ohio to become an honorary member of the Milligan family with their 4 children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old. 

"Moni came in ready and excited to get started.  Her relationship with the children developed into so much more than a typical child-to-child-care-provider relationship.  Our, now 2-year-old Cecilia, will say with a sigh, 'Moni, I ruv you!' Moni has brought art back into our household... Now, the children thrive on the artistic outlet that Moni has provided them."

Read Monica's nomination

Charity - Au Pair in Excellence Runner Up

2016 Au Pair in Excellence Runner Up - Charity Girlie Dube

Charity arrived from South Africa in July of 2015 to join the Coggeshall family in Liberty Township, OH  as a part of the family to care for their three children between ages 2 and 6 years old.

"Charity had a positive impact on our family. She is patient, gentle and easy going.  Listening to her tell stories of home; she and her family take time to sit with friends and family, relax and enjoy one another. They are content.  Something my husband and I tend to lose sight of as we are always trying to gain momentum in our careers and focus on being financially secure. This is a cultural lesson I hope to apply to our lives."

Read Charity's nomination

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