Chinese Au Pair volunteered in America

Ophelia’s Diary.

One of the best memory for my first Au Pair year is volunteering! Even though I just been here less than one year, I already volunteered four times. As I am leaving to my new host family soon, I would like to share all my volunteering experience with you. Volunteer.Philadelphia Go Au pair Recently our Local Area Representative(LAR) Polina helped us find the chance to volunteer for Newtown Welcome Day. We helped distribute promotional items. By the end of the event, you can see almost everyone had green bags on their backs! We worked really hard for it. Au Pair Newtown Welcome Day Our Au Pair group volunteered for Philadelphia Marathon and Flower Show Before. Every event is unique. For example, we helped give out snacks during Marathon, we worked together as a team not just with Au Pairs but with thousands of Volunteers from other places. It gave us a chance to make friends with other volunteers too. Also, because it was free snacks, almost everyone took them happily. But during Newtown Welcome Day what we gave out were promotional items, some people did refuse to take it. So in this way, I will say I like Marathon better. IMG_20131117_125431 Philadelphia Flower Show was even more unique! We helped people did flower hats in the Make and Take room. I love volunteering for the Flower Show so much, because I helped people design different kinds of hats also I made a cute flower hat for myself! Au Pair Philadelphia Besides volunteering together with other Au Pairs from Go Au Pair, I taught English in Chinese Gospel Church as a volunteer. All my students were the elderly. As they are very old they don’t have very good memories, but they did work really hard on English. Their spirit moved me so much, it’s my honor to help them with English. volunteering with Au Pair Hopefully, I can still find a lot volunteering opportunities in Las Vegas. Volunteering is one of the best parts of my Au Pair life!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Ophelia’s Diary.

As now I am an Au Pair in America, this is the first Mother’s Day I can’t spend together with my mom in China. I miss my mom so much during this special time and I am sure she misses me a lot too.

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Even though I am far away from her still I wish my dear mom have a great Mother’s Day. To make my mom happy, I made her some cute pictures. I keep updating my Au Pair stories to mom every week. She knows I have a great Au Pair life here and she is very happy for me.

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I am far from my mom but I am not alone at all. I still have host mom, host grandmothers here. They are all my family. My host child Theo is only less than one and a half years old, but he knows Mother’s Day! He is picking up a flower for his mom!

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During this special time, I want to give thanks and hugs to my LAR Polina too. She is more like a mom for us. She cares everything about us, just like caring about her own daughters. Thank you Polina. We love you! Happy Mother’s Day!

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A photo contest for Au Pairs.

On Saturday, December 14, 2013 is our annual Christmas party at Peddlers Village, Lahaska, Bucks County, PA.  Take as many photos as you can during the party for the photo contest for Au Pairs.  Any funny photos from the party or a photo of having fun with other Au Pairs will be great for this contest.You need to send me a photo by email pkravets@goaupair.com before December 20, 2013 with a description.au pair contest

This competition runs from December 15 to December 30, 2013 at 11:59 EST.

Terms:

  • One photo from the Au Pair’s Holiday party or a photo of having fun with other Au Pairs.
  • Open to Au Pairs only
  • All Federal, State, Local, and Municipal laws and regulations apply
  • No purchase or payment is necessary

Submission Deadline: December 19, 2013, midnight.
The winners will be selected by the readers of my blog.
Prize: The top 3 winners will receive a $25, $15, and $10 Gift Certificates
Dates:
December 19, 2013 all photos must be received no later than midnight.
The top 8 photos will be posted to this website and entrants will be notified.
From December 20, 2013 to December 30, 2013 Vote for your favorite photo
December 30, 2013 All votes must be submitted by midnight.
January 1, 2014 The votes will be tabulated, and the winners contacted.

Be creative. Good Luck.aupairs fun contest

Meeting with the Director of Chinese Au Pair Center

Ophelia’s Diary.
I have been an Au Pair in the US about four months. During this time, I keep on contacting with my Au Pair agent in China.
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I shared a lot of stories about my Au Pair life here. My Chinese agent likes my Au Pair Diary a lot. They even sent an award to my family! My parents are so glad.Chinese Au Pair

Recently the Director of Chinese Au Pair Center came to Philadelphia visit me. Honor letter

She brought this recommendation letter to me.Chinese Au Pair's letter

Here are a few sentences from Recommendation Letter.“As an aupair in the United States of America now, Ophelia performs her responsibilities in a serious way. She earns a good credit from her host family with her caring, patient, and earnest attitude.”
I am so surprised and excited. Thanks Go Au Pair and my Chinese Au Pair agent a lot.
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Au Pair’s wonderful Thanksgiving in Houston

Ophelia’s Diary.

As an Au Pair, I have one week’s vacation during Thanksgiving.
My friends in Houston invited me to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. The Peters is a big family with four kids. I knew them in China. This family is very nice, they helped me adapted my Au Pair life in Philadelphia a lot.

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This was my first Thanksgiving. I was so excited about it. We had a very big meal. First time I saw how turkey was cooked.Au Pair Ophelia in Huoston 4

Just pies, we had five! Au Pair Ophelia in Huoston 3

During the dinner, we talked a lot. They asked me a lot interesting questions about my Au Pair life and Chinese culture.
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Also, I went to entertainment places with kids.

I love these four kids so much, they bring endless happiness to my life.

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We played pool, bowling, mini golf together. We went biking and exploring a wetland too.Au Pair Ophelia in Huoston with kids
They youngest one is so cute, he always said,” I love you, Ophelia. Would you like to sleep with me tonight?” He is just three years old!
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Can you imagine that I met a Chinese friend in Houston who is also an Au Pair. We used to go to the same college and the same church. We were so glad to meet each other. Even though we just had a very short time to get together, we really appreciated it.Au Pair Ophelia in Huoston with friend

There were so many people I need to thank during this special holiday.

Thank the Peters family who invited me to Houston; thank Go Au Pair and my host family help me have a great life experience in the US; thank my family in China suppose me being an Au Pair. Of course, I should never forget thank God who gives me this wonderful life!

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A small child with a big smile!

Ophelia’s Diary.

I am happy with my Au Pair life in Philadelphia all the time because I have a very nice host family from Alaska, a reliable agency Go Au Pair, a loving Local Area Representative (LAR )- Polina and a bunch of Au Pair friends.Au Pair from China with her host child

However, the most interesting part of my life is playing with my host baby Theo.Host child Theo playing

Theo is a small child with a big smile!  His big smile always keeps me away from bore and sadness. With Theo, anyone will be happy all the time.Host child Theo smiling

Grandma loves Theo so much. She wants to see Theo’s big smile every day.  But she lives in Alaska. Then we skype with grandma everyday. Both Theo and I love skyping with grandma very much. We feel that she is with us all the time. This Sunday grandma is coming to visit us, we are so excited about her visit!

Host child Theo

I am sure that Theo will show his biggest smile to grandma when he sees her in person.Host child Theo outside

A Family Day Conference.

Please enjoy the post written by an Au Pair from Go Au Pair, from the Philadelphia cluster, Adriana Zhang. Thank you for sharing with us, Adriana.

Hi everyone. I’m Adriana, and I came from China. This is my first time to write on the blog about my au pair life. I think this is my fourth au pairs meeting. But this time it was really different than others. Because this time host families joined us. So I met other au pairs’ host families.Adriana au pair from China

Their kids were so cute. They played together, and had fun. We are really a big group. And also we have 6 au pairs from China. And we were happy to meet each other. We talked about our work, our school, and also we took pictures together. We wanted to keep the memory for this special time.IMG_20131013_133550

We met each other at Rat’s restaurant of Grounds for Sculpture Park. Our Local Area Representative—Polina was really nice, she prepared some gifts for everyone. Thank her so much.chinese Au Pairs

That’s really a beautiful park. There were so many different sculptures, and we took pictures. Also, the park had a special music event and had some people who wore special clothes and sang in the park. That song was beautiful.

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And then we had the lunch together. I had fun with au pairs’ family. They are really nice and enthusiastic. It is an opportunity to share the experience and get to know each other better, gain cultural and social experience and make new friends from a different culture. And I also met some new friends.

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On November 17, 2013  many Au Pairs from the Philadelphia and NJ area and I are going to volunteer for the Philadelphia Marathon for  the American Cancer Society and raise funds to create a world with more birthdays and less cancer!

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I hope to see them again at November’s Marathon. Come join us. See you there.

Harvest America -Christian Music Concert

Ophelia’s Diary.

Au Pair at the concert

I have a lot of good Au Pair friends in Philadelphia. In the meantime, I am trying to make more friends besides Au Pairs. Indeed, I already made some nice friends in the church. And my church friends invited me to the Christian music concert, I was so excited. This made my Au Pair life even more colorful!Au Pair in the concert

This was my first time to attend such a big and awesome music festival. Over 27,000 people attended this Harvest America Crusade at Wells Fargo’s center in Philadelphia. I always love worship songs a lot. Finally, I got this chance to the music concert.

As in China, the public religion activities are forbidden.  If I am not an Au Pair in here, I am afraid I can never get a chance like this to feel the religion culture here.

AuPair at the concert

In China, only small home church is acceptable by the government.  So I only attended an International church for one time in my home country. We have no Chinese church at all. But now, I can go to Chinese church often on Sunday. Truly, I felt the cultural difference. And this is the meaning of Cultural Exchange.Au Pairs at the concertRead more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

Au Pair ‘s preparation to the arrival.

Adjusting to a new culture and new life can be difficult for many Au Pairs.  A new Au Pair from Colombia, Monica adjusted to Au Pair life in the USA very quickly. Recently Monica shared on Go Au Pair blog her experience of preparing for her Au Pair journey.

Monica, who is the Au Pair in Philadelphia, said that it is very important to research the area and find a lot of interesting places to visit. Monica also watched many of the Au Pair Experiences videos before her arrival to the US.Au Pair Philadelphia Monica

When she was in Colombia, Monica asked her Host Family to send her a lot of pictures of their family, their home and the area. When Monica arrived to the US, she said that she already felt at home.

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I also invited Monica to join Go Au Pair Philadelphia closed cluster group on Facebook before her arrival. Monica made many friends with the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia and NJ cluster, Janine Au Pair Sis on Facebook  even before she came.

Monica also was able to read the information in Au Pair library and see the cluster activities on this blog. She learned from the other Au Pairs in the area, and she knew what to expect.

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When she came to the US,  Monica spent several days at the Go Au Pair Introductory Workshop in NY and met Janine Au Pair Sis and other Au Pairs. She met her family and her Facebook friends.

Monica adjusted to life in the USA fast.  It was much easier because Monica prepared herself for her journey.

Cake for Mother’s day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms and especially the host moms who opened their homes and hearts for Au Pairs!

Dear host mothers, I hope you will be invited to special places, pampered and honored by your families and Au Pairs.

A “sweet” way to say thank you to your host mom is to make a cake project for Mother’s Day with host kids.

Here is a video recipe of Chocolate Zucotto cake with ice cream. It is a simple and an easy recipe and  Au Pairs may teach host children how to make this special cake for mommy.

I recommend to add fresh strawberries or any fruits and mix with ice cream, and also decorate the cake with fresh fruits. It will make this cake  healthier and taste better.

Au Pairs with kids can cook a delicious cake and desert and make Mother’s Day special. I hope all host moms will enjoy their special day.

I wish that every day be treated like Mother’s Day!

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