Amber, our new Australian Au Pair

Our second Australian Au Pair Amber joined our cluster in January. She is actually our first Australian Au Pair ever in our cluster! She’s 20 years old and I am very pleased to be her buddy. Amber lives with her host family in Bucks County and takes care of three kids.

 

As an Au Pair I am able to fulfill two of my greatest passions: caring for children and learning about different cultures.
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I love to be outdoors, in Australia I spent most of my weekends camping, fishing, or riding the quad bikes. If I’m not doing that I am usually at the beach or somewhere quite reading a book or listening to music.
I have had a lot of amazing experiences since moving to the US however the best event in the past month happened just before I left Australia when I got to meet my baby cousin for the first time.
Three adjectives to describe Amber: loyal, adventurous, committed.
One place I’d like to visit is Texas.
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One of the best complements I have ever received was as n elder in a native community I lived in, in Australia, told me he felt I had become a part of their community. This was a huge deal for me as I loved their culture however given the history between Aboriginies and white Australians I wasn’t sure if I would ever be fully accepted in the community.
My favorite part of being an Au Pair is to be fully immersed in American culture.
The special thing about our Philadelphia area is that I am so close to an area where I can learn so much about American history.

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My best experience so far where in New York, where our orientation guide took us to an amazing restaurant called Ellen’s Stardust – as a musical theatre fan I had the time of my life there. I also really enjoyed learning to ski in Vermont and making my first snow angel.
I already met Amber twice and tomorrow we are going to volunteer for the Flower Show in Philadelphia. I’m looking forward to our activities together in the US and wish you all the best for your year!

Marcela, our new Mexican Au Pair

Finally I’m allowed to welcome a new member to our cluster. Marcela is 23 years old and is an transition au pair from Mexico. She joined our cluster about 4 weeks ago and Lilla kindly offered to be her buddy.

I love outdoors, cooking, exercising, exploring new places and cultures.

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Marcela describes herself as communicative, outgoing and passionate.

Besides the US I’d like to visit Australia and New Zealand.

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My favorite way spending a Saturday is Getting up early, drinking a good latte and go hiking – then have a good and healthy breakfast, take a nap and hang out with friends.

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Since I’m in the US I already experienced to live with a new family in a very different culture and with a different religion – it’s a big adventure.

Marcela I say welcome to our cluster and have a great year!

Take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.

You may be tired of a long cold winter and are counting down the days looking forward to a Spring day. Wait no longer, you can enjoy a fantastic Spring or even Summer day this weekend at the Philadelphia Flower Show where everything is blooming.2015pfs_bloom philly

Every year thousands of volunteers and gardening enthusiasts who share a love of plants and people. They help make the largest in the world Philadelphia Flower Show breathtaking.  Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair have chosen to volunteer at the Make and Take Room of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show. They are going to contribute their time and talent and get a unique cultural exchange experience. Volunteering, learning and giving back to the community has become our cluster tradition.

Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

Go Au Pair team will help you create a piece of art and have fun. Please stop by from 11.30 am till 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Make and Take Room, which is located along the Grand Concourse at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  We will help you take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.Aupairs creation at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Ready, set, go!

My girls turned me into a human barbie doll and I think i loved it more than them 💕

My girls turned me into a human barbie doll and I think i loved it more than them 💕

As I settle into my now 3rd week in the United States as an Au Pair for GoAuPair my day to day life still never fails to surprise! I love the fact that I’m learning something new every single day despite spending 97% of my time with 2 children under the age of 5! (Whom I love unconditionally already!!)

So anyway yesterday was my first time being left alone with the girls and to my surprise i wasn’t nervous at all! Don’t get me wrong I definitely had my share of freak out moments that’s for sure but luckily 2 weeks of what I like to call “training” with the previous au pair and then the host mum, got rid of pretty much all my nerves and fear! Unfortunately Brigit the eldest got seriously Ill the day before my first day alone so that deffinitely added to my nerves a little bit but some RnR and plenty of kisses and cuddles got rid of that stomach bug quick fast!

As my first day alone was a Friday it gave me a snapshot of what I can expect next week, and it certainly did just that! I am so excited and eager to get started!

I’ll be sure to keep you all “posted” lol pun intended ;)

wish me luck talk soon xxxx

Let it begin! aupair 2015

Hey guys, bare with me as this is my first ever blog post and I have got absolutely no idea what I’m doing Lol and anyone who knows me knows I am the most technologically challenged person that your ever going to meet!

So anyways, where do I start? I’m Kiah, I’m 19 years old and I’m from Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. (Yano the people that say G’Day and ride kangaroos to school everyday!)  Now I am an Au Pair with Go Au Pair in the US and I’m currently living in Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Today actually marks exactly 2 weeks since I stepped onto the plane embarking on this wonderful journey, leaving my friends, family and reality behind me!

My host family are wonderful, I’m looking after 2 little girls, Brigit who’s 4 and Jacklyn wimageho’s almost 2 and a half. Home sickness is something that rarely crosses my mind thanks t o these girls keeping me so busy I can barely remember what day it is let alone thing about anything else!

I feel so thankful every day and night to be honoured with such a once in a life time opportunity.  I must have done something very right in a past life to be so blessed with everything I’ve been offered this time round. I made my first Au Pairs friends  online and thank you Tania for interviewing me.

So anyways that’s enough out of me so il just leave you with one of my favorite things I’ve learnt so far “In Pennsylvania you can’t buy or sell a car on a Sunday” like what! How is that a thing? LOL!

 

An Au Pair from Australia Diary.

I would love to introduce a new writer on this blog, our new Au Pair from Australia Kiah.  Thank you, Tania for interviewing  and welcoming Kiah. Today I would love to welcome Kiah as a Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog author.10984738_1000396696656232_654688054_n

We have very many authors from around the world who contributed to this blog.  Thank you to

Au Pair Lala from S. Africa
Au Pair Juliana from Brazil
Au Pair Cosima from Germany
Au Pair Ophelia from China
Au Pair Lilla from Hungary
Au Pair Tania from S. Africa

Kiah joined Go Au Pair in Bucks County PA just a few weeks ago. She lives with a wonderful host family I want to welcome as well. The family has two sweet angels and Kiah will be a big loving sister and teach them a lot of things.

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Kiah explored NY already and love it. She has a long bucket list of many destinations to visit in the USA. She dreams to take classes in the American college.Keep Calm and Blog On

Thank you for the opportunity to follow your journey, Kiah. We are looking forward to reading your diary.

 

Welcome Kiah

I would like to welcome our newest Au Pair from Australia, Kiah (19). She is currently living in Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Thank you to the Au Pair from Germany Cosima for being her buddy!

“I want to be an AU PAIR as it is an amazing way to combine my love of children with my desire to travel!”

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Kiah loves to watch movies, see friends (and you will meet a lot of crazy au pairs  here), SHOP and do anything girly!

Three adjectives that describes Kiah best would be loud, bubbly and organised. (You’ll fit right in here!)

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Here’s some of the other questions we asked Kiah:  

Q: If you had one wish what would it be? A: There was no war/ poverty/ hunger in the world

Q: What place would you like to visit? A: Next to America would be Europe

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? A: Sleeping in!!! [Never mind only doing this on a Saturday, we do this every chance we get ;) ]

Q: What was the best complement you have ever received? A: I’m not sure the best but the weirdest was I have smooth shoulders!

Q: What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? A: Playing with kids and working at McDonalds LOL

Q: What has been your best experience living in the US thus far? A: Times Square and every single day with the family!

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Thank you for answering some of the questions Kiah, I hope you have an awesome time here in Philly, and I’m pretty sure you will!

Everyone in the cluster is looking forward to meeting you at our next Au Pair cluster meeting, which will be in March.

The Host Family and an Au Pair weekly meetings.

The Host family and an Au Pair weekly meetings can prevent many issues from arising. Usually, Host Families and Au Pairs start the Au Pair program year with the weekly meetings, but in a while, and because of a busy family’s schedule many families stop doing them.

The issues are less likely to come up if the parties have a good relationship and think of each other as a family in a teamwork. Things change over time, we all make mistakes, so the host family and the Au Pair may have something that they want to discuss and resolve. Best way to deal with the problems is having an open conversation – the Host family and the Au Pair weekly meetings. mistakes

Weekly meetings are wonderful ways for both parties to follow-up, ask questions, or share concerns. It is also a time to listen. Even when the parties are speaking to each other and are listening, misunderstandings may occur.  If the Au pair is unclear about what is expected she can simply ask.  It is also a time to review the past week’s activities and discuss the coming week’s activities, to share the experience and the plans.

Show positive reception is very important.  Having an open meeting allows the Host family and the Au Pair to feel comfortable in sharing thoughts and feelings. It is often possible to find a solution which satisfies both parties’ interests if they keep a focus on the parties’ concerns.We-All-Make-Mistakes-e1421825578481

It is the both parties best interest to have the meeting every week to discuss uncomfortable issues and situations because when an issue arises, the parties do not have to wait and can address it in a calm and open manner during the regular weekly meeting. It is an opportunity have a healthy relationship, learn from mistakes and issues and move ahead. Read more about the Importance of the Weekly Meeting

 

The most important moments of an Au Pair year.

Dear Au Pair,  

Time flies so fast, especially when you are busy working and spending time with your host family, studying in college, exploring the US and having fun with your friends. There are many first-time accomplishments, important milestones, and special memories and they often describe your Au Pair year.

I will be glad to know what the important moments were for you during your year with Go Au Pair. Here is a list of “The most important moments of an Au Pair year.”Please recall your milestones & accomplishments, take your time and vote.

Thank you for voting! You are welcome to leave a comment with your thoughts.the good news  for Au Pair

The Au Pair journey is all about passing milestones, learning and developing skills, accomplishing goals, creating special memories and accelerating the personal growth. Time flies fast, but the good thing is  you are the pilot of this wonderful journey!

2015 Au pair in Excellence- Cosima from Germany

Go Au Pair’s Au Pair in Excellence Award was created to honor the Au Pairs who changed the lives of their Host Families. The agency and host families would like to recognize best of the best Au Pairs for their hard work and dedication.

Sometimes the host kids are doing this better than any adults and the companies. What can be a better award than this notice from 4-year-old child?Au Pair award

Cosima, the Au Pair from Germany, was nominated for the Au Pair of the Year Award by her host family from Doylestown, Bucks County and became a 2015 Au Pair in Excellence.

Cosima joined  Go Au Pair cluster in Bucks County almost one year ago. She became a part of the family quickly and made many friends.  Cosima is the first buddy in the cluster and she became a buddy to four Au Pairs!!!- the Au Pairs from S. Africa Nita and  Rikie who live in New Hope, Bucks County, and to two new Au Pairs from Australia Amber and Kiah who also live in Bucks County.

Cosima  is very active, she is always the first to help other Au Pairs, give someone a ride or say, “Welcome to the cluster” to a new Au Pair. Cosima is the first to volunteer, she volunteered four times.Au Pairs team

Cosima is writing Au Pair Mission on this blog where she is interviewing many Au Pairs. Au Pairs Bucks County play games

Cosima’s host family stated in their nomination letter,” Thanks to our Cosima. She just prolonged her stay with us for another six months and we are all SO happy about that. We can’t imagine a life without her. She turned out to be all what we were looking for: playmate, sister, daughter, teacher, helper, friend and much more! She’ll always be part of our life and of our family.”

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Congratulations, Cosima!

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