Au Pair Holiday Reflections

Two Providence Au Pairs, Maryke from South Africa and Franco from Argentina, traveled to NYC for NYE!

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 Providence-area families to experience another culture, its language and traditions without leaving home.

Rhode Island has an active and growing cluster of Au Pairs and Host Families who are having a mutually beneficial cultural childcare experience with Go Au Pair. We have been in RI (CT & MA) since 2012 and serving American families since 1989; I thought you may like to read about how Rhode Island Au Pairs spent their holidays and what is happening in the new year.  

Marcela, new to Rhode Island by way of Colombia, says of her Host Family, "My family is incredible," and of the little boy in her care, he is "already used to me and (we) are good friends." She is waiting for one of her Host Moms to give birth to twins this week!

Maryke, an Au Pair from South Africa, reflects on her year saying, "I cannot believe my year is coming to end," and "I really appreciated all the activities you planned, even though we were a small cluster I always had fun. I feel like you were always available to talk and would reply to e mails and texts as soon as you could." Thanks, Maryke, and you are right when you told me "Communication is the key." I tell every family and Au Pair that exact thing!

Maryke spent Christmas with her Host Family, making a gingerbread house for the first time, opening the traditional one present Christmas Eve, and waking up early the next morning to open the rest of the gifts. Her Host Mom made a beautiful Christmas dinner after a day of lounging around the house and playing with new toys. Maryke leaves her Host Family later this month to extend for another 12 months with a new Host Family in New Jersey. Good luck, Maryke and keep in touch!

Viktoriia, an Au Pair from Ukraine, also in her second full year with her Host Family, traveled to Florida while her Host Family spent Christmas in Mexico.

Franco, an Argentinian Au Pair who came to Rhode Island (as a second year or Extension Au Pair) by way of Virgina two years ago, says, "Christmas here and there (Argentina) are pretty much the same, just a little warmer in my country."

Franco finished out his incredible two year au pair experience by traveling to New York City on New Year's Eve with Maryke from our cluster. They waited for over 8 hours in the freezing cold to see the famous ball drop! When he returns to Argentina later this month, Franco plans to complete his studies and then teach English or Spanish abroad. Thank you, Franco and good luck to you!

I have several fun events planned for our Au Pairs and Host Families this year; I hope to see some of you there. If you or someone you know is interested in a cultural childcare experience as part of the Au Pair Program, feel free to contact me or register for free online. Go Au Pair can help you find reliable, affordable cultural care for your family!


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