How the Au Pair Can Enlighten a Family About Culture Exchanges

Today I host the blog guest, freelance writer Sara, who will share with us her thought about culture exchanges.Sara

As an Au Pair, you are in a prime position to encourage growth on an intellectual level without putting much effort into the experience. Diversity and tolerance for other cultures begins with knowledge and learning. By influencing your hosts with your own culture, you can help open the world to possibilities for the children and the parents alike. Although you don’t want to push your own beliefs and methods onto your host, you should schedule moments where you can introduce your temporary family to your part of the world.

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1. Edibles from Your Country – When it comes to cultural diversity, no other topic is more embraced than that of food. Periodically, you can introduce your host family to the delicacies of your homeland. In order to further the experience, you could add a bit of history to each dish so that the children can learn why it is important to your culture. Too many people in the United States consume various foods oblivious to why they are important or why they came to be.

2. The Holidays – Celebrating holidays of your homeland is another way to allow your Au Pair family to experience a cultural exchange. In fact, there are many holidays that have been adapted by other cultures that originated elsewhere. Without sounding like a teacher or arts professor, engage the children in an exchange of holidays and enlighten them about where these holidays originated and why they’re important. While some of these days are wrapped around religious beliefs, it could be quite a sticky situation if you get caught in a religious war in the home. It is best to tread lightly by not offending the family. However, you can have open room for sharing knowledge of belief systems as long as either party is open to discussion and not looking for a chance to belittle another person’s belief structure.Go Au Pair at the picnic

3. The Clothing – Clothing can be another form of cultural experience, although many clothing types are the same today. However, it may be fun to play dress-up with the children or something similar for the family using articles from your country of origin. Perhaps a brief explanation to why the garment is important and what it may signify in your culture could help the family understand further. Although jeans and other particular styles are quite common, every culture has a garment that was originally worn prior to the expansion of capitalism and trend.

4. Sharing Knowledge – As your host family may be willing to learn more of your culture, you should be open to learning as well. Although it may be easier for you to learn life in the new location as you are submitted to it, allow the family to partake in sharing the information with you. This could be bond forming and could greatly improve relationships between yourself and those who have accepted you into their home.hands_community

Exchanging cultural differences can improve the way of life for many people. It is the misunderstanding of these differences that can cause so many ripples within the world. If people were to take time and share information about themselves and why their people do things a certain way, more tolerance can be derived from the experience. Although we may not agree with the way each culture handles itself, at least we’ll have understanding as to why the do these things.

Author Bio

Sara is an active nanny as well as an active freelance writer. She is a frequent contributor of http://www.nannypro.com/.  Learn more about Sara .

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