Summertime, heat, and kids in the car

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Finally! Summertime!!! Well some of you may have already realized that summertime also means no school and therefore adapted work-hours. In a previous post I gave you already some recommendations of what to do with kids during the summer (Summer ideas for kids from camps to workshops) and today I want to talk about a typical thing AuPairs do – […]

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California and the West Coast – You want to go there but be aware!

Golden Gate in Fog
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There are many reasons you want to visit California and the West Coast. Cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver as well as many National Parks (NP) and scenic areas. Movies and shows show us beautiful beaches, happy family life and lots of fun things to do. AuPairs are drawn to the area because it is presented […]

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Lebensmittel und Produkte – Gibt es in den USA…? Ergänzt Fehlende und Funde!

Lebensmittel und Produkte
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Häufig kommt die Frage auf welche Lebensmittel, Süßigkeiten und andere Produkte es in den USA gibt. Daher will ich das heute mal ein wenig beleuchten. Die USA sind jedoch nicht nur ein relativ kleiner Staat und daher kann es ganz schnell zu regionalen Unterschieden bei den Produkten und deren Verfügbarkeit kommen – dies ist schon daran zu erkennen, das es […]

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Interkulturelle Kompetenz – Mach mit bei einer Studie

Interkulturelle Kompetenz
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Was bringt ein AuPair-Jahr oder sogar “nur” ein paar Monate im Ausland? Viele Studiem (hier ein Link) und Webseiten (hier ein Link zu einem Freund der cross-cultural competence zu seinem Beruf gemacht hat) zeigen das sich die eigene interkulturelle Kompetenz veraendert wenn man ins Ausland geht und man in bestimmten Arbeitsbereichen damit sogar sehr interessant fuer bestimmte Arbeitgeber wird. Aber […]

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Summer ideas for kids from camps to workshops – free ideas available

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School is (almost) out and you are wondering what to do with your kids over the summer? Maybe you can dig them into the beach-sand like I did? If this is not an option, many websites offer summer ideas for kids. They are collecting ideas and I want to bring some together so you don’t have to search all over. […]

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Measurements for cooking

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I had a funny encounter in Walmart yesterday and I want to share it with you. I was looking for measuring cups which you can take quite literally in the United States. Whereas the Germans and most of the world measure in ml and l, the US uses a slightly different system of “cups” and oz. I will do a […]

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AuPair-Expectations

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I just found this article at AuPairmom.com about todays AuPairs and their expectations and I want to discuss the subject from my perspective as my (Anja) AuPair year started 15 years ago (wow really???! that long ago)… Please do not be offended by anything I write – take it, think about it, and create your own pre- and post-AuPair thoughts.

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