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Au Pairs at Finish line of Philadelphia Marathon

Au Pairs who cite loneliness and homesickness as problems during their Au Pair experience likely aren't coming from the Au Pair pool in Philadelphia. Local Area Representative Polina Kravets goes above and beyond to help her Au Pairs have a good experience in the United States.  This past weekend she gathered a group of Au Pairs in her area to volunteer with the American Cancer Society at the finish line of the Philadelphia Marathon. 
The center city of Philadelphia was decorated for the marathon, with crowds of people on either side of the race cheering on the runners. More than 30,000 marathon and half marathon participants crossed the line Sunday to be welcomed by the Au Pairs with racer bags full of snacks and gifts. With so many runners crossing the lines, the Au Pairs had to quickly prepare and hand out the bags. By the end of the race day Au Pair Monica Hinestroza posted, "What a great day, love, friendship and volunteering. What else can I ask for?" on Facebook.
Volunteering provides Au Pairs with an amazing cultural exchange experience, a great opportunity to get to know people in the community, and an avenue to serve worthwhile organizations like the American Cancer Society. One of the best ways to help Au Pairs ward off homesickness and loneliness is to get them involved in their community. Local Area Representatives that involve their Au Pairs as much as they can in the community are providing them with the best opportunities to succeed in their community and with their Host Family. 

Want to learn more? Read Ophelia's firsthand experience with the event on Polina's blog.

Posted: 11/19/2013 1:51:21 PM by Summer Blackhurst
Julie Miner
That sounds like such a wonderful experience for everybody involved. Your blog got me thinking about the importance of exercise and how au pairs can incorporate it into their daily/weekly routine with the kids they watch, so I wrote a blog on that subject.
12/19/2013 12:51:35 PM
Polina Kravets
I think that volunteering was the best cultural exchange experience for many Au Pairs during the Au Pair program.
December 5, an International Volunteer Day, has been celebrated around the world. The slogan of the International Volunteer Day 2013 is- Young. Global. Active.

These words “Young. Global. Active.” are the best description of Go Au Pair's volunteer team- the group of the passionate and energetic Au Pairs from Brazil, China, Colombia, Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, Panama, South Africa, Mexico, France, Spain and Cameroon, who volunteered at the Philadelphia Marathon and helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

That was a special opportunity for Au Pairs, and became a life changing experience for many of them.
12/5/2013 8:45:24 PM
Joan Lowell
I just wanted to say what a great activity to truly experience American culture at its best! Thank you, Polina and Janine for doing such a great activity! If any Host Families from PA read my blog, nominate your Au Pair! What a way to say thank you for being such a great caregiver and role model for my children!
11/27/2013 12:09:49 PM
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