Our Community Counselors organize many fantastic cluster events for au pairs and host families to gather, get to know one another and participate in cultural exchange. Summertime traditions like regional fairs and festivals, cookouts and sporting events are great opportunities for these meetings.
For example, last year at about this time, Community Counselor Myra W. organized a cluster event for au pairs and host families in New Jersey. The meet up took place at a minor league baseball game.
One of the au pair’s parents were visiting from France and were thrilled for the chance to see a real American baseball game. The stadium even posted a message on the electronic billboard welcoming Au Pair in America – although everyone was too busy eating hot dogs and enjoying the game to snap a photo in time!
Au pair cluster meetings and events are a great way for au pairs to get out, meet people and have some fun. Cluster meetings are also opportunities for Community Counselors to discuss child safety and age-appropriate activities.
Local cultural events are fantastic events to enrich an au pair’s experience in the U.S. Things that seem ordinary, and might be taken for granted in our local communities, can be very exciting for visitors from another country. Sharing some of these typical, all-American activities with au pairs is also a great way for host families and Community Counselors to gain new appreciation and renewed enthusiasm for familiar places and events.
What type of outings do you recommend to help au pairs enjoy an authentic American experience? We’d like your suggestions! Please leave a comment after the post.
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