Each year, the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) asks families around the world who have an au pair living with them to consider nominating their au pair for the International Au Pair of the Year Award. IAPA selects the International Au Pair of the Year based on the au pair’s extraordinary impact on their host family, commitment to going above and beyond their duties, and appreciation for meaningful cultural exchange. One local family felt that their au pair fit the bill. The Phillips family of Bethesda has nominated their au pair, Christina Wentz from Austria for this prestigious international award. Wentz provides live-in childcare for the Phillips’ four children, and her outstanding dedication and enthusiasm in caring for them led to her nomination for International Au Pair of the Year.Christina has been living with the Phillips family since July as part of the Cultural Care Au Pair intercultural exchange and childcare program. She cares for the family’s children, ages 10, 8, 5 and 2, in exchange for the opportunity to live in the United States, take classes at an American college, and become part of a real American family.
“We are pretty sure that it is every au pair’s dream to join a family with four young, crazy children and a new very energetic, non-housebroken puppy, right?” said host Mom Carrie Phillips. “We know we were so incredibly lucky to have found an au pair who not only willingly joined our crazy clan, but embraced the madness wholeheartedly. Christina is a god-send. She is patient, kind, compassionate and loving. Her calm demeanor creates an oasis of calm in the house, and she is able to peacefully manage the unmanageable. Christina is our first au pair. She helps a previously exhausted mom and dad find time to reconnect to each other and the kids. She has made us a closer family, able to slow down and enjoy this adventure of life with little ones. Christina is and always will be a part of our family.”
IAPA established the Au Pair of the Year Award to recognize the many great young women and men participating in the au pair program, a demanding cultural exchange and childcare experience. The winner of this year’s award will be announced in February and honored at IAPA’s annual conference in March in Munich, Germany.
“Christina Wentz has gone above and beyond to create a healthy and enriching environment for her host children, while also challenging herself to learn a new language and culture. She is a great role model for her host children and other young people in the community,” said Sherri Persh, local childcare coordinator for Cultural Care Au Pair.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017 12:59 AM