As a new school year has now begun, we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for more au pairs to join
the Global Awareness program and to extend the program further across the United States.
an au pair do when she joins the Global Awareness program? Au Pairs visit American classrooms as part of the Global Awareness,
Meet Your Global Neighbor program. They share their countries and cultures with
young children to help them understand while there are many differences there are many things that are alike. They do fun,
interactive presentations highlighting areas that would be of interest to young children.
For example, an au pair might share birthday party songs or games that are popular in her country. She might teach
the children a song or dance or possibly there will be a language lesson that the children will enjoy. Many children sit in awe as they listen to a different language and then delight in trying to write and
to pronounce the new words.
for presentations are endless and the feedback is so positive. Au Pairs, Community Counselors, teachers, host parents and
children tell us how exciting it is to have au pairs in the classroom. Au Pairs
are not only sharing, but learning as well. Since English is not the first language
for the majority of au pairs they feel they have added a new skill of public speaking, in English, to their list of achievements. One au pair plans to sign up for a public speaking class having developed her confidence
in the classroom. The children think the au pairs are “so cool” and
the au pairs say that the most enjoyable part of the presentation is answering their questions! The teachers too are excited to provide this unique opportunity to their classrooms to meet someone personally
from another culture and to learn first hand from them—so important in our world today.
To learn more about the
Global Awareness program, visit the website www.globalawareness.com and then contact either your community counselor or
one of the program developers to join the program.
We look forward
to welcoming you to the Global Awareness program.
Tomanelli and Patricia Jacob