International Au Pairs Lend a Hand in the Community With Habitat for Humanity Project

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A group of young internationals on the U.S. Department of State-sponsored au pair program will be helping the Capital District Habitat for Humanity in Albany this Saturday, September 22, 2012.

As people, not just au pairs, we are put into situations to make a difference. We came to the U.S. to learn and experience and work and have a great year, but not just to leave and forget [the experience] a week later.

InterExchange Au Pair USA au pairs and host families living in Albany will be helping out in the community by volunteering with the Capital District Habitat for Humanity this Saturday, September 22, 2012.

The group of au pairs, who represent five countries including South Africa, Croatia, Argentina and Poland, will help Habitat for Humanity complete the construction of a house for a local family in Albany.

Michael McHugh, InterExchange Au Pair USA Program Director, encourages au pairs’ participation in community development projects like Habitat for Humanity.

“Our au pairs love joining in their host families’ activities, especially when they get to learn more about their communities,” says McHugh. “Volunteering is a great way for them to contribute to worthwhile projects while also seeing all sides of American culture.”

InterExchange Au Pair USA, one of the oldest non-profit au pair organizations in the country, is a designated sponsor of the U.S. Department of State au pair program. The company promotes cultural exchange by matching welcoming U.S. host families with qualified international au pairs who are committed to learning about life in the United States and providing affordable live-in child care for American families.

Nina Kryzak, Local Coordinator of the InterExchange Au Pair USA Albany cluster, engages her au pair cluster in volunteering activities every year. She was committed to finding an even more hands-on community development opportunity this year, and Habitat for Humanity was the perfect organization.

The Capital District Habitat for Humanity in Albany, NY provides lower income families a chance at home ownership by offering community-built, sustainable, affordable housing. The InterExchange Au Pair USA team will be working on a house in Albany. http://www.habitatcd.org/

“So often au pairs arrive in this country believing that wealth abounds in the U.S. and that there are no low-income neighborhoods,” says Kryznak. “I believe that this project will show the au pairs, and even my own family, that not everyone is as lucky as we are.”

The au pairs are also excited to join Habitat for Humanity this Saturday. Many were involved in community projects in their home countries and think it is important to become involved in their host communities as well.

“As people, not just au pairs, we are put into situations to make a difference. We came to the U.S. to learn and experience and work and have a great year, but not just to leave and forget [the experience] a week later,” says Stacy, an au pair from South Africa. “You want to try your best, do everything you can. That way you make a mark, grow as a person and are remembered forever.”

InterExchange is a non-profit organization committed to improving international understanding by facilitating life-changing, exceptional cultural exchange experiences for young people, businesses and families around the world. As both a J-1 Visa sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State and a cross-cultural ambassador, we develop meaningful relationships with participants from more than 60 countries as well as with international recruiting partners, host employers and families. We ensure that all in our community are treated with the respect and consideration that comes from staff with firsthand experience living and working abroad and more than 40 years of leadership in the industry.

Visit us at: http://www.InterExchange.org

Media Contact:
Ron Hernandez
Director of Marketing and Communications
InterExchange, Inc.
161 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10013
917.305.5460
press(at)interexchange(dot)org

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