Pre-Departure Project

Das Pre-Departure Project, manchmal auch Pre-Departure Orientation Project genannt, gibt es in der Form nur bei der Organisation Ayusa Intrax/AuPair Care. Man bekommt zehn Kategorien, die man ausarbeiten muss, um sich mit seiner neuen Heimat, den Kindern und den Unterschieden zwischen beiden Kulturen auseinanderzusetzen. Insgesamt muss man sich mindestens acht Stunden damit beschäftigen und zu jedem Kapitel mindestens eine Seite schreiben, natürlich auf Englisch. Das fertige PDP wird dann mit zur Training School gebracht und dort wird es bewertet [Nachtrag: Die drei besten bekommen etwas Kleines als Preis, ansonsten bekommt jeder, der ein vollständiges hat, einen kleinen Au Pair Care Sticker darauf. Unvollständige oder nicht vorhandene PDPs müssen nachgearbeitet werden.]. Mehr Infos gibt es auch auf dem Ayusa Intrax Blog. Jetzt fragt man sich natürlich wieso das ganze? Andere Organisationen haben das doch auch nicht und dann macht man sich ja nur viel mehr Arbeit vor der Ausreise. Der Sinn dahinter ist aber, dass wir Au Pairs dann einen Tag früher zu unseren Gastfamilien können, weil wir uns durch die acht (oder eher mehr 😂) Stunden Arbeit einen Tag an der Training School sparen 😉. Mein PDP  findet ihr weiter unten auf dieser Seite 😊.

Die Kategorien + hilfreiche Links

1: My American Family and Region

Now that you’ve matched with your new American family, you’ll want to get to know them!  This section is dedicated to your family’s names, ages, professions, interests and/or needs, as well as your new local area. In order to complete this section, you should ask your host family questions about themselves to gather information. You can also research the city where you live and include interesting facts about the area and culture. You should include photos of your new family and region to make this section interesting and fun!

2. Developmental Milestones

Research the physical, mental and social developmental milestones related to children of all ages. You may categorize the ages like this: 0-12 months, 1-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10+ years. Use your childcare experience, as well as research, to help you complete this section.

3. Simple Crafts and Snacks

Describe simple crafts used to entertain children and healthy snacks or treats, especially those associated with holidays or special events in the United States and in your country. These can be arts & crafts activities involving paints, paper, glue or even items found in the house like macaroni or yarn. You my want to bring samples of these crafts to show your new family.

4. Storytelling, Singing and Games

List some of your favorite fairytales or folk tales you will share with your children. List lullabies or special songs used to soothe children when they are sleepy or upset. You may want to bring storybooks or songbooks from your home country to give to your children. List games and activities you can play with your children. Explain the rules and supplies needed (if necessary) to play the games. Explain why you think these are helpful for their development.

5. Motor Skills (Fine and Gross)

Fine motor skills are those that involve small movements, such as holding a spoon or pencil. Gross motor skills are those involving the entire body, such as jumping and throwing. Describe activities that encourage both fine motor skills and gross motor skills.

6. Make Believe and Imitation

Children have great imaginations and love to pretend! List activities involving play-acating and imitating others. List things to be aware of regarding male believe and imitation (dangerous stunts on TV or movies). With older children, you may want to research how these make-believe characters or celebrities are influencing them in their daily lives. Which stars or characters have an effect on your children and how can you monitor their exposure to this?

7. Sharing and Cooperation

Activities and games encouraging social development are important to a child’s growth. Describe some games that involve socialization, are age appropriate and could possibly be player by the entire family, such as Charades. List some possible responsibilities that can be given to the children to encourage family participation and cooperation, such as setting the table.

8. Language Development

Children love to play with words, no matter how old they are! Describe word games, such as guessing games and tongue twisters. Find and list children’s books that are age appropriate and will help enhance your child’s language development and reading comprehension abilities.

9. You & Your Country’s Holidays and Customs

Being an au pair means being part of a cultural exchange program. You are interested in learning about Amerian holidays and customs and your host family is excited to learn about those from your country. Use this section as a way to introduce your host family to some of the traditional holidays, foods and celebrations you are accustomed to in your home country. Describe yourself and your family. Include photos to share with your host family.

10. Questions for my Host Family

Create a list of questions you will want to ask your Host Family during the first weekend you spend with them. These will probably include many questions about the children, such as their likes/dislikes, needs, interests, routine and how the family prefers they are disciplined; however, feel free to also ask about the house rules, the neighborhood, your schedule, etc.


 Mein Pre-Departure Project

 Fotos, Namen und einige private Informationen habe ich natürlich unkenntlich gemacht 😉. Es ist etwas anders geworden, als ich wollte, weil bei mir mal wieder alles last minute war und ich keine Zeit mehr hatte; das meiste habe ich am Flughafen und im Flugzeug noch eingeklebt und reingeschrieben 😂. (Dementsprechend sind einige Sachen auch nicht ganz einheitlich oder nicht so schön, nach stundenlangem einkleben hat man einfach nicht mehr ganz so viel Lust, die ganzen Überschriften schön aufzuschreiben 😅.) “Gewonnen” habe ich trotzdem, wenn man das so nennen kann (ich war einer der Runner Ups und es war nur so eine Stofftasche, die man bekommen hat 😜). Ich hab das nicht so gestaltet, um zu gewinnen (weil ich wusste, dass der Preis nur was kleines sein würde), sondern einfach, weil es mir Spaß macht, so etwas zu gestalten. Daher ist der Inhalt auch nicht ganz so gut, die Texte sind halb aus dem Internet kopiert, zusammengesetzt oder mit eigenen Ausschnitten ergänzt 😂.

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