Washington, D.C. Community Counselor Natalie Skidmore shared a video from a host family whose children were taught to say "Happy New Year" in Chinese by their au pair Winnie W. This holiday provided another opportunity to build bridges and learn about other cultures.
While we are not always so lucky to thank the winners of our contests in person, we were able to meet Zamony W. from South Africa, at the DC multi-cluster scavenger hunt on Sunday, October 14th and congratulate her in person. Zamony is in Victoria Paton's cluster. Zamony's winning poem can be found here. [...]
Bolivian au pair Fernanda M., presented to 17 pre-school students at John Eaton School in Cleveland Park, in Washington D.C. In addition to teaching the children what the flag looks like, and where Bolivia is located, she decided to focus her presentation on 2 traditional characters from La Paz-Bolivia. The "Zebra" and "La Chola." [...]
Chinese au pair Min C. is spending her year in Catherine McEaddy Holmes's Washington, D.C. cluster. Min had the opportunity to present to 120 students at the Shepherd Elementary School about the Chinese New Year! She showed pictures of the customs around the celebrations including red lanterns and paper cutting, and the delicious lucky food. The [...]
Friday February 16th is Chinese New Year. Min C. an au pair in Washington DC shared this great post on the special foods that are served during the Chinese New Year. Tang-yuan Tang-yuan (dumplings made of sweet rice, rolled into balls and stuffed with either sweet or spicy fillings) is what most southern families have [...]
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.
Earth Day was celebrated in many ways this year. In Jan Peedin's Maryland cluster the au pairs volunteered by picking up litter along the streets of Historic Ellicott City. To celebrate Earth Day Au Pair in America asked for photos of Au Pairs in nature with or without their host child. The Winner was: Laura [...]
Laura R. from Germany wins the 2017 Earth Day Contest. Laura is in Judit Markarian's Washington, D.C cluster. We asked Au Pairs to let us know how they would celebrate Earth day and submit a photo doing an outdoor activity with or without their host child. Laura's submission was "Back to the Basics" with her [...]