Cake, ice cream, presents, and celebrations! Another great Cluster Meeting where we celebrated everyone’s birthday. We all had so much fun and just didn’t want it to end 🙂
Last night we had the privilege to work with Team Mathias to assemble Be The Match swabbing kits. In less than 2 hours, these amazing young women completed over 800 kits that will be the first step in potentially saving lives. It was beautiful to witness our group learn about Be the Match and how Team Mathias became involved with Be the Match. It was all Mathias, his generous soul, wanting to help others❤️?❤️ Please find out more information at www.bethematch.com and https://www.teammathias.org/
We had a wonderful cluster meeting last night that focused on the importance of giving thanks and giving back! The au pairs packed hundreds of snack bags for children served by the Cornerstone programs in Reston. We also collected a box full of school supplies for Art for Humanity in Honduras – Art for Humanity built a school for young women called the Leadership Center and is now sponsoring an elementary school in a very small town in Honduras.
To add fun to the preparation of the snack packs, the au pairs also had a pie tasting contest and for the 2nd year in a row Pecan Pie won!
The rain waited just long enough for us to have a great bunch in Great Falls park today. Many new au pairs came, which was wonderful. We got to spend time together, talk, meet everyone, and eat good food of course. Another great cluster meeting!
For our cluster meeting last night we all met for an Ice Cream Sundae night! Many au pairs came to enjoy a relaxing summer evening and make their own sundae!
With summer comes many new arrivals, which is exciting! Sadly summer also means many goodbyes (never as fun) but it was great to hear from au pairs who have been here for a long time… they were able to share their best memories, some challenges, and give great advise to the new members of our group.
Another great cluster meeting!
For our meeting this month we met bright and early for some Yoga followed by a well deserved iced coffee or tea… it was really hot, but everyone had a great time. Namaste!
Sunday, looks to be a rainy day… so head out to Nationals Park to spend the afternoon warm and dry indoors at the DC Metro Area Cultural Fair.
Each child will receive a passport and can travel from country to country (35 in all!) as Au Pairs from our area present what is wonderful about their countries. There will be performances all afternoon, plus face painting and coloring of international place mats to take home!
RSVP here. Don’t have time to RSVP or want to decide last minute? No problem!
Just show up and you will be more than welcome!
Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 1–4pm Nationals Park, Norfolk Southern Club 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC
Help us celebrate 30 years of Au Pair in America and the U.S. Department of State’s au pair program! You’re invited to a fun afternoon of educational country displays, performances by au pairs, a photo op, face painting, and other fun activities for children. Au Pair in America staff, host families and au pairs from over 30 countries will be in attendance. Come learn about the au pair program and enjoy a fun and educational afternoon!
Please RSVP by April 15th
We hope to see you there!
To get there by Metro: Take the Green Line to Navy Yard/Ballpark.
If driving: Free parking in Lot B for all attendees.
Entrance: Centerfield gate and take the ramp/escalator to reach the club.
Last night our Au Pairs were able to go to the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Training Academy for a self defense class with a great Officer.
The program was based on realistic, common sense, safety precautions/practices, and strategies we can implement to stay safe and avoid confrontations. The officer highlighted day to day activities, and some simple precautions we can take to minimize being identified as a potential target.
We also discussed strategies and possible options (both verbal and physical) to reduce the possibility of injury in the event of a physical confrontation.
Everyone had a great time and learned many new tricks to stay safe!