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January Au Pair Activity!

Happy New Year everyone! We are now at the end of January 2014, and we can cross off the list, another successful Au Pair activity, with the Utah Au pair group.  Our Utah Au Pair group, met at Pier 49 pizza in downtown Salt Lake City. We got to know each other a little better, especially the new Au pairs of the group, we ate some pizza and then we made our way across the street to the ice skating rink at the Gallivan Center.   The Gallivan center has been open since 1991 and it is a pretty popular place for the Salt Lake Locals, especially during the holidays, with the beautiful lights displayed. We went ice skating in the early afternoon and it was great!  It was a sunny and perfect day for ice skating! It was one of the warmer days we’ve had and the sun was out and shining bright.  We had a great turnout with 13 Au pairs attending the event. We had Au Pairs there from Germany, Ukraine, Ecuador, Panama, South Africa and Colombia. We skated around for hours, took pictures, made trains and had a really great overall afternoon together as a group.

This shows how important it is for International Exchange. Young women from all over the world, get to meet each other and experience new things together that will bind their friends and create wonderful memories that involve people they normally would never even get to meet or know in their lives.  The Au Pair program is an amazing program and I am so grateful I get to be a part of the program as a whole, but also be involved with these amazing young women’s journey here in Utah.   The next activity will be in February or the beginning of March and will be announced soon.

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December Holiday Au Pair Activity!

008 005I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season with family and friends. On December 5th, 2013, the Go Au Pair Utah group of Au Pairs met at City Center in downtown Salt Lake City for dinner. We had a quick dinner at the food court, so everyone could get their choice of dinner and then we walked across the street to see the holiday lights at temple square. It was an amazing site, like it always is every year.  The temple lights usually run from November 29th-December 31st and it is free for everyone. If you haven’t been there during the holidays, you need to check it out!

There was a big crowd there, and it was really cold, but all of us had a great time and for most of the Au Pairs, got to experience something brand new. We got to see all the lights and hear the beautiful sounds of the Tabernacle Choir, while we walked around the grounds. Thank you to all the Au Pairs that attended this activity. We had a great turnout of about 12 au pairs and we had quite a few new Au Pairs there for everyone to meet. Now we are heading to January and a whole new year.  Our next activity is on January 25th, where will be going to lunch and ice skating at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. Our activities are a great chance for all the Au Pairs to meet, have fun and experience something new while here in Utah. See you all in January! I Hope you all have a safe and happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2014!

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WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

 

Congress is currently considering legislation that would overhaul our immigration system. Certain sections of the immigration bill presently being debated by the Senate would create more cost and complexity for the Au Pair Program and could greatly harm, and potentially even end, this valuable exchange.

A section of the Senate immigration bill on “the prevention of trafficking of persons” considers au pairs and other exchange visitors as “workers,” not as the cultural exchange participants they are. Such a step would:

 

  1. Make the program more expensive for American host families by creating new programmatic fees;
  2. Create more regulatory complexity for American host families by transferring a portion of the program’s authority from the Department of State to the Department of Homeland Security; and
  3. Endanger the future of this important cultural exchange program.

 

Please take two minutes today and send a letter to your Senators, asking them to oppose these provisions of the Senate immigration bill, and to support exempting au pairs and other Department of State exchange visitors from this human trafficking section.

 

A letter has already been drafted to go to your Senator. Please follow this link to send your letter:

 http://capwiz.com/alliance-exchange/issues/alert/?alertid=62650136&PROCESS=Take+Action     

You need only enter your name, address, and email, and the pre-written letter will be sent automatically to your Senators. (You may also edit the text of the letter and make it more personal if you wish.)

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April Au Pair Activity Announcement!

It’s time for our next au pair activity on Saturday, April 20th at 12:00 pm, noon. I have decided to do something a little different, but a lot of fun, for this activity. Have you guys ever heard of the Festival of Colors? Here are a few links below, so you can read more about it. It is known as the world’s biggest color party!!  From India, this festival is a tradition announcing the arrival of spring!  This festival is supposed to represent and celebrate the variety of life. It is not religious nor secular, and is a family friendly gathering of people. Anyone and any age can attend!

https://www.facebook.com/events/316801825040800/
http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/article-337-13547-holi-festival-of-colors.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnIuLystqQQ



They have the throwing of colors every two hours, bonfires, food, dancing and lots of music! Let’s meet at 12:00pm, noon, at the entrance. The address is below. You can stay as long you would like, because it lasts all day. If you aren’t able to come right at noon, then come whenever you can! It’s going to be lots of fun!


The colors are supposed to come out of your clothes, but I would wear something that you don’t mind getting ruined. It is $3 to get in and then if you want to purchase colors to throw, food, or anything else they sell there, you can bring some money for that as well. Please let me know if you are able to attend!


Krishna Temple
965 East 3370 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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Heart Stamps for Valentines Day!

Grab the little one, an empty toilet paper roll, some red paint, and a handful of blank cards, your ready to make Valentines! Easy for the kids!

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Experience Au Pair Childcare!

Need Childcare? Experience Au Pair Child Care!

Your experience begins when your Au Pair arrives. Day after day, you receive so much more than standard child care services and learn what sets Au Pair care apart from other forms of child care. Your Au Pair can transform your family’s life. First and foremost, you have a flexible and reliable care provider; yet, your Au Pair does much more than provide morning, daytime, before/after school and evening help. Your Au Pair often goes beyond general supervision performing other activities pertaining to your children and child care, such as:

Driving
Clean up after snack time
Bath time
Prepare, clean up children’s meals
Homework help
Driving to, pickup from school, after school sports, dance, other activities
Teaching, tutoring
Cultural sharing, language instruction
Game time
Kids laundry, ironing
Arts and crafts time
Musical support
Making kids bed, tidying up room
Outside play time
Reading time at home, at the local library
Getting ready for school in the morning, packing lunches, backpacks
Visit zoos, museums, parks, more
Sick day help, doctor visits
Potty training help
Nap time
Teach good behavior
Swimming, skiing
Play dates
Birthdays, holidays
And more!

Child care services are only a small part of the total Au Pair experience. The most extraordinary part of the Au Pair experience is the invaluable cultural exchange opportunity your family receives. As a globally aware parent, you appreciate this international young person who is your teammate in providing personalized care to your children and becomes a lifelong friend of the family. With Au Pair child care, you create awareness among your children and give them a greater appreciation of the cultural differences that exist around the world. This priceless impact makes Au Pair child care extraordinary.

My name is Erin and I am a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair.032 You can email me at emortensen@goaupair.com or call at 435-640-3536, for more information.

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January Au Pair Activity!!

Hi Utah Au Pairs! Our next au pair activity will be Saturday, January 5th. We will be meeting for lunch and then we will be going iceskating at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Please mark this date on your calendar! More information will be sent at a later date. Here is a picture from last years skating activity. Everyone had a great time! Thanks everyone!

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Columbia is the Featured Country for December!!

Happy Holidays everyone! The featured country for December is Columbia! If you match with an au pair from Columbia this month, you will receive a $100 discount. Sign up today and take a look at our Columbian au pairs!  To learn more about this discount and Columbia, please visit our webpage at http://www.goaupair.com/Host-Families/Blog/Announcements/Columbia-Au-Pairs-expect-the-unexpected.aspx.

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Five Christmas shopping strategies!

We are now into December, so I’m sure everyone has started shopping for the special people in their lives. To avoid making bad choices or buying in a panic two days before Christmas, the key is to start planning now.
Where to start:

Job One is to figure out how much money you can afford to spend. Next, list people you’ll shop for and set a spending limit. Pay with cash or a debit card to avoid racking up debt.

Shop strategically » To find the best deals, from computers to toys, register to receive e-mail alerts on price cuts. Sites such as Shopzilla.com, Shopping.com, Shopittome.com, Groupon.com and Pricegrabber.com have information on a wide range of goods.

Timing is everything » The day after Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily the best for bargains. Nowadays, deals are offered from early November on, and the best time to buy some toys is two weeks before Christmas because of big discounts on slow-selling items.

Think about reuse » Refurbished goods on sites such as Apple.com and Delloutlet.com are great for the gadget-lovers. Warranties are the same as on new products, and some items simply were returned unused. Nobetterdeal.com sells returned items up to 70 percent off retail.

Consider cash back » Many credit cards and retailers reward shoppers with points or even cash, though experts advise you to check for fees or limits on how you can spend the payments.

Good luck and have a great holiday season! www.goaupair.com

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Ogden Santa Run!

I had the privilege of going to the 5th annual Santa Run in Ogden, Utah last Saturday the 24th. My husband ran the 5k in a Santa suit, as did a thousand or so other people.  It was a great way to start the holiday season! www.goaupair.com

 

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