Au Pair Weekend Program

Learning to Live Your American Dream

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Bunker Hill Community College is excited to present the Au Pair Weekend program, "Learning to Live Your American Dream," offered in Boston. This unique and fascinating program helps you, as an au pair working in the United States, to gain the most from your American experience.

This program can satisfy the U.S. Department of State au pair educational requirement. It is very affordable and can be customized to fit your needs. Earn from 30 to 90 hours by attending Au Pair Weekend courses and completing as many pre- and post-assignments as necessary to meet your goals. (Contact your au pair agency to determine their specific requirements regarding hours and credits.)

Take advantage of this opportunity to interact directly with Americans through a number of unique learning opportunities, designed to help you enjoy and make the most of your time abroad. Through a fun and interesting combination of classroom discussions, fieldtrips, community engagement, and other activities, you will learn important skills for dealing with the cultural and personal challenges that international visitors in the U.S. often face.

You will have the opportunity learn about the Boston area and also gain important background knowledge to help you better understand and appreciate the American way of life. Topics include:

  • Culture shock
  • Diversity
  • Conflict resolution
  • Volunteerism & Service-Learning
  • U.S. history and politics
  • U.S. customs and traditions
  • And much more!

Please email our program coordinator, Tina Rychalsky at aupairweekend@bhcc.mass.edu with any questions, or call 617-777-5085 (email strongly preferred).

Program Course Descriptions

Course A (One-Weekend): APU 554 “American Dreams: You and Your Community”
Students will identify personal learning goals for their international experience and complete related projects and activities. They will interact directly in American life by participating in community-based service-learning experiences in Boston and within the communities where they live. In addition, students will learn strategies for resolving conflicts they may encounter while living abroad. Students will better understand culture shock and how it can affect them both in the U.S. and when returning home. Finally, students will learn about and experience the rich cultural diversity inherent in U.S. communities, with a specific focus on Boston.

Course B (One-Weekend): APU 556 “American Dreams: USA and Your City in a Nutshell”
Students will gain a greater understanding of the United States and of the Boston area. They will have the opportunity to share their home country's culture with one another and compare it to key aspects of American life. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of U.S. customs, rituals, celebrations, and important holidays, while also learning about current political issues and exciting events in U.S. history. Students will also have the opportunity to learn a great deal about Boston and explore many of the important historical, political, and cultural sites that they learn about in class.

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