As a Local Area Representative for the best ranking agency for live-in au pairs, Go Au Pair, I am blessed with my job duties. Growing up, my grandfather always told me work should be enjoyable, so pick something you love. My first career was a school-teacher, which I loved immensely. My second career has been a mother of six, which is moe challenging than loving 125 children of strangers! My current career path has given me the ability to write (a secret love and passion since childhood) as well as meet people from all over the world (where I will likely never travel).
My friend and colleague, Polina K in the Philadelphia, PA area, continues to inspire me with her love of this cultural exchange program, the personal support and encouragement she gives her au pairs and Host Families, as well as the incredible cultural events she finds in her area. Each of us LARs is required to hold meetings for our au pairs (6), who need to attend at least 4 per year, and for our Host Families (2), who need to attend one per year. With a small cluster like mine, the events better be interesting or nobody will come, or they will leave as soon as they have “credit” for attending.
Polina recently took her cluster to a Renaissance Fair…you could have come to the Renaissance City, but that may have been quite a ride to Providence! One of the au pairs who attended Polina’s event even wrote about the experience! How fun to meet new friends and taste new foods in a fun atmosphere!
The Au Pair Program is a great way for families to meet their varied childcare needs as well as provide their family a cultural childcare experience with one of our skilled, experienced au pairs. While working up to 45 hours per week (not more than 10 hours per day), your au pair can teach your children about a new country or culture, teach them another language and the appreciation of differences, and help keep your busy household from running off the rails. Au pairs can drive, cook, supervise chores and homework, even do kids’ laundry! It is affordable, too, costing as low as $7.53 per hour!
What are we doing here in Rhode Island these days? Funny you should ask because we are attending The ColorRun Shine Tour in Providence, RI this weekend. Maybe you will see us there at Station Park or pause to take a photo with us on the Point Street Bridge. We are not runners, so we will be in the 9:30am group, but will also stay for the party in the park afterward where we will try to win some prizes and get even more colorful! Even if you don’t want to do the 3.1 miles with us, you could show up downtown to cheer us on as we pass the Providence Place Mall and Waterplace Park.
Not interested in a 5K? I don’t blame you, so how about some cider tasting? Interested in some locally grown and produced apple wine? Now we are talking turkey, right? Next month, Go Au Pair Providence will be traveling to nearby CT to B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Old Mystic, CT. Join us October 10th at 10:30am for some apple-picking, cider-tasting and gourmet shopping. Both of these fall activities, by the way, are family-friendly. All Host Families, au pairs and friends are welcome to attend.
I am Joan Lowell, LAR in the Providence, RI area. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.309.1925 with your questions about au pair childcare or to invite our group to visit your business for one of our local cultural events.