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On Monday, December 20th au pairs from China, Brazil, Thailand, Guatemala and Brazil visited the HELP Suffolk Homeless Shelter’s daycare center. They did a Global Awareness lesson called “Holidays Around the World” for the children. The class of 3 – 5 year olds loved the passports and stickers. There were stickers for each country with a greeting of Happy New Year or Merry Christmas in the language of the au pair. The kids learned how to say the greetings. Marie from Germany told the kids about the Christmas tree and how the tradition began in Germany. Then the children decorated foam trees with colorful decorations. We ended with a story about Santa Claus and a lively round of” O Tannebaum” (O Christmas Tree)!
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Suffolk Au Pairs celebrated the holiday season with an International Feast. The au pairs all prepared something from their country for the feast. A storm was raging outside with high winds and pounding rain, but in Cindy’s home the atmosphere was cheery and warm. The feast was yummy and everyone enjoyed the bountiful desserts!
After dessert, the au pairs exhanged grab bag gifts they each brought. Cindy handed out gifts and then it was time for pictures. Everyone took turns modeling the Santa hats and posing by the Christmas trees. We shared our plans for the season, some of the au pairs are traveling with their host families over the holidays, some are going off on vacations of their own, and some are taking day trip into to the city to see the holiday decorations, visiting Santa with their host families. Everyone is enjoying the season! Happy Holidays one and all!
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!!
HELP 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.
The 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!!
The nation’s largest au pair agency celebrates the 25th anniversary of America’s legal au pair program by freezing their prices in 2011.
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.
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.
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:
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!