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Au pair of the year – Winners

Au Pair of the Year 2015

Au Pair of the Year 2015

German au pair Lena Halberstadt (19) was presented with the IAPA Au Pair of the Year 2015 award during the celebration dinner held at Lisbon’s Estufa Fria venue during the Work Experience Travel Market and IAPA Annual Conference (WETM-IAC) 2015.

Lena, an AuPairCare au pair, was nominated by the Rasmussen family from Michigan in the United States of America, where she has been placed for the last seven months.

Au Pair of the Year“Looking after five kids with very different personalities and a large age gap is no easy assignment, yet Lena accomplishes it with ease.
In the short time Lena has been with us, she has been a positive ray of sunshine and although aged just 18, she is very mature.”
Rasmussen family

Runners up 2015

Terri Abbott (27), South Africa

Host country: USA

“Terri’s love for life and exploration has overflowed into my boys. They see her fearlessly taking on new experiences and can see her genuine enthusiasm as she does it. She has fun! She is an incredible role model and terrific big ‘sister’.
Sherr family

Sending agency: YDP – Receiving agency:  GoAuPair

Maja Grüttner (19), Sweden

Host country: UK

Maja made a real effort to help the children and us understand about the Swedish way of life. She made us traditional Swedish meals and taught the kids how to make them. She introduced the children to Swedish tales and found English translations so they could experience the books she had grown up with.”
Harris family

Sending agency: STS Au Pair Sweden – Receiving agency: The Childcare Company

Au pair of the year 2014

IAPA Au Pair of the Year 2014

Irene Buijing (19) from the Netherlands, was presented with her award by Baroness Diana Warwick of Undercliff during the opening address at the Work Experience Travel Market and IAPA Annual Conference in London, in March 2014.

Our members Au Pair Interactive in the Netherlands and Smartaupairs in the United Kingdom worked together for the successful placement of Irene with the Rudkin family.

“IZemanta Related Posts Thumbnailrene’s place in the family has become a strong and calming force, and she has contributed to the family immensely.”
Rudkin family

Runners up 2014

Carlos Anton Alva (27), Spain
Host country: United Kingdom
“Carlos has built up a natural friendship with my son and without any complaints has continued to do all the jobs that I have asked of him. Giving Carlos an award would really give Max, myself and Ian the dog an opportunity to show how much we care and how grateful we are for all his help and support.”
Mitchell family
Sending agency: Eurolingua Study – Receiving agency: Smartaupairs

Claire Louise Price (21), UK
Host country: People’s Republic of China
“I really understood from the very beginning how she felt about my family, all she cared about was helping us.”
Li family
Sending agency: Smaller Earth – Receiving agency: LoPair Education

Previous winners 

2013 – Femke Meyer, Germany

2012 – Birte Klusmann, Germany

2011 – Luna Vazquez de la Rosa, Spain

2010 – Mayumi Yano, Japan

2009 – Ricardo Silva de Araujo, Brazil

2008 – Linda Falter, Germany

2007 – Emilie Terryn, France

2006 – Alexandru Valentin Darziu, Romania

2005 – Mariela Poveda, Ecuador

2004 – Lenuta Tedora, Romania