Au Pairs Brave a Haunted Forest in Washington!
It’s easy to forget that while Halloween is a very popular holiday in the U.S., it isn’t celebrated in many other countries. Au Pairs in Washington state got to experience their first Halloween ever at the Haunted Forest - Nightmare at Beaver Lake.
The night was a new cultural experience for the Au Pairs for many reasons. While haunted houses are a very unique American experience, a haunted forest brought in a Seattle twist to activity. It was a wonderful community event that was run 100% by volunteers and all of the proceeds went to local and international charities.
The event had a huge turn out and was a great bonding experience for the Au Pairs since they had to rely on each other to brave their way through!
New York Au Pairs Visit the Oldest State Park in the Country
Last month, AuPairCare au pairs from Buffalo, NY took a day trip to one of America’s most popular tourist attractions- Niagara Falls. The au pairs enjoyed the American side of the falls by strolling through the state park, riding the Maid of the Mist and taking photos that they could share with their friends and family in their home countries.
Steeped in American culture and history, Niagara Falls is an ideal destination for au pairs to experience while visiting the States. In fact, AuPairCare Area Director Mandi Malchoff takes her au pairs to see the falls each year. “The au pairs always love the State Park because it’s absolutely beautiful. It makes them excited to know that such a postcard destination is only 30 minutes away from where they live, and the visit helps the au pairs feel a deeper connection to their new home.”
Niagara Falls hosts over 22 million visitors annually, making it one of the top 10 most visited tourist attractions in the country. Au pair Jessica from South Africa particularly enjoyed the diversity that such large crowds can bring,
“There were people at the falls from all different states and countries which made the day even more special for me. I enjoyed visiting such a beautiful place with many different people and will remember this trip as one of my favorite parts of my time in America.”
Jessica and the other au pairs agreed that riding the Maid of the Mist was the highlight of the day. This boat ride has been a Niagara Falls tradition for over 150 years and is known for drenching passengers in the mist near the falls. AuPairCare’s au pairs were no exception, with some au pairs foregoing wearing the hoods on their ponchos in order to get the full experience!
The day concluded with the au pairs enjoying ice cream and reflecting on all that they had seen and learned. It was truly a day to be remembered.
Travel Safety Tips
This summer not only are our au pairs traveling, but we are traveling, and our children are traveling. It is that time of year!
I just sent my oldest off to Spain and France for two weeks and am so thankful for my job! Because of AuPairCare, I was able to provide my daughter with knowledge that I have accumulated over the many years of being an area director. Let’s just say, I am well seasoned in young adults traveling on their own!
Here are some tips I have picked up from my experience with au pairs, AuPairCare, and traveling:
Don’t just talk about traveling, make it happen!Intrepid is offering a ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ offer for nearly all of their North America tours! This is the best deal that they have had for North America trips in years so it is a perfect opportunity for Au Pairs to book summer travel!The Buy One, Get One Free offer includes some of our most popular trips with Au Pairs such as:The sale is begins today and lasts until July 15th and is for trips that depart between June 1st and July 31st. It is ‘Buy One Get One’ for 2 passengers. If someone is traveling independently then the offer is 30% off.This is a wonderful opportunity to travel with friends to new places!
4TH OF JULY PHOTO AND ESSAY CONTEST
What is the 4th of July all about?
How did you celebrate this American holiday?
All aupairs are invited to submit an essay with a photo that explains what you have learned about the 4th of July holiday with a picture to show how you celebrated!
Essays should be no more than 500 words; please include just one picture.
Forward your entries to your Area Director no later than July 15, 2013.
All submissions will be evaluated by AuPairCare Management, with a neutral group voting on the winner!