It is with great sadness that AIFS has learned of the passing of Henry C. (Hank) Kahn on February 7, 2009. AIFS pays tribute to its former President. The thoughts and prayers of the AIFS family worldwide are with the Kahn family.
From William L. Gertz, President and CEO of AIFS:
"Hank led AIFS through the 1970's and 1980's, a period of great growth for the Institute. He was instrumental in creating the Au Pair in America program in 1986, now the world's largest cultural exchange child care program. Hank was a dedicated man who believed strongly in cultural exchange and in the AIFS mission to 'bring the world together.' He will always be remembered by the AIFS staff in Stamford and around the world."
This program opened my eyes to a culture and society I knew very little about. I made great friends and had a fabulous time during the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.Jessica Cobb, Western Michigan University
I chose this program because of everything it offered. The fact that everything was included made the experience much less stressful. The people working for the program definitely ensured we got the most out of our time here. The AIFS cultural activities and excursions were excellent. It was a wonderful life experience I will have with me forever.Stephanie Bingham, Oklahoma State University
Growing up with an au pair made me much more aware that there were cultures and societies other than mine. This had a significant impact on me specifically because I was exposed to foreign cultures at such a young age.Ryan Comerford, age 21