SHAN

Cultural Care au pair from China

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Before arriving to the U.S., Shan babysat for several neighborhood children and worked as a mathematics teacher for primary school students. At the same time, she earned her English degree at University. “Why did I want to be an au pair?” She says, “First, I absolutely love caring for children, making their meals, playing with them. And I can teach children Chinese.”

Shan now cares for her two American host children, Miranda and Phoebe (who was adopted at age 15 months from China). Host mom Kristen shares: “We see our au pair as an important contributor to building a family culture that recognizes the broader world as part of who we are.”

“My host girls love dressing in traditional costumes I brought from home and listening to Chinese fairytales that I heard as a child.”

–Shan, Cultural Care au pair from China

Shan helps Miranda and Phoebe get ready for school and drops them off each morning. After school, she picks them up and always has something planned for them to do. Imaginary play is a favorite way to spend time as well as reading stories, playing outside, and doing crafts. “I spend a lot of time teaching the girls about what my life is like back home in China,” Shan says. “They love dressing in traditional costumes I brought from home and listening to Chinese fairytales that I heard as a child. I’ve fallen in love with both of them, and I’m pretty sure they love me back.” Host mom Kristen, who has hosted a total of six Cultural Care au pairs confirms, “Our kids have adored their au pairs!”