InterExchange Au Pair USA Announces Two “Au Pairs of the Year” for 2010

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InterExchange Au Pair USA has selected two winners for their annual “Au Pair of the Year” contest. Mayumi Yano of Japan and João Eduardo Girona of Brazil will share the 2010 Au Pair of the Year title.

Both candidates’ essays showed those dimensions of the au pair program that are so hard to describe. Their words were filled with love, respect, gratitude.

InterExchange Au Pair USA has selected two winners for their annual “Au Pair of the Year” contest. Mayumi Yano of Japan and João Eduardo Girona of Brazil will share the 2010 Au Pair of the Year title. Both have been awarded cash prizes and a trip to New York City in November, where they were presented their awards at the Au Pair USA Annual Conference.

Au pairs from around the country were nominated by their host families. Host families submitted essays outlining why their au pair deserved the Au Pair of the Year honor. The top candidates were narrowed down from dozens of enthusiastic and heart-warming essays.

Mayumi Yano, a 24-year old from Musashi, Japan, has spent over a year as an au pair with the Cahill family of New Jersey. Upon meeting, she quickly forged a strong bond with her host family. Her host mother, Bevin Cahill wrote, “Within minutes of meeting her, literally minutes, we knew that she would be not only a perfect fit for our family, but a life-long friend.” The family adds in their essay, “We could tell you that before we knew Mayumi it was the rare instance that we would ever leave our children without a family member and yet, with Mayumi, we could not imagine a person who is more trustworthy or responsible.” The family are already planning to visit their au pair in Japan after she returns home at the end of her program.

João Eduardo Girona, a 24-year old student from Tapiratiba, Brazil, has also been an au pair for the McManus Family of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for over a year. His nomination essays were sent in by two of the children he cares for, 8-year-old Megan, and 12-year-old Ali. They tell us that it’s the small things João does everyday that make him their au pair of the year. Ali writes, “João brings laughter into our family. He was our first male au pair and we did a good job picking him. I have three top au pairs, and he is at the tippy-top. I will miss João so much when he leaves and goes back to Brazil.”

Both InterExchange Au Pair of the Year winners are now also nominated for the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) Au Pair of the Year Award, which will be announced in Miami, Florida during the IAPA Annual Conference in March 2010.

“This is an annual award,” says Michael McHugh, Director of InterExchange Au Pair USA, “but it’s the first time we literally could not choose one Au pair of the Year. Both candidates’ essays showed those dimensions of the au pair program that are so hard to describe. Their words were filled with love, respect, gratitude. I’m thrilled that we had so many outstanding candidates this year. Mayumi and João were at the top of a very long list.”

InterExchange Au Pair USA is a non-profit organization that has been connecting families in the USA with qualified, experienced au pairs from all over the world for more than 20 years. Au Pair USA specializes in creating authentic cross-cultural connections between host families and au pairs, and makes live-in childcare affordable for many families.

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