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Congratulations to our
2021 Au Pair of the Year winners!

We received a record number of host family nominations, each of them filled with heartwarming stories about their au pair. Choosing winners for first, second and third place only proved to be too difficult, so we have added a fourth category for Honorable Mention. Below are their special stories. In addition, all au pairs who were nominated by their host families will receive a special Celebration Award Certificate.


    2021 Au Pair of the Year – First Place Winner

    Liraz Zohar – Israel

    "Liraz has been with our family for almost a year and a half – in the time of Corona – and has both transformed herself and transformed our family.
    Liraz was born in an ultra-Orthodox home, and spent the majority of her life in an extremely insular and segregated environment. Her opportunities for secondary education were limited. And though she has an amazing and supportive family, she dreamt of a different kind of life as an independent, modern woman who interacts with the world and her Judaism in a way that she alone determines.


     

  • Second Place Winner

    Klaudia Koza – Poland

    "When we first met Klaudia we were immediately drawn to her intelligence and personality, but we weren’t sure if she would be interested in joining our family. We were worried that she’d turn and run away the moment she met our three very energetic young boys Elias (9), Aris (6), and Israh (5). Still, our gut told us Klaudia was the right fit for our family and, to our surprise, she was up for the challenge. Despite our early concerns, Klaudia has not only survived our boys, but she has flourished. "


  • Third Place Winner

    Julie Spriet – France

    "Julie is a superhero, supporting our family like a team member and a role model for our kids and our family.

    We first discovered Julie had superpowers when Ethan, our oldest son, started preschool. Julie was able to use her sixth sense that something was not right after 2 months. Ethan was not speaking and was completely non-verbal in public situations in English. Teachers just thought he was shy."


  • Honorable Mention

    Danisha Munsamy – South Africa

    "I call Danisha my sister, but she is even more than that. She has become my co-parent, my daughter, my lifelong friend. I do not think either of us could have guessed what we would endure together over the years, but I cannot think of a better person to have been in our home and be part of our family during it all. We were blessed with Danisha’s arrival in January 2019."


The information below explains the process that was used to select the winners of the 2021 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!

Honorable Mention:

  • A $100 Gift Card
  • A Special Edition "More Than" Au Pair in America Bracelet
  • Recognition on the Au Pair in America website!
  • A certificate from Au Pair in America and a copy of the host family's nomination letter!
  • 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

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

Phone:

+44 (0) 20 7581 7322

E-mail

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