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.

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.

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.
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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

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