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Making The Best Au Pair Culture Project For Your Host Family

This post was originally published in July 2019 and revised in May 2024 by other contributors

There are many tasks that you’ll take care of before arriving as an au pair in the USA, and one of them is the Au Pair Culture Project. The Au Pair Culture Project is a personalized essay that you make for your host family to share about your family, country, childcare style, and your hopes for your au pair year.

Mayara from Brazil

Au pair Mayara from Brazil made an extra colorful project. Images courtesy of Mayara.

Here are some tips to help you make a beautiful Au Pair Culture Project.

  • Write your project in English. You want your host family to understand it, and this is a great way to practice your language skills before you even arrive!
  • Spend time and put effort into your Culture Project. It’s a great way to make a positive first impression, and your host family is excited to see it!

Momoka from Japan

Au pair Momoka from Japan shared her background and goals. Image courtesy of Momoka.
  • Show off your personality. There are no right or wrong answers.
  • Be creative. You can use pictures, artwork, colors, and fun formats to make your host kids smile.
  • Add lots of photos! Your host family wants to know more about you. Visual images will help show them your life.

Taina from Brazil

Au pair Taina from Brazil made her project by hand. Image courtesy of Taina.
  • Consider writing your project by hand instead of typing. It adds a personal touch.
  • Practice how to read and present your Au Pair Culture Project to your host kids so you don’t feel nervous when the day arrives.

Janice and Reeandra

Projects by Janice from the Netherlands (left) and Reeanda from South Africa (right).

Most importantly, have fun! Your Au Pair Culture Project is a great way to tap into your creativity and showcase your talents. Starting your au pair experience with your Culture Project can set the tone for a wonderful year ahead filled with cultural exchange!

Joy Lo

Joy is a huge advocate for cultural exchange. She's lived across the U.S. and various countries around the world including the UK, Australia and Indonesia. She has a unique perspective on working and thriving in other cultures. She's been a contributing author on Au Pair USA program.