(Nelly, Community Counselor, and her powerful au pairs in New Jersey.) Happy International Women's Day To celebrate, GA would like to spotlight on taking the power. The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in every 3 women in the world experience violence and these stats have not improved over the past decade. Women living overseas are [...]
(Au pairs volunteering at a local homeless shelter this month in North Carolina - preparing and serving lunch.) Volunteering is a US American tradition! Back in 1736, Benjamin Franklin started the first volunteer firehouse in Philadelphia, our nation's capital. During this same time, volunteerism was rooted in bettering the community and faith-based charity work. The [...]
Community Counselor, Carol Perry from the Bainbridge Island, WA cluster, shared some great pictures of her recent cluster meeting. One of her au pairs led a Costa Rican cooking class during the monthly cluster meeting. What a great way to learn about each other's cultures and have a delicious meal together.
Thanksgiving is a typical North American holiday which most au pairs are not familiar with. Several community counselors chose to have Thanksgiving Day-themed cluster meetings this year. There are so many ways Thanksgiving can be celebrated, below are several snap shots. Jennifer Stein's Houston Cluster was welcomed by a host family. Everyone was treated to [...]
Au Pairs in Cindy Garruba's New York cluster had a chance to express their creativity by decorating these hearts. They were asked to either have the heart represent their country (like the flags) or to share their experience in the United States. These hearts will be used to decorate a holiday tree in the Stony [...]
Cynthia Chan, Community Counselor from Southern Maryland shared on her facebook page about their recent cluster meeting: An international cookie exchange! Cynthia emphasizes that it was a great way for the au pairs to share favorite cookies from their home country. For the full facebook post please visit the Au Pairs in Southern Maryland facebook [...]
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.
Maine-based Community Counselor Jennifer Molloy, shared pictures from her cluster meeting where everyone learned how to Samba from the Brazilian au pairs, as well as a Polish and an Ethiopian dance. Cluster meetings are a great way to share global awareness and bridge cultural divides. Jennifer's daughters enjoyed learning the different dances as well!