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Annual NYC Scavenger Hunt


250 Au Pair in America Au Pairs!

On Sunday October 23rd, 20 Au Pair in America clusters gathered in NYC for the Annual APIA Scavenger Hunt.  Teams left from the NYC Library steps and searched for 3 hours!

Some au pairs won raffle prizes:


When the teams arrived back they were given a candy bar and their points for arrival time.  Community Counselors from APIA checked their lists for items found.


4 winning teams were awarded.  Points were awarded for return time, and the most items found.  Everyone had fun!


First Place


Second Place


Third Place


Fourth Place



APIA Counselors are the Best Trained!

WIN_20140508_135450Au Pair in America Community Counselors, Stamford & London Offices and our Foreign Partners gathered in Chicago May 7 – 10 for our Conference.  We were led by Ruth Ferry, executive director and senior VP of APIA USA and Linda James, senior VP APIA UK.  They inspired and led the group, along with William Gertz, President and CEO of APIA.

WIN_20140508_103609 (2)We learned about new systems and innovations, managing situations that arise, cultural communication and so much more.  Connections through out the group were fostered and understanding increased.

We stayed at the Drake Hotel, a beautiful art deco hotel right on Lake Michigan.  Our gala the last night was a big hit and everyone dressed as flappers or gangsters!

IMG_20140509_193245Selecting Au Pair in America for your childcare needs will allow you to have the best supported Community Counselor, staff and foreign interviewers.  We have ongoing training throughout the year with webinars on many topics.  There is always someone available to help a family or au pair when needed!

The State Department sent representatives to participate in the conference.  APIA is determined to abide by all regulations and considers the partnership with the State Department key to our success since 1986!

Boston Globe Article on Au Pair in America

Helping au pairs feel right at home in US


Au Pair in America Halloween in Stony Brook

Meet Cindy Garruba

Suffolk County Senior Community Counselor

for Au Pair in America

Halloween in Stony Brook Village

3:30- 4:30 PM

Check out the APIA Scarecrow near the Post Office

Costume Parade for the Kids

October 31, 2013-October 31, 2013
Stony Brook Village Event(02:00 PM-05:00 PM)

23rd Annual Halloween Festival

Join us in the Stony Brook Village Center for our 23rd Annual Halloween Festival! Trick or treat in the shops, meet Walkie Bear from WALK-FM Radio, enjoy a performance from Spotlight Dance Academy, receive a free mini pumpkin, participate in a Halloween costume parade with Monster Merlin, and play games in Inner Court. This event is free!

Location: Stony Brook Village Center


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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.

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. 

From an Au Pair

I’m in NY now and went to Long Island last weekend to visit my former host family, and Iwas thinking of you.:) My host daddy and i talked about you that you are the best counseller!! Past two years has been all great more thanI hoped:) I hope we could keep in touch, Take care Cindy:):):)