NOVEMBER 3-7th, 2010
(Egg Harbor Township, NJ) November 7, 2010 - Local Egg Harbor Township resident Guy Petinga was recently invited to join 42 of his peers at an international summit in Stockholm, Sweden, hosted by Cultural Care Au Pair. Petinga is a Cultural Care Au Pair local childcare coordinator for Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, and parts of Ocean Counties.
As a local childcare coordinator, Guy supports area families who are currently hosting an international au pair in their home, as well as the au pairs themselves. Guy earned his invitation to the summit by expanding the program in New Jersey in the previous year, as well as for his role as a local community resource for parents interested in intercultural childcare.
While in Stockholm, Guy had the opportunity to attend a Screening and Orientation Meeting for prospective au pairs, which all candidates must attend before they are accepted. During this meeting, Recruitment Leaders review program requirements and expectations and evaluate au pair applicants through discussions and personal interviews. Cultural Care has a recruitment structure unique among all au pair agencies designated by the U.S. Department of State. All Cultural Care au pairs are recruited through the organization’
“It was wonderful to see our recruitment and screening process in action,” said Guy. “The Recruitment Leaders provided a realistic picture of the au pair experience in the United States. They focused on characteristics that may not be apparent in the candidates’ written application such as their motivation to spend a year as an au pair as well as their maturity, flexibility, and interest in cultural exchange.”
Guy is a member of a nationwide network of more than 600 local childcare coordinators dedicated to promoting global understanding through intercultural childcare. In addition to supporting a local group of host families and their au pairs, Guy organizes social activities throughout the program year, advises au pairs on educational opportunities in the community and provides advice on intercultural exchange. Guy and his colleagues use the conference as an opportunity to network with other coordinators and collaborate on the most effective means to support their families and au pairs locally, ensuring a positive experience for everyone involved with the program.
Guy is currently matching area parents who are interested in hosting an au pair with available au pairs from around the world. He can be contacted at (609) 705-5842 for additional information on the Cultural Care Au Pair program. Interested families may also visit Guy’s web site at http://jpetinga.aupairnews.com .
Cultural Care Au Pair is the leading provider of intercultural childcare and educational exchange. Since 1989, Cultural Care Au Pair has placed more than 75,000 au pairs in welcoming American homes. A U.S. Department of State regulated program, Cultural Care Au Pair is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., with an extensive network of recruitment, screening and orientation offices worldwide. For more information about hosting an au pair, visit www.culturalcare.com or call 800-333-6056.
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