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SLC Utah, Outdoor Au pair Playground

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Salt Lake City, Utah truly is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground! With an abundance of parks, playgrounds, hiking trails and four ski resorts (with the “Greatest Snow on Earth”) all within 35 minutes of the city, activities are limitless. The city is brimming with museums, zoo, aviary, aquarium, gardens, shopping, farmers markets, gallery strolls and festivals.


Summer offers $5 concerts in the park downtown for the Twilight Concert Series, the Utah Arts Festival and Oktoberfest at the Snowbird Ski Resort. Park City is only a 30 minute drive into the beautiful Wasatch mountain range and offers Utah Olympic Park where visitors can bobsled or zip line. You don’t want to miss the famous Sundance Film Festival.




Salt Lake City also has an amazing global culinary scene with restaurants serving food from many cultures. A fantastic public transportation system, Trax, is available to take you anywhere within the city you need to go. For sports fanatics, the Utah Jazz, AAA Bee’s Baseball, University of Utah Ute’s football and our MLS team Reãl can all be enjoyed within city limits.





Salt Lake City is the ultimate family friendly city and is a wonderful place to live and play!  For more information about the GreatAuPair J-1 visa program, visit or call 800.604.2507 to speak with a GreatAuPair representative & request a free host family application. Au pairs call 1-775-636-8302.

AuPairs find Southern Hospitality in Atlanta

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


The cityATL river view of Atlanta has endless energy, big-city sophistication and warm Southern hospitality.  Atlanta is a favorite destination among au pairs, visitors and those who call it home. Atlanta invites you to indulge in International cuisine, sample some of the best shopping in the South, enjoy the ever-growing list of events and festivals and create a cultural experience while reliving history and so much more.

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If you’re interested in drama, Atlanta offers amazing theaters that regularly premiere shows before they head to Broadway in New York City! If art is more your style, Atlanta has a list of incredible museums you’ll want to explore. You will even encounter vibrant murals throughout the neighborhoods. However, to really understand the magnitude of the Living Walls project, you’ll want to set out on a quest to find as many as you can.


ATL sports
The city has multiple pro sports teams who call Atlanta home. American sporting events are an exciting experience! You can even stay late for a beautiful fireworks show at the end of the baseball games!


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Buford Highway has a 30 mile stretch where you can experience appetizing international cuisine ranging from Mexican taquerias; Sichuan, Cantonese, and other regional Chinese cuisines; Korean bakeries and barbecue joints; Vietnamese pho parlors; and introductions to Malaysian noodle dishes, Filipino fried chicken, and curry-like Indonesian beef rendang. You can also take a tour or attend events at the Coca-Cola factory!


ATL dolphin

Atlanta is full of family friendly fun as well! Take a visit to the amazing Atlanta Zoo or the Georgia Aquarium. If you prefer to experience something different, visit after hours for behind-the-scenes tours, music and adult beverages. The aquarium regularly schedules adult/family overnights.


Get out and explore the great outdoors. From parks and public spaces to nature preserves and river activities, there is plenty in Atlanta for the outdoor adventurer. Hike Stone Mountain, paddle down the Chattahoochee river, take the kids to Piedmont Park or take a run on the Atlanta BeltLine. Whatever your taste for adventure or nature, Atlanta has a smorgasbord of foods, cultural events and activities in the great outdoors. Start your application to enjoy Atlanta’s southern hospitality.



GreatAuPair J-1 Au Pairs Volunteer at the New York City Marathon

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


How to Help Seniors Use the Internet Safely

Monday, March 24, 2014

The number of older adults connecting with friends and family on the internet and via social media is rising every year. You know this from personal experience, if you’re a home-based caregiver for seniors. It’s statistically true as well, according to recent Pew Research studies which show 53% of Americans age 65 and up using the internet and email, and 43% making use of social networking.

The online experience has opened doors for the seniors in our care, giving them ways to stay in touch with the important folks in their lives despite the obstacles that distance, weather, and health issues may present. But the internet can also open the door to a lot of unwanted and unwelcome attention in the form of targeted scams, fraud, and identity theft.

These risks are real. National statistics show that while adults over 65 make up just 12% of our population, they comprise 30% of all the victims of fraud and scams each year. As a caregiver, you have a real duty to help the elders you serve develop safer, wiser practices on their computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Opening the conversation

Start with a conversation about seniors who’ve been defrauded — it’s a great way to introduce the topic of online safety. Remind your charges to change their secure passwords every now and then, and keep a handwritten list of passwords near their computer. Let them know that it’s a bad idea to click on an email link that comes from a stranger, and to never, ever, give account information of any kind in response to an email.

Social networks

Many seniors don’t understand how public Facebook really is. Help them to tighten up their privacy settings, and let them know that criminals are using the social networks, too! An innocent post about being home alone or a check-in at an outside location can be an invitation to home invasion. If checking in via FourSquare is a favorite activity, encourage seniors to check in when they’re leaving, instead of when they’re arriving.

Online dating

This might be a delicate subject to broach. But please, do it anyway! Thousands of seniors are defrauded every year by unsavory characters posing as romantic partners. They need to understand that when an online date starts spinning a hard-luck story — no matter how heartbreaking it seems — it’s a doomed relationship and a scam in the making.

Links from friends

Even if the seniors in your care have cleaned up their online behaviors, their friends may not have done the same. Encourage your charges to wait a day before clicking on links they get from friends via email or Facebook posts. While nobody sends malicious viruses to their friends on purpose, accidents do happen, and that’s what the scammers count on.

Virus protection

On the subject of malware and viruses, help your charges download a good virus protection program. If you can set it to run automatically, do so. Then take the time to demonstrate how it can be manually activated as well.

A final note

Remember, you’re not trying to scare seniors away from using their computers and mobile devices. The online world is a great place for elders to keep up on news, access valuable information, and stay in touch with family and friends. With your help, seniors can be safe in that online world — just the way you keep them safe in the real world.

Author: Kimberly Barnes

5 Places that Will Delight Your Inner Child

Monday, March 17, 2014

The whole idea behind taking your kids on vacation is to broaden their horizons. You want them to appreciate history and be amazed by what’s out in the world. Of course, this can lead to boredom.

No matter how hard you work at it, your kids just don’t think the place you chose was fun. However, you can’t just do what they want since you can’t go on most of the rides and the ones you can go on, they can’t. This is where you need to look for places that delight your inner child. Here are five great suggestions to start you off.

The Mystery Spot

Ever spend hours traveling to a fabulous location only to find out the thing you wanted to see is closed? Then you might want to try The Mystery Spot where the only thing on the fritz is gravity. That’s right; right outside Santa Cruz, CA is a gravitational anomaly where normal physics seem to have taken its own vacation. Make sure to take a tennis ball or slinky, because you definitely won’t believe your eyes.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

There are LEGOLAND Discovery Centers all over the world. However, when one opens for the first time, there’s ten times the excitement. On May 23rd 2014, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Boston will be opening their doors. These indoor complexes feature the famous toy as well as interesting learning potential alongside some amazing models.

Harry Potter Museum

Many amusement parks try to recreate the experience of Harry Potter through roller coasters and fancy rides. That is not needed at the Harry Potter Museum outside Warner Brothers London studios. This museum features some of the actual sets from the historic movie series. This is probably the closest thing to being in the real Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Retro Computer Museum

Ever feel like technology has passed you by? Remember those days when games and home computers still made sense or at least didn’t confuse you? Well, you and your kids can experience all these old tech classics at the retro computer museum. Special focus has been given to the computers found inside the home. The Retro Computer Museum includes all the gaming consoles you grew up with. See if your kids can compete with the games you grew up with.

Toys “R” Us Time Square

The biggest toy store in the world has to be the internet, but that’s not nearly as exciting as seeing things in person. One of NY’s biggest attractions is one of the largest toy stores in the world. The flagship store for Toys “R” Us features a 60 ft Ferris wheel, a 20 ft T-Rex that roars, and a life-size Barbie doll house. It spans 110,000 square feet of space with tons of interactive displays and toys for all ages.

Carlo Pandian is a freelance writer interested in creative play, free time activities and travel. Recently he babysat for his niece so he researched the best kids attractions to visit for her and himself sharing the results in this guest feature for the GreatAuPair blog.


The Mystery Spot
LDC Boston

Harry Potter Museum

Retro computer museum

Toys “R” Us Time Square