Verena Held is apex PROaupair's 2018 Professional Au Pair of the Year!

We are thrilled to announce the winner of PROaupair’s 2018 Professional Au Pair of the Year competition: Verena Held, a 26-year-old Occupational Therapist and professional au pair who graduated from the Döpfer Schule in Munich, Germany. Read on to learn why Verena is the 2018 winner! When we were doing the interviews to hire a

Au Pair Alumni and State Department Representatives Gather in Germany

The event took place at the Hostel Christal in the city center of Munich on Friday, March 24, 2017. After a warm welcome by Susan Asay, apex PROaupair founder and CEO, attendees participated in a get-to-know-you icebreaker led by Sarah Kodinksy, apex PROaupair placement director. During the activity, the attendees stood in a circle while

Proposed Federal Budget Cuts May Impact Programs Like J-1 Au Pair Program

If you are currently hosting a professional au pair with PROaupair, or considering hosting, we’d like to you to be aware of the proposed budget cuts and how they may impact cultural exchange programs in the United States.The FY2018 budget recently proposed by the Trump administration calls for a 28 percent cut to the Department

World Down Syndrome Day 2017 advocates #MyVoiceMyCommunity

According to the World Down Syndrome Day website, March 21st (the 21st day of the 3rd month) was chosen “to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome."This year’s call to action for World Down Syndrome Day, highlighted by the hashtag #MyVoiceMyCommunity, is focused on “enabling people with

Millennial Dads Watch Videos for Child-Rearing Advice

According to a study done by Google, Flamingo and Ipsos Connect, millennial generation dads are particularly heavy users of video-based parenting resources – and more likely than millennial aged moms to turn to YouTube. From the study:“86% of millennial dads turn to YouTube for guidance on key parenting topics like preparing meals, using a product,