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.
In September, our cluster joined hundreds of other APIA au pairs from all over DC, Maryland, and Virginia for a region-wide scavenger hunt. Au pairs were divided into teams and raced around the city to find the answers to as many questions as they could in the allotted time.
In October, we had a private tour of the Smithsonian building everyone in DC calls the Castle.
In November, we had a relaxing meeting with some calm “adult” coloring, talked about stress management, and then indulged in some sweet treats to celebrate all of our birthdays from the entire year.
This summer, our cluster gathered for three fun and informative meetings.
Photo credit: Catherine McEaddy Holmes
In June, we went to the Adams Morgan Movie Night. Before settling down to watch “School of Rock,” we reviewed important water safety tips to remember while we interact with your host kids at the pool, beach, and even in the sprinkler.
What will you remember from your year in America?
In July, we met for a fun evening learning easy ways to document the many American memories and experience in a notebook, scrapbook, photo album, or journal.
Making new friends at the International Potluck Dinner
In August, we joined the Georgetown/Woodley Park Cluster for an International Potluck Dinner. Our au pairs made delicious food from all over the world including Chinese and Polish dumplings, South African milk tarts, Brazilian brigadeiro, Jamaican ackee and salt fish and festivals, Spanish huevos rellenos, Brazilian pão de queijo, and Colombian rice pudding.
We discussed ideas for serving host children healthy afterschool snacks and learned more about Georgetown University’s English Language Program from guest speaker Regan Carver.
Summer has finally arrived with warmer weather! For June’s cluster meeting, we gathered for Adams Morgan Movie Night to watch the hilarious “School of Rock” on an outdoor screen as we munched on popcorn and other treats. Continue reading
What fun we had at the 2016 DC Cultural Fair on May 1st! So many smiles, so much laughter, and so many wonderful memories. A big thank you to all of au pairs who participated and all of the host families who came out to Nats Park. We couldn’t have done it without you! Read all about the fantastic day on Au Pair in America’s blog, Kid Notes.
Being an au pair in DC has definite perks!
For our April meeting, our cluster toured the US Capitol and learned more about the design and construction of the building and our nation. Continue reading
On a recent and very cold evening in February, over 230 APIA au pairs, community counselors, and even a few host kids gathered at the Verizon Center in downtown DC for a fun evening with Mickey and friends. Continue reading
Our December 2015 Cluster Meeting was full of fun.
From reviewing important seasonal safety tips to sharing holiday traditions from many different countries, our December cluster meeting was full of learning and fun. Each Au Pair brought a treat that reminded her of the holidays and a wrapped present for a gift exchange. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year for Au Pairs to learn more about the American spirit of volunteering. For our November cluster meeting, Au Pairs from two DC clusters gathered to discuss volunteering and ways they can help the DC community. Continue reading
Cluster meetings are held every month for Au Pairs. They are an important way for Au Pairs to connect with one another, learn important information about child care, and have fun. Continue reading