As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, one of the things I do (they don't call me Hummingbird Mind for nothing) is serve as a local coordinator supporting Host Families and Au Pairs for Cultural Care Au Pair. It's been great fun as my empty nester need to be around young people is met at least once a month when the Au Pairs gather. And, I love working with parents to find the best childcare solutions for them and their children.
An added benefit is that I get to work with a really fine company. I've been so impressed with the staff at CCAP. This old dog has learned some new tricks in the areas of technology, marketing, and remote staff management. And, this past weekend I was lucky enough to attend training in LA and enjoy the benefits of attending the National Meeting.
As jet lagged CCAP Local Childcare Coordinators made their to the hotel from LAX, they got a boost. A young man riding shotgun in the shuttle with them turned around and asked, "Are you au pairs?" After a bit of laughter we explained that we were LCCs. He nodded knowingly and said, "I'm an au pair... I am Ricardo." At this point the lethargic LCCs shrieked, "Ricardo!" while two middle-aged men on their way to a Hollywood autograph show looked confused and wondered if Bon Jovi had hitched a ride with us from LAX.
Ricardo is a star! But, more than that, he is an example of the quality of the young people from all over the world who are accepted to be CCAP au pairs. For more information about this wonderful young man, check this out:
Learn more re info about the IAPA and the Au Pair of the Year Award here.