Volunteer at NYC Marathon!

The Au Pair Program is State Department overseen, lending credibility and authority to your choice to use our agency. Go Au Pair is proud to announce that we have a unique opportunity organized by the DOS for J-1 exchange visitors, such as the au pairs in our program.

Register for free at www.goaupair.com/Providence   Photo Source: tcsnycmarathon.org

Go Au Pair wants to see you make the most of your year, or two, in the US! Volunteer in NYC this fall! Photo Source: tcsnycmarathon.org

The State Department is offering an organized opportunity for J-1 exchange visitors to volunteer at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 1, 2015.  This does not happen every year, so take advantage of this opportunity if you can! One of the most exciting parts of the year for au pairs are the group activities and this one is no ordinary monthly au pair meeting! This is a unique chance to experience the American value of volunteerism with the added thrill of watching and cheering 50,000 runners from 120 countries participate in the world’s biggest marathon. 

The State Department J-1 exchange visitor team will be spread out over several  “fluid stations.”  “Fluid station” volunteers assist with setup, distribute water and Gatorade to the runners and cheer them on.  Please register for the Mile 17 fluid station. It is on First Avenue between 76th and 77th Street. Please note that volunteers must commit to the entire 8 hour shift from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm (the other fluid stations had split shifts; mile 17 only has one 8-hour shift).  Any time that a volunteer needs to take a break to have breakfast or lunch, or use the restroom, you are free to do so.  There are numerous cafes around the area, and numerous portable restrooms. All volunteers will receive a rain poncho to protect their clothing, a thank-you gift, and a certificate of appreciation.  Volunteers at mile 17 will also receive an additional gift jacket. No advance training is required to cheer on runners and hand out drinks. 
The more participants who register, the more fun this networking opportunity will be, allowing NYC-based and many northeastern US participants a chance to meet each other and representatives of the State Department, who will also be volunteering. LARs all over the northeast are contacting their clusters this week to find out who is interested. I know the NJ/PA area LAR will be sending some volunteers and I would not be surprised to see some girls from the Boston cluster head down to NYC, which is only 2-3 hours from RI. Let’s get going! Get the most out of your year in America!
If you are interested in participating, let me know today, but no later than September 3, 2015.   LARs will need to submit a list of participants to Go Au Pair HQ. Contact me, Joan Lowell, your Providence area LAR, at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401.309.1925 so we can get organized!
Prior to September 7, 2015 all participants will have to register individually and directly with New York Road Runners under Go Au Pair/U.S. State Department J-1. Remember, please register for the Mile 17 fluid station. 
If you can’t make the NYC marathon this year, join Go Au Pair Providence for the Happiest 5K on the Planet, our third annual year in Providence’s ColorRun, held on September 27th this year. There is still time to join us, whether as a runner/walker or as a spectator. Visit them online to register and use coupon code RISHINES to save $5 off the registration fee.

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