The Memorial Day Weekend.

This weekend is the Memorial Day weekend and it is an important holiday for many Americans. Many Au Pairs will be celebrating the Memorial Day Holiday weekend for the first time.
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Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff of summer. Many host families will enjoy their time outside of their homes -picnics, BBQ, pool parties with traditional hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Many people love Memorial Day weekend events and activities – there are so many celebrations to honor the men and women of military.
Au Pairs can attend many special events and learn a lot about American history. Many of Philadelphia’s museums and attractions host Memorial Day events for a recognition of the day .
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Memorial Day is a great day for celebration and cultural exchange. I recommend the Au Pairs attending the local parades. To celebrate the Memorial Day weekend the super-popular waterfront pop-up Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be back with roller skating, a nine-hole mini-golf course and urban beach lounge.
Here are many events and activities you may explore during Memorial Day Weekend!
Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend!

Welcoming the first Argentine Au Pair.

By Tania M, au pair from Ukraine.

We are very excited to meet the first au pair from Argentina Julie! Julie will replace the au pair from Brazil Aline. Aline was an awesome au-pair, she was nominated for au pair of the year award! All the au-pairs from Go Au Pair Philadelphia are looking forward to meeting Julie.13265919_10201790749687686_5968902754672266875_n (2)

Julie’s host kids were so excited to meet her that they even made a special gift for her – a welcoming poster.

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Julie’s host mom made a great present for her  – a handmade lamp, so that she will feel cozy and comfortable in her new  room.

I am really lucky to interview Julie, especially because it’s my first time interviewing an au- pair! So, we asked her a couple of questions to get to know her better.Juli au pair argentina

1.Why do you want to be an au-pair?

I wanted to be and au pair because it’s a great opportunity for cultural exchange…for meeting new people and work with kids…It also gives me the opportunity to study in a college or university, so it’s like a complete package for me.

2. Please tell us something about your hobbies.

My hobbies are cooking, writing and reading. I like to go out with friends but not every weekend…

3. What places would you like to visit?

I’ll like to visit New Orleans, New York again, Chicago, Disney… California… And Philadelphia, o course.

4. What three adjectives best describe you?

I consider myself good with people, I’m studying to be a psychologist, so that it’s kind of a requirement… I’m also a good singer, I think, hahahaha

Wow, I was surprised to find out there’s one more person in our cluster, who’s interested in psychology! We’ll have a lot to discuss when we meet, Julie:)Julis au pair argentina

5.Did you like the NY Au Pair introductory workshop? Why?

I really like the workshop, Patrick was amazing with us and taught everything perfectly. I’ll recommend it. I liked it because it was a very good way to start to know the culture in this country. And because it teaches you a lot of stuff that you need to know before working with kids.

Thank you for the answers, Julie, we are looking forward to seeing you in person and spending time with you, sharing our experience and impressions of being an au-pair.

Being a part of an American family.

Many Au Pairs have a great experience with the Au Pair program. I love to interview Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster who are about to finish the program. Here is the interview with Marce, Au Pair from Mexico. Thanks Marce for sharing your experience and answering the questions! I think that Marce’s advice to other Au Pairs is very valuable! Au Pair from Mexico Marne

Here are a few questions from Marce’s interview.What has been your best experience living in the US? Getting to know their culture, traditions,

What has been your best experience living in the US? Getting to know their culture, traditions, life style, etc.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? To not being afraid to going out of your comfort zone because at the end, that’s the only way we can make a difference on ourselves.

How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? I like it a lot! I am very close to my Host Family and have a great relationship with them. The best part is that even though being an Au Pair is a job, I don’t feel like I am working when I am with them.

The farewell Au Pair picnic at the Independence Historical Park.

The Au Pair program is centered around cultural exchange and full of opportunities to learn American cultural firsthand when having fun. Go Au Pair cluster meetings give the Au Pairs chance to meet other Au Pairs from around the world and learn/share their unique culture.

On Sunday, 05.15.2016, we had the farewell picnic right across the Independence National Historical Hall in the center city of Philadelphia. The Hall is known as the birthplace of the United States for it was here that the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution of the United States was debated and signed

Our international Au Pair team sat on the grass with international flags and enjoyed the historical Landmark, great company, and a warm weather.

On the right side is the Liberty Bell Center – the famous bell symbolizes liberty and freedom. There are many historical places around! The Au Pairs had the chance to visit many places after the meeting.Au Pair farewell picnic Independence National Historical Park 2

We also enjoyed the Au Pair international cuisine-  delicious food from 6 countries. The food represents the traditions, stories, and geography and we learned a lot simply trying different food.Au Pair farewell picnic Independence National Historical Park 5

We had a lot of fun sharing the experience and creating new memories. We were taking many photos and then more photos. At the end, we said goodbye to many amazing Au Pair friends who are leaving the cluster soon.

 

The Au Pairs Farewell Picnic.

Summer is almost here as well as the biggest turnover in the Philadelphia, Bucks County, NJ  Au Pair cluster. Many Au Pairs finish successfully the Au Pair program and go home. It is a sad time for me, the Local Area Representative with Go Au Pair because many of my Au Pairs became a part of my life. Nevertheless, we will stay in touch!
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The farewell picnic and Au Pair meeting will be this Sunday, 05.15.2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Independence National Historical Park, 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
This place is the main landmark of Philadelphia and the USA. I would love everyone to make great memories being an Au pair in the USA and get the most of the cultural exchange experience with the Au Pair program.Liberty-bell-philadelphia- Au- pairs

I will bring the American flag and food and the Au Pairs will bring the flags and the dishes from their countries. We have Argentine Au PairBrazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsEcuadorian Au PairsMexican Au PairsSouth African Au Pairs, and Ukrainian Au Pair.

We will explore the National Historical Park, create the priceless memories and take many great photos with friends.

It is very hard to say Goodbyeflags to many Au Pairs who are going home.  It will be a special farewell meeting! Everyone is welcome! Looking forward to the international picnic!

TV limits. How Much TV Should Kids Watch?

Kids are spending more time with screen media than ever before.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — one of the only established organizations to make recommendations on screen time — offers guidelines that put limits on media exposure.

The average American child watches a few hours of TV a day, despite a recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that kids 2 and older watch no more than one to two hours daily. The AAP recommends that kids under 2 watch nothing at all.

Because of a busy life, parents often use videos or television as a babysitter.  Many modern families choose the Au Pair Program instead. Over 20,000 American families each year prefer Au Pairs to nannies and daycares for childcare.

Au Pairs have a vested interest in being a great childcare provider because they are young, sporty, inspired and motivated to be a great role model for the kids.  It is common keeping kids active and healthy with the Au Pair help.
Here are some ideas what an Au pair can do with the host family kids at home instead of watching TV, playing video games or surfing on the computer. Au Pair Easter

You can view summer activities at Go Au Pair blog  a list of summer activities.  As parents, we should teach our kids to make healthy choices when it comes to screen time, just like anything else that affects kids health.

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteering for the first time.

Nancy, the Au Pair from Newtown, Bucks County volunteered with other Au Pairs at the International Spring Festival on Saturday, 04.16.2016. Nancy Au Pair from China

Nancy is from China and it was the first time in her life being a volunteer.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

I asked Nancy to share with us her feelings and experience.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 1

Nancy said, “I really enjoyed being a volunteer. It’s fun. I met some new friends. We were so happy to do many things together. I learnt how to do a flower  with two kisses candies. I also learnt to how to do a puppy and a hat with the twisted balloons. I also did a flower for the kids.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 6

The activity was so meaningful for me because I learnt lots of things that I never did before. I loved volunteering, even though, I was so tired when it’s done. I  also liked the festival – I liked the countries displays and the dance performances.”Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 4

Volunteering may be a life changing experience for Nancy and other Au Pairs. There were Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, South African Au PairsMexican Au PairsUkrainian Au Pairs and Russian Au Pairs in Go Au Pair team. After they return to their home countries, Au Pairs may spread their experience of volunteering all over the globe. The Au Pair program promotes a cultural exchange experience!

Au Pairs volunteering in the USA.

Au Pairs from Go Au Pair volunteered their time and skills at the International Spring Festival on Saturday, 04.16.2016 to make hundreds of kids happy that day.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 8

The Au Pairs had a lot of fun as well. Three Go Au Pair clusters from Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County and NJ got together and met new friends.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

There is a huge cultural diversity in the Au Pair volunteering team: Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, South African Au PairsMexican Au PairsUkrainian Au Pairs and Russian Au Pairs.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 2

The Au Pair explored the unique Festival. The Festival hosted by volunteers in the North Penn area and is celebrating its 25th year and is organized.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 10

Au Pairs were very enthusiastic and motivated to serve others and use their time, talent, skills and voices to help other volunteers and serve the community. It was a great cultural exchange experience, which is a goal of the Au Pair program.

 

Taxes 2016 -Three Extra Days To File Taxes.

Have you completed your tax return?  This year’s deadline is April 18 because of an overlap of federal and state holidays with the usual April 15 due date. You have three extra days to file your taxes in 2016. taxes

Au Pairs are required to file U.S. individual income tax returns. It is the law to file a tax return and report earnings made during a calendar year. The au pair stipend constitutes “wages” because an employer-employee relationship exists between the Au Pair and his/her Host Family and they are subject to federal taxation. Au Pairs who do not submit a tax return may have difficulty extending or obtaining future visas.

Every Au Pair should file taxes, regardless of the amount of money you made that year. You  may or may not have to pay taxes, but it is your responsibility to file taxes and report your earnings to IRS.

For the most recent and only official information about Au Pairs and taxes, please visit the IRS website and consult a tax adviser. If  you have a question about how to fill an Au Pair’s income tax read Ophelia’s instruction or watch YouTube tutorial  video that another Au Pair shared.

Good Luck!

The 25th International Spring Festival

The Lansdale International Spring Festival is the largest FREE diversity event in the Philadelphia region. This year the Festival is celebrating its 25th year and is organized and hosted by volunteers.  Au Pairs from Go Au Pair will  also volunteer and offer free face painting, balloon twisting, making crafts and playing games with children.intwernational festival.png

The Festival will be indoor and outdoor and offer:

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES – Multicultural art projects – Food tasting from around the world – Try on cultural/ceremonial costumes – Passport Program – Play instruments from around the world

ENTERTAINMENT – Ethnic dance troupes – Music from around the world – Free raffles and prizes – Audience participation – New outdoor activities HEALTH FAIR – Free health screenings – Healthcare exhibits – Entertainer Sterlen Barr – Interactive exercises – Prevention education

INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT Over fifteen ethnic cuisines are available for purchase at the Festival’s food court.

NATIONALITY AND VENDORS’ EXHIBITS Travel the world in a day and view exhibits in the Main Gym area.

STUDENT AFFAIRS WorldQwest Interactive Scavenger Hunt for young adults and etc.

Go Au Pair  will have two tables at the festival: for volunteering and representing Go Au Pair agency.  A lot of Au Pairs choose volunteering face painting for the kids. A few Au Pairs will do balloons twisting and making crafts/play with the kids.  Some Au Pairs desided fundraising for Make a Difference Foundation.
Participating country’s for the 2016  Festival include France, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Lebanon, India, Japan, Bangladesh, China, Brazil, Cambodia, South Korea, Poland, Italy, Egypt & Jordan. The mission of the International Spring Festival is to promote diversity and inclusion in the region through hosting the one-day cultural festival and through community outreach throughout the year.
Come join us on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the North Penn High School, 1340 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.

 

 

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