Walk with us to help kids who struggle with Autism!

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S. Every 11 minutes, another child in the United States will be diagnosed with Autism. 360_autism_infertility_0518

Please join Go Au Pair team for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks on November 2, 2014 at the Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148 at 10:00 am. Host families, friends and Au Pairs from other agencies are welcome to walk  to change the future for all who struggle with Autism. walk for autism

Au Pairs from our Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster come from as many as 11 countries and we are much more than just nannies. While we love children and chose to come to US as a childcare provider, many of us also love to help others and to volunteer. Every year the cluster chooses a project to support, this year our team wanted to change the future of the kids who struggle with Autism.Au Pair volunteering at Bucks County 484

We are very excited that Go Au Pair Team raised over $700 for the Autism Speaks Foundation in Bucks County. This money will help fund important scientific research, local family services and  much more.autism and au pair

Our team truly feels like we’ve made a difference by going over our fundraising goal. We need more volunteers to join us for our walk! Please  become a part of a fun and supportive Team. We are looking forward to meeting you at the Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148 on November 2, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Please register for the walk with Go Au Pair team now!

Au Pair cultural exchange program.

The Au Pair program is a cultural  exchange program. Go Au Pair does everything to help their Au Pairs get a rich cultural exchange experience.  There is a local support from Local Area Representatives who hold cultural meetings and special programs for Au Pairs from Go Au Pair “Bed and Breakfast” or “Au Pair Sis” programs.

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The Au Pair program helps Au pairs learn about American culture. For young people considering to visit the US, Au Pair is an exciting and rewarding cultural exchange experience. They make international friends and their host family often becomes their second family abroad.Au Pair friends

The Au Pairs attend Au Pairs meetings  and meet other Au Pairs. Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from many countries, Au pairs  learn from a huge cultural diversity around them. Right now there are Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au PairsEcuadorian Au PairsPanamanian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pairs, Cameroonian Au PairAu Pairs Bucks County, NJ, Philly

All Au Pairs attend American schools and meet students around the worlds and polish their English.Au pair Go  Au pair in class

They explore the country and  learn American culture firsthand.  Au Paiirs goaupair

American culture is a mix of  traditions from around the world since it is a country of immigrants.go-au-pair-at-the-picnic

The United States is a great place for cultural exchange because there are a lot of opportunities to learn about other ways of life.

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First of all, I’d like to thank Polina for hosting a wonderful Halloween party for the au pairs where we had great food, fun games and also got the chance to make new friends.

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During our party, Polina organized some Halloween games which was a lot of fun. We played the Candy Corn Relay Race, Apple Peeling,  Apple Seed Testing and we got a glimpse  into our future with some candles, here were the results:

Violet: You’ll be blessed spiritually and overcome something difficult in your future.

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Green: You’ll have balance and harmony in your future, and you’ll also become sexy ;)

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Pink: You’ll have passion, love and nurturing in your future.

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The winner of the costume competition was Cosima, our real red riding hood! Congrats Cosima! :)

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After the competition we changed and headed out to the Active Acres Farm where we first went through the Haunted House, which was done extremely good – if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to see to your name on a grave in the graveyard behind the house ;)

After doing the Haunted House, we did the Sleepy Hollow Hayride. Personally it was a bit disappointing (and freezing) but we still had a lot of fun! One thing to definitely look forward to is The Headless Horseman.

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Everyone that participated, thank you! I’m looking forward to our next cluster meeting, which will be on the second of November for the Autism Walk in Philadelphia :)

Stay tuned!

Welcome, Anelia, another au pair from South Africa.

Anelia Pretorius (22) is another au pair from South Africa that  joined our cluster. She lives in Flemington, New Jersey.

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“I’ve always wanted to see the USA and thought that being an au pair will give me that opportunity to explore America and experience different situations and mature more as a person. Learn to be more independent.”

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Anelia’s hobbies include traveling and exploring new things, she also likes kayaking, swimming, horseback riding, tubing and other outdoor activities.

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Anelia would describe herself as loyal, friendly and independent. She is also good at dancing, and finding new things to do. Her wish would be to always achieve whatever comes her way.
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Welcome Anelia! We’re all looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you better :)

10 things to know about the Au Pair program for a new family

Being prepared to the Au Pairs program is the best way for a new family to start the program successfully.Welcome to go au pair

To begin, I suggest starting with reading the basic What is Au Pair Child Care?

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Here is a digest of the 10 posts  that will help new host families learn more about the program.

The Au Pair program rules

What is an Au Pair’s role in the family?

Host family handbook for an aupair

Preparing for a new Au Pair
An Au Pair’s room in the host family home

How to welcome your new Au Pair.

An Au Pair and the educational requirements.

The first weeks with your Au Pair

Host Parents and Au Pair communication

What Au Pairs can and can’t doimportant

To read more how to be a successful host family, check out the blog of Au Pair Expert for Go Au Pair Summer Blackhurst.  Summer  has interviewed more than one hundred families and Au Pairs to find out what are important things to know about the Au Pair program.

Welcome to  email  me with your questions.

Luisa, another Colombian au pair

Luisa (23) is our new au pair from Columbia that will be replacing Sandra in Ambler, PA. Claudia from El Salvador will be Luisa’s buddy.

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Luisa wanted to be an au pair because she loves children and wanted to know more about American lifestyles and cultures.

Her hobbies include being outdoors, listening to music, watching movies, sports and visiting new places.

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I would describe myself as happy, sincere and respectful. My wish would be to be young forever.

Luisa would like to visit Disney Land, Grand Canyon, California and the Niagara Falls.

Welcome Luisa :)

Lorena, a new Colombian au pair

Lorena (26) is also one of our new Colombian au pairs and she will be living in Chalfont, Philadelphia.

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Lorena decided to become an au pair because she loves to work and spend time with kids while teaching and sharing beautiful moments with them. She also wants to improve her English and learn about the American culture.
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Lorena’s hobbies include watching movies, walking and playing board games. She would describe herself as responsible, patient and someone with a positive attitude.
Thus far the favorite part about being an au pair for Lorena has been the part of living with a new family, while learning more about the American ways of living and also that she has the chance to learn more about herself. Lorena’s most valuable lesson here in America owuld be that communication is always key – and I’m sure every au pair would agree with you :)
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Welcome Lorena! We are all looking forward to getting to know you better and spending more time with you.

Welcome Gina!

Gina (23) is our new au pair from Colombia will be replacing Jacqueline and she will be living in New Hope. Nita is Gina’s buddy – good luck holding out with a crazy (but awesome) South African Au Pair, Gina ;)
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What Gina wanted in her life was to be able to learn and enjoy new cultures and to become an au pair would provide her with that, also to improve her English. Gina’s hobbies include traveling, watching movies, listening to music and reading.
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The best adjectives to describe Gina would be, tolerance, happiness and being funny. She likes to help people and considers herself to be a good friend. We also asked her if she had one wish what would it be and she answered: “To be able to teleport” – I feel you Gina, I think all of us would love to do that!
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Gina lived in the Maryland for 3 months, where she got to see some places in the US like Washington DC, Arlington and Baltimore. She would like to visit Vegas, Chicago and Orlando.
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Our cluster had the privilege to meet Gina and spend time with her and her host family and it was great! We are looking forward to getting to know you better Gina! :)

Our new Au Pair Joyce, He Liu, from China

Joyce or He Liu, our new Au pair is 20 years old and from China. Joyce grew up in a city called Yongcheng which means Forever Beautiful city.  She arrived in Philadelphia about one month ago and her buddy is Oksana, Au Pair  from Ukraine.

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The main reason why Joyce decided to become an au pair is that she truly loves children and she want to experience America culture while making progress on her overall English. She also wants to make friends from all over the world.
In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and friends whether they are in Philly or in NY. She also likes to listen to music, sing songs, watch TV and play tennis.

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“Tennis is my favorite sport, it makes me relax and exercise my body” – She also loves to travel and see and learn new things.

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“I think au pair life will be very fascinating in the future. Everything is going to be okay, au pair life is an opportunity. I believe I can be a good au pair.”

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We are very happy to have met you Joyce and we certainly agree that you will be a great au pair!

Welcome to our cluster :)

All of the Au Pairs are invited!

The Au Pair program provides the Au Pairs with various cultural exchange opportunities. They can immerse in American life, explore the country, attend classes in an American college, volunteer, and even play soccer with an American team. Many Au Pairs played in the Philadelphia Flames Soccer Club womens team in past years.Au Pairs Philadelphia

Recently, Thomas Maegerle, the Coach of Philadelphia Flames SC, invited all  of the Au Pairs from Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ to join the Philadelphia Flames Soccer Club womens team.

The Flames SC  team is a womens amateur program, and have no age limits.  The team plays year-round, with outdoor leagues in Fall, Spring and Summer, and indoor in Winter.  In the Fall and Spring, the team plays in the United Soccer League, which is the most competitive league in the region.  Matches are on Sunday afternoons at either 12noon or 2:30pm, and our schedule presently runs into December, and then March to May.  Home field is in Riverside, NJ.  Schedule and information can be found on Flames SC  website.Au Pairs playing soccer

The team will have numerous indoor leagues in the Winter, with venues in King of Prussia PA, Mount Laurel NJ, and Philadelphia PA.  The team may also play in an indoor league in Pitman NJ.  During the Summer, the Flames SC women’s team has an 8v8 league on Wednesday nights, and a league that plays Sunday 6pm matches.

The Au Pair program is full of cultural exchange opportunities and fun with friends. Many Au Pairs will enjoy playing with the Philadelphia Flames SC women’s team.

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