Au Pair of the Year-Nomination Form
Annually, thousands of young people from all over the world embark on a special journey by becoming au pairs. Leaving behind the familiarity of their homeland for as long as one year, au pairs travel to distant countries, where they are welcomed into another culture as a part of their host family.
Nominating your au pair for this prestigious award is a wonderful way to give him/her much deserved recognition and credit for being an exceptional caregiver, and invaluable part of your family!
Note that while the 2017 contest is officially closed, we accept nominations all year long! Nominations submitted from now until January 15th, 2018 will be applied to our 2018 contest.
✓Nominations are based on an essay written by you, the host family, describing the characteristics that make your au pair exceptional.
✓The entry deadline for the 2018 Au Pair of the Year Contest is on Sunday, January 15th, 2018.
✓The young person being nominated for the award must be an au pair during the 2017-2018 year.
✓We are looking for compelling reasons why you believe your au pair is exceptional. Nominations are an excellent way of recognizing the dedication your au pair shows to your children. Au pairs should not only be nominated for excellence in their childcare skills, but also for taking full advantage of the cultural exchange aspect of the program. We encourage nominations for those au pair who strive to be an integral part of the family, and also take opportunities to experience American culture.
✓Host family essays must be at least 500 words in length and will be judged by a selection panel appointed by Au Pair International (and the International Au Pair Association, if selected for national submission). To ensure fairness and objectivity by the selection panel, the names of the au pair and the sending/receiving organization/s will not appear on contest entries.
✓Host family essays will be rated, and then three au pair finalists selected. In order to qualify, each finalist must write, in their own words, a short essay detailing his/her own au pair experience. The essay does not need to be in English.
✓All contest entries will become property of Au Pair International and the International Au Pair Association, including rights to edit and publish the material.
✓If submitted to the IAPA contest, the winning au pair will be required, all expenses paid, to attend the Association's Annual Conference, where he/she will be presented with a token prize and commemorative award.
✓The winning au pair will be notified by Au Pair International and receive a GoPro HERO5 Black Ultra HD Action Camera - 4K. The perfect way to record your adventures in the United States!