Our March cluster meeting was at Laser Craze in Woburn where we met two other clusters. We first met for some refreshments and mingling. We also had our quarterly childcare discussion during which we talked about discipline. Au pairs had lots of fun playing laser tag against each other.
Our cluster meeting in August was an outing to McGolf in Dedham. It was a small meeting as many au pairs are vacationing in the summer, either by themselves or with their host families.
We welcomed Karina and Natalie from Germany to our cluster and said good-bye to Kongfang.
After our round of minigolf, we enjoyed some ice cream and chatted a bit more.
For more photos of our meeting, go to minigolf.
On a beautiful Sunday in April, we joined three other local au pair clusters and visited the Prudential Center Skywalk. It was about 50 of us and we had a great time.
We met in the food court first to chat, collect money and take care of au pair business. We welcomed new au pair Eye and said good-bye to Carolina who is moving to another au pair cluster.
Once on the 50th floor, we enjoyed an audio tour and a beautiful view of Boston and its surroundings
In September, our cluster meeting was at my house for a breakfast. The weather was nice and we were able to sit outside. We said hello to some more summer arrivals and it was nice to see them connect with the other au pairs.
for more photos go to September 2014.
On a beautiful day in August, our au pair cluster went to Nahant beach. It was nice for the summer arrivals to meet each other and more seasoned au pairs. It helps them adapt more easily after they have left their families and friend network to come to a new country.
We welcomed Laura B, Laura L, Victoria, Shiran, and Jaqueline. We said good-bye to Tifaine who moved to another host family.
For more photos, visit beach 2014
This month, we met at my house for a barbecue. Since it is summer, there were many good-byes and some hellos. We said good-bye to Melissa, Tazmyn, Natalia, Audrey, Liz and Priscilla. Good luck to you all with your future endeavors! We said hello to Londeka and Miriam, who had just arrived to the area that week. It was nice to see them start making connections with other au pairs. They also benefited from advice and feedback from the more seasoned au pairs.
For more photos, go to July Barbecue.
What a fun event our annual canoeing and picnic was again this June! For our cluster meeting, we met up with 2 other clusters at the South Bridge boat house. From there, au pairs canoed to the North Bridge, where counselors had prepared a picnic with fruit, brownies and lemonade. It was a beautiful day, perfect for our event.
Summer is a big time for good-byes. We said good-bye to Julia, Junika, Jenni, Khim and Lucie. We wish you all the best for your future! We welcomed Veronika into our cluster.
For more photos please visit Concord 2014
In May, we congregated at my house for breakfast. It was a beautiful day and we could sit outside in the backyard. Some au pairs even brought their children along. These meetings at my house are always a great opportunity for au pairs to sit together, bond, and talk about their lives as au pairs.
The meeting provided a wonderful opportunity for me to check in with each of them to see how they are doing. We also took care of some end of the year business by discussing their last meetings and providing me with proof of their education.
We said good-bye to Yann Ling who will leave us soon to go back to Malaysia. We also said good-bye to Kathrin who moved to Connecticut.
For more photos please visit May Breakfast
For October, I had planned a fun host family and au pair picnic at Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow. Unfortunately, that had to be cancelled due to rain. We had the au pair meeting at my house instead. In true fall fashion, we had apple cider donuts and apple cider. We also had a good-bye cake, saying our official good-byes to Lilly, Ning and Allegra who are leaving our cluster the next month.
For more photos of this meeting, you can go to October 2013.
This is one of my favorite regional events that we offer for our Boston area au pairs: a Harvard University tour. Counselor Patti Estabrook organized it this year and almost 100 au pairs showed up on a beautiful fall day.
Au pairs learned about student life and the diversity of one Americas oldest and most prestigious schools. Tour guides provided historical facts and stories. Did you know that the statue of John Harvard (which by the way is not John Harvard, but a student who was asked to model, in the absence of any known pictures of John) is the 3rd most photographed statue in the country?
For more photos, please visit Harvard Tour 2013.