10 things to know about the Au Pair program to start

Dear future host family and readers!

Welcome to learn about  the Au Pair Program and the Philadelphia and NJ area Go Au Pair’s cluster! Last year, many new families joined the cluster.

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The Au Pair from Philadelphia, Phila Sozombile was chosen as a nominee for Go Au Pair 2013 Au Pair in Excellence Award.aupair excellence

This year, Go Au Pair agency recognized 45 Au Pairs who went above and beyond their job as Au Pairs. Read a press release Au Pairs in Excellence Nomination- Au Pairs stand out. Six families from twenty cluster’s host families nominated their Au Pairs for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award for their excellent work as an Au Pair!  Read Go Au Pair blog about Go Au Pair’s Au Pair in Excellence Winners.

You can find helpful information regarding the Au Pair program in America at j1visa.state.gov website about  J-1 Visa Exchange Visitors Program.Au Pairs

Here is also blog summary of the information links regarding the Au Pair program in America 10 things to know about the Au Pair program to start.

Program Rules

Host Families Requirements for an Au Pair Program

Au Pair Program Cost

Go Au Pair offers many discounts

Save money with Featured Country Au Pairs!

The interview questions

Host Families House Rules.

Different Au Pair programs

Most popular countries Au Pairs come from.

Male Au Pairs or mannies

The Introductory Workshop -Au Pairs First Aid/CPR Co Au Pair

Springtime is a Popular Time to Match!

Japanese festival with Au Pair friends

Ophelia’s Diary.

My host family lives very close to the Cherry Blossom festival location. I rode my bike early and spent a great time before an Au Pair meeting. Sakura SundayAround 12:00 pm my Local Area Representative Polina and some Au Pairs from Philadelphia , Bucks County and NJ came to the Sakura Sunday event. We were so glad to see each other. Au Pair friends

When we Au Pairs get together we always have so much to say that we can’t get it all out. I am just so happy to meet my dear Au Pair friends and Polina.Sakura Sunday

We took cute pictures together with cosplay girls.Au Pairs Philadelphia

After a quick lunch, we went to see Prettiest Pet in Pink Parade. There were a lot homeless dogs there were waiting for being adopted, I hope this festival can help them find a home soon.

Sakura Sunday

Then we enjoyed cosplay girls and guy sang Japanese songs. It’s full of power in their voices. After the singing, we enjoyed a great Cosplay Fashion Show. Au Pair friends

It was my first time seeing a show like this.

Summer Blackhurst, the Go Au Pair blog’s author, in her post Childcare and Cultural Exchange talks about cultural exchange and cultural immersion that broaden kids horizons and teaches about another culture lives.Au Pairs Bucks County, NJ, Philly  

The Au Pair program brings the cultural exchange to all Au Pairs and Host Families. I really like Japanese festival at Fairmount park. So far, I attended all the Au Pair activities and I like all of them!

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary

 

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

Ophelia’s Diary.

I haven’t seen my dear Au Pair friends for a while, It was so great meeting a lot Au Pairs from Go Au Pair during a fabulous Japanese blossom festival.

 Au Pair Ophelia Sakura sunday

As my home is very close to the festival place, I biked there early before other Au Pairs came.Sakura Sunday

I went to the Calligraphy & Crafts section learnt writing Japanese characters. Here is Theo’s name both in Japanese and Chinese.Theo name in Japanese

The left one is in Japanese, the right one is in Chinese. I had my Chinese name at the right side.Then I learnt playing Japanese chess GO.Sakura Sunday

 

After that I enjoyed a Martial Arts. I only saw this on TV before, so glad I can see it in person today.Sakura Sunday Au Pairs

After the Martial Arts, I saw a music show at the main states.

Even though China is not very far from Japan, when I was in China I didn’t really get a chance to know a lot Japanese culture.music Sakura Sunday Au Pairs

Later my Local Area Representative Polina and some of my Au Pair friends came, we explored even more fun things together. I just can’t wait to share all of them with you!

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary

Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship.

The Au Pair program and Au Pairs meetings help learn about other cultures. We celebrated  Chinese New Year, Brazilian festival, learned about African culture and Modern Soul Food  at  African American Museum in Philadelphia, and participated in many other Au Pairs cultural events. 100_1326

Au Pairs from Philadelphia cluster came from many different countries. During the Au Pair meeting,  they can meet  Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au PairEcuadorian Au Pair,  South African Au PairsMexican Au PairUkrainian Au Pair, German Au Pairs and Au Pairs from many other countries.aupairs cherry blossom event

This year I planned to spend Sakura Sunday with host families and Au Pairs together and learn about Japanese culture. Read  Cherry Trees For International Friendship story. “It was in this spirit that the Japanese Government gave 1,600 flowering trees including cherry trees to Philadelphia in 1926 in honor of the 150th anniversary of American Independence.  In 1998, The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia continued this legacy and began a ten-year, 1,000 tree planting campaign, which was completed in 2007. “

As the national flower of Japan, cherry blossoms are sometimes given to other people as a symbol of friendship.event  Sakura Sunday

Please join us on April 13, 2014, at 12.00 pm,  for a Family Day Conference, Sakura Sunday, at Fairmount Park

Friendship Au Pair

The Family Day Conference for Go Au Pair’s Host Families is a Go Au Pair’s cluster annual cultural event.  The Family Day event is an opportunity for the host families and Au Pairs from around the world  to learn about other cultures. It is a great occasion to learn about the Au Pair program.  It is an opportunity to take in the breath-taking beauty of the blossoms and spend a beautiful day in the park.s.

flower of Japan, cherry blossoms

It is a chance to  meet new people, mix, mingle and forge new friendship There are a lot of cherry blossoms to give to others as a symbol of friendship.

Meet the Au Pair from Ukraine Aleksandra

Aleksandra joined the Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and NJ area after spending a few months in the Chicago area. Now she lives in NJ with her lovely host family and 5-year-old boy.
Aleksandra is 19 years old, and she is from Donetsk, Ukraine.  Her short name is Sasha. Sasha finished a vocational College and became a Cook/Baker. Sasha worked one summer in the children camp in Ukraine and cooked for kids.1958081_512809772169488_1856743925_n
Meet the Ukrainian Au Pair Aleksandra- three adjectives that describe Sasha are cheerful, purposeful and friendly.
Au Pair from Ukraine
Hi, My name is Alexandra, I want to be an Au Pair because I love children, I like to help them develop and learn new things.  I love an active way of life, I enjoy riding a bike and roller skating. I am interested in music, cinema and photography.Au Pair Ukraine
My greatest wish is to see the whole world, study the culture of the people, and learn various ancient architecture.
Au Pair Go Au Pair
What was the best event/happening during last month?
The best thing that happened to me last month was that I saw New York city. This was the first time I was visiting New York. It was unforgettable.
Au Pairs Go Au Pair volunteering
What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
My favorite place to go is the park when the weather is nice. If it’s a rainy weather, I prefer to sit with a cup of hot tea.

Au Pairs Are Going to Visit Japan Without Leaving Philadelphia

If you visit the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia in April, you will find a small piece of Japan in Philly. Au Pair’s cultural event  in April 2014, is a Sakura Sunday at Fairmount Park.

Au Pairs event -Sakura SundaySakura Sunday is part of Cherry Blossom Festival. Au Pairs can experience this charming festival of Japanese music, art, food, and culture without leaving Philadelphia.Au Pairs event,  Sakura Sunday

We are going to celebrate the return of  Spring and beautiful blossom of cherry trees with live musical and dance performances, crafts such as origami and calligraphy and other entertainments and taste amazing food.
Au Pairs event  Sakura Sunday

Also, Sakura Sunday held at Fairmount Park’s Horticulture Center, which is home to hundreds of blooming cherry trees  and a few trees  date back to 1926! It is so beautiful place to be.cherry blossom-festival-philadelphia

There are so many interesting events such as

Please join us on April 13, 2014, at 12.00 pm,  for a Family Day Conference, Sakura Sunday, at  Fairmount Park.  If you want to learn about the Au Pair program  and meet the Au Pairs from around the world and host families, you should be there. 

 

 

Au Pairs volunteering in Newtown, Bucks County.

National Volunteer Week is coming up – April 6 to 12 – and we are going to celebrate it… by volunteering again.

Yes, we are going to volunteer once again. The Au Pairs love to volunteer very much and asked me to volunteer again. Since not everyone had this opportunity, I added an additional meeting and we will volunteer on May 4, 2014, at Welcome Day Arts Festival, in Newtown PA.IMG_20131117_102357 (2)

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things and I would like to recognize outstanding Au Pairs volunteers in your cluster

Annie Santelices, an Au Pair from Mexico.
Monica Hinestroza, Joana Munarand, and Elena Bautista- Au Pairs from Colombia
Adriana Zhang, Hui Han, Jacqueline Ji, Ophelia He, and  Diana Zhu, the Au Pairs from China
Karla Hernandez, an Au Pair from El Salvador
Cherry Grace Arthur, an Au Pair from South AfricaGo Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

These Au Pairs volunteered at the Philadelphia Marathon for  the American Cancer Society and the Philadelphia Flower Show . Au Pairs had a lot of fun working as the Go Au Pair team. It was a rich cultural exchange experience for Au Pairs and they helped a community.Volunteer AuPair Philadelphia

“Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.”- Mahatma Gandhi

Many Au Pairs are very enthusiastic and motivated to serve others. The first step is around the corner. Join other volunteers at the art festival, use your time, talent, skills and voice to create community change.  Become a volunteer!

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