Orientation: What, Why and What
Presented by Jody Landon and Joan Barth
Every au pair shares
the common experience of first arrival in the US, a four
day stay in Stamford, Connecticut, and the intensive preparation of the
orientation. This experience
can have a direct impact on her ability to adapt
and adjust. In this workshop
we will give you a look at these first four days
so you are prepared to answer host family questions and deflect the universal
response of au pairs, “No one ever told me THAT”. In addition, get a first look
at the exciting new interactive pre-departure materials that will change
way we orient before and after arrival.
Tricks of the Trade
will focus on giving counselors and interviewers tricks for maximizing efficiency and effectiveness. Components of the workshop include facilitating great mediation sessions, learning what au pairs really
want from their cluster meetings, and easy hints for staying on top of all the daily tasks counselors and interviewers need
to do. The session promises to provide you with ideas, instructions and tricks
of the trade that will help you work smarter, not harder.
What Au Pairs Wish They Had Known Before They Arrived in the
Presented by Jan Murphy, Paulette Millander, Jen Davis, and Terry Magruder
participants in this workshop will gain some insight into what
pairs wish they had known before their arrival in the US. They will discuss a video of interviews with au pairs and they will
also discuss what they were surprised to hear from this video. The interviewers will also share what things they have heard
from their recruits after they returned from the US and how they can use this information in helping future recruits.