Ling, Au Pair from China, the first two weeks being an Au Pair in the USA.

Enjoy the post of my blog guest,  a new Au Pair from China Ling. Ling lives in Philadelphia, she is very active and for a short time made a lot of friends.Ling , Au Pair from China

Ling’s buddy Monica, the Au Pair from Colombia, who lives in Philadelphia for more than a year, is helping Ling constantly. Several months ago we started Au Pair buddy program as well as other Go Au Pair Agency’s clusters. It became much easier to adjust to life in the USA for new Au Pairs. Here is a proof Ling is in the Color Festival with other Au Pairs from the Philadelphia NJ cluster.Au Pairs Philadelphia Color Festival

I’m Ling, 26  years old, from China. It’s been 2 weeks since I came here. For a new Aupair and a family who has an Aupair the first time,the first week was hard. However, I guess communication is a very important thing for both Aupair and host family, because that’s how I worked things out. If you don’t know how to do it, you can tell your LAR about your situation, I’m sure she will help you.But also you need a great buddy, like me.  I have Monica, she helps me a lot. Lucky me!two Au Pairs from Philadelphia

And also I want to share something with you. I got upgraded from economic class to business class during my first journey(from Hong-Kong to Doha to America. Lucky, lucky!

Au pair trip from  Ghina to Philadelphia

On Friday, we girls had a party, we chat, drink and play games. So my tips for new Aupair is-try to fit in other girls, you will feel less homesick.Au Pairs Philadelphia fun

Then the first weekend, Monica and I went to outlets for shopping. I bought a lot of things for the fall.Au Pair Philadelphia game

On the second Saturday, a few of us went to the color festival, it was awesome. We had a lot of fun together. But that is another story I would love to share with you.

Our new Au Pair Ling “Julie” from China

As I wrote in my last post, we have a busy summer and a lot of new au pairs for our cluster. I was on vacation the last 2.5 weeks, so I will have a few interviews to publish during the next time.

The one I will start with is our new Chinese au pair Ling. She’s 25 years old and lives in Center City of Philadelphia. Thanks Monica for offering to be a buddy for Ling. Although her American name is “Julie” she prefers to be called Ling.

I’d like to learn more different education methods and expericence a different culture.

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I like singing, playing Chinese chess, doing yoga,go shopping or just go for a walk.

Before she came to the US about three weeks ago she celebrated her birthday in advance with her friends, which was one of her best moments during the last weeks.

If I had to characterize myself I would say I’m honest, responsible and kind.

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I wish I could go travel around the world without any other concerns.

During her year, Ling would like to visit funny and beautiful places, also museums and Universities.

Things I am very good at are singing and sprinting I would say.
As an au pair Ling wants to experience the American culture and to find out more about herself.

This is my first time in the US, so I am glad to have the chance to meet a lot of new people and make a lot of new friends.

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Welcome to our cluster! I already met you and you fit really great into our group. Have a great year!

How to Speed Up Morning Routines for Kids.

I was reading a blog  post of my colleague, Joan Lowell, a Local Area Representative from Providence, Prepare Now for School Next Week! Yes, school is just around the corner and now is the time to prepare the kids for school.

Getting back in the school groove after a long summer break is challenging for the kids and Au Pairs.  There are many responsibilities for Au Pairs who work with school age kids. It is important that kids will be at school on time, but sometimes can be very challenging.

AuPair And Kids
A good idea is starting to play with kids, pretend the morning scenario and help kids to prepare for school morning routine. Au Pairs can start to play at night or weekend using a mom and baby stuffed animal and act out the morning routine. You can give your host kid the “mom” role and play out the scenario.  Make it funny and include scenarios in which a kid animal goes to school in his pjs.

Start to prepare to school at night.

Check out the weather forecast the night before.
Pack up beforehand.
Make lunches ahead of time.

Here are some great ideas to speed up your host kids morning routine.Morning-High-Five

Stick to regular morning routines
Keep the routine as simple as possible.
Get a timer.
Make it a team effort.
Build in extra time.
Give Choices.

The Au Pair may create a morning routine chart for the host kids.

morning routine chart

 For more tips, please follow Au Pair Sis on Pinterest

What Au Pairs can and can’t do?

“What my Au Pair can and can’t do?” is the common question from a new family. There are some rules created by the Department of State to help families and Au Pairs. Please review the Program Rules page on this blog. You may also read The Au Pair Exchange Program – “What you should know” from the Department of State.

Mother and Daughter Reading Together

According to Wikipedia” the au pair is intended to become a member of the family, al beit a temporary one, rather than a traditional domestic worker.” The Au pairs are not responsible for housework that does not relate to the children.Au Pair from China

What is an Au Pair’s role in the family?  Au Pairs provide live-in child care for the Host Family children in exchange for room, board and a small weekly stipend.

Tai Au Pair

Au Pairs are responsible for all the children in their Host Family.

One day in a life of the Au pair from Go Au Pair

Here are also a few links that can help you to understand the Au Pairs program rules Preparing for a new Au Pair
Host family rules
Host family handbook for an aupair
What is an Au Pair’s role in the family?
An Au Pair’s room in the host family home
The Introductory Workshop, First Aid/CPR 
The first weeks with your Au Pair
Host Parents and Au Pair communication korean Au PairAu Pairs CAN work up to 45 hours a week but CAN’T work more than 10 hours a day-please read more about what Au Pairs can and can’t do at Go Au Pair blog. If you have questions about the Au Pair program, please contact me or  Go Au Pair agency.

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The Au Pairs Program is do-it-yourself project.

For many young people who came by  J-1 Visa Exchange Visitors Program as the Au Pairs to the US, for a new experience to live with a host family.  From the time they start the Au Pair program, the responsibility of shaping a life  is on the Au Pair’s shoulders.

A right attitude is the key. The responsibility of building great relationships with your host family, working hard to provide the best childcare, making new friends, and living a fulfilled life falls on you.

Someone said, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.”  It means that your life today is the result of your efforts and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.Au Paiirs goaupair

Starting your life as an Au Pair, do it to the best of your ability and  with the best  possible attitude. It is up to you to build the life you want in the US,  therefore, make friends, be proactive, seek out social events, travel and visit new places and have a successful year in America.

It takes time to develop, grow and build the life you want. Apply your best effort in building a strong relationship with your family. Go above and beyond your childcare responsibilities, do more things with kids, – go to the parks, zoos, museums, sport games, libraries, teach  them a foreign language, introduce them to your culture,  and prepare  your home country’s dishes for the whole family.

 Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build you the second family you will  be welcome tomorrow.
life au pair

Read the story about an elderly carpenter and learn his lesson.

25 years the Au Pair program in America

In 1989, the Au Pair Program was officially enacted in the US. Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia Since then, the Au Pairs get a chance to learn about life in the U.S while helping families with childcare. Thousands Au Pairs  have gotten to participate in this wonderful cultural exchange opportunity. They got to explore the country, attend classes and immerse themselves in the English language. Learn more.  The program became very popular among Host Families.  About 14,000 foreigners coming to the US every year to work as Au Pairs. I like my aupair During the last 25 years, young people from around the world got the opportunity to work, study and travel in America. With the J1 visa,  Au Pairs get a chance to live with an American Host Family, speak English, be able to study in an American University and volunteere with friends. IMG_20131117_102357 (2)  Volunteering together with other Au Pairs and Americans who want to make a difference and help the community is a great cultural exchange experience.Au pair Go  Au pair in class

With 25 years of experience, Go Au Pair is one of the oldest and most experienced Au Pair programs. Beginning as a nanny company in 1987, Go Au Pair soon expanded to include Au Pairs and was one of the original Au Pair program sponsors designated by the Department of State in 1989.Co Au Pair

Au Pairs Buddy Day celebration

Au Pairs Buddy Day celebration can be a new cluster tradition. Au Pair friends

We have many traditions in our cluster that are passing from former Au Pairs to newcomers, and create a sense of unity and belonging to the cluster.

There are many great traditions already. One of them is welcoming a new Au Pairs on facebook, which is very important to a new Au Pair. We greeting a new Au Pair when she is still in her country and make her feel as a part of the cluster even before she comes to the USA.

Other ritual is interviewing a new Au Pair and posting about her on this blog.  That is a first meeting with a new Au Pair online and help her make more friends. Every Au Pair has a chance to answer a few questions.  This is Cosima’s project, and she calls it “Au Pair Mission.” Au Pair internatioanl

Another tradition is a buddy support. We started Au Pairs buddy program for new Au Pairs who joined the Philadelphia and  NJ Go Au Pair cluster a few months ago. We had a great experience since that. Many Au Pairs become great buddies and helped new Au Pairs a lot.

Au Pair friends
Here is the list of our lucky Au Pairs and their buddies
new Au Pair Rikie from S. Africa and her buddy Cosima from Germany
new Au Pair Jenny from Germany and her buddy Carmen from S. Africa
new Au Pair Nicole from Germany and buddy Cherry from S. Africa
new Au Pair Natalia from Colombia and her buddy Karla from El Salvador.
new Au Pair Nita from S. Africa and her buddy Cosima  from Germany
new Au Pair Ling from China and her buddy Hui from Chinathank you buddy

Traditions are an important way to create  a positive cluster culture. I think  that celebrating a Buddy Day will be a great new tradition and create pleasant memories.

Thank you for being great buddies, girls! 

The Au Pair year- learning and giving

Talking about the Philadelphia NJ cluster of Go Au Pair tradition, I would like to introduce another our cluster tradition volunteering. Volunteering is a favorite meeting for many Au Pairs. Volunteering, learning and giving became our cluster tradition.Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

Au Pair Ophelia said, “One of the best memory for my first Au Pair year is volunteering! Even though I just been here less than one year, I already volunteered four times.”

 Au Pairs volunteers

There are many ways to volunteer.  We had very many different experiences that helped the Au Pairs learn new skills and give back to the community. We volunteered  and helped the adoptive families at the Philadelphia Marathon  and helped the American Cancer Society. We also volunteered at the Flower Show, and Welcome Day Arts Festival in Newtown PA. Every event was unique and special.IMG_20131117_132533

Au Pair Monica said, “This was my first time as a volunteer, and I can say, without a doubt, that I would love to do it again because being a volunteer you can feel the real power of the good energy coming to you. See you guys in the next adventure….!! “

Read more about our cluster experience

Au Pairs volunteering at the Philadelphia Marathon

Au Pairs from Philadelphia found a way to help the community

Exploring the Philadelphia Flower Show with my Au Pair Friend.

As our new tradition, Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster are going to volunteer again. We created a committee and a special page Au Pairs volunteering in the USA on facebook. Please join us for Walk Now Autism Speaks.autism

Go Au Pair team are going to volunteer for Walk Now for Autism Speaks – fundraising at the Rice’s market, Bucks County on Saturday, September 20th, 2014. Come join us!

The Au Pair Program and the War in Ukraine.

Recently we hosted  Host Family Conference, which is one of the Au Pair Program requirements. There were many Au Pairs from different countries and many Americans families as well.  People around the table had fun and go to experience many cultures in one afternoon. Their participation showed tolerance and respect to different cultures and served as a positive example to the people around the world.Cultural exchange

I mentioned that because one of the Au Pairs in the meeting was from Ukraine. The war in Ukraine brought so many troubles for her family back in Donetsk, the center of the of fighting. People who were neighbours and shared the same value and culture  in the past, share misunderstanding  and disagreements today.ukraine

Looking in the Ukrainian Au Pair sad eyes, who was being very worried of her family’s well being and texting them constantly, I just valued more and more the benefits of the Au Pair program and cultural exchange. The meeting was a place to learn first hand for many Au Pairs about a war and peace and evaluate the difference.

According to R. Ruth, the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, “This (au pair) program is a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the culture and diversity that the United States has to offer.”The Au Pair Program offers an opportunity to learn about other culture and make friends all over the world.

I also hope there will be no war in the future because a new generation will better understand the people around the world and be tolerant to others.

Fundraising and fun

Do you think that it is possible to fundraise and have fun at the same time?

Yes, fundraising can be fun with  Go Au Pair team.  Au Pairs from the Bucks County and Philadelphia cluster had fun during a  fundraising event to support the Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

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We had  BBQ.Au Pairs Bucks County BBQ

And we played many games.  Here are a few fun games.Au Pairs Bucks County play games

Line of Coins – the coins lay side-by-side to find whose line is longer._DSC0433 (1)Games with Chopsticks- who will get more berries for 30 seconds_DSC0385

Jellybeans/small candies/ blueberries count- guests guess how many jellybeans are in a clear glass jarGo Au Pair Bucks County games

Coins Drop- drop coins into the water to get them into the glass.

Au Pairs Bucks County fundraisingFundraising can be both successful and fun, proved!

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