Rest & Relaxation

This is a busy time of year, so why talk or write about rest? We all need it, but probably go about it in different ways. I mean more than just sleeping, but the things you do to renew yourself. How do you spend your free time? Has it changed since arriving in America? How does your American Host Family spend free time? Maybe it is time to try something new!

Many au pairs are surprised and even disappointed to find their Host Families either have very little free time or they only want to stay home when they aren’t at work. Any mom knows there is really no such thing as free time, anyway, right?

But young people manage to fill their days. In Rhode Island, many enjoy walking, jogging or biking our many miles of bile trails:  Explore RI’s bike paths

If active relaxation isn’t your thing, maybe performing arts. RI has a wonderful performing arts community and presence. Come see a show:

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Even in cold weather, RI has some beautiful parks to visit:

One of my favorite relaxing activities to do does involve staying home (perhaps a sign of age or culture). I truly enjoy a stay-at-home game night! Sometimes the whole group plays one game, or since there are as many as ten on some nights, we split into smaller groups of 2, 3 or 4!to play different games. In 2015, Go Au Pair Providence, your local au pair agency, is looking forward to relaxing with our au pairs and Host Families. Join us by contacting me, Joan Lowell, your Local Area Representative, at 401.309.1925 or or register online at to become a Host Family with Go Au Pair. I look forward to your comments!



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