Cultural experiences and discovering what makes American culture unique is one of the most exciting aspects of the Au Pair Program for the international caregivers who come to live with an American Host Family. Rhode Island and southeastern New England has so much to offer, six events per year is just not enough to see them all. I always encourage our local families and au pairs to get out and see as much as they can of our great state and great nation.
As part of my LAR (Local Area Representative) duties for Go Au Pair, a DOS-approved au pair agency and sponsor of au pair Visas, I host at least 6 cultural and social events each year for local au pairs to meet, have fun and see what we have to offer culturally. Can you imagine my difficulty narrowing this down to only six events? Luckily, we are also required to hold two Host Family Conference days, where Host Families and au pairs can meet and have a day of shared-family-fun.
In 2015, we have had several successful au pair meetings and Family Days, including ice skating in downtown Providence and lunch at the delicious Cheesecake Factory. This event was rated very highly by both Host Families and au pairs. It was so popular, in fact, I am making it our first stop in 2016 too! We will be skating again on Saturday, January 9th, so mark your calendar now! Look for the evite in your mailbox or message me for details.
We also hosted our friends from the Boston area at Providence’s world-class Roger Williams Park Zoo, explored the rugged and beautiful Newport Cliff Walk at First Beach in Newport, RI, walked along the rivers during a summer WaterFire, got colorful during our third consecutive year doing the Happiest 5K on the Planet, the ColorRun, and tasted some delicious hard cider and seasonal treats at B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Mystic, CT.
I am in the process of developing a tentative schedule for the events for 2016, but we have one final event in 2015. Please join us for an evening of Christmas lights and peaceful music at LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro, MA on Tuesday, December 22nd. The lights are on from 5-9pm and there is a gift shop and cafeteria/food court. Weekends are quite busy, due to photos with Saint Nicholas and hay rides, trolley and carousel available Friday through Sunday.
My name is Joan Lowell, the Go Au Pair LAR (Local Area Rep) for the Providence area. Apply now for free or contact me with your questions.