Host families love their Male Au Pairs.

Many host families consider hosting male Au Pairs (or ‘Bro Pairs” “Mannies” as they are frequently called) and really love their experience.

The Petrov family recently nominated Colombian Au Pair Cristian Gomez for his outstanding job and dedication. The family has four kids, and three of them are active boys. Cristian is very active, loves sport and has a lot of energy teaching and playing with kids. He is also a great role model for the kids; he is an intelligent, creative, good learner and highly motivated to succeed. Cristian is a confident driver, easy going, and a responsible and trustworthy person.

The Petrov family joined the Au Pair Program with Go Au Pair a few years ago and had a few successful placements. Flexible and reliable childcare is vital for the Petrovs because the parents have long, unstable work schedules serving the patients. With Go Au Pair, the host parents got reliable childcare that helps balancing working and family life.

The Petrov family had female and male Au Pairs and loved both experiences. There are a few male Au Pairs in Go Au Pair Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster and the host families said that they like hosting Bro Pairs -Mannies because they

  • are internally driven to succeed
  • are usually strong drivers
  • are more flexible and practical
  • help with children’s sports practice
  • are creative with games and activities
  • are becoming the male role model for kids
  • don’t get emotional and weepy.

Please read more about 10 Reasons Families Love Their Male Au Pairs

Congratulations to Cristian on successfully completing his Au Pair year! The Petrov family considered their Au Pair Cristian as the Best AuPair and presented the special award. It is a great honor that Cristian can be proud of and remember for years to come!

Congratulations on your well-deserved success, Cristian! Best wishes for your next adventure!

The Au Pair meeting in a National Landmark!

On Saturday, 06.19.2021, Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County had in -person Au Pairs meeting at a National Landmark Bryn Athyn Historic District with spectacular architecture and impressive gardens. We started with exploring outside of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, then we had an audio tour at Glencairn museum, and, finally, enjoyed sitting on the grass, having a picnic and conversation.

It was the first in-person meeting for many Au Pairs because of pandemic. A few Au Pairs joined us recently and they were looking forward to meeting other au pairs and making new friends.

We enjoyed special time making great memories, sharing the experience, and playing the games. After the meeting, Au pairs had to say goodbye to Cristian who is leaving the cluster. The Au Pairs couldn’t leave after the picnic, making plans to see each other again.

There are many interesting places to explore in the Philadelphia area. When Au Pairs attend Go Au Pair cluster meetings, they not only meet other Au Pairs, but also explore interesting places and National Landmarks.

The Au Pair meeting in-person!

Summer is almost here and we expect to be able to safely do many of the activities we’ve missed out on over the past year. We used to have Zoom meetings with cluster Au Pairs for a long time, since March 2020. It was such a special event to get together in-person!

On Sunday, 5.23.2021, Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County had a great Au Pairs meeting at the Independence National Historical park in the center city of Philadelphia. Our international Au Pair team sat on the grass with the flags and enjoyed the historical Landmark, great company, and a warm weather.

The Independent Hall is known as the birthplace of the United States. It was a great place for a historic quiz and games and we learned a lot about the US and Philadelphia history.

We had a lot of fun sharing the experience, taking many photos and creating new memories. After many virtual meetings, we’ve enjoyed the meeting in-person very much.

Go Au Pair requires all Au Pairs to attend at least 4 meetings for each 12-month Au Pair program year. The Au Pair meetings give the Au Pairs an opportunity to meet other Au Pairs from around the world and form friendships and also give Au Pair a chance to talk to a Local Area Representative.

Next meeting will be at Bryn Athyn Cathedral with a tour at Glencairn museum in June, 2021.

How to file 2020 Au Pair’s income tax?

Au Pairs are required to file U.S. individual tax returns and pay taxes.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers Au Pairs to be an “employee” of the Host Family, even though they are in the United States on a “cultural exchange” visa.  For more information regarding how the IRS classifies Au Pairs and taxes click here

Welcome to use Tax Forms and Instructions to fill the Au Pair’s Tax return.

Au Pairs need to calculate their earnings from January 1 through December 31, 2020 (do not include any earnings from 2019 or 2021) . Using your Au Pair Log or other record of your earnings, add all the weekly stipend amounts that you received from your host family during the calendar year 2020. The standard Au Pair earns a weekly stipend of $195.75. Au Pairs can multiply the number of weeks they have been an Au Pair in the US during 2020 by their weekly stipend.

Then, Au Pairs can use a tax table to find amount they own, pay the taxes by phone, by check or money order, online, or using IRS2GoApp, and mail it to IRS or submit electronically. The due date for filing is APRIL 15, 2021.

Remember that employees of Go Au Pair are not tax professionals and are not able to give advice on filing taxes. If you have any questions on filing your tax return, please read Instructions for Form 1040-NR (2020) which is available in different languages.

Au Pair taxes can be confusing. Go Au Pair has partnered with H&R Block, they are a tax preparation company that can help Au Pairs file your taxes. If the Au Pairs use H&R Block tax filing services they will need to pay a fee to them for this.  For more information on how to use H&R Block’s help click Au Pair Taxes H&R Block

You can use these websites for tax filing purposes you may need to pay a fee.

Turbo Tax

Tax Act

Good luck with your tax return!

Options for Fulfilling Au Pair Education Requirement, spring semester 2021

The Spring semester is only a few weeks away and more students than ever before are turning to blended and online programs to meet their educational needs. During the Au Pair year Au Pairs should complete six semester hours or the equivalent 72 hours (12 credits or 144 hours for Educare program.) The Department of State temporarily accepts the classes from approved Colleges online. Please contact Go Au Pair at educoord@goaupair.com for written approval of this exception.

Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair Philadelphia cluster complete the Au Pair program education requirement by taking classes online. Coursera offers more than 3,800 courses from Yale, Google, Duke, AWS, and more, some classes are free! Also many Au Pairs take classes with EDX.

This year the Spring semester courses are mostly remote & online, and some designated hands-on classes will take place on campus with safety protocols. Check them.

Popular Weekend Classes

Rutgers in New Jersey

SilverBay at College of St. Rose 

Long Island University 

Au Pair Weekend

Cultural Hi-Ways offers the classes at Peirce College 

Learning Across America with tours to many locations  

Auditing Courses

Princeton University

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College

Continuing Education

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College Au Pair  Classes 

Community College of Philadelphia 

Delaware County Community College in Media

Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell

Regular classes, temporarily a mixed online and in-person format .

Cairn University, Community English Language program

Moore College of Art and Design

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Rosemont College

Temple University

Please don’t forget to contact Go Au Pair at educoord@goaupair.com for written approval.

Does it matter which country is an au pair from?

Which country is the best au pair from? It is one of the most readable posts of the Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog. This post was from July 2011, written by Anna T., who is a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pairHow to save money on an au pair programHow to welcome your new au pair. Nine years later, Anna’s family is still hosting Au Pairs. Their last Au Pair was from Ukraine and Anna’s big family is waiting for the next Au Pair arrival.

 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from many countries, and very popular are Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, Ecuadorian, El Salvadorian, European, Mexican, and South African Au Pairs. Faced with so many choices of au pair candidates, it is only natural for a host family to look for a way to narrow the search down. A question many au pair agency staff and local counselors hear from host families is, tell us which countries the best au pairs come from.

The real answer is – it depends. The best au pair for one family can be a bad fit for another family. A lot depends on the personality and experience of the individual au pair. But there are also some common traits and cultural values that shape candidates from different countries

Cultural differences, not to be confused with stereotypes, are the result of an upbringing in a different country, with its own culture, religion and values. For example, au pairs from many Latin American countries typically have close family relationships, and are very affectionate and loving with children, and believe in God. Au pairs from Asia take their job extremely seriously, and value education.

There are also differences shaped by the living conditions in a country, that are not cultural. For example, in some Asian countries it might not be common for young women to drive or own a car, so au pairs from those countries might be not very experienced drivers.

In some countries the economic divide between rich and poor is so great, that every middle class family has a maid, so an au pair from such a country might not have a clue about simple domestic tasks (but might be perfectly willing and excited to learn!).

In more prosperous countries it might be easier for a high school graduate to pay for applying to the au pair program, and less lucrative to do so for a college graduate – so the candidate pool from such countries might be considerably younger.

Another factor in family country preference is personal experience, or experience of others.
For experienced host families, their preference for a certain country might be shaped by their personal experience with the au pair program. After an unsuccessful match, it is natural to avoid candidates from the same area of the world, for the next few years, or forever.

Or conversely, after good luck with candidates from a certain country, it is natural to look to repeat the same experience. Ease, difficulty or speed of obtaining au pair visas also varies from country to country. This factor can also dictate country choice for au pair host families.

Au pair agencies keep statistics of the percentage of au pairs from each country who drive, who are under two qualified, who are college graduates, who obtain visas. If a family wants to narrow down the choice of countries, it can be helpful to speak to the agency representative when trying to figure out candidates from which countries might be the best fit for the family childcare needs.

Does it matter which country is an au pair from? Did you host many Au Pairs? What do you think?

Count Your Blessings!

Everyone has a lot to be thankful for every day but on Thanksgiving Americans say an extra prayer of thanks. It’s important to “Count Your Blessings Not Your Problems” (Brianna Keenan).

Thanksgiving is a special day to acknowledge the things you appreciate. Especially this year. There’s never been a more important time to come together as a community and support families, neighbors and friends.

There are a lot of things to be thankful for:
Your Family
Your Host Family/Au Pair
Your Friends

Having Safety and Security
Being Able To Enjoy Nature
Health for yourself and those around you
Having Food To Eat
Having Shelter and a Roof Over Your Head
Having a Job

Having Freedom
Having Technology
In addition, the host families, and Au Pairs are all thankful for the Au Pair program and for Cultural Exchange!

Thanksgiving  is a great opportunity to recognize – “Count Your Blessings” and demonstrate the gratefulness to the Host Families,  Au Pairs, family and friends who make our days what they are. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24 -the International Au Pair Day!

The International Au Pair Day is a global celebration of all au pairs and their contribution to cultural exchange around the world. We have a great opportunity to celebrate on November 24 former and current Au Pairs around the world for the second time.  

Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from many countries. There are Au Pairs from from Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ukraine, El Salvador, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Paragua and France in the Philadelphia Bucks County cluster, so the celebration looks like global!

The celebration of this Day is very important! If you are not sure how to celebrate the International Au Pair Day with your Au Pair,  International Au Pair Association (IAPA) recommends host families:

  • Surprise your au pair with a thank you note or video
  • Organise a surprise celebration for him/her
  • Take your au pair somewhere nice
  • Show your appreciation with a small gift
  • Give him/her a day off to have a fun day with other au pairs.

Happy International Au Pair Day!

Never give up on your dreams!

On November 24, 2019 we celebrated the International Au Pair Day for the first time in history. We are about to celebrate the International Au Pair Day this year again! There are many reasons to celebrate all our Au Pairs and what they bring to our lives each day, their hard work and dedication to their host families.

Many Au Pairs pursued their dreams and joined the Au Pair program with Go Au Pair. This year and the pandemic brought even more reasons to celebrate the Au Pairs. We are thankful to our Au Pairs for stepping up during the pandemic. Many Au Pairs have followed their dreams during the challenging time and have persevered through the struggles COVID-19 has brought on to Au Pairs and their Host Families.

Following their dreams was not an easy experience for many Au Pairs recently. However, along the way Au Pairs provided loving and devoted child care, shared their passion and culture, made memories and friends, immersed in new families and way of life, in a new country, language, and culture, learned new things and never gave up on their dreams!

Fall courses for the Au Pairs in the Philadelphia area

Au Pairs can temporarily complete the program education requirement by taking classes online. Coursera offers more than 3,800 courses from Yale, Google, Duke, AWS, and more, some classes are free! Also you can take classes with EDX.Please contact Go Au Pair at educoord@goaupair.com for written approval of this exception.

During the Au Pair year Au Pairs should complete six semester hours or the equivalent 72 hours (12 credits or 144 hours for educare program. The Fall semester courses are mostly remote & online,and some designated hands-on classes will take place on campus with safety protocols. Check them.

Popular Weekend Classes

Rutgers in New Jersey

SilverBay at College of St. Rose 

Long Island University 

Au Pair Weekend

Cultural Hi-Ways offers the classes at Peirce College Learning Across America with tours to many locations  

Auditing Courses

Princeton University

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College

Continuing Education

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College Au Pair  Classes 

Community College of Philadelphia 

Delaware County Community College in Media

Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell

Regular classes, temporarily a mixed online and in-person format .

Cairn University, Community English Language program

Moore College of Art and Design

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Rosemont College

Temple University

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