Giovana R. from Brazil in Dominique Ortiz's Arlington, VA cluster. I think becoming an Au Pair brought me such a lot of good things, like, I learned that I don't need anyone to be happy, I learn how to be stronger, how it's necessary to have our own space, and everything happens for some reason! [...]
Arlington, VA -based Community Counselor and Global Awarenesss Representative, Dominique Ortiz shares her King's Day Traditions: Every year, I invite my co-counselor Kristina Scholten and together with my family and hers, we celebrate King Day with a homemade "Galette des rois" or King Cake. King Day is traditionally celebrated in France on the 6th of [...]
Thaís in Dominique's Arlington cluster presented about Brazil for World Thinking Day for Elaine Lyons Alexandria cluster. Thaís tells about her day: "My first Global Awareness presentation was in New Life Church in Alexandria, VA and there were 8 girls with ages 5 to 10 years old. We were talking about Brazil, about its culture, [...]
On December 6th many children in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Poland woke up and found treats in their shoes. While here in the USA some of our au pairs shared this holiday with their host families. Joanna from Poland: "I love Saint Nicolaus day!! I remember that I had been so excited about this [...]
Au Pairs Martyna D. and Joanna K. from Arlington, Virginia, participated in Patrick Henry Elementary School's International Fair. Many different countries were represented, like Germany, Brazil, India, Estonia, Japan, and Poland. Students were able to see traditional clothing, maps, pictures, and taste foods from the different countries. Martyna and Joanna shared Polish pączki with strawberry [...]
This year the Arlington County Public Schools reached out to the Arlington Community Counselors asking for Au Pairs to present during their Global Village Summer Camps at the Arlington Traditional Elementary School.Thea R. from Germany and Martina C. from Italy did a fantastic job sharing about their own countries. Thea presented to 3 classes of [...]
In March, in celebration of International Women's Day, Au Pairs from the Arlington clusters enjoyed a visit to the US Capitol building and paused for a picture at the feet of the statue of Freedom. Community Counselor's Kristina Scholten and Dominique Ortiz organized this cluster meeting.