About Au Pair in America

Au Pair in America is the nation's first legal au pair program. Since 1986, we have provided the best child care opportunities to host families across the US and au pairs from around the world.

At Lakeside Shopping Center on Labor Day Weekend

The start of school year coincides with the arrival of many new au pairs who join their host families just in time to help with childcare, driving, schoolwork, sports and playground activities.

For au pairs getting to know all the new friends is exciting, especially when combined with a bit of shopping (and bargain hunting) at the Lakeside Shopping Center.

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Happy Labor Day!

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Happy Labor Day to all hard working au pairs!

Labor Day is a legal holiday in the USA, celebrated on the first Monday of September. It was established in 1882 to provide working people with a guaranteed free day for rest and enjoyment. Most Americans celebrate Labor Day by having picnics, parades, and cookout. Many rush to the stores to take advantage of big discounts offered by the retailers.

Occupational Collage Craft for Children
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/laborday/

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Make a great collage by cutting pictures of workers from magazines and gluing them to poster board.

Ask your host kids the names of professions in English and then tell them the names of those professions in your language.
- teacher
- policeman
- doctor
- nurse
Give them a star or thumbs up if they can remember the words at the end of the day!

Tip: Start with names that are easy to pronounce. Pielegniarka (nurse in Polish) may be too much of a challenge! :-)
Another option may be the phrase “Good job!” – “Dobra robota!”

Most of all, remember to have FUN!

Au Pairs Participate in Color Run

Following the example of thousands upon thousands of participants across the globe, several au pairs in our cluster took part in the Color Run in City Park, New Orleans on August 26th.

The Color Run is an event series and five kilometers paint race that takes place in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The untimed event has no winners or prizes, but runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run. (wiki)

http://thecolorrun.com/about/

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Child Safety Tips

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Host families are advised to discuss child safety tips with their newly arrived au pairs and review them occasionally during the year to make au pairs are well informed and follow family’s safety rules.

Fire Safety

  • Never play with matches or cigarette lighters.  Both should be out of reach from young children.
  • Check with your family about an escape plan if there is a fire in the house.
  • Have emergency numbers posted by the telephone. Children can be taught to call these numbers in an emergency.
  • Know where a fire extinguisher is in the house and how to use it.
  • Make sure to turn the stove off after use.

Water Safety

  • Never leave children and infants unsupervised in a bathtub. Children can drown in a couple of inches of water.
  • Never leave buckets of water unattended around young children.
  • Make sure children are closely supervised when swimming in a pool.

Street Safety

  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Discuss traffic lights – Green means go, Yellow means wait, Red means stop.
  • Never chase a ball into the street.
  • Streets are for cars – children should play in a yard, not the street.
  • Learn street signs and what they mean (STOP sign, CROSSWALK, etc.).
  • Never play behind parked cars on the driveway.
  • Watch carefully when walking behind parked cars.

Home Safety

  • Chemicals, bleaches, sharp knives, plastic bags, spray cans, pills and medications should all be out of reach from children.
  • Emergency Phone Numbers, including poison control center, should be posted near a telephone.
  • Inform children that leaves, stems and berries are not food and should be kept out of their mouths.   Never eat wild plants. Many of them are poisonous.   Never eat or touch toadstools that may grow around trees or in grass.
  • Unused electrical outlets should be covered.
  • Make sure smoke detectors are working.

Strangers

  • Never talk to strangers or go near a stranger’s car.
  • Do not accept money, candy or gifts from strangers.
  • Never take a ride from a stranger.

Au pairs should check with their host parents to clearly understand where children are permitted to go alone or with others. Children should always let their parents or au pair know where they are.

Back to School Check List

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You may want to review the following:

  • Au pair’s schedule
  • The children’s schedule, including school and extracurricular activities
  • Breakfast routine and types of healthy food to serve
  • What to pack for lunch
  • What to do when a child is staying home sick
  • What to do when a child is late for school
  • After school routine (snacks and free time before starting homework)
  • Designated spot for school bags, lunch boxes and papers that need parent’s signature

If au pair drives children to and from school, it’s important to discuss:

  • Buckling seat belts securely
  • Lining up in a car queue
  • Making sure children get on/off on the right side of the car
  • Holding a young child’s hand in the parking lot
  • NEVER leaving a child in the car when dropping off a sibling
  • Observing 20 mph speed limit in school zones
  • Never passing a school bus when it shows a stop sign

Ana Extends with Host Family for Another Year

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I am literally writing from the sky, so I guess here the inspiration is higher.

I am on the border between the way to my home country and my host city (I rather to say my home for the past nine months). It is not easy to choose when you are standing on the line and the happiness smiles to you from both sides.

My beautiful family at home or my also wonderful host family in Louisiana. The best dishes in the world prepared for my mom or the fun and delicious Cajun cuisine. The warm and sunny days in my tropic or four seasons in the other side. To hear people singing “Las mañanitas” on my birthday or “The birthday song” –including baby version -. Enjoying the cheering and smiles of my little cousins or giving a “good morning” to those big blue eyes every day. Barranquilla carnival or Mardi Gras. Mangos or strawberries. Iguanas or alligators. Papa Noel or Santa Claus. Soccer or football…

My conclusion: I love them all. My decision: keep discovering. I love home and I will enjoy this short time with my family for sure in the happiest place of this world: Colombia.

But this first year as an Au Pair has been full of surprises, challenges and good memories that have helped me to discover my brave side. And I want it to least a little while more. For all those reasons I say today: in Baton Rouge I will stay, because every day is a party in the USA!

Ana Karina Nisperuza Vidal, Colombia

Au Pair In America since October 201

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Spreading the Word About APIA – Seminar for Au Pairs

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For more than 25 years, Au Pair in America has been the leading provider for intercultural live-in child care in the U.S. Since 1986, more than 90,000 of our au pairs have provided the highest quality care to American host families.

APIA au pairs who have been in the USA for at least two months are invited to attend a seminar to learn how to spread the word about APIA and encourage American families to experience all the benefits of excellent dependable childcare with a cultural flair.

The webinars will take place this Thursday, August 7th and Friday, August 8th.

To register please use the link below:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/886641042 – August 7th 11am

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/929907450 – August 8th 2pm

Happy Fourth of July!

NOLflagKnown as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

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Welcoming New Friends

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Summer months are the busiest arrival times for au pairs. Hundreds of APIA au pairs from many different countries arrive in Tarrytown, NY for a three-day orientation (and an introductory tour of NYC!!) before fanning out across the USA to join their host families for a fun and exciting year together.

For our Louisiana cluster it’s a busy time too – welcoming new friends, getting to know host families, sharing au pair advice, planning great times together.

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Seasoned au pair, Kasia from Poland and a newbie, Anali from Peru.

Ana from Colombia Shares Her APIA Advantage Experience

All au pairs participating in the State Department approved au pair programs are required to complete 6 credits hours of academic work during a year-long match.

Au pairs who participate in Au Pair in America program can satisfy this educational requirement by taking APIA Advantage course offered online by UCLA. https://www.uclaextension.edu/aupairs/Pages/default.aspx

Part of the UCLA course consists of Community Involvement segment. Many au pairs find it especially interesting and enjoyable. Here Ana from Colombia shares her experience with APIA Advantage – American Studies Online.

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Global Awareness and Volunteer work

I had the opportunity to share my culture and Language with a great class of children at The Chapel Church in Baton Rouge, LA.  The kids belong to 3rd to 5th grade. They learned about my country, geographic information, customs, food and interesting facts. Also they learned some Spanish words and greetings. They had a lot of questions for me and I answered gladly. It is great to know that the kids in USA are very interested in different cultures.

I have been volunteering with this class since the beginning of May and I will stay with them for the summer term and maybe more time. This opportunity has gave me to me the chance to get involve with The Chapel community, other teachers and leaders who have supported my staying here in USA.

Cultural and Historical activities

Reef Bay Trail: This is one of the best hiking trails in the world, located in St. John USVI, it contains a great historical richness. The trail goes crossing the Reef Bay Valley in the island and during the way you can find ruins and old buildings from the colonization age. Sugar plantains, old houses, workers houses and Petroglyphs made by the ancients natives in the island, time before the colonizers arrived to the Americas.

Cemetery Tour New Orleans: New Orleans cemeteries have a great history and architecture, the thumbs belongs to very important and historically recognized families in the state.

Mardi Gras 2014: The famous festival in New Orleans and Baton Rouge shows in a fun way the history of the kings in Louisiana. Music, customs and food all at the same time at the same place.

St. Patrick’s Day: This is not an American date but they celebrate as own. All the Irish culture celebrate and shows to the world their culture.

5 de mayo: this is a Mexican day but USA has adopted it it. Mexican music and food is the celebration theme for this day.

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