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Au Pairs Decorate Homeless Shelter for the Holidays!

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The Suffolk County Cluster of Au Pair in America decorated HELP Suffolk Homeless Shelter for the holidays!  They transformed the recreation room into a WINTER WONDERLAND filled with snowflakes suspended from the ceiling, 2 snowpeople and some cheerful packages on the walls!  The decorate the holiday tree, too!  The residents and staff were thrilled with the results!!

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HELP_logoHELP Suffolk is a 76-unit transitional housing facility for homeless families housing a maximum of 100 adults and 200 children at any given time.  Units are available for people with disabilities.

HELP Suffolk is the largest housing facility for the homeless on Long Island.  The complex sits on seven acres of property and consists of four residential buildings, a community building, two playgrounds and a baseball field.

Since its inception in 1990, HELP Suffolk has served over 4,000 families and places approximately 60 percent of families into permanent housing.

International Holiday Tree in Stony Brook Village

021The Suffolk County Au Pair in America Cluster decorated a tree for the Stony Brook Festival of Trees.  The theme of the tree is “We bring the World Together.”  Each ornament on the tree was decorated by an au pair.  Some created designs from their country, others made ornaments representing their time here in America, all are colorful and beautiful.  Our tree is right in front of Talbot’s in the Inner Court of the Village.  The inner court has many trees decorated by Girl and Boy Sout troops. 

Come see the tree until January 2, 2011!!015

Au Pair in America freezes Prices in 2011 to Celebrate 25 Years of Legal Au Pairs!!!

The nation’s largest au pair agency celebrates the 25th anniversary of America’s legal au pair program by freezing their prices in 2011.

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D-2010 –STAMFORD, CT – December 3, 2010 – To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United States’ legal au pair program in 2011, Au Pair in America (www.aupairinamerica.com), the nation’s first au pair program, announced today that they will not increase their fees for a second straight year.

“We are delighted to offer families the high quality child care that has become synonymous with Au Pair in America at our affordable 2009 prices,” said Ruth Ferry, Sr. Vice President and Director of Au Pair in America. “We have been honored to work with the Department of State over the last quarter of a century to help the au pair program emerge as a child care solution for all types of American families.”

At just $347 per week (regardless of the number of children in the family), parents can utilize the flexible program at a cost that can be less expensive than day care arrangements.

Founded in 1986, the U.S. Department of State’s au pair program allows 18 to 26-year-old international visitors who travel to the U.S. on a J-1 Visitor Exchange Visa to acquire a better understanding and appreciation of American life while living with an American family and caring for their young children.

“Au Pair in America gave this program its foundation to build to where it is today,” states Stanley S. Colvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Private Sector Exchange, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “Au Pair in America is one of the founding members that introduced the model, advocated for it and established it.”

The United States Information Agency (USIA) designated the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Scholarship Foundation as one of two sponsors of an au pair program for a two-year trial period beginning in 1986. AIFS then launched Au Pair in America which has served as the definitive au pair program in the U.S. for the last 25 years, helping set U.S. program regulations as well as placing more than 85,000 au pairs in the homes of American families.

Au Pair in America matches potential au pairs that meet the different criteria posed by host families. Both au pairs and families complete a thorough application and matching process to ensure the best situation for all parties.

To learn more about the program, contact Au Pair in America at (800) 928-7247 or visit them on the web at www.aupairinamerica.com.
 

 

The nation’s first and largest au pair program, Au Pair in America combines live-in child care and cultural exchange for a mutually rewarding and enriching experience for the entire family. Since 1986, they have placed more than 85,000 au pairs in 43 states. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Au Pair in America maintains offices in 5 countries and has a network of more than 600 employees worldwide.

Shopping Bags for Thanksgiving Food Delivery

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Suffolk County Community Counselor Cindy Garruba and her Au Pairs donated Au Pair in America shopping bags to HELP Suffolk.  They were used to distribute food to feed hungry families this Thanksgiving. The bags are reusuable shopping bags and the families will be able to use them even after the food has been eaten.

Au Pairs and Host Families are Thankful for Each Other

On Sunday November 21 the Au Pairs in Suffolk County learned about the holiday season in the USA.  The discussion began with Thanksgiving and what we are grateful for this year.  Many of the host families had sent messages to their au pairs on what they are grateful to them for this year and the au pairs were very touched to see how much they are appreciated!  They expressed their gratitude as well.  The au pairs loved the pumpkin pie served at the meeting, too!

Here are some thanks from the Host Families:

Thankful Host Families

I am thankful to my au pair because she doesn’t leave us even though my children (especially my son) are very naughty and give her a hard time.

We are thankful for our Au Pair for the great care she takes of our daughter.  We are thankful that she is considerate and willing to always help out.

We are thankful to our au pair because she is flexible, friendly, honest and caring. She loves playing soccer with the kids and she is always having fun and hearty laugh with the boys. Thanks to her for joining our family.

We are grateful to our au pair because she is a lovely and kind person. She truly cares for our children and she is interested in everything that our family does. In just a few months, she has become an integral member of our family (much appreciated also by grandparents on both sides) and we cannot imagine being without her!!!

She hasn’t quit even though our children can be difficult and a bit bratty!

She eats well and keeps the junk food away from us!

We are thankful because she plays so nice with our son.  He LOVES her so much! I am very thankful for her because she is very flexible and accommodating with her schedule all the time. We appreciate her helping us out with our busy lives!! 🙂

We are grateful to our au pair because she takes such good care of our kids, and is a great cook and a terrific Spanish and salsa teacher.

 We are grateful to our au pair because she is more than just an au pair…she is the second best thing to mommy, a sister, a friend, an angel sent to our family…we love her so much!We are thankful beyond all reasonable expectations for the wonderful, thoughtful, kind, smart, funny and all around easy going yet amazing au pair.  We are lucky to have her in our lives and all five of us in our family feel the same way about her!

 

 We are grateful to our au pair because she has done so much to fit into our lives, while having to give up so much of hers.

 We are thankful for her kindness and creativity. She has also quickly assimilated into our family and we cannot imagine our lives without her.

 We are grateful to our au pair because she has become a wonderful addition to our family.  She takes wonderful care of our children and we know she loves them too.  That makes it so much easier for us to leave and go to work because we know our children are in such great hands.  Every mother should be blessed enough to have an au pair like ours.  We can’t thank her enough for all of her help and the wonderful things she does for our family.  The kids say “I is thankful because “she makes great brigadero and she has fun with me and my brother!”  The brother says, “I am because “she has fun with me!”  The baby says he is thankful because “aaaa!”

And thanks from the Au Pairs:

Thankful Au Pairs

I am thankful for the great year I’ve been spending in USA, for my awesome host family, lovely and fun children and for the great friends I’ve made here!

I am thankful for being happy here in the USA.  I’m having the biggest experience of my life.  That’s just amazing!  I love my host kids and I feel they love me back and that’s wonderful!

I am thankful for living here, for my host family being friendly with me and for knowing new people and visiting a lot of places.

I am thankful for my host family who are very very nice to me.

I am thankful for having a good host family and for because I’m here in the USA living this experience.

I am thankful for the support of my family because they supported my dream to come to America!

I am thankful for being in America and having a wonderful, caring and loving host family.

I am thankful for having the most awesome host family that anyone could wish for.  I am also over the top thankful for finding my   BIF (Best International Friend.  I know she’s going to be a friend for life! <3

 I am thankful for being a really great host family and staying in amazing country!

I am thankful for my great host family and that they treat me like a family member, taking me to all their activities.  I’m also very thankful to have found such a great friend!

I am thankful for a host family who makes me happy and gives me a good time in USA!

I am thankful for being an au pair in my host family, having a chance to stay in America, and having a good time with the kids and host parents, and meeting new friends from all over the world!

I am thankful for the great opportunity to spend one year in the USA and to live with a very interesting and nice host family.  I am very happy to meet everyone!

I am thankful for my whole year with my host family and friends.  I am thankful for having this opportunity.

I am thankful for the opportunity of being here and enjoying this great time with my host family and friends!

I am thankful for having this opportunity.  I am thankful for the babies I take care of and for all the friends I have.

I am thankful for having been here 9 months with one of the most great host families.  For the good friends and for this great experience in my life!  Dreams come true!

Special Promotion for New Host Families, Apply Now and Save up to $1000!

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Apply before Tuesday, November 30, 2010 and we will waive the $350 application fee, plus receive $150 off your family’s program fee. Save an additional $500 when you select an au pair in 2010! Register today to access to hundreds of au pair profiles with no obligation.

Learn more about these special offer for host families by contacting Alex Ramirez at (800) 928-7247 ext. 5161 or at aramirez@aifs.com.
Register now to get started with your application today or request a free brochure.

Au Pair in America is the Most Trusted Au Pair Agency!

Welcome to Au Pair in America!
families_welcomeWe invite you to discover how Au Pair in America is the most flexible, cost-effective child care solution for your family.

 Apply with Au Pair in America before Tuesday, November 30, 2010 and we will waive the $350 application fee, plus receive $150 off your family’s program fee. Save an additional $500 when you select an au pair in 2010!

About Au Pair in America

Au Pair in America brings skilled caring and qualified au pairs from around the world to help care for your children.

Au Pair in America offers:

  • The largest selection of screened, qualified au pairs from more than 60 countries.
  • Au pairs with a legal, one year visa with an option to extend for a second year.
  • The support services of America’s most trusted live-in child care provider!

The nation’s most trusted name in live-in child care invites you to join the thousands of satisfied families who have experienced our program and benefitted from a mutually rewarding cultural exchange for the entire family.

Back to School and Routine

APIA Suffolk Au Pairs meeting in September was standing room only!!  Cindy Garruba, Senior Community Counselor, led the au pairs discussion of getting the children they care for back into routine for the school year.  The discussion including communication between the school and home through the backpack.  The backpack is the way notices, homework, classwork, and anything the student needs goes to and from school.  Also discussed was minimizing morning madness on school days.  We also discussed the healthy way to sneeze and cough to avoid spreading germs, not in the hand, but in the sleeve!!

After the discussion, we discussed lots of upcoming fall activities including the Annual NYC Scavenger Hunt for NY APIA Au Pairs.  Dessert, conversation, and a chance to meet the newest au pairs were a highlight of this fun and informative meeting.

Long Island Au Pairs go to Baseball Game

The Long Island Au Pair in America Clusters went to the LI Ducks baseball game.  Everyone had fun, the Community Counselors tried to explain the game to everyone, mostly the Au Pairs enjoyed cheering when the crowd cheered.  The whole crowd helped when the singer stumbled through the National Anthem.  It was a moving experience and fun to see how the whole crowd cheered the singer!  The 7th inning stretch included a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with the whole singing along.  It was a great American cultural experience for all the Au Pairs who come from all over the world to spend one or two years in the USA caring for children in a host family. 

Why Choose Au Pair in America?

 
• Exclusive educational opportunity with UCLA.

• First and largest organization to be designated by Department of State.

• Placed more than 84,000 au pairs since 1986.

• Organization strength—46 years of cultural exchange experience.

• A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

• 170+ Professional Community counselors throughout the country. Average years with program: 9 Years.

• Recruit from over 60 countries worldwide with 33 scheduled arrival dates.

• Free Red Cross Training and CPR certification to au pairs.

• Global Awareness (exclusive to au pair in America)

• Child Care protection plan.

• 94% of host families would recommend the APIA program to a friend! (Incredible!)

• State of the art on line matching system! FREE Self search feature available 24/7.

• Ground transportation to airport/train station after orientation.

• Orientation staff has 20 + years of experience withAu Pair in America.

 • 24/7 emergency assistance should you need it.

• Multi-tiered screening process.

 

Along with all these great reasons to select Au Pair in America for your childcare needs, you also get me.  I am a Senior Community Counselor, working with families and au pairs for 10 years.  I love my job and really believe in providing excellent customer service to both Host Families and Au Pairs!! 

  I am often asked why a family should choose Au Pair in America.  There are many reasons I believe we are the best Au Pair agency and thought a list of reasons might help families understand the quality of service they will receive from Au Pair in America.