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Online Education Options

Hello ladies,

As the pandemic arrived we made arrangements for you to be able to fulfill your Education Requirement credits via online courses, this was not an option prior to COVID 19.

Please take advantage of the many free opportunities, or any paid options you now can take from home. It has never been easier to complete your education!

Down bellow are a long list of the Most Popular Education Options for Au Pairs;

Most Popular Courses:

The Science of Well Being –

Dog Emotion and Cognition –

Interior Design –  

Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Industry – 

Computer Science for Business Professionals – 

How to Write an Essay –  

Tricky American English Pronunciation – 

Fundamentals of Supervision and Management –    

English for Career Development – 

Improve your English Communication Skills – 

Photography – 

Culinary Arts –  

Best Course for 5 Hours:

Fairfax University of America – Online Museum Courses

Best ESL/TOEFL Courses:

International Language Institute – DC – 

LADO – DC Metro Area –

UCEDA – or for ESL classes, too.

EFI Online – 

Kenton County Adult ESL – 

Community College of Allegheny County – Grammar Refresher – 

Zoni Language Center – Intermediate Conversations –

Hudson County Community College – English Skills for Real Life Situations –  

Prince Georges Community College – ESL – 

Fairfax Universtiy of America – 

Georgia Tech Language Institute – 

Best Spanish Language Courses:

International Language Institute – 

More Popular Choices:

Learning Across America and Learning Express – 

Classroom Au Pair –

Special thanks to Kelly DeBald for sharing some “All Things America” courses through Coursera.

America Through Foreign Eyes- Rice University- 7 weeks- 33 hours- 

Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History-                                                                     University of Illinois- 4 weeks-12 hours                                              

Sports and Society-Duke- 7 weeks- 9 hours-                                    – syllabus

Chemerinsky on Constitutional Law-University of CA- 5 weeks-17.5 hours  

Introduction to American Law-University of Pennsylvania- 7 weeks- 9 hours – syllabus

From Freedom Rides to Ferguson:                                                                                                          Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement- Emory University- 5 weeks- 13 hours

America’s Written Constitution- Yale- 6 weeks- 23 hours- 

The Pronunciation of American English Specialization-                                                                                      University of CA- Irvine- 16 weeks- 80 hours           

Civic Engagement in American Democracy- Duke- 4 weeks- 14 hours

American Education Reform:                                                                                                                       History, Policy, Practice- University of Pennsylvania- 8 weeks- 14 hours

Summer Fun for DC Kids 2019

Image: anokarina (Flickr)

When the kids are out of school on summer break there are soooo many possibilities. But, if you don’t make plans, you will often end up in the house with bored kids getting into trouble and arguing with their siblings.

Head off the summer doldrums by making plans! Having lots of ideas ready can minimize those problems. In need of some ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer? Here’s a roundup of ideas designed to keep whining to a minimum and help you make a summer you’ll all remember!*

KidFriendly DC

Our Kids

  • Don’t miss this comprehensive list of the DC area’s local seasonal activities.
  • Wondering if it’s worth taking the kids to one of the many local happenings? Read the reviews before you go!

Red Tricycle

*Discuss these plans and ideas with your host parents before embarking on a new adventure. You need to clear things like how much you money you may spend, how far you will be traveling, and when is best to do some of these activities.

Staying Safe Out and About – Safety Tips for Au Pairs

These tips are not intended to scare you, but to make you aware of some simple things you can do to prevent being the victim of a crime.

  • When you get into an Uber or Lyft, make sure the vehicle matches the description and the driver shown on your App.
  • Keep your mobile phone charged, so you can use it if you need it.
  • When riding on Metro, try to wait in well-lit areas where there are other people and try to get into a train car with other people, rather than being alone.
  • Be very careful using outside ATMs at night or in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Tell someone where you’ll be and what time you’re supposed to return, or if you will be with someone you don’t know well.
  • If you are meeting someone new for the first time, meet in a public place with lots of other people.
  • Never give your home address to someone without your host family’s permission.
  • Don’t overload yourself with packages or shopping bags.
  • Don’t wear earbuds or headphones while walking or jogging.
  • Don’t read or get distracted by your cell phone while walking or standing on the street.
  • Pay attention to what is going on around you and be aware of people near you.
  • Be a good friend! If you think another au pair is not making smart decisions when you are out at night, be sure she gets home safely. 

Do You Have Your DC Library Card?


The DC Public Library is the place to check out books and other materials for free for both yourself and your host kids. There are many branches located throughout the city. Also, there are more than 15 million free online movies, eBooks, music, and more available online for cardholders.

Ready to Get Started?

Free Classes for Kids and Adults

The DC Public Library offers loads of free classes for kids and adults including yoga, adult coloring, ESL conversation circles, kid crafts and many special seasonal activities. (They offer a lot more kid-friendly activities during the summer when kids are on vacation.) Check out the library event calendar for classes throughout the city. And don’t forget- they’re free!

ESL Conversation Circles*

Library Branches Located Near Our Cluster Area

Chevy Chase Library Upcoming Events

Cleveland Park Library Upcoming Events 

Georgetown Library Upcoming Events

Lamond-Riggs Library Upcoming Events

Mt. Pleasant Library Upcoming Events

Petworth Library Upcoming Events

Shepherd Park Library  Upcoming Events

Takoma Park Library Upcoming Events

Tenley-Friendship Library Upcoming Events

West End Library Upcoming Events

*Please note that DC Public Library classes are for fun and do not count towards an au pair’s academic class requirement. 

Amazing Cluster Meeting at US Capitol

More than 700 Au Pair in America au pairs from 30 DC/Maryland/Virginia area clusters came together on Saturday, March 9 to tour the US Capitol. We were joined by Au Pair in America director, Ruth Ferry. We had a wonderful time and an amazing photo.

Au Pair in America au pairs from the DC/MD/VA area, their Community Counselors and APIA director, Ruth Ferry

Touring the US Capitol is a highlight of any visit to Washington, DC. The Visitor Center offers free online tickets and a limited number of same-day tickets. The tour starts off with a brief and engaging video with some history on the Capitol Building and the US in general. The tour guides are knowledgeable and will take you to some of the building’s most iconic locations.

Touring the US Capitol is a highlight for our cluster every year.

Spring 2019 in Washington, DC

William Neuheisel

March 20th is the first official day of Spring, and the city is alive with so much to do. Take advantage of longer days and warmer temperatures to get outside and explore the city with your host kids. From cherry blossoms on the Potomac to Easter egg hunts at Hillwood or even Madame Tussauds, there truly is something for children of all ages. 

Activities from Some of Our Favorite DC Blogs

Kidfriendly DC

Red Tricycle DC

Capital City Au Pairs (That’s right- don’t forget that this blog has plenty of ideas too!)

About Travel DC