Welcome to the U.S.A., Camila!

Go Au Pair Providence would like to take a moment to dedicate this blog to our newest au pair, Camila from Brazil! Welcome to the United States, Camila, and welcome to the beautiful state of Massachusetts! She will be living with a great mom and her two kids, and we can’t wait to see you next week at our hike, in September at WaterFire, and at the ColorRun Providence in October! We promise to keep you busy and show you the sights of Southern New England. We want to know all about you and about Brazil, so welcome, welcome, welcome!

photo compliments of wikipedia

photo compliments of wikipedia

My name is Joan Lowell, your LAR, or Local Area Representative for the #1 Rated Au Pair Agency of 2013, according to aupairclearinghouse.com. We are also the only Au Pair Agency recognized as a finalist in 6 cities for the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards of 2013! Rest assured that we will do our best to give host families the best cultural child care experience available while providing our international au pairs with the best support, in person, on the phone and online, with great people and great activities designed to make this a great cultural exchange experience for everyone!

Let’s take a minute to learn a little about Camila, and her native country, Brazil. Brazil is a sprawling country taking up most of the eastern side of the continent of South America. Camila is from Barretos, home of the country’s most famous rodeo festival. It is located on the northern part of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest state. Barretos is a city of just over 112,00 inhabitants on just over 1,500 square kilometers. With a population density of about 185 people per square mile, RI is much more heavily populated, at more than 1,000 people per square mile (sadly, as the smallest state in the union, we are ranked second highest in population density)! Massachusetts is ranked third highest, with about 840 people per square mile! Camila, even though you come from a city, the United States may seem very populated to you! Happily, I have been to your new host family home, and you will be happy with its more rural location and wooded areas.

If you love rodeo and horses, Barretos would be a great place to grow up! Every year, the entire city celebrates with a rodeo festival, the Festa do Peão de Boiadeiro or Cowboy Peasant’s Party in Portuguese. Portuguese is Brazil’s official language, and Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country, both by population and land area!

It make take some getting used to the climate in Massachusetts compared to northern Brazil. Northern Brazil being near the equator has a warm climate, averaging 77 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. More temperature change may be noticed when going from day to night than from season to season, according to Wikipedia. In Southern New England, you can expect all four glorious season, and sometimes a few in one day! There is a saying in New England: if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. That means we have varied weather all the time! It may be snowing in the morning and 80 degrees by that afternoon!

Contact me at your leisure for more information about becoming a host family and participating in this exciting cultural exchange experience with your family. I can be reached anytime at 401.309.1925 or jlowell@goaupair.com. Be sure to ask me about our Locals Only discount pricing!

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