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.
22 Aug 2014 2 Comments
08 Jun 2014 Leave a comment
in Au Pair, Au Pair Diary, Au Pair mission, Au Pair Philadelphia Tags: an au pair in America:, Au Pair, au pair experience, au pairs from Go Au Pair, Childcare, Go Au Pair Philadelphia, live in childcare, new au pair
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.
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!
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.
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!
22 May 2014 Leave a comment
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?
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.
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!
30 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
in Au Pair, Au Pair Diary Tags: au pair experience, au pair in America, Au Pair Philadelphia, Au Pair year with Go Au Pair!, current host family, extend your Au Pair year, Go Au Pair, Las Vegas, new host family, wonderful host family
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.
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.
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.
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.
( Come back read about Ophelia’s Las Vegas trip and matching process with her new host family soon! )
23 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
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!
Easter is a new holiday for my host child Theo as well. Theo and I had a good Friday together.
I prepared a little basket for him, he likes it a lot!
I attended an Easter party with Au Pair Adriana’s host family.
People performed the stories about Jesus there. After the performance, children started looking for the Easter eggs.
The host prepared two thousands eggs totally!
This was such a big festival!
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.
America is really a great place where people have enough freedom to enjoy their life best.
I love being an Au Pair in America!
14 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
in Au Pair Diary Tags: au pair experience, Au Pair from China, Au Pair Philadelphia, au pairs from Go Au Pair, dear Au Pair friends, Go Au Pair, Japanese blossom festival., my Local Area Representative
As my home is very close to the festival place, I biked there early before other Au Pairs came.
I went to the Calligraphy & Crafts section learnt writing Japanese characters. Here is Theo’s name both in Japanese and Chinese.
After that I enjoyed a Martial Arts. I only saw this on TV before, so glad I can see it in person today.
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.
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!
27 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
in Au Pair, Au Pair Diary Tags: au pair agency, au pair care, au pair cost, au pair experience, Au Pair jorney, Au Pair tour, Au Pairs from different countries, au pairs from Go Au Pair, Au Pairs trip, aupair america, best Au Pair, class for the Au Pair, Educational Trip class for the Au Pairs, new au pair, 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.
I met a lot Au Pairs from different countries, which was so awesome!
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.
Also, we took a lot pictures at the Capitol Building and White House.
I always seeing these famous places in TV show.
My Au pairs friends and I were just so happy.
I just can’t wait to share more details with you!
04 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
In 2013, I harvested a lot as an Au Pair. I was so blessed, because I got a lot of help and useful advice from my host family, Go Au Pair, Au Pair Sis and my LAR. Thank all of you so much! Because of your help, I could have wonderful Au Pair experience in America. Now is 2014, I believe that if I work hard, everything will be great. Here are my New Year’s resolutions. I am looking forward to experiencing a fruitful new year.Be an excellent Au Pair. I love my Au Pair job. Being an Au Pair not just mean taking care of children. Of course, we must put host children’s safety at first place, also we need to make sure they are happy and educate them as well. I love teaching Theo new things, we have a lot of fun learning new sounds and different animals.
Prepare for graduate school. As an Au Pair we can go to school as well. This is excellent. This gives me a chance to experience American education. I like it a lot. I am planing to go to graduate school here after I finish my Au Pair program. But this will never be easy. First, I need to past TOEFL and GMAT test. From now on I have to work hard on it. Experience more American culture and history. Learning new things always makes me excited. Now I am taking Washington DC Educational Trip class. I learned a lot things about American history, like The American Revolution and The American Civil War. I will try my best to explore more cultural and historical things in my last Au Pair years. Want to know more details about my DC Educational Trip class? Come and read about it next time! Happy Chinese lunar New Year again!
09 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
Happy Birthday, Theo!
I want you to know that you are forever in my heart, and I will always love you!
This movie is a special present to you!
Time flies so fast. Theo is one year old now! I have been his Au Pair for almost six months. I am so glad I can watch Theo growing up day by day. In the last six months we had so many good memories. We played together everyday.
The funnest thing is watching Theo eat him dinner everyday. He used to cover all the food on his face and body. But now he is very good at it. Theo loves eating! He is even love eating sand! Can you imagine how cute this baby is?
Recently Theo taught me how to make funny faces. He is a genius at this. He learnt by himself. Then he started to teach us.
I am teaching him to speak Chinese now.
I am so glad we can learn from each other.
I hope Theo can be happy everyday. We all love you!
08 Jan 2014 2 Comments
It was my first Au Pair‘s Christmas being far away from my family in China, and I had my first Christmas in a world of ice and snow -in Alaska. My host family is originally from Alaska, so we came there together before the holiday.
I got a lot of gifts from my host family. Especially, from a grandma, she gave me a lot of scarves, bags and chocolates. Also, I got a kindle from her, this will help me improve my reading and writing abilities a lot.
After Christmas dinner, we built gingerbread house together. I was in a group with Sam. We built very pretty house. Our house won the second.
Maggie is so sweet, every time when I saw her, I couldn’t help giving her a big hug. I had a two hours long walk with grandma and Maggie. We all enjoyed the pretty view of this snow world.