Connect with Au Pair Sis.

The Au Pair Sis is looking forward to organizing fun activities to do together with her. If you are still not connected with Janine Au Pair Sis, just send her a request on facebook.

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Au Pair Sis  is doing many interesting activities. She has her personal very informative Au Pair Sis blog on the Go Au Pair website. The Au Pairs can Join the Book Club and participate at Book of the Month Event on Facebook.

The Au Pair Sis is also a former personal trainer and helps Au Pairs to explore the world of fitness. Au Pairs can exercise alone, with friends, or kids. The Au Pair Sis often posts new challenges on Fitness for Au Pairs and Fitness for Kids.  If Au Pairs want to try new challenges from China or Ecuador, they can check Foreign Fitness.

There are so many international Games and Crafts  that Au Pairs Sis updates on her blog and Au Pairs can also can learn new games, crafts, and new recipes from Pinterest.

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Au Pairs can learn about Au Pair Experiences from watching  videos. Host families and Au Pairs like to watch movies about Cultural Differences.

My personal favorite is learning to cook international dishes. There are so very many recipes that Au Pairs from Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Perú, China, Mexico, Germany, Filipines, and Poland shared with the Au Pair community at Go Au Pair Cookbook.Colombian Au Pair recipe

The Au Pair Sis also recorded many educational movies,  please check out her tutorials.

Make a new friend with Au Pair Sister on Facebook.  You can have fun together with the Au Pair Sis and her hundreds of Au Pairs friends.

Join us for a Family Day Conference.

This year we are going to Grounds for Sculpture  for a Family Day Conference on October 13, 2013. 

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A portion one sculpture (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grounds for Sculpture is located at 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619. We explore this park every year and it became a favorite place for my Au Pairs and Host Families to visit.  Attending the Family Day Conference is valuable and  fun experience. Host Families and Au Pairs leave the event with unforgettable memories.

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When Host Families,  Au Pairs and a Local Area Representative from Go Au Pair agency meet for a Family Day Conference they have an opportunity to meet other Host Families and Au Pairs in the area, share their experiences and get to know the Local Area Representative better. The Family Day Conference gives parents and children the chance to meet and interact with Au Pairs from other countries - there are Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au PairsEcuadorian Au PairsPanamanian Au PairsSouth African Au Pairs, Cameroonian Au Pairs in my cluster.

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It is fun and enjoyable experience and chance to meet new friends. I like  the Family Day Conference  because the social atmosphere is very relaxed and everybody is so open and fun to be with. In addition, it is an opportunity to gain cultural and social experiences and make new friends from different cultures.
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The Family Day Conference is required by the Department of State and Host Families are obligated to attend at least one while hosting an Au Pair. It is also a favorite activity:  Au Pairs, host families and the  kids have lots of fun while making lasting friendships and unforgettable memories.
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 The prospective Host Families are welcome to join. Au Pairs from Go Au Pair and their friends, Au Pairs from other agencies are welcome too!  Please check  other our activities. I hope you are able to join us.
 
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Au Pair childcare -amazing experience!

Recently several host families from the Philadelphia and NJ cluster welcomed new Au Pairs. The families said that they had a unique and amazing experience with their former Au Pairs. Host families said that their Au Pairs went above and beyond basic childcare, they participated in the host family lives and activities of the children, became a big sisters/brothers to their kids and a part of their families.  The Au Pairs already planned to visit their host family.

Au Pair childcare provides the family with flexible live-in childcare -snow days or sick days are no longer a problem. Host families feel secure with their Au Pairs.

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The Au Pair acts as an older sibling and host children imitate her/his behavior. They are able to stimulate an active play, like going out and running with the kids and doing creative stuff. Kids love to spend time with their Au Pair.Au Pair run

Au pairs are young, energetic individuals who love what they do and genuinely want to succeed. Go Au Pair has many outstanding Au Pairs. This year several Au Pairs from the Philadelphia and NJ cluster were nominated by their host families for Au Pair of the 2013 Year Award .  The Au Pair Phila  from South Africa was recognized as Go Au Pair 2012 Au Pair in Excellence winner.

Read more about the amazing experience this family is having with an Au Pair Phila.

Go Au Pair agency provides top quality service and has many positive reviews.

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Go Au Pair is the #1 Best rated Au Pair Agency for 2013.

This week Au Pair Clearinghouse announced that Go Au Pair is the #1 Best rated Au Pair Agency for 2013 year again.

A consumer information website for Host Families, AuPairClearingHouse com, rates, reviews and compares au pair agencies in the United States by conducting host family satisfaction surveys and ratings. A recent survey conducted by the Au Pair Clearinghouse showed  Go Au Pair came out on top this year as the best Au Pair agency!

Go Au Pair #1Go Au Pair having above average ratings in many areas. The agency has many happy host families,  please read many reviews on citysearch.com

“I would recommend this service, and specifically Go Au Pair to anyone, and would share with you that based on my detailed research, the Go Au Pair program is approximately 1/3 the cost of nanny’s and/or daycare. Further, the real benefits of having someone live in your house, and be involved in what I would call the “small times or spaces” is invaluable. This has allowed me to maintain the best possible relationship with my young children, while they receive advanced training from young people who often have learned more than I have about childhood development methods.

Not to mention the benefits of cross-cultural education which is invaluable.”

Go Au Pair  provides exceptional customer service.  Go Au Pair team has a passion for their work, the team goes the ‘extra mile’ to prevent many issues.  Go Au Pair likes to have a feedback and listen about customer needs.

Go Au Pair provides support to Host Families from the time of the initial inquiry consistently throughout the year. Go Au Pair team wants to be sure that clients get a timely and informed response to their needs, and has the solid relationship with host families and Au Pairs.

Go Au Pair’s Au Pairs have been named  “Best in the World” by IAPA (International Au Pair Association). We have many happy Au Pairs. Recently Go Au Pair starts an inclusive Go Au Pair program to connect and support Au Pairs - Go Au Pair Sis.

Also, Go Au Pair offers some exclusive resources:

Au Pair Preview
Choose Your Au Pair’s Arrival Dates
Choose Your Own Customizable Au Pair Payment Plan
Read more here

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South Korea– July 2013 Go Au Pair Featured Country

Every month Go Au Pair offers Host Families a $100 discount for matching with an Au Pair from the featured country of the month.  Families who match with an Au Pair from South Korea in July get a $100 off the program fees. Take advantage of this discount and find your new Au Pair from South Korea today!

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Fast Facts
Continent: Asia
Area: 100,210 km2
Capital: Seoul
Population: 50,004,441
Currency: South Korean won
Official Languages: Korean
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Today, South Korea dominates many contemporary fields like Information Technology, Space Programs, Automobiles and Robotics, which makes it a leading name in the global scale. It consists of seventeen administrative divisions and has a very high standard of living. It is the fourth largest economy in Asia and the fifteenth largest in the world. It is one of the fastest developing economies. South Korea’s economy depends largely on the country’s exports. S. Korea Au Pair

Five interesting facts about South Korea:

  1. Taekwondo is South Korea’s national sport.
  2. Tipping is not required in Korea.
  3. Stores, shops and services are open considerably later than in North America.
  4. Drinking in Public is one-hundred percent legal.
  5. Korean street art is great.

Seoul is a city of apartments  many people live in high-rise, high-tech apartments. Some families have robots to do the housework,  the heating can be controlled by a call on the mobile phone. Of course, to pay for all this,  South Koreans work hard.

dancing-apartment-south-koreaIn honor of our featured country, families who match with an Au Pair from South Korea in July get a $100 off the program fees. 

An Au Pair and special needs children.

Many Au Pairs have some experience working with children with special needs.  Some Au Pairs are interested in working with special needs children and learning about special needs. They may want the experience for a future career and education.

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Go Au Pair agency has many available Au Pairs who are willing to work with special needs children.  The family can learn about an Au Pair previous experience of working with children with special needs during the matching process.

For example, an experienced with special needs children nanny and a teacher, an Au Pair from Mexico, Monica.

Monica is a 24 year old, a college graduate, and an infant qualified nanny. Monica has a lot of experience with kids all ages,  she worked in daycare, as a teacher, and as a nanny. She has worked as a nanny with a kid that was handicap, and with children with down syndrome.

Monica loves kids, she said, “I really enjoy the time with the kids and I like being a role model for them. I studied psychology and I have been working with kids since I was 15. I always knew since I was little that I wanted to work with kids.”

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Go Au Pair had  a positive experience with the Au Pairs who were working with special needs children in the past. The agency had many Au Pairs who were doing a great job and went above and beyond what many nannies would do for children with special needs.

Read what the Rush family said about their experience: “[The Au Pair Mariela] quickly learned how to care for her expertly. She was so gentle the first time she taped the oxygen tubing to Serena’s face that I nearly cried. Mariela willingly participated in additional training in CPR and met with Serena’s Physical and Occupational Therapists each week to learn how to work with Serena. Each day she responsibly worked on the exercises the therapists assigned. Serena’s excellent progress (she was able to eat normally and began to gain weight) was possible only because of Mariela’s loving and diligent care.”Mariela-and-Baby

The IAPA Au Pair of the Year was awarded to one of Go Au Pair’s outstanding au pairs–Mariela Poveda.  She cared for a special needs girl and did a great job. Please, watch the movie.

The Best Au Pair Ever.

The best Au Pair ever – that is how one of the host families from the Philadelphia and NJ cluster who have had seven Au Pairs before,  titled their nomination. “Throughout the past 8 years, I has met many au pairs in this program, so many of whom were wonderful young women.  But I can say, without a doubt, that our Phila stands out as the best of the best,” the host mom wrote.
Go Au Pair agency supported the family opinion and nominated the Au Pair Phila Sozombile  Go Au Pair 2012 Au Pair in Excellence Award.
Several Au Pairs from the Philadelphia NJ cluster were nominated by their host families for Au Pair of the Year Award this year.  I am excited that the Au Pair Phila was recognized as Go Au Pair 2012 Au Pair in Excellence winner. Congratulations, Phila!
Phila’s Host Family wrote an amazing nomination essay that outlined the tremendous impact she has on their family, the hard work and dedication she provides daily and the wonderful connection she has formed with the kids:Au Pair Phila with her host child
“I know that the day that we matched with Phila was probably one of the luckiest things ever to happen to our family because of the light and love she has brought into our home and for the positive influence she has been on the life and character of my daughters.”
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I really feel that many Au Pairs from my cluster are the outstanding Au Pairs and deserved the prizes also. They are providing not only a childcare but also are giving the kids their love and friendship, and being a role model for them.
Being a Local Area Representative  for Go Au Pair for almost 4 years, I saw many happy families that continue with this program year after year and have unforgettable experiences. I see many families bond with their Au Pairs – after many years they stay in touch, visit each others and develop long-term friendships through this amazing Au Pair program.

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Au Pairs Holiday Bonuses and Schedules.

The Holiday Season brings up many questions for host parents with scheduling and presents.

Host families may have more questions than families who have hired a nanny since an Au Pair should also be included as a family member in all of host family celebrations.

Holiday time is something that all Au Pairs are looking forward to. It is a unique experience for them and they are usually exited to spend Holiday time with their host families and new friends.happy Holidays go au pair

It is important to set expectations early and communicate with the Au Pair.  Don’t forget that the Au Pair has full weekend off each month, 4 Holidays and two weeks’ paid vacation during her Au Pair year. The Au Pair may want to use some times off during the Holiday Season. Ask the Au Pair what the arrangement she wants to make on her holiday time. Your Au Pair should be free on December 15th, 2012, the day when we are going to have a huge Christmas party.

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Also for the holidays you may want to offer a gift, a greeting card, and a family Christmas photo. A few other great ideas for the Au Pair are time off with pay, Gift Cards and a gym membership.

My suggestion would be to let your Au Pair’s holiday schedule and bonus reflect the unique needs and nature of your family.

Holiday Time together with the Au Pair may be one of the best and most memorable experiences you ever have!

My new friend Au Pair Sis.

How many friends do you have on Facebook? 50, 100 or 1000? Many of them you might have never even met. How many Au Pair friends do you have there ?

And how many sisters do you have?  I have  the only brother, but always dreamed about having a sister. The  Sis with whom I can share my thoughts and have a good time together.

Now, thank to Go Au Pair, I have Aupairsis, my new friend on Facebook. The Sis I can learn from,  ask the question, share my photos and have fun together.

My new Sis will help me and give advice if I need one. I can also participate in many interesting activities and have fun with other Au Pairs- my Sis’ friends.  She will coordinate book clubs and fitness challenges, help with craft and game ideas. I love cooking and my new Sis will  post recipes from around the words. Aupairsis can answer all my questions and I can even ask  her privately.

How many real good friends do you have? It is usually easy to count; in general a person has between 18 and 30 friends.

Do you know how many friends has an average user on Facebook? An average user has about 200 or more friends. It is almost impossible to have so many friends in real life, right?

But it is possible to make a new friend, the Au Pair Sister on Facebook. I did! It was very easy, the Aupairsis accepted my request right away and now we are friends on Facebook .

You can have the Sis too :-) She is a big help. You cam learn a lot from her and have fun together with her and her hundreds friends.

Kids friendly food

I am pleased to host a guest blogger and a personal chef from NJ, Debbie of Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals. Debbie is working to incorporate recipes that help host families and Au Pairs  in teaching us how to create kids friendly and healthy food.

Today Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals is sharing the recipe of Tacos with steamed butternut squash

Tacos with butternut squash

  • 1-2 tbs Olive oil
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (need 1-1 ½ cups)
  • 1 cup frozen cubed Butternut squash
  • 1pkg of Taco seasoning mix
  • Taco shells (18 shells)
  •  1 pkg of Shredded cheddar

Directions.

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