International Au Pairs Support Family at Go the Distance for Autism Bike Event in New Jersey!

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InterExchange Au Pair USA au pairs volunteer at Go the Distance for Autism Bike Event to support local InterExchange family.

We all love the Snyder family and our close-knit group of au pairs and their host families thought this would be a great way to give back to the community.

InterExchange Au Pair USA au pairs, who are hosted by families in the Bergen and Passaic Counties, had an opportunity to give back to their adopted community this month when all 21 au pairs volunteered at the Go the Distance for Autism Bike Event on Sunday, May 6th.

Dawn Middleton, the InterExchange Au Pair USA Local Coordinator for Bergen and Passaic Counties, says volunteering at the event was a way to show support and love to one of InterExchange’s longtime host families, the Snyder family, who has a son with autism.

“The au pairs were so excited to volunteer in the Family Fun area of the Go the Distance for Autism Bike Event,” says Middleton. "We all love the Snyder family and our close-knit group of au pairs and their host families thought this would be a great way to give back to the community.”

The bike event raised close to $1 million for four area schools that focus on teaching autistic students.

InterExchange Au Pair USA is a U.S. Department of State-sponsored non-profit organization for the government’s au pair program. In addition to taking college classes and providing child care for their host families, au pair program sponsors and au pairs are encouraged to engage in their new communities and learn more about their local cultures by taking part in activities that will add to their cultural exchange experience.

The Snyder family has been with the InterExchange Au Pair USA cultural exchange program for four years and has learned about the cultures and customs of each of their au pairs, as well as shared their own. They have enjoyed different benefits from each au pair who has joined them over that time.

“Through InterExchange, we have had the incredible good fortune to have four amazing young women come into [our son’s] life and become part of our family. Our au pairs have ranged from being highly experienced in working with children facing the challenges of autism, to having never before met a child with special needs,” says Lauren Snyder. “But each of them came into our family with passion and commitment to make a difference. Each has visited our family from their home country after their program year was over, and all of them continue to have wonderful relationships with our family.”

Middleton has had the opportunity to see the Snyder family interact with each au pair and see the growth that each individual brought to the Snyder’s son.

“All of the Snyder family’s au pairs have made a collective and individual impact in the family’s life,” says Middleton. “They took advantage of their time in the U.S. and attended lectures, worked with the Snyders’ son’s therapist and took classes to improve their skills working with autistic and special needs children.”

All of the family’s previous au pairs are now pursuing careers in special education or social services in their home countries. Each young woman sees their experience and bond with the Snyders as a pivotal point in their lives and in the formation of their long term goals.

For more information about InterExchange Au Pair USA in New Jersey, please contact Dawn Middleton: dmiddleton[at]lc.interexchange.org

For general press inquiries about InterExchange Au Pair USA, please contact:
Ron Hernandez
Director of Marketing and Communications
rhernandez(at)interexchange(dot)org
917.305.5460

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