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.
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 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.
Au Pair in America is proud to be a sponsor of the Stony Brook Holiday Festival this Sunday, December 2. Community Counselor Cindy Garruba, au pairs and host families will be decorating our International Peace Tree for the Promenade of Trees from 1 – 2 pm. Stop by and learn about Au Pair in America at tree #109 near the Post Office. Santa arrives at 2 pm!
On a sunny Saturday afternoon 21 Long Island Au Pairs and 3 Community Counselors headed out on our annual canoe trip on the Nissequoque River. Postponed one week due to storms we were all excited to have a fun afternoon on the river.
8 Canoes headed out with 2 to 3 au pairs per canoe. Most had never canoed before and they had to get the feel of the paddles and put the strongest au pair in the rear to captain the canoe.
Counselors Cindy Garruba, Eileen Friedman and Captain Kristi Halpern joined the group and gave some guidance as they canoed along side the au pairs.
About half way into the trip dark clouds covered the sky and soon a series of intense downpours rained upon the group. Several of the canoe teams pulled to the side and had to dump out their canoes, take shelter and wait for the storm to subside. After awhile the storms subsided and blue skies returned.
Drenched and tired, we all made it to the end of the river. Counselor Andrea Wax was waiting for us to return, she had reassured au pairs who called her during the storm. She took pictures of the returning teams. Everyone had an unforgettable experience and said it was fun, even with the storm. Au Pairs from Au Pair in America are adventurous young women ready to tackle any challenge they face!