For February's cluster meeting we met at Bowl-Rite Lanes in Union City, New Jersey, to go bowling. The game was filled with strikes, spares and gutter balls as we cheered each other on while enjoying a few laughs. Congratulations to our First Place Winner Magda Nowak! It was a fun activity for us - bowling is played by 100 million people in more than 90 countries worldwide.
Each month on this blog I cover our most recent meetings in order to share with you what we do together as the Hoboken/Jersey City Cluster. Ever wonder more about cluster meetings? Well, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to go a little more detail.
Cluster meetings with InterExchange Au Pair USA take place monthly and are an excellent chance for au pairs to talk about program updates, ask their Local Coordinator questions and develop a relationship with the other au pairs in their cluster. At each meeting we also discuss a child care safety subject from our Continued Training Workshop Series such as fire safety, car and driving safety and household safety. Cluster meetings always involve a fun local activity that highlights American culture and life.
Past meetings include: kayaking on the Hudson River, volunteering with a local shelter and attending Night Court. Cluster meetings are a mandatory part of program participation. Au pairs who fail to attend meetings will not successfully complete the program and risk early termination. Therefore, host families are unable to require au pairs to work during cluster meetings and must make the au pair's schedule around these meetings. It is also the host family's responsibility to pay for or provide transportation to and from cluster meetings.