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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!
"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."
"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."
"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. "
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