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Clusters:  What Are the Au Pairs Up To?

Your American host family will be in one of our 165 cluster areas in the US.  Each of these is supported by our local Au Pair in America representative - the Community Counselor. 
As July is here, America has celebrated one of it's most famous holidays - Independence Day!  Read on to find out how au pairs around the country may have celebrated with their clusters and host families!


Independence Day (or the 4th July as it is also known) celebrates the freedom and liberty of America.  On this day in 1776, the United States split from British rule and became recognised as an independent country in its own right.  2006 is America's 300th Birthday!  Through Au Pair in America you are learning about and communicating with many different cultures, traditions and languages from around the world.  Did you join in with some of the Cluster activities that took place, or did you celebrate with your Host Family and learn even more about your new home!?


Here's how you may have celebrated Independence Day:

  • Parades, fireworks, and street parties:  Independence Day is a tradition anyone can share - everyone will have fun and enjoy the festivities.
  • Family Parties: Host Families might hold their own hold their own party to celebrate the day and teach their smaller children about the history of their nation.
  • Picnics: Some cluters may hold a picnic with traditional American food. Drink hand-squeezed lemonade and eat lots of watermelon. You may also find yourself running in a three-legged race or a potato sack race!

Books and tales you can read with your host children about traditional America:

  • 'Rip Van Winkle', by Washington Irvine
  • 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' by Washington Irvine

We hope you had a great 4th July!  We look forward to hearing from you on how you celebrated.


With thanks http://www.fourth-of-july-celebrations.com and Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Our Sunday Visitor for their help with this article.

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