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Congratulations to our
2022 Au Pair of the Year winners!

This year, we received so many thoughtful host family nominations, each of them filled with heartwarming stories about their au pair. Choosing our winners was challenging, but we are thrilled to honor and acknowledge these three inspiring young women. Below are their special stories. Enjoy!

    Daiane Maia
    Au Pair of the Year First Place WINNER!

    "We fell in love with Daiane the very first time we interviewed with her and by the next day we had matched! She is just that charismatic and genuine. During the time it took for her to secure visa and arrive in USA due to pandemic related delays, she meticulously prepared lists of activities she had planned to do with our three kids whose personalities and ages couldn't be any different. She took keen notes about our family, our Pakistani Muslim culture and the beautiful country of America that we are living in."

     

  • Second Place Winner

    Laura Villalobos

    "As a family with four young children, I was pretty certain most au pairs would pass on our profile. To be honest, if I were in that position, I would quickly pass without a second glance! But Laura didn’t. In a short amount of time, I learned that Laura does not shy away from a challenge. In fact, I have watched her thrive through change and challenge. The process of getting to know each other was a blast. Even before she arrived in the US. She asked the most thoughtful, curious questions. And she shared really wonderful tidbits about her family, life and culture. Without even stepping a foot into our home, I felt an authentic comfort and connection with her.

    But then she did step into our home and we felt like she was instant family. Right away, she was forming bonds with the kids through amazing dance parties, crafts that put Pinterest to shame, her ridiculous faceprinting skills, her joy and enthusiasm and that enviable 20- something level of energy. She never complained about a task, and continues to do everything, whether complicated or menial, to the best of her ability."

  • Third Place Winner

    Sherice Naidoo

    "Sherice came from Durban, South Africa, to live with our family in November of 2019. Less than 4 months later, instead of living the quintessential American dream we’d hoped for her- schools were abruptly closed, supply and grocery shortages began, and rather than hunkering down at home to help, both her essential worker host parents had to keep going into work every day- one as a pediatric critical care nurse and one as federal law enforcement. I am sure many families have amazing au pair stories like ours, but I truly believe Sherice stands apart. Her resilience saved us many times over the following 20 months, and she set an amazing example for our children. Sherice kept our whole family going with her positive attitude and fun-loving, caring nature. I think her favorite phrase is “no problem.” She was so intuitive in her immediate understanding of what both kids (ages 8 and 15) needed to feel safe, and entertained, and optimistic. "

The information below explains the process that was used to select the winners of the 2022 Au Pair of the Year contest. We believe the contest was a wonderful way for host families to show their appreciation for their au pair's achievements and the ways in which she has touched their family. We'd like to thank all our host families for their submissions.
  • Each host family that entered the contest submitted an essay that described the characteristics that make their au pair exceptional, noted the positive impact she has had on their family, and explained how she has integrated into their local community and learned about America.
  • To be eligible, the au pair being nominated must have been an au pair in 2020.

The Au Pair of the Year – First Place Winner received:

  • A travel voucher worth $850 to travel within the US or return to reconnect with her host family in the U.S!
  • Entry into the International Au Pair Association's Au Pair of the Year contest!
  • A Special Edition "More Than" Au Pair in America Bracelet
  • A certificate from Au Pair in America and a copy of the host family's nomination letter!
  • Recognition on the Au Pair in America website!

Second Place Winner received:

  • A travel voucher worth $500 to travel within the US or return to reconnect with their host family in the U.S!
  • Entry into the International Au Pair Association's Au Pair of the Year contest!
  • A Special Edition "More Than" Au Pair in America Bracelet
  • A certificate from Au Pair in America and a copy of the host family's nomination letter!
  • Recognition on the Au Pair in America website!

Third Place Winner received:

  • A travel voucher worth $350 to travel within the US or return to reconnect with their host family in the U.S!
  • Entry into the International Au Pair Association's Au Pair of the Year contest!
  • A Special Edition "More Than" Au Pair in America Bracelet
  • A certificate from Au Pair in America and a copy of the host family's nomination letter!
  • Recognition on the Au Pair in America website!

  • Host family essays were judged by a committee appointed by Au Pair in America.
  • All contest entries are property of Au Pair in America, including rights to edit and publish the material.
  • Travel arrangements require 60 days-notice and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Travel will be booked to the nearest major airport.

US Office for host families

Au Pair in America, 1 High Ridge Park,
Stamford, CT 06905

Phone: toll free

(800) 928-7247 direct - (203) 399-5000

E-mail

aupair.info@aifs.com

London Office for Au Pairs

Au Pair in America, 37 Queen's Gate,
London SW7 5HR

Phone:

+44 (0) 20 7581 7322

E-mail

info@aupairamerica.co.uk

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