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.

Oksana, a new Au Pair from Ukraine

Oksana arrived in her hostamily in the Philadelphia area about 4 weeks ago. She’s 23 years old and our au pair Yoselin is her buddy, who already helped her a bit during her first weeks as an au pair.
Oksana, who grew up in the most beautiful part of Ukraine surronded by the Carpathian mountains,  graduated from University with a master degree in management. But besides her interests in managerical problems she’s interested in other cultures and languages and loves to work with people from different countries.

The main reason why I decided to become an au pair is that I truly love children. I love to see how differently children see the world, and I am happy to be presented with an opportunity to see their development and contribute to it.

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To develop my personality I always tried to do a lot of interesting things. Some of them are traveling, reasing, handcrafting, cookind & baking and learning foreign languages.

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Before my arrival in the States it was an eventful time for me. I graduated from University and the second child in my host family was born. The third thing – my godson started walking!

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Responsible, creative, open-mineded – three words to describe herself.

The only thing I can wish for, in this very tense situation in Ukraine, is peace for my country and its citizens.

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I like to spend my free time with my family and friends. Usually, we go hiking, have BBQ or simply watch our favorite movie together. But one of the most important ways to spend our free time is a volunteer job at the care center for kids with special needs.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. That is why we have to believe in ourselves, vreate our own lives and then live it!

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I am very good at making life brighter and more colorful by doing things that make other people happier.

I’m persuaded of being able to be a good au pair, because I’ve always loved children and I had a chance to gain experience with children in lots of different areas.

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The Au pair program is a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the culture and diversity the United States have to offer. It is an incredible chance to make a difference. To learn and to be able to teach, to experience and share the values.

During her previous trip to the Unites States, she had a great experience visiting New York City, Conneticut and Montana. And this time she believes  Pennsylvania will be the place where she can meet new friends and make some unforgettable memories.

 

Oksana, I welcome you again to our cluster! I’m looking forward to meet you soon! I hope you’ll have a great year in the US and that you can do and see as much as possible.

 

 

Cherry, one of our awesome South-African Au Pairs.

Cherry is in our cluster since January and she takes care of a little baby-boy in center city, Philadelphia. She’s a happy and funny person, always there for others and it makes so much fun to do something  with her.

I was born in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. I’m very friendly and very optimistic. I’m a huge water and animal lover. I worked in Sunnybank pre-school last year as an assistant Teacher and toured Australia with my family in June/July 2013. I love learning about new languages and cultures. I’d like to study drama, music and Psychology/Criminology.

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I want to be an au pair, because I’m young, I love children and the program is great for work and travel in another country and discover more about yourself.

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I love all the arts (music, dance and drama), reading, swimming, drawing, sports, and trying new things and I’m interested in Psychology.

Smiley, thoughtful…. fish-in-water - that’s how she describes herself.

Cherry would like to see Boston, NYC (again), Miami,Washington D.C., Montreal and Canada in general, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, LA and California in general – basically she’d like to visit as much places as possible.

In my free time I like to travel, do sports (especially swimming), spend time with my friends, watch series or to read a book. 

As an aupair, I expect to have a wonderful experience, full of traveling and new adventures and to have a great relationship with my host family and their beautiful son.

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I think you had a great time here so far and everyone can see that you love Taeghan and enjoy every minute with him! All the best for your remaining time in the US!

photo 3It has been a wonderful experience so far and everyone I’ve met and spent time with, has been awesome.  Thank 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

Our second new Au Pair: Nicole from Germany

In the last post I wrote about Jenny, our new Au Pair from Germany. Now I have the chance to introduce our second German Au Pair Nicole to you. She answered my interview questions and said a few things about herself. To get to know the new area and have a easy start, she has a buddy: Cherry from South Africa.

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I am 20 years old, turning 21 in July *yippie*. I came from Hamburg, which is a big city in the north of Germany. I finished my A-Levels last year and now it’s up to decide which way to go. I love languages. So I thought about doing something in that direction, but I am also very into psychology and criminology. I am happy when I have the possibility to get to know other people and different life stories. So I am hoping that this travel will be a life-changing experience and that it will be one of my best years. :) Looking forward to meet you!

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She characterizes herself as happy, fair, curious.

I want to be an Au Pair,  because I love kids, I always wanted to have siblings, so thats a way to get this experience. And I think it’s one of the best ways to learn the language and to get to know the country.

 My love in life is dancing. I like singing, reading and listening to music. Travelling is a huge part of my life. And I guess I could never live without pets.

One of the best things during the last month was that we flew with a little airplane to New Jersey. That was exciting!

If she had one wish it would be: to know what she wants.

First of all, I would like to see Miami. But I would like to see the west coast, too.

I think everything is meant to be. But you still can choose how you handle certain things and that can make a change.

Two things she considers to be very good at are dancing and keeping order.

During the time as an Au Pair in Philadelphia she hopes to learn more about herself and about the country, the people and the way of life.

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Nicole, given that it’s  the first time for you in the US as well, I can say – from my own experience – you will have a great year here and we are happy to welcome you in our cluster! And during time in the US you have the chance to travel and learn a lot – one of the things you enjoy to do!

Sharing my Au Pairs experience

Meet Mexican Au Pair Annie from NJ, the Go Au Pair cluster  and read her interview.

Annie  is a second year Au Pair, and she has been in the US almost two years. Annie has an experience working with three different families. She is a very kind, warm and thoughtful.  Annie has an delightful smile and tons of friends. She is the first person to ask if any Au Pair needs help.

Today Annie is sharing her experience with the Au pair program. 

What is your favorite thing about being an au pair?

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The best this is that I get to travel.

What has been your best experience living in the US thus far?

I have learned so much about theatre tech with the college classes and I also improve my English a lot.Au Pairs at Go Au Pair Chinese new year  party

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you?IMG_20131117_132610

I learned to pick and choose battles when it come to live with people who are not your family

Would you recommend the au pair program to others?

Yes and no. Yes cause you get to travel and meet new people from all over the world.

No because living with people who are not your family is really difficult so you need to have tons of patients.

We all will miss Annie, she is going home next month. Good Luck with your life journey!

Au Pair extension time is coming!

Ophelia’s Diary.

Everything in Philadelphia is great for me. I love being an Au Pair in America with Go Au Pair. I had such a wonderful year here.

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But now is the time for me to prepare to move to a new place as my one year contract with my current host family will end in July.

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It’s really easy to extend your Au Pair year with Go Au Pair. You can extend it for free, all you need to do is filling out and extension form, updating your profile letter and photos.

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My Au Pair experience helped me a lot for my extension. A lot families contacted me in a very short time. They valued my Au Pair experience in Philadelphia a lot. Eventually, I matched with a wonderful host family in Las Vegas.

Au Pair Ophelia Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a very special place for me. I had been there twice, there were a lot stories happened in Las Vegas. I will share all of them with you little by little. Also as I had been talked with more than ten host families totally, I would love to share my matching process with you too.

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( Come back read about Ophelia’s Las Vegas trip and matching process with her new host family soon! )

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary

Happy Easter 2014!

Ophelia’s Diary.

Even though I have been an Au Pair in Philadelphia almost 10 months, there are still a lot new things there waiting for me to explore. I just had my first Easter as an Au Pair!Au Pair Easter

Easter is a new holiday for my host child Theo as well. Theo and I had a good Friday together.Au Pair Easter

I prepared a little basket for him, he likes it a lot!Au Pair Easter

I attended an Easter party with Au Pair Adriana’s host family.Au Pair Easter

People performed the stories about Jesus there. After the performance, children started looking for the Easter eggs.

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The host prepared two thousands eggs totally!Au Pair Easter

This was such a big festival!Au Pair Easter

On Easter Sunday, we song in the choir of the Chinese Gospel Church. This was my first time to attend a choir. In China, only people who can sing really very well have the chance to sing in the choir.

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America is really a great place where people have enough freedom to enjoy their life best.Au Pair Easter

I love being an Au Pair in America!

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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.

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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!

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Au Pair’s trip to Washington DC

Ophelia’s Diary.

I took the Washington DC Educational Trip class  for the Au Pairs which included three classes and a tour. The final project for the class was designing your own Monument and then we had the tour to Washington DC with Cultural Hi-Ways. I just came back from a two days trip to Washington DC and look forward to sharing about the trip.

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I met a lot Au Pairs from different countries, which was so awesome!Au Pair from Go Au pair

There are so many great things to seen DC, two days just too short for us. All my Au Pair friends love DC so much, we don’t want to come back at all.

 

On Saturday afternoon, we visited the World War ⅡMemorial, the Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial.

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Also, we took a lot pictures at the Capitol Building and White House.aupairs

I always seeing these famous places in TV show.IMG_5268

I am so glad I could see them in person now.Au Pair from Go Au pair

My Au pairs friends and I were just so happy.

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As we already learnt the history about DC in our class, it helped us enjoy this tour a lot.Au Pair from Go Au pair
On Sunday, we visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Institution.Au Pairs from Go Au pair

I just can’t wait to share more details with you!

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