Photo albums

A picture is worth a thousand words—so please take a look at my photo albums to learn more about what our local host families and au pairs are up to during the year.
Au Pair Meeting in November 2017: Ice Skating at Oakland Ice Center

11/08/2017

Winter in California has started and four au pair groups stayed warm by ice skating together at the Oakland Ice Center. Many au pairs were on blades for the very first time but the more experienced ones were happy to assist them in the rink. What a great experience and […]

Au Pair Meeting in July 2017: Roller Skate Disco “Church of 8 Wheels”

07/09/2017

Joined by the au pair groups of Paula Ventura and Isabelle MacEwan, we met to roller skate at the Church of Eight Wheels in San Francisco. In 2013, the old Sacred Heart Church had been lying dormant for nearly ten years when San Francisco’s roller skaters came in, cleaned up […]

Au Pair Meeting in May 2017: Hike around Lake Anza

06/09/2017

The group had fun with a foggy, misty (and mysterious) evening hike around Lake Anza. How awesome nature looks in rainy California … and the earthy smell of mud and moisture in the air — combined with the beauty of rain drops collecting on leaves … an unusual but very enjoyable walk for […]

Au Pair Meeting in March 2017: Mexican Taco Bar

03/08/2017

Our group met for chips and salsa, tacos and burritos at Picante, a Mexican Taco Bar in Berkeley. Some au pairs brought their friends and au pairs from other agencies/groups and we all socialized while hearing about host families, boy friends, travel plans, options for medical care and participation in […]

Au Pair Meeting in February 2017: Visit of Fire Station#2 in Berkeley

02/04/2017

LCCs Kirstin Paydo, Paula Ventura and their au pairs visited fire station number 2 in Berkeley Downtown. The group received instructions on what to do, who to call and what to say when when we experience an emergency. We learned about the importance of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, how to use […]

Au Pair Meeting in January 2017: Yoga Class

01/14/2017

A Friday evening session of “Restorative Yoga”, taught by Suzanne Schwarz Zuber at YogaKula in Berkeley (www.suzanneyoga.net/),  included lots of wiggles and giggles. Sweaty but happy au pairs discovered that they were more flexible than they had thought…

Au Pair Meeting in December 2016: Holiday Party

12/05/2016

LCCs Paula Ventura, Kirstin Paydo and their groups of au pairs celebrated the upcoming Holidays with hot chocolate and cookies before we all unpacked our Secret Santa gifts. Each au pair shared with the group what country (s)he is originally from, if and how (s)he celebrates the Holidays back home […]

Au Pair Meeting in November 2016: Ice Skating at Oakland Ice Center

11/09/2016

Winter in California has started and our au pair group stayed warm by ice skating together at the Oakland Ice Center. Many au pairs were on blades for the very first time but the more experienced ones were happy to assist them in the rink. What a great experience and […]

Au Pair Meeting in September 2016: Music in the Park

09/08/2016

My au pair group met at a public community event in Albany featuring the vintage dance band “Cosmo Alley Cats”. It was a warm summer night, enjoyed by all … and especially those au pairs who twisted some vintage dance moves — with and without host kids.

Host Family/Au Pair Meeting in August 2016: Picnic in Orinda Community Park

08/21/2016

LCCs Kirstin Paydo, Dawniela Hightower, Molly Fivian and Sharron Williams invited their groups of host families and au pairs to join their annual potluck picnic at the Orinda Community Park. It was a lovely potluck barbecue party that gave newly arrived au pairs the opportunity to listen to fun stories […]

Au Pair Meeting in July 2017: Roller Skate Disco in San Francisco

07/10/2016

In 2013, the old Sacred Heart Church had been lying dormant for nearly ten years when SF’s roller skaters came in, cleaned up the place, updated the lighting, the sound, built new skate racks and more! In July our au pair group went for a roll in one of the […]

Au Pair Meeting in June 2016: Hiking around Lake Anza in Tilden Park

06/10/2016

Shortly before sunset 24 au pairs met to make new friends and go on a hike together at Lake Anza in Tilden Park. We started with some hot chocolate and ice cream at the beach and then made it safely around the lake without leaving anybody behind missing in action. […]

2nd Au Pair Meeting in May 2016: Disco Cruise on the San Francisco Bay

05/16/2016

Another awesome Au Pair Disco Cruise in San Francisco! 450 au pairs from over 20 countries cruised the San Francisco Bay – dancing, taking pictures in the photo booth, seeing whales under the Golden Gate Bridge (!), and enjoying the stunning San Francisco skyline at night! What a great night!

Au Pair Meeting in April 2016: The Golden Gate Fields Horse Race Track

04/04/2016

We met at the Horse Race Track and enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day with pretty horses — some of them being faster than others;-). Dollar Day Sunday allowed us to get hot dogs and drinks for little money and although most of the au pairs didn’t win while betting, they […]

Au Pair Meeting in March 2016: The New Parkway Theater

03/12/2016

The group met to watch the movie “Brooklyn” in The New Parkway Theater and had drinks/snacks in their café before. It’s a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland’s Uptown district: We sat back and relaxed in their cozy couches while watching their new release. Plus, one can enjoy yummy […]

Au Pair Meeting in January 2016: Museum of Fun

01/13/2016

Three different au pair groups met at “Playland-Not-At-The-Beach” in El Cerrito. “The Museum of Fun” is a funky place showing off a conglomeration of century old carnival games, pinball machines and a large collection of fun oddities. Our au pairs fit in beautifully and seemed to have a great time […]

Au Pair Meeting in December 2015: Holiday Party at the YMCA

12/07/2015

For our annual Holiday party we met at the local YMCA. LCC Silvie Esmaeili and her group joined us for this festive event. Every au pair brought (home made) cookies and we had a Secret Santa game in which we exchanged gifts with each other. The photo booth provided a […]

Au Pair Meeting in October 2015: Pizza Party and S’mores

10/03/2015

Twenty au pairs met on a Friday night at LCC Kirstin Paydo’s house to socialize and make delicious pizzas together. We all welcomed a new au pair who had just arrived at the airport an hour earlier, only to be dropped off by her host mom to say Hello to […]

Au Pair Meeting in September 2015: Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco

09/13/2015

250+ au pairs met at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco to go on a Scavenger Hunt together. In groups of four they explored the city, filled out their booklets with questions and finally ended their adventure at Union Square in Downtown. The four fastest teams with the most points […]

Host Family/Au Pair Meeting in August 2015: Picnic in Orinda Community Park

08/24/2015

LCCs Kirstin Paydo, Dawniela Hightower and Silvie Esmaeili invited their groups of host families and au pairs to join their annual potluck picnic at the Orinda Community Park. It was a lovely potluck barbecue party that gave newly arrived au pairs the opportunity to listen to fun stories from others […]

Au Pair Meeting in July 2015: Hike around Lake Anza

07/03/2015

The group met for ice cream and a short educational training about “water safety and drowning prevention” before we took of for a hike around Lake Anza, a beautiful place in Berkeley’s Tilden Park! In the early evening hours the fog wafted over the lake and shadows of ducks added […]

Au Pair Meeting in April 2015: Horse Race Track (Golden Gate Fields)

04/20/2015

We met with Isabelle MacEwan’s au pair group from Piedmont and they joined us at the Dollar Day at the Berkeley horse races. Most of the au pairs had never been to such an event. We explained the betting rules and some of them even dared to bet $1 on […]

Au Pair Meeting in March 2015: Oakland Museum of California

03/21/2015

Our group met at “Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California”: Dinner from the food trucks, dancing on the patio and a visit at the museum for everybody who was interested to learn about American culture and history.

Au Pair Meeting in January 2015: Bridges Rock Gym

01/12/2015

Meeting with Dawniela Hightower’s and Isabelle MacEwan’s au pair groups at Bridges Rock Gym in El Cerrito (http://www.bridgesrockgym.com/). It was a private after-hour event doing indoor bouldering, roped climbing and slack-lining/tight-rope walking. We had a total of 21 au pairs actively participating!