One of the questions new host families frequently asks is “Why does my au pair need a Social Security number?” The quick and easy answer (but not the only answer) is: Because the Department of State says so. There are obligations that go with being part of the J-1 Visa program and being invited to spend a year (or two) in the United States.
In our increasingly globalized society, it has become more important than ever to speak a second language. The older you get the harder it is to learn languages, so to give your kids the best start you should start language instruction early. However, just raising kids with the basics can be hectic enough, never mind trying to fit in language lessons! Luckily, there are a couple of ways that kids can learn a second language from the comfort and convenience of home.
I was fortunate this past weekend to meet one of my favorite celebrities, Nichelle Nichols. My fellow sci-fi geeks know her better as Lt. Uhura of the Star Ship enterprise.
It is an interesting time for au pairs and exchange students to be in the United States. Not only are there many local elections being held throughout their stay, they have the opportunity to experience America during the year of a Presidential election.