//Salon (gathering)// Definition from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase their knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (“aut delectare aut prodesse est”). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th century and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently, in urban settings, among like-minded people.
The word salon first appeared in 1664 in France, where it described an important place for the exchange of ideas. The litterary and political salons from the Renaissance have been replaced by coffee shops, restaurants, conference rooms… and blogs.
Although understandbly not at the philosophical level of the time, the Au Pair Salon strives to be a virtual place of gathering and exchanging ideas about childcare, education and cultural exchange.
The salon host is a former au pair from France; the term “au pair” is actually French and means “in par”. An au pair is a live-in nanny from abroad, between 18 and 26 years old, who provides up to 45 hours of childcare per week in exchange for the opportunity to share life with an American family, as a family member and not an employee.
The program entails therefore more than just a childcare agreement, but provides a platform for creating life-long relationships, exposing American children to a second language and culture and for providing families the flexibility they need to spend quality time together.
A little bit about the Au Pair Salon host:
In 1999-2000, Nadia Price cared for 18-months-old triplets and a 5-year-old girl for a family in Greenville, South Carolina. She came to America to discover the culture and experience the American Way of Life with a family. Not only did she enjoy the warm Southern welcome and watching the host children learn new things each day, she became fluent in English and met her husband in a Spanish class!
She strongly recommends the program both to students for the life-enriching experience of adapting to a completely new cultural and linguistic environment, but also to families looking to expose their children to another culture and language. Children are our future, and they are citizen of an ever more globalized and connected world.
A native from France, in the Alsace region which borders Germany, Nadia is fluent in English, French, German and is conversational in Spanish. She has utilized her language skills in translation sales management and international marketing. She became a local childcare coordinator (LCC) in 2006 in Columbia then Greenville for a total of 3 years, and now counsels parents on their childcare needs. Her goal is to help them assess whether the au pair program is the best childcare option for their family by providing information, tips and ideas on hosting an au pair. The “Au Pair Salon” is her blog covering a range of related topics of discussion.
Nadia is excited to act as a resource for American families looking for flexible, affordable, quality, live-in childcare!