The Introductory Workshop -Au Pairs First Aid/CPR classes and much more

Do Au Pairs have to attend a training session before they come to  Host Family‘s house? It is up to the family.

While we do offer a live training session in New York each month, it is not required since we give all Au Pairs the training in their home country before they arrive. This is another difference between Go Au Pair and other Au Pair agencies.

All Au Pairs are required to have 32 hours of DVD training that covers safety, first aid, CPR, childhood development and American culture. New York training is not required as it serves as a refresher course for the training we have already given them.

The training in New York goes over safety, development, American culture and we have the Au Pairs First Aid/CPR certified by the American Heart Association. Au Pairs will also get to take a city tour the first day of their training.

The Introductory Workshop is conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday and half day Thursday. Au Pairs will arrive to New York on Monday and travel to their Host Family on Thursday afternoon/evening.

The agenda for the Go Au Pair Introductory Workshop is:

  • Monday – Individual arrivals, no instruction or activities.
  • Tuesday – City Tour Au Pairs take a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of New York City.
  • Wednesday – Instruction topics include: CPR Certification from the American Heart Association,  First Aid Certification from the American Heart Association, Culture Shock, American Culture, International Phone Calls, Cell Phones and Internet Use, Driving Tips and Requirements
  • Thursday – Instruction and Departures. Topics include: Program Roles and Expectations, Living with a Host Family,  Education,  Insurance,  Bank Accounts, Social Security Cards.

These workshops are not the Department of State required training Au Pairs receive, the Introductory Workshop provides information to help Au Pairs transition to life in the U.S. and is optional.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. marbella wik
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 09:15:05

    I discovered your blog on google and read a couple of of your early posts. Seeking forward to reading extra from you in a while!…


  2. Carol
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 11:23:23

    This is a great topic! Very Interesting! The NYC Workshop is so much fun and educational for the Au Pairs!


  3. Stacey Baessler
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 02:57:52

    You made some good points there.


  4. Victoria
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 19:01:31

    Do you know where the NY Introductory workshop takes place and the 2012 dates?


  5. Go Au Pair Philadelphia
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 21:12:11

    Hi Victoria,
    Thank you for asking. The next NY Introductory workshops will held in NY 🙂 and the dates are 10/15/2012, 11/12/2012 and 12/03/2012.


  6. Marisa
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 22:44:01

    Do these optional courses cost the host family extra?


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