Andrea, our new Au Pair form Colombia

After my last post about Cherry, I will introduce Andrea to you today. She arrived in New Jersey, her new home, about 5 weeks ago. Another Colombian au pair, Ana Maria – who lives in the same area, is Andrea’s buddy and helps her during her time here in the US.

I love spending time with children and to learn from them every day. But of course, I hope to improve my English as well. In addition I hope to get a chance to share my culture and learn about a new one.

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I love dancing, listening to music and watching movies, traveling and learning about other cultures and ways of life, meeting new people, talking and sharing experiences, going out with friends or preparing meals with my family/friends.

She describes herself as a kind, funny and friendly person.

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If I had one wish, it would be to learn as many languages as possible.

New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Boston – those are just a few places she wants to see.

During my free time I love to do something with my friends or to read a good book.

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I hope beeing an au pair will be a great experience and I can learn a lot, enjoy every moment and share my memories with others.

Welcome again to our cluster, Andrea! I’m sure you will have a great time here, meet new friends and people and I hope you can see as many new places as possible!

And not to forget: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ;)

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Cherry, one of our awesome South-African Au Pairs.

Cherry is in our cluster since January and she takes care of a little baby-boy in center city, Philadelphia. She’s a happy and funny person, always there for others and it makes so much fun to do something  with her.

I was born in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. I’m very friendly and very optimistic. I’m a huge water and animal lover. I worked in Sunnybank pre-school last year as an assistant Teacher and toured Australia with my family in June/July 2013. I love learning about new languages and cultures. I’d like to study drama, music and Psychology/Criminology.

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I want to be an au pair, because I’m young, I love children and the program is great for work and travel in another country and discover more about yourself.

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I love all the arts (music, dance and drama), reading, swimming, drawing, sports, and trying new things and I’m interested in Psychology.

Smiley, thoughtful…. fish-in-water - that’s how she describes herself.

Cherry would like to see Boston, NYC (again), Miami,Washington D.C., Montreal and Canada in general, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, LA and California in general – basically she’d like to visit as much places as possible.

In my free time I like to travel, do sports (especially swimming), spend time with my friends, watch series or to read a book. 

As an aupair, I expect to have a wonderful experience, full of traveling and new adventures and to have a great relationship with my host family and their beautiful son.

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I think you had a great time here so far and everyone can see that you love Taeghan and enjoy every minute with him! All the best for your remaining time in the US!

photo 3It has been a wonderful experience so far and everyone I’ve met and spent time with, has been awesome.  Thank you!

Join Go Au Pair Team and support fundraising.

Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster are planning a fundraising event to change the future of the kids who struggle with Autism.  Please join Go Au Pair Team on September 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am at Rice’s Market and support fundraising for Walk Now Autism Speaks!

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Take the first step and donate some items. You will not only raise funds and help kids with Autism, but you will become a part of a fun team of the young, global, active volunteers.

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Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster are not new to volunteering. Our current project is to raise money for Walk Now for Autism Speaks and walk together on November 2, 2014.

We had a few fundraising events and raised some funds already. The first fundraising event was  an Au Pair International Pot-Luck Dinner in June, 2014.

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On August 3, 2014 Au Pairs volunteered in Bucks County- that was a fun fundraising event.  The team hosted a barbecue party in Core Creek Park, Langhorne, PA as a support of  Autism Speaks  Philadelphia.

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Whether this is your first walk or not,  take your very first step – join  Au Pairs volunteering in the USA  page on facebook  for more information and join us on “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” in Philadelphia on November 2, 2014.

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!

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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

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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.
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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.

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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! 

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