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Give Your Children The Benefits Of A Foreign Language By Hosting An Au Pair

Jan 19, 2008
You want to give you children every advantage in life. What if I could tell you a way to enhance your child's cognitive development, future educational performance, and even job opportunities as an adult? And you get someone to help you care for your children as well!

Learning a foreign language helps brain development

According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, learning a second language at a young age has unparalleled benefits for your child. Studies who that your child will receive:

-Improved intellectual development
-More flexible thought processes
-Better listening skills
-Better understanding of his or her own language
-Sensitivity to other cultures and peoples
-A head start in language requirements for college
-Expanded job opportunities in careers that require bilingualism

It's never too early to think about your child's future. That doesn't mean lessons that your child will quickly grow bored with. Instead there is a fun and natural way to expose them to foreign language and customs as well as getting a full-time, live-in child care provider.

Host an au pair

An au pair is a young adult between the ages of 18-26 who wants to visit the US for the purpose of culture exchange. Note that although we use the female pronoun for clarity since most candidates are female, it is also an opportunity available to young men.

The au pair is given a one year J-1 visa and needs an American family as host. The family provides not just room and board, but welcomes her into the household as a sister. She is here to absorb American culture, improve her English, and expand her understanding of global society.

That exchange works both ways. Not only does she learn about our culture and history, you learn about hers. Both you and your children get a first-hand experience with the language and traditions of another culture.

Many families find that an au pair helps them get acquainted with their own roots. By choosing a candidate from a region of the world where your ancestors came from, you can learn things about your own history you may not have ever known.

More benefits than just cultural exchange

Although the primary purpose of the program is to allow different nationalities to mingle and enrich each other, there are practical benefits to both parties.

The au pair gets a place to live, local hosts who can show her around, and opportunities such as attending American colleges.

Your family gets a live-in child care worker who, when compared with a traditional nanny, is less expensive, has a more flexible schedule, and has State Department mandated training in CPR, first aid, and child development.

Host an au pair and give your children future opportunities that they couldn't get anywhere else.
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