On Sunday, December 15th the Suffolk County Cluster of Au Pair in America celebrated the holidays at their Community Counselor Cindy Garruba’s home.
We had an international potluck with au pairs preparing food from their countries. It was fun sharing the traditions and food from all over the world!
We played some games and exchanged gifts.
Au Pair in America Suffolk County Cluster enjoyed a great Host family day at the Stony Brook Holiday Festival. APIA was a proud sponsor of the event again this year.
Santa arrived on a firetruck to listen to the children’s wishes.
There were carolers, a petting zoo, and a Puppet Parade featuring local legends and spies from the Revolutionary time.
A fun filled day. Over 60 trees are decorated and on display until January 2, 2020. You can vote for your favorite. APIA’s tree in number 111 to the left of the Post Office. Happy Holidays!
On a beautiful August afternoon, all 4 Long Island Au Pair in America Clusters canoed on the Nissequogue River. The trip took about 2 hours, and we canoed in with the tide from Kings Park to the Smithtown Paul T. Givens Park.
16 canoes filled with au pairs and 4 Community Counselors paddled along the winding river. Lots of other people were kayaking and canoeing along side us. After the trip, au pairs relaxed waiting for their friends to all finish the route.
Fun day spent with friends! Au Pair cluster activities provide au pairs with time with friends, opportunities to get to know each other and their counselors better. It is an important part of the Au Pair in America experience!
Au Pair in America was invited by GW4W (Global Women for Wellbeing) to their brunch meeting at CBS headquarters in NYC. Liza Galano is a host mom in Suffolk County, Long Island and an organizer of the event. Liza as Senior Director of Ad Sales, leads a team of global technologists in support of CBS’s Network Television division. She asked Cindy Garruba, Senior Community Counselor and Field Rep for APIA to bring materials for her group to learn about how hosting an au pair from APIA can help with working women’s wellbeing.
Cindy was joined by Manhattan Community Counselor, Viki Markle at the event. Both Counselors answered questions and gave out information about APIA.
The topic for the day was Women in Tech – Thriving as a Leader in Tech. The panelists discussed their experiences as leaders and being resilient. 2 acronyms were a focus of the discussion;
Use your VOICE – Voice, Opportunity, Inspiration, Connection, Empowerment
Remember to be KIND to yourself and others – Keep Inspiring Nurturing & Developing
Liza encourages other working parents to put in place a team to help them with childcare. She considers her au pair to be so important to her peace of mind. Currently Liza’s APIA is in her second year with her family. Nadine is from South Africa and is providing 45 hours of childcare, sharing her culture with her host family and experiencing ours.
It was an inspiring event and APIA was happy to be part of it.
Au Pair in America had a great day at Duck Pond Day in Wading River! It was a beautiful day to spend with neighbors in this charming Suffolk County, Long Island village. Music, food and lots of families had tons of fun.
3 Au Pairs helped out with kids coloring pictures of ducks on the pond and applying APIA tattoos. The tattoos were a big hit with all the kids!
Au Pairs from our cluster enjoying a social evening of pizza and fellowship at West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook this May. We enjoyed a beautiful evening with a perfect sunset on the Long Island Sound. Community Counselor Cindy Garruba brought pizza and water bottles, au pairs shared stories about who they are, vacations taken and planned. It was a wonderful time for all.
On Friday, May 17th Cindy attended the English as a Second Language Graduation from Suffolk County Community College for 3 special au pairs. Host families and friends attended, too, to congratulate them.
Viviana arrived to a host family in Virginia in July 2017. Though that match did not work out, she was able to match with a great family in St. James, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY in Sept. She made the most of her time with her host family, her cluster of au pairs and in her community.
She volunteered helping her Community Counselor at a street fair in the fall. Viviana studied English, she plans to be an English teacher in Colombia. Cindy Garruba, her Community Counselor was happy to watch her graduate from the highest ESL Class from Suffolk County Community College!
Viviana enjoyed many cluster meetings with her au pair friends and was a very active member of the cluster.
Cindy wished Viviana well in her next adventure with some resume building tips and they enjoyed Taco Tuesday at a local restaurant.