Natalia Caro, our new Au Pair from Colombia

Even if I posted the last interview only a few days ago, we have way more to publish. July and August are our busy months. After Ana Maria we got another Au Pair from Colombia. Natalia arrived at her host family in Philadelphia this month. Our au pair Karla kindly offered to be her buddy and help Natalia with the first steps as a new member of our cluster. Thanks Karla!

I’m from Bogota, Colombia and 21 years old. I want to share a little bit of my life with you and hope to meet you girls soon.

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I came to US as an au pair, because I love to work with kids and I want to learn more about other cultures.

In my free time I like to go swimming, watching movies and baking.

Get to know Ariana, my host child, was one of the best things in the last few weeks.

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Natalia characterizes herself as responsible, grateful and friendly.

Her wish is to be able to speak as many languages as possible.

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Places I want to visit are Los Angeles, CA, Miami,FL and Alaska.

Besides my other hobbies I like to travel, shopping and to study.

During my year as an au pair I hope to learn a lot about kids, American culture and to improving my English.

Given that she’s totally new to this area, I hope she can meet a lot of new people here and have a great year in the US! Welcome to our cluster and see you soon!

Ana Maria, our transition Au Pair from Colombia

It’s time for a new interview!

Ana Maria has already been in the US for 10 months, but she just joined our cluster a few weeks ago as a transition au pair like Yoselin. For her first months she lived in Washington State, now she’s at home in New Jersey. Ana answered my questions to introduced herself to our cluster – like Jenny, Yoselin and Nicole did before.

I decided to come to the US as an au pair, because I think it’s the best way to get in touch with the culture and language of another country.

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She discribes herself as a person with inner strength, patience and loyalty.

In my free time I like to travel, play soccer, exercise or just listen to music. I also enjoy to be together with my family and friends and share the time during a movie, festivals or a nice evening.

One of her biggest wishes is peace for her country.

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A place, I would love to visit is Paris, France.

I think everything happens for a reason,  YES, because you have to learn something or teach someone, help or being helped. Life is perfect!

 

Thanks Ana for answering the questions! I had already the chance to meet you and it was a pleasure. I think we’ll have a great time together here in the US. Enjoy your au pair adventure!

Yoselin, our transition Au Pair from El Salvador

Now my Au Pair mission goes on with a new interview.
Around six weeks ago a new Au Pair joined our cluster. Her name is Yoselin and she’s a transition Au Pair, who moved from the New Jersey cluster. Like all new Au Pairs in our cluster, she answered me some questions about herself and her life as an Au Pair in the States.

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I decided to be an Au Pair to have an international experience. Since that makes you grow as an individual. You can enjoy the time with the kids paricipating their activities and still explore a lot in the US.

She loves singing, reading, shopping, doing sports like swimming and going to the gym. Additionally she likes to spend time with friends.

My best experience during the last months was my move to my new host family in Pennsylvania.

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Yoselin characterizes herself as patient, friendly and tolerant.

A big wish of her is getting a degree in Canada.

In my free time I like to travel. Some places, I want to go are some other states in the US, e.g. Washington and California. I’ve already been to Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

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Things, I think I’m really good at are singing and languages.

From the time as an Au Pair here in the United States, I expect to have a lot of fun, make good memories and study. Furthermore I would like to  make new friends and to visit more unknown places – especially now in my new cluster around Philadelphia.

Yoselin, I wish you a great time at your new family and say again: Welcome to our cluster in Philadelphia! Have a great time!

 

One day in Atlantic City

Ophelia’s Diary.

Still remember last summer Au Pair Adriana and I went to Atlantic City together. At that time both of us just started our Au Pair jobs, we were so excited about everything. Now both of us are moving soon. I am going to Las Vegas, Adriana will go to San Francisco. Before we leave, we decided to go Atlantic City again.

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We had a really fun time there. Walking along the strip, playing on the beach, shopping around the mall, all of these made me remember the good time we had during the past year.

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Adriana is one of my best Au Pair friends here. We are always talking a lot and sharing lots of stories together. We are both so lucky to have great host families. I appreciate my host family so much, so I am going to nominate them as the Host Family of the Year. Hope my wonderful host family can win!

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Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

Church Class Picnic

Ophelia’s Diary.

As summer vacation is coming, last week we just finished our English class in the church. Then we had a picnic to celebrate it.

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We went to Japanese Garden together. Most of the students in the class were  senior citizens, they came to America because their children live here. But as they don’t know English and they don’t drive, it’s really hard for them to get a chance to go out.

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I am so glad I could help them enjoy a nice picnic in the Japanese Garden. Everyone was so happy. They said thank you to me and other coworkers from the church all the time.

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They all know I am an Au Pair from Go Au Pair, and I just found a new host family in Las Vegas. They said they will miss me very much after I leave. Surly, I will miss them very much too.

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Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

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!

Our new Au Pair Jenny from Germany

It’s time for the first interview of my blog Au Pair mission: Philadelphia, PA.
Around two weeks ago one of our new Au Pairs arrived in Philadelphia: Jenny from Germany. Her buddy is Carmen from South Africa. She will help Jenny with her first steps in the US. As every new Au Pair Jenny answered some questions in an interview for us.

Hi, I’m Jenny, 24 years old and come from the black forest in southern Germany.

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I want to be an Au Pair to explore another culture and to develop my personality.
In my free time I love to play soccer and hang out with my friends.

The best event during the last month was the women soccer game Germany vs. Slovakia, which I watched with a friend of mine in Mannheim. After the game two national players came to us and we talked and took pictures.

Adjectives, which describe me the best are happy and kind.

If I had one free wish it would be a life without war and illness.

Besides the US I would like to visit New Zealand, Canada and Sweden.

Two good things I can do quite good are being a good friend/listener and drawing.

I expect to learn new things about other cultures  as an Au Pair here in the States and I see it as a “life experiment”. On top of that I hope to have a great relationship with my hos family and to meet new friends.

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Thanks Jenny for answering all the questions! I think it’s gonna be a great year for you. It’s your first time in the US, so enjoy the life here, I really enjoyed my time so far.

I’m looking forward to meeting you soon – in person!

Why I love Las Vegas?

Ophelia’s Diary.

As I told all my friends and family that I found a new host family with Go Au Pair in Las Vegas. Some people are happy for me, some people start worrying about me.

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In the eyes of some people, Las Vegas is a “Sin City”, it’s built on sex and gambling. I have been there two times, that’s not the impression Las Vegas gave me at all.

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It is a peaceful place and  has very pretty buildings. You can see a lot awesome free shows there. Las Vegas Strips is for tourists, the residents don’t live there. The residents usually live a half hour away from the strips.

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I love Las Vegas a lot because I have a wonderful new host family there, and  also Jon. Some of my Au Pair friends are there. Las Vegas won’t make me lose my faith, I will just have a happier Au Pair year with Go Au Pair.

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Read more stories form Ophelia’s Diary.

New Life — Las Vegas

Ophelia’s Diary.

Today I just got my flight ticket to my new host family from Go Au Pair. Only one and a half months left, then I will flight to Las Vegas! I am so excited about this.

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My new host family is very lovely. They have three wonderful children. All of them are super cute.

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Most of the time I will take care of the angel baby and the cute little toddler girl.

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Next week I am going to visit Las Vegas again. I will go to visit my new host family, meet the lovely host children in person. Maybe going to visit an Au Pair who lives there too. She is a Chinese Au Pair from Go Au Pair. We have been talked for quite a while. Now we are very good friends.

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So glad I already have some good friends  in Las Vegas before I move there. For sure my second Au Pair year will be even more wonderful!

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

Is an Au Pair Superior for Your Family than a Regular Nanny?

Today we have another guest blogger, Rachel Thomas.  The decision of who will care for the children is not an easy one. Rachel explains her view on some differences between a nanny and an au pair.

The main difference between an Au Pair and a regular nanny is that the au pair is usually a foreign individual who exchanges childcare and possibly minor house cleaning for room and board. In essence, it’s like a foreign exchange program for the workforce. While there are similarities between a nanny and an au pair, there may be some differences that can change the way you view one over the other.Fan
1. Different Requirements - Generally, au pairs are foreign women under the age of 30 and must be authorized to care for children by the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. At least, that is what is required for being an au pair in the United States. Each country is different with their qualifications. Basically, anyone can be a nanny depending on the requirements of the agency or those who hire a person privately. However, most nanny agencies will require a background in child development and a form of medical expertise.2014

2. Family or Not? - Au pairs are usually treated as an extended family member as they accompany you on outings and other family functions. A nanny can be treated the same way as well, but don’t require the invitation in order to do their job. From this aspect, the nannies presence is more of a professional one as he or she is paid to do a job rather than accompany the family.

3. Longevity - Although the requirements differ with each host country, an au pair is only able to stay with the family for a certain amount of time. This could be as little as 12 months at a time. A nanny can remain employed by a family for as long as the help is needed or until the nanny resigns. In either case, emotional bonds can develop between the family and the caregiver. However, it may be harder to give up an au pair over the nanny for the au pair’s purpose is to become a part of the family whereas the nanny is performing a job as an employee.au-pair Bucks Conty 1

4. Linguistics - In some cases, a language barrier may be present when including an au pair into the family. Although they may have a basic working knowledge of the native tongue, the language differences could still pose as a wall that needs to be broken down. Nannies will nearly always speak fluently as they are usually hired on as local employees.

5. Paycheck - When determining pay, au pairs are usually more inexpensive to bring into the home than a nanny. Depending on the agency or the private contract, a nanny can be paid from $12 per hour and up for a 12 hour shift per day. While this amount is estimated due to the cost of living in any given area, au pairs are given the means to live comfortably and a weekly allowance for their own uses. Even if the  additional person to your budget raises the costs within the home, the au pair is still usually far more inexpensive to maintain than a nanny.aupair and kids

What it truly boils down to is how you personally want to conduct your family. An au pair can bring cultural diversity and could easily bond with the family on an emotional level. The nanny can grow to “family member status” over time, but is purposely hired on as nothing more than an employee. Do you save money by bringing someone into your home to help with the children, or do you treat the situation as a job?

Author Bio:

Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for babysitting. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.

 

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