May 2016 Monthly Updates

InterExchange Au Pair USA Raleigh 5-16It’s been a busy, fun month with InterExchange in Raleigh and it’s only the beginning of May! Check out our updates from the Host Family Day at the Durham Bulls game on May 7th, see the new announcements from Suzanne after her Austin training conference on May 6th, and see a photo from our April Cluster meeting that got rained out. We still had a good time at Five Guys though!

Durham Bulls Host Family Day

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On Saturday, May 7th, host families and au pairs from the Raleigh and Chapel Hill/Durham Clusters of InterExchange Au Pair USA attended the Durham Bulls Baseball Game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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This iconic Minor League team was made famous in the movie Bull Durham. They are the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

InterExchange Au Pair USA Raleigh Chapel Hill Durham

We had 100 people from the two clusters join together to enjoy a beautiful evening at the ballpark. The Bulls won 2-1 in 11 innings, so it was an exciting game! A recap of the game is available here. 

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A highlight of the evening was that it was Star Wars Night at the ballpark in honor of May 4th–Star Wars Day aka “May the fourth be with you!” The Bulls wore special jerseys to look like Hans Solo in a tribute to Hans Solo during the game. The Star Wars characters were present for the game, and even Wool E. Bull, the Bull’s Mascot, was dressed as Hans Solo!

InterExchange Au Pair USA Raleigh Chapel Hill Durham Everyone had a fun time celebrating these truly American Traditions–Baseball and Star Wars!

InterExchange Au Pair USA Raleigh Chapel Hill Durham

InterExchange Au Pair USA Raleigh Chapel Hill Durham

InterExchange Au Pair USA Raleigh Chapel Hill Durham

April 2016 Monthly Updates

Raleigh InterExchange Au Pair USACheck out these Monthly Updates for April 2016 from the Raleigh Cluster of InterExchange Au Pair USA! Updates include:

Photo Credit: Raleigh Museums via photopin (license)

March 2016 Monthly Updates

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Check out our March Monthly Updates from the Raleigh Cluster of InterExchange Au Pair USA. It includes our trip to Greensboro to the International Civil Rights Museum for an American History and Culture lesson, our upcoming Family Day at the Durham Bulls, and more!

 

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Au Pairs visit International Civil Rights Museum

Raleigh InterExchange Au Pair USA International Civil Rights Museum

On Saturday, February 6th, the Raleigh and Chapel Hill Clusters of InterExchange Au Pair USA visited the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC. It is in the old Woolworth’s Department Store building where the Sit-in Movement began on February 1, 1960.

 

Raleigh InterExchange Au Pair USA International Civil Rights MuseumOn that date four men from Greensboro A&T State University went to sit at the Woolworth’s Lunch Counter and asked to be served. They sat until the store closed and came back the next day. They were joined by other students from A&T University and local High Schools during the Spring. Their non-violent protest of the “Whites Only” lunch counter sparked other similar Sit-in movements around the Southern US and helped begin the process of integrating the US. Here are a few images from our field trip and chance to learn about an important part of US History. The museum also includes other leaders from around the world, who like Martin Luther King in the US, led Civil Rights movements in their own countries.

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Paying Taxes as an Au Pair

InterExchange Au Pair USA Raleigh ClusterEvery year the Raleigh Cluster spends our March Cluster Meeting talking about taxes. This year our meeting will be on Sunday, March 13th from 7-9pm at Suzanne’s house.  Though it’s not our most fun meeting of the year, it is always sweet, because there is plenty of chocolate to go around! As the Local Coordinator for the Raleigh Cluster, Suzanne Miller provides plenty of chocolate to go with the annual tax meeting.

We spent time talking about paying taxes and help the au pairs complete their paperwork to file taxes. This year the au pairs who earned more than $4000 in 2015 will file taxes in April 2016. Suzanne is not a tax advisor and cannot answer specific tax questions, so we always encourage au pairs to contact a tax professional (Ask your host family who they recommend). Here are the directions we use to complete the paperwork:    https://www.interexchange.org/articles/au-pair-usa/2016/01/12/doing-your-taxes-for-2015/

AU PAIR TIP: It is important for au pairs to plan ahead and save money to be able to pay their taxes. Au Pairs, you don’t want to be caught owing money in April and not have it saved in order to pay!

 

Tax Photo Credit: 2015 Tax Form 1040 Being Filled Out via photopin (license)

February 2016 Monthly Updates

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Here are the Monthly Updates for the Raleigh Cluster of InterExchange Au Pair USA for February 2016. They include our upcoming Host Family Day to the Durham Bulls Baseball game on 5/7/16, upcoming Cluster Meetings, and a recap of our January volunteer opportunity at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham! Check them out!

 

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Durham Bulls Baseball Host Family Day

Durham Bulls BaseballSAVE THE DATE!!!  InterExchange Au Pair USA Raleigh and Chapel Hill/Durham Clusters are going to the Durham Bulls Baseball game on Saturday, May 7th at 5:05pm. This is our Host Family Day and Cluster Meeting for May. The Bulls take on Norfolk as part of the Triple A Minor League International League. The Bulls are the Highest Level Minor League team of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Plan to come early to enjoying the pre-game activities, enjoy dinner at the park, and stay for the game!

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Raleigh Au Pairs Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House

Au Pair USA Raleigh Volunteer On Saturday, January 16th, the Raleigh Cluster of InterExchange Au Pair USA visited the Ronald McDonald House in Durham to fix breakfast for the guests staying there. It was a chance for us to give back to our community on the Martin Luther King weekend. Check out the details on the main InterExchange Au Pair USA blog.

 

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Au Pair 101: Civil Rights in the US & Beyond

InterExchange Au Pair USA RaleighOn February 6th, 2016 the Raleigh Cluster will be joining the Chapel Hill/Durham and Charlotte Clusters in Greensboro, NC to tour the International Civil Rights Museum. The museum is located in the former Woolworth’s Building in downtown Greensboro where the Sit-in Movement began in 1960. On February 1, 1960 four students from Greensboro A&T University sat down at the lunch counter that was “Whites Only” and asked to be served. They sat there in non-violent protest for days and days waiting to be served. Nearly 6 months later, they were finally served at the counter. This sit-in protest was a catalyst for other non-violent protests across the Southern US in the 1960.

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