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Joan Lowell

Joan Lowell
Local Area Representative of Providence Joan Lowell

About my Life

My name is Joan Lowell and I am a work-from-home mom since 2009. Before that, I spent 14 years as a teacher of students with special needs as well as a English/Language Arts teacher at the middle level. After earning my Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education at Rhode Island College, I earned a Master of Education from Providence College. I stay busy volunteering and teaching at my church's school, supporting Host Families and Au Pairs in their cultural childcare experiences and writing content for Go Au Pair. I have six of my own children, two cats and a black lab named Teddy. Left to myself, I'd curl up by the wood stove with a good book until I starved. My husband and I enjoy outdoor activities with our kids, like gardening and raising a few animals on our small farm. 

About my Work

My cluster is growing in the Providence, Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut areas. We are actively recruiting for new families, offering outstanding customer service and personal attention to new Host Families. Local families find a cultural childcare experience with Go Au Pair an incredible opportunity to teach their children tolerance, love and acceptance of all people and cultures, as well as surprisingly affordable and flexible. Au Pairs find a cultural childcare experience with Go Au Pair one with dynamic possibilities. RI, CT and MA are ripe with cultural and historical events and destinations. My work with Go Au Pair is exciting and rewarding.

Favorite thing

As a LAR, or Local Area Representative, I am the closest point of contact for both the Host Families as well as Au Pairs. I am here to provide local support to both for the entire length of placement. Be it a phone call, email, or social/cultural event, I love to be in contact with my Host Families and Au Pairs as much as possible. I love sharing the cultural diversity of Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. Your successful cultural childcare experience is important to me! My favorite part of being a LAR is having happpy families and Au Pairs who make the most of this great adventure together!

Providence News

Family Conference Day 2017
07/19/2017

This weekend, the Go Au Pair Providence family got up close and personal with some real RI wildlife at the Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium in beautiful Newport, RI. [read more]

 
Driving the Host Family Car, Do’s and Don’ts
07/11/2017

One reason many families decide to host an Au Pair is for driving kids here, there and everywhere. So how does it work? Who sets the rules? What is required? What if an accident happens, she gets a ticket or breaks the rules? Read the basic rules. [read more]

 
Education Options for Providence Au Pairs
06/21/2017

Au Pairs new to the RI, CT and MA area always want to know where to take classes or how they should earn their credits. Here are some popular choices Au Pairs have told us they enjoyed. [read more]

 
PVDFest 2017 was OUTSTANDING!
06/07/2017

Go Au Pair Providence attended PVDFest 2017, a multicultural celebration of art, music and food! Artists and performers shared the best of Providence's creativity. This year was the biggest and best yet! [read more]

 
Welcome Jenni to Go Au Pair Providence Cluster!
06/05/2017

Jenni, an Au Pair from Colombia, is excited to complete her second year in the Providence area. She has been gracious enough to answer some questions for families who might want to know more about the Au Pair Program and Go Au Pair in RI, CT and MA. [read more]

 
Tipping in New England
05/26/2017

Think servers really need your gratuity? Read on to find out why you should tip, where to leave tips and how much is a fair amount? [read more]

 
Could the Au Pair Program Fit YOUR Family?
05/16/2017

Read to find out if your family’s childcare needs and world views might be a match for Go Au Pair and the Au Pair Program. You can find us in RI, CT, MA and over 50 US cities! [read more]

 
Providence, Please Welcome Aude from France!
05/11/2017

The Ocean State wishes a very warm welcome (not our warmest May weather) to Au Pair Aude Dubois as she joins the Providence cluster of Go Au Pair [read more]

 
Child Care Safety - An Au Pair’s Guide
04/27/2017

For Au Pairs: A room-by-room tour of the perils and dangers to little ones in your care [read more]

 
Tax Season for Au Pairs?
04/03/2017

Every year, they ask. My answer never changes. Do Au Pairs need to file? Yes. Will they owe? I can't say. Please read and share with your Au Pair and Host Family friends. [read more]

 
RI Cultural Experiences
03/15/2017

We have beautiful places, dynamic events, unique foods and much more! That is why Au Pairs love coming to their RI Host Families. Read about cultural experiences available to Rhode Island families, children and international exchange visitors alike. [read more]

 
Rhode Rules - An Au Pair’s Guide to Driving in RI
03/06/2017

Parents are thrilled to find Au Pairs are able to work flexible schedules, drive, cook and more. Driving the kids here and there is just one example of getting so much more than childcare when you participate in the Au Pair Program with Go Au Pair. [read more]

 
RI’s Hidden Gems (Off the Beaten Path)
02/20/2017

A native of RI, I love to discover hidden gems on back roads and less-traveled places in our state. This year, share some jewels with your kids or give this list to their childcare provider for field trip ideas. [read more]

 
RI’s Hidden Gems (You Must Discover in 2017)
01/31/2017

Everyone knows about Roger Williams, the Newport Mansions, Providence WaterFire and our beautiful beaches.What else is there in the Ocean State? Come discover hidden gems on back roads and less-traveled places in our state. [read more]

 
Go Au Pair Providence 2017 Calendar of Events
01/06/2017

You’re invited to our first event of 2017 - ice skating with Go Au Pair Providence (and maybe some Boston Au Pairs) at the Alex and Ani City Center in downtown Providence, RI. Contact me to be included or register online to become a Host Family. [read more]

 
Reflections on Au Pair Life in Providence, RI
01/02/2017

Marcela, a Colombian Au Pair in the Providence, RI area, shares some heartfelt reflections as she begins her extension year with her Host Family. I would like to thank Marcela for sharing her powerful experiences and thank her Host Family [read more]

 
RI Holiday Celebrations & Cultural Events
12/23/2016

Like the holiday card sent to me from my very good friend Jill (who happens to celebrate both Christmas and Chanukah in her home), “Whatever you celebrate, hope it is happy.” It is simple yet heartfelt. [read more]

 
Tips to Survive Winter in New England!
11/29/2016

Au Pairs who come to New England, specifically RI, CT and MA, find out very quickly that winter here is bitter cold! And I mean really cold, unless you are like former Au Pairs Anna and Viktoriia from Ukraine or Ellina from Russia. [read more]

 
Join the Host Family Community
11/11/2016

Considering a way to share a culture or language with your kids? Paying multiple forms of childcare? Want to ensure your family will remain bilingual? Go Au Pair has you covered in nearly 130 US cities with nearly 100 Local Area Reps (LARs) [read more]

 
Rhode to Relaxation: Locals’ Guide to RI’s Best Places to Visit in Autumn
10/24/2016

Who needs New Hampshire? It is peak foliage right now! Take your Au Pair (and her friends) for a ride through back roads anywhere near here. Read all about it in this local girl's guide to RI’s best places to visit in Autumn. [read more]

 
7 Ways Gardening is Like Hosting an Au Pair
10/11/2016

No matter your lifestyle, if you’re considering alternatives to a private nanny, babysitter or daycare, you’ll want to read this. Hosting an Au Pair offers an incredible cultural exchange experience while also meeting the very real need for affordabl [read more]

 
Connect in Connecticut - Awesome Things to Do in the Constitution State
10/04/2016

Did you know Go Au Pair is in Connecticut too? Go Au Pair is proud to also have representatives covering the rest of CT, with clusters near the cities of Stamford and Hartford. Here are some Connecticut cultural and seasonal destinations. [read more]

 
7 Reasons to Love The ColorRun
09/26/2016

The Tropicolor World Tour 2016 has come to Providence and Team Go Au Pair Providence was there in full color! Even if you’re not into races or running isn’t your thing, you will love this fun annual event that comes to hundreds of cities in over 35 [read more]

 
Auto Insurance for Au Pairs
09/07/2016

Many American families are thrilled to discover that part of their Au Pair’s duties can include driving. After researching agencies including AAA, Amica Mutual Insurance Company & Progressive, I found some helpful (I hope) information. [read more]

 
Massachusetts Must-Sees
08/23/2016

Our Providence cluster often includes Au Pairs who reside in nearby Massachusetts, in towns like Blackstone, Seekonk, Sharon and Sutton. While they visit RI for many of our local events, I thought it appropriate to share some of what the Bay State [read more]

 
Summer is Fading Fast - Time to Make a Plan
08/09/2016

I know you don't want to hear it, but it's true. With only three weeks until my kids return to school, I have to face reality and so do you! If you haven’t started school shopping, that’s right around the corner too. With the last of our summer cal [read more]

 
Are You an Excellent Host Family?
07/19/2016

Go Au Pair recognizes Au Pairs who have connected with their Host Families in special ways with our Au Pair in Excellence Award. Au Pairs truly provide more than childcare; they change the lives of their Host Families through hard work and effort. [read more]

 
Au Pairs in the Ocean State
07/11/2016

Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State with good reason. We are proud of our over 400 miles of shoreline along Narragansett Bay and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Go Au Pair Providence held its July event at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, RI. [read more]

 
Get WaterFired Up at Pride Fest!
06/17/2016

I am excited and I hope you are too! Not only is there a full lighting of WaterFire tomorrow night, but PrideFest will be having their Illuminated Night Parade, all within walking distance in downtown Providence! [read more]

 
Red Sox Nation in Providence
05/16/2016

The day started sunny and windy and turned overcast for a while during the game, but that would not stop the Pawtucket Red Sox in their quest to beat the Gwinnett Braves from the Atlanta area. It was game three and the PawSox would not be denied [read more]

 
Wild in Providence
05/02/2016

Go Au Pair got wild in Providence this weekend! The Boston and Providence clusters joined up at Roger William Park Zoo for a group cultural event. Boston LAR Michelle brought her family and several Au Pairs to explore the zoo with us again, as we've [read more]

 
Distracted Driving in RI
04/15/2016

Go Au Pair is totally committed to our Host Families and Au Pairs; I implore you to insist on distraction-free driving from both yourself, your Au Pair or any caregiver, as well as your children. Eyes on the road and hands on the wheel! [read more]

 
How Much is Childcare Costing YOU?
04/08/2016

Rhode Island families are paying too much for reliable childcare and not getting enough in return. I hope this does not apply to you. How much are you actually paying for childcare? Are you getting anything in addition to actual childcare? [read more]

 
Rhode Island Au Pair Faves
03/07/2016

One of the best parts of the experience for Au Pairs is the cultural exchange. Au Pairs engage in the local community on their off-duty time, which includes making friends and exploring the local community. So where do Au Pairs go and what do they do [read more]

 
Beating the Winter Blues in RI
02/23/2016

Where is the winter fun in RI? The Au Pair Program is about engaging in a mutually beneficial relationship where Au Pairs provides high quality live-in childcare and Host Families share our great American culture and American family life. Join us! [read more]

 
Fun on February Vacation in Rhode Island
02/16/2016

I asked Rhode Island area Au Pairs and Host Families what they're doing for fun over February vacation and here is what they said: indoor stuff! While we have had a somewhat mild winter this year, compared to last year's record snowfall, many ... [read more]

 
Should Au Pairs File Taxes?
02/02/2016

Short answer - yes. Au Pairs are required and advised to file US Federal Income Tax forms each year - please see your Welcome Packet. That's right. You may not have read every page, or when you did, it was overwhelming or you only processed what ... [read more]

 
Go Au Pair Providence 2016 Events
01/20/2016

Go Au Pair Providence announces its 2016 calendar of events for Rhode Island area Host Families and Au Pairs, starting with an ice skating event with the Boston, MA cluster of Au Pairs. GoAuPair events provide social opportunities for local Au Pairs. [read more]

 
Au Pair Holiday Reflections
01/12/2016

Au Pairs are eager young people who happen to share a love of children and a love of travel. The Au Pair Program is a marriage of the two and a perfect opportunity for local families to experience another culture, its language and traditions... [read more]

 
Holiday Lights Event
12/22/2015

Each Local Area Representative (LAR) for Go Au Pair hosts multiple events throughout the year. I love this aspect of my job! It allows me to get out, which can be difficult when you have six kids and a life! The au pairs love these events too, as it [read more]

 
Providence Au Pair Favorites
11/30/2015

Want to know where Rhode Island Au Pairs go? Keep reading. As a LAR, or Local Area Representative, for Go Au Pair, your best ranking agency for au pair childcare, I have polled our local Au Pairs and Host Families. They have been kind enough to ... [read more]

 
Go Au Pair Powered by Steam!
10/19/2015

Providence-area Host Families and Au Pairs came out this weekend for some steamy, fall fun! We ventured to the southern tip of our cluster's boundaries to visit the oldest steam-powered cider press in the country! The shed at B.F. Clyde's Cider Mi... [read more]

 
Providence Gets Colorful!
09/29/2015

For the third consecutive year, Go Au Pair Providence has represented at The ColorRun! This year, it is the Shine Tour, and let me tell you, did we shine, along with thousands of other participants and spectators! It truly was a party in the park. [read more]

 
Go Au Pair Providence Family Nominated!
08/10/2015

Go Au Pair Providence has a Host Family in Excellence nomination! Congratulations to the Kamphorst/Cale family and their great kids! Their au pair, Maryke, a native of South Africa, has been living with them and caring for their children since [read more]

 
WaterFire Providence Is Cultural Gold!
07/17/2015

When an au pair arrives at their new Host Family, I am lucky enough to be the person from our agency who goes to meet and greet them at their Host Family home. I am there to conduct the Au Pair Orientation and allow the au pair to have a face and con [read more]

 
Newport Cliff Walk & Beach Day
07/10/2015

Why is Rhode Island called the Ocean State? We may be the smallest state in the union, since we can travel one end to the next in an hour, but we have literally hundreds of miles of beaches and coastline! Including our 35 islands, we have over 384 mi [read more]

 
Go Au Pair at the Zoo!
04/28/2015

Go Au Pair Providence played host cluster this weekend to our Boston neighbors at Roger Williams Park Zoo, along with the Providence YMCA and its Healthy Kids Day, the tree-huggers from RISD and the brown-suit-jacket-wearing Brown University Band wit [read more]

 
Join an Au Pair Event
03/02/2015

This year, we will invite Host Families and au pairs to Providence’s Roger Williams Park Zoo in April, the Newport Cliff Walk in August, and Mystic, CT’s BF Clyde’s Cider Mill in October! [read more]

 
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