International Education Week (Nov 14-18) began in 2000 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. This important week is observed all across the United States and in more than 100 countries overseas. IEW is an opportunity for exchange students worldwide to share with their host communities their cultures and highlight the benefits of international educational exchange programs. This past Saturday, Nov 12th, over 160 au pairs from 7 different clusters across MD and VA attended a Navy Football game. It was great fun to introduce these girls to an American pastime favorite and for many girls it was their first football game in the USA!
With so many new au pairs with Au Pair in America having arrived over the summer months, we wanted to introduce them to our lovely charming city of Annapolis. Last Sunday we enjoyed ice cream downtown at the Annapolis Ice Cream Company located on Main Street. Afterwards walked down to Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre to see a very funny musical, The Producers . It was a great evening! For more information about hosting an au pair in your home to meet your childcare needs visit our updated and revised website at www.aupairinamerica.com
It may have been grey and rainy outside in DC on Sunday, May 1 but it was bright and lively inside the Nats Stadium clubhouse as Au Pairs from the MD/DC/VA region showcased their countries to enthusiastic host families and other visitors. APIA’s director, Ruth Ferry and VP Jean Quinn came and joined us, as well as a couple State Department representatives.Host children enjoyed getting their passports stamped and their faces painted, while host families enjoyed interacting with all the various country representatives and sampling delicious foods. The Jamaica table’s food was particularly popular. While it required some travel for many host families and counselors, it was definitely worth the drive! #aupair30 #aupairinamerica
Looking for some great ideas to do with your children to be ready for Mother’s Day. Our Au pair in America Pinterest site has lots of wonderful picks for you to choose from. https://www.pinterest.com/aupairinamerica/mothers-day/
Join Au Pair in America for a Trip Around the World! Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 1–4pm at the Nationals Park, Norfolk Southern Club 1500 South Capitol Street, SE | Washington, DC
Help us celebrate 30 years of Au Pair in America and the U.S. Department of State’s au pair program! You’re invited to a fun afternoon of educational country displays, performances by au pairs, a photo op, face painting, and other fun activities for children. Au Pair in America staff, host families and au pairs from over 30 countries will be in attendance. Come learn about the au pair program and enjoy a fun and educational afternoon! To learn more click on this link and RSVP if interested in attending: http://www.aupairinamerica.com/culturalfair/. #aupairnats
On the evening of April 2 the Annapolis and Baltimore clusters met up in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to walk around the display called Light City Baltimore. The light festival was just what the city needed after last year’s stresses, to remind everyone that Baltimore is a vibrant and historic city beloved by many. It was so crowded that it was challenging to stay together as a group but we know that new connections were made and older ones deepened as our Au pairs spent the evening out and about.
The Annapolis, Baltimore and Columbia clusters had a fantastic outing on Saturday February 27. We went snow tubing at Ski Liberty, located just over the Pennsylvania line. There were several host families along for the fun, and our group totaled 50 happy tubers!
Events like this one serve the purpose of introducing those au pairs from parts of the globe that don’t have snow to the fun sports we entertain ourselves with during the winter months, as well as bringing everyone together to meet new friends. Camaraderie during ones au pair year cannot be underestimated.
For anyone who would like to experience snow tubing while it still is offered, we can highly recommend Ski Liberty. http://www.libertymountainresort.com/winter-sports-liberty/tubing/tubing-boulder-ridge
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22 ~ Washington’s actual day of birth ~ the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for American workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
To see a listing of all U.S. presidents go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents. Click on each president to find out who they were and what they achieved during their presidency. This is a great site to go through with your children to test their knowledge and your own!
Valentine’s day is celebrated in the United States every year on February 14th. There are many stories and legends behind who the real St. Valentine was, but most scholars agree that he was a martyr who was killed by Roman soldiers because he was marrying people in secret at a time when marriage was outlawed. Later in the Middle Ages, a great writer named Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem as a present to King Richard II, who was going to be married soon. In it, he mentioned St. Valentine, and over time, the idea of Valentine’s Day became associated with the idea of love.
During the Victorian times (in the 1800s), Valentine’s Day became extremely popular! Men and women spent a lot of time making beautiful Valentine’s cards with ribbon, fancy paper and even lace. In those days, people were very reserved and they did not often say what they were feeling. Valentine’s day gave them a way to express their feelings to someone they were in love with anonymously. The sender would remain a mystery until they could speak more freely.
In the last few decades, Valentine’s day has changed a lot! Today we still exchange cards, but many people buy ready-made cards instead. We also give flowers or chocolates as a gift to remind people of our friendship and love for them. Most Valentine’s gifts and cards make use of the colors red and pink, and are decorated with images of hearts or roses. Another common symbol of love on this day is Cupid, the Roman god of love. He is usually shown as a little angel with a bow and arrow. According to legend, anyone who is struck by his arrows will fall in love.
Here are some links with ideas about how you can celebrate and have fun with the children you care for over the next couple of weeks!
Martin Luther King Jr. was the most important voice of the American civil rights movement, which worked for equal rights for all. He was famous for using nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice. He also did all he could to make people realize that “all men are created equal.” Because of his great work, in 1964 King received the Nobel Peace Prize — the youngest person ever to receive this high honor. King was also a Baptist minister. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, when he was just 39 years old. His birthday is now observed as a national holiday on the third Monday in January. Congressman John Conyers first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. Petitions endorsing the holiday containing six million names were submitted to Congress. Public pressure for the holiday mounted during the 1982 and 1983 civil rights marches in Washington. Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King
Here are some links with more information about the history of this holiday including a biography of Dr. King, a quiz for kids and a junior crossword.
To read the full I Have a dream Speech go to: