Monthly Archives: May 2017

APIA Creates Chalk Drawing for Riverhead Festival

Memorial Day weekend festivities included an art chalk drawing festival in Riverhead.  The Suffolk County Cluster of Au Pair in America had a lot of fun participating!

Juliana from Columbia designed the square. Sonia from Mexico and Community Counselor Cindy Garruba colored helped create and color the design. 

Sonia and Juliana working on the chalk drawing,

Juliana included the words she feels Au Pair in America means to her:


We had a great location right in front of to Suffolk Theater!

Holiday & Vacation Reminders

“Rest and be thankful.” – William Wordsworth

Holidays and vacations are a great opportunity to rest, recharge and explore the U.S.

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer travel season. Here are some reminders about program rules regarding holidays and vacations.


  • Host families are not required to give au pairs any specific holidays.
  • Each host family will make different arrangements on holidays, some au pairs will be off and others will be required to work.
  • Au pairs should not make plans for holidays without checking with your host family first.


  • Au pairs earns 2 weeks of paid vacation during the course of her year.
  • Vacation time should be mutually agreed upon.
  • All vacation should be preplanned (at least 4 weeks in advance.)
  • All au pair’s friends and/or family visits/vacations should be pre-approved prior to purchasing tickets.
  • If an au pair travels with her host family, it should be discussed in advance whether this is the au pair’s vacation or if she is working.
  • If an au pair travels with the host family to work, the host family is required to pay for her transportation, lodging and meals.

Important: If an au pair is traveling outside of the U.S., she must have her DS2019 signed (travel validation) PRIOR to her departure from the US. More information about this may be found here on the Au Pair in America website.

Photo: torbakhopper (Flickr)

Sunset & Pizza Cluster Meeting

The Suffolk County Cluster of Au Pair in America gathered on May 10th to enjoy each other’s company while watching the sunset on the Long Island Sound.  West Meadow Beach in Setauket is a beautiful spot with picnic tables and playgrounds.  Many of the au pairs take their host kids there to play on the playgrounds. 

Community Counselor, Cindy Garruba, treated the group to pizza and everyone had fun on the beautiful evening.  We even saw the spectacular full moon rising. 





Everyone shared a little about themselves, their country, their time here in the USA.  Every month the au pairs have a cluster activity organized by their Community Counselor.  Sometimes the activity is an event, like a Broadway Show or a baseball game.  Other times, it is a chance to get together and talk.  Often there is information learned about childcare and safety.  The meetings always provide an opportunity for the au pairs to make more friends.