Monthly Archives: February 2017

Options for Those Last Few Education Hours

How many total classroom hours do Au Pairs need to complete in their first year?

Image: Alan Cleaver (Flickr)

Image: Alan Cleaver (Flickr)

Au pairs are required earn at least six academic credits during their year by completing classes/courses at accredited US post-secondary colleges and universities. 

6 academic credits = approximately 8 CEUs = approximately 80 classroom hours 

(The absolute minimum accepted is 72 hours.)

Certain combinations of classes can leave you just a few hours short of the requirement. Here are several options for completing those last few hours. Prices listed are correct as of February 10, 2017 and are subject to change. Consult the university websites for full information.

Virginia International University Saturday Museum Classes
5 hours (.5 CEUs) for $40 (+$20 reg. fee)
Held almost every Saturday morning (10:30am) in DC. Metro-accessible locations.
Students will spend a day at a different museum each week and participate in an interactive, themed museum tour facilitated by ESL instructors.

University of Virgin Islands Experience America through Art Galleries & Museums
5 hours (.5 CEUs) for $40
Held once per month on a Saturday (10 am or 1:30pm) in DC. Metro-accessible locations.
Students self-guide through a local museum over a 3 hour period and complete an outside assignment. The assignment is creating a detailed pictorial report of the visit, due within 7 days of the course.

University of Virgin Islands Fitness Fridays
2 hours (.2 CEUs) for $20
Held once per month on a Friday evening (8 pm) in DC. Metro accessible location.
A fitness class where students will stretch, move and exercise. Register early, space is limited.

-adapted from a post by Christine Connally

Valentine’s Day Activities

Image: JWI_ValentinesOwl

Image: JWI_ValentinesOwl

Valentine’s Day is a time of love, friendship, giving, and caring. Americans use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to tell friends and family how much they care.  Celebrated on February 14th, children usually exchange cards at school on that day or one close to the holiday. 

Au Pair in America’s Valentine’s Day Pinterest Pinboard has lots of ideas for fun crafts and activities:

APIA’s Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

February is Black History Month

Photo Credit: Ron Cogswell (Flickr)

Photo: Ron Cogswell (Flickr)

Black History Month is an annual observance in the U.S. recognizing the achievements of African Americans in our nation’s history. For more information about Black History Month and some of the many contributions made by African Americans to the U.S., visit African American History Month, a dedicated website developed through a joint partnership of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

DC has many celebrations for Black History Month throughout the month of February. Here’s a roundup of some of the local events taking place this month: