"At the beginning of the course, I just thought it would be something fun to learn about and mainly to just get my credits. I am so shocked by the things I've learned about social media. Being a young person living in a digital world right now, I thought that I knew everything about social media but this class opened up my eyes to a whole new side of social media."
- Nomcebo Bulose, Au Pair
Home Country: South Africa
"During this weekend class we had such a good time! It opened our eyes that nowadays using apps is not just for fun, but more like a resume too.
"We came here as strangers from all over the world and we are going to leave as international friends. We are going to be always welcome on each other's couches and we will keep connected through social media. "
- Viktoria Ovari, Au Pair
Home Country: Hungary
"What an experience, wow! It has been an amazing weekend - from not knowing how deep social media really is to knowing how the world really works around us, meeting and mingling with people from different countries, and just sharing our perspectives and who we are."
- Jenereese Goliath, Au Pair
Home Country: South Africa
"This weekend was a mix of everything I was looking for. Sharing your experiences and hearing about people's thoughts is always enriching.
"We came here with a goal and now we are leaving with knowledge, new friends and good stories to tell. It was a wonderful weekend!
"Thanks Dr. Mary Chayko for sharing your knowledge with us and for the amazing class. It's really gratifying to be part of this."
- Nayara De O Rezende, Au Pair
Home Country: Brazil
In the modern digital world, people take selfies, create blogs, and use social media in order to share aspects of their lives and selves. In this interactive au pair weekend course, we will build skills and understandings that will help us navigate and participate in this digital world more meaningfully, confidently, safely, and enjoyably!
Au pairs who participate in this weekend class will spend time in the classroom, on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, and in digital spaces as well. We will take individual and group selfies, construct a WordPress blog, enhance our social media profiles and networks, and discuss the meaning of all this for everyday life in the digital age.
This program is sure to fill fast – so register before it is too late!
NOTE: Please bring a smartphone, plus a laptop or iPad, to class both days if possible. You should also bring a backpack or bag to carry it in, and wear comfortable shoes, as we will be on the move, venturing into the Rutgers campus! Participants should have at least one social media account already created: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Snapchat, etc.
This program will give attendees three of the six educational credits required under the J-1 visa. Au pairs (commonly misspelled as au pere or au pear) are required to earn educational credits under the J-1 visa. Click here to learn more.
Meet Your Instructors
The dynamic instructional team for this course is led by Mary Chayko, Ph.D. Dr. Chayko is a sociologist focused on communication technology and a professor in the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. She is the author of several books on the impact of digital technology on society, community, and self. Read more about Dr. Chayko.
Joining Dr. Chayko to teach this class is Rutgers alumna Kim Hoyos. After graduating from Rutgers in 2018 with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies, a minor in Gender and Media, and a certificate in Digital Filmmaking, Hoyos began working as a Social Media Coordinator for MTV. She also pursues freelance projects as a photographer and videographer. Read more about Kim Hoyos.
GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.
Rutgers Academic Building, Computer Lab
15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick , NJ 08901
Directions and Parking Information
CAMPUS PARKING HAS CHANGED! PLEASE REVIEW NEW POLICIES BELOW.
- All visitors must register their vehicles online with the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided in your course registration confirmation email. Be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
- All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
- Citations/fines will be issued for failure to comply with these policies.
Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.
Housing is not included with Rutgers weekend courses for au pairs.
For those who can commute, onsite parking is available.
For those traveling, there are many hotels located near Cook Campus. Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu/main/hotels.html for a list of nearby housing options. Due to location, the following hotels may be the best choices for those who do not have vehicles.
Located on campus, walking distance to course location:
Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center
Located in downtown New Brunswick, walking distance to Rutgers bus routes: Hyatt Regency &
The Heldrich Hotel