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.
“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.”
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’.“
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.”
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.
“Irene’s place in the family has become a strong and calming force, and she has contributed to the family immensely.”
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.”
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.”
Sending agency: Smaller Earth – Receiving agency: LoPair Education
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