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.

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.

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.

Au Pair from Mexico volunteered in the USA for her first time.

Recently, Au Pairs from our Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster fundraised for Autism Speaks. There were a few teams, the Au Pair from Mexico Brenda worked hard on face painting and raising donations from thankful parents.

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Some Au Pairs asked why they should volunteer when there are so many things Au Pairs can do for fun in their free time. I asked Brenda, who volunteered in the USA for her first time, to answer the questions.Au Pairs face painting

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and some of your interests and hobbies? I’m Brenda Gonzalez and I am Au Pair from Mexico,  I consider myself a fighter because I don’t like just leave the things without try to do it first, or just quit.

I always try to do my best, I love to help people whenever it will be possible for me, I always try to see the positive side to the situations. I love to practice swimming, paint, and spend time with my family and friends. When I was in Mexico I was studying international trade but I interrupted to come here as an Au Pair.

2. Why did you join Go Au Pair team and volunteer at Rice’s market on 09.20.2014 ? – I joined in the team because it was for help and support the children with Autism, so it was good enough reason for me.

3. What did you like about the event. – I liked all the people who were interested in can help us with this sweet cause, I also liked all the new friends that I met there, I think we made an excellent teamwork.

4. Have you volunteered before? Where? How long? What did you do? – No, I never had been a volunteer before.

5. What attracts you to working for Autism Speaks? My Local Area Representative told us about the event and I decided to participate in it and make happy some people.

6. What are a few of your special skills that make you a good volunteer?- I had never done it before, so I just gave my best in the chore that I was in charge and always give people a big smile.

7. What do you think makes a person a good volunteer?- I think only depends on the desire you have to help people!faicepainting with au pair Andrea

Thank you, Brenda, for joining Go Au Pair team and volunteering with us. You are very good in face painting and made a lot of kids happy.Au Pair from Mexico face painting

Autism speaks- the puzzle pieces

The puzzle piece represents Autism and was designed to raise awareness about autism. autism1I think the puzzle also symbolizes our community, and the pieces symbolize the people who get together and piece by piece create the unity and support.autism and au pair
Many Au Pairs from Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ joined Go Au Pair Team and helped fundraise for Autism Speaks.  Together we can do a lot of good things.Au Pair volunteering at Bucks CountyAu Pairs from our Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster came from many countries and they are much more than just nannies. They are young, active, love children and want to change the future of the kids, this time the future of the kids who struggle with Autism.Au pair team in Bucks CountyThe team hosted three fundraising events for Autism Speaks in Philadelphia, Langhorne and New Hope and raised more than$700.Au Pairs team.Volunteering for Autism Speaks is a special opportunity to make a difference in kids life. That is also a life changing experience for the Au Pairs. Go Au Pair agency helps their Au Pairs have the best cultural exchange experience during the Au Pair program.autism-puzzleMany Au Pairs may become ambassadors when return back home. They spread their experience of volunteering and all together we may solve the Puzzle of Autism.

Looking forward to reading a new Au Pair Diary.

I would love to introduce a new writer on this blog, our new Au Pair from S. Africa, Tania De Lange. au pair from S. Africa Tania 2

Because Cosima interviewed  Tania recently I just want to add a little to her interview.  au pair from S. Africa Tania 4

Tania joined Go Au Pair, the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster just a few weeks ago. au pair from S. Africa Tania1 She already made very many friends. Her host mom emailed me telling that Tania became a wonderful addition to their family and she is wonderful with the kids.tania with her family

Tania is very open-minded, fun-loving, active and social. She studied a Graphic Design and she is a great photographer. What quality does a person also need to be a great blogger? Keep Calm and Blog On

We are looking forward to your diary. Good Luck!

Thank you for the opportunity to join your journey, Tania

Go Au Pair Team Project- helping kids with Autism

Fundraising for Autism Speaks is a special project that Au Pairs from Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ are working on now.  After the Go Au Pair Team is done fundraising they are going to participate in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks on November 2, 2014.

So far, 14 Au Pairs signed up to volunteer on September 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am at Rice’s Market.  Many host families donated items to support our team. All the money we raise during this event will help to change the future of the kids who struggle with Autism.

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We will wear lovely Go Au Pair T-shirts and divide into small international groups.Au Pairs from Go Au Pair 7

The first group of Au Pairs will sell the donated items and collect donations in the special jars.IMG_20140629_215409

The second group will  be occupied with face painting for kids.face paintings with Au Pair
The third group will teach kids to make origami.origami with Go Au Pair

The fourth group of Au Pairs will make ribbon Hershey kiss roses.

The last group will make fork painting crafts with the kids.art-projects-with-kitchen-tools

Please, join Go Au Pair Team and support our fundraising venture. more information visit the  Au Pairs volunteering in the USA  page on facebook .craft

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.

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