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