Hey, Marco! Welcome to the cluster!

Let me share Marco Van Vuuren’s short message with you! He comes in a week from South Africa!  He is my “buddy”, I am excited! I like him very much! I love his humor! So let’s see!

“I want to be an au pair, because I love working kids. I worked with kids at a school before I had started au pairing.
My hobbies are making food,gardening,cycling and just to have fun with my friends and family.
The three best adjectives that describes me are crazy,outgoing and a great friend. I would wish to have the best time of my life in the US and to talk about it back home.
I would like to visit Hollywood and just spend time there.
My favorite way to spend a Saturday is to go out and do something fun at a fun park or so. I consider myself good with children,making friends and listening to others.”
 I have no doubt, that Marco will totally enjoy his year here! ♥

Welcome to the cluster beautiful Daniela!

Let me introduce Daniela Ríos. She is already in the States. 

She likes climbing, hiking and photography. For example, on the weekends she likes to take pictures, climb rocks and go to shopping.

She would like to visit NY and Hawaii.

She is a good cooker, photographer and last, but not least she is a good friend.

She wants be an au pair, because:

“I want to know the education given to children in a different country and culture, I also love to be around kids.It is a great opportunity to grow in many ways. “

I hope, we will meet at the next  meeting! I am sure, that you will enjoy your year here! ♥

The Au Pair Program – How to start.

Go Au Pair is a reliable and cost-effective program for live-in child care needs. The family can register online for free and interview as many candidates as the family likes, with no obligation! We have over 300 available au pairs, with several in-country au pairs. Also, new Host Families are eligible for up to $1,000.00 in discounts!Print

To get started, please review  the U.S. Department of State requirements.

  • Be willing to comply with U.S. Department of State regulations
  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents fluent in spoken English
  • Provide the au pair with a private bedroom and 3 meals a day for the au pair
  • Limit child care to a maximum of 45 hours per week if participating in the standard au pair; 30 hours per week for the EduCare program.
  • Not exceed 10 hours per day or extend over more than five and a half days.
  • Have adequate financial resources to undertake hosting obligations
  • Pay a weekly minimum stipend based on the program option selected ($195.75 for standard Au Pairs, $146.81 for EduCare Au Pairs)
  • Help an Au Pair to enroll in and attend an accredited post-secondary institution to fulfill here educational requirement.
  • Pay up to $500 toward the cost of the au pair’s required academic course work;
  • Provide a minimum of two weeks paid vacation for each 12 months.

For more information please read THE AU PAIR EXCHANGE PROGRAM BROCHURE. After the family reviews the host family qualifications,  the family can register and apply online. Once the family has registered and completed the online application,  Go Au Pair will open the personal portal and the family will get the access to our advance Host Family Community, where the family can view hundreds of au pair profiles.

All Au Pairs are screened, personally interviewed and meet regulatory requirements to qualify for the J1 visa Au Pair program. These regulations include background checks, minimum High School education, minimum hours of childcare experience, verified childcare references and more. All Au Pairs are required to have a minimum number of years of childcare experience.

In addition, Go Au Pair is pleased to welcome new Host Families hosting an out-of-country Au Pair in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area with a “Locals Only” Discount. Those who match with an Au Pair from Go Au Pair within 90 days of applying will be eligible to receive $750 off program fees and pay no application fee!

Saying goodbye to a great au pair, Jacques Botha!

In this interview, I will share Jacques‘s warm words with you about his experiences as an au pair in the US. He has many fantastic memories!

  • He went to a lot of amazing places. His favorite was Niagara Falls.

“It is awe inspiring the gratitude of the falls. It is just amazing!”

  • His favorite way to spend free time here was just to have some ‘me time’ and concentrate on himself.
  • His favorite thing about being an au pair was learning the culture and way of Americans.
  • He likes the diversity of cultures within the cluster and also the way the agency handles problems and all those important stuff. He says, it is very quick.
  • His best experience living in the US was to build relationships from scratch with new people and make lifelong friends.au-pair-christmas-party-16
  • The most valuable lesson he has learned is never to have kids.

“Just joking, of course!”

  • But, he would say that the most valuable lesson will have to be patience and also independence.
  • He told us, that this is a lot different to be South African, but also amazing. He thinks, that American people are very talkative and open.
  • There are some new things he experienced as well, like: driving on the other side of the road and different food.Au Pair farewell picnic Independence National Historical Park 2

Jacques has also recommended this au pair program to others! I was happy to write about him. I wish him to gather more memories! ♥

Meet new cultures, meet new people, meet the new YOU

Two weeks ago, I had my first au pair event. It was a picnic near the Liberty Bell. The weather was perfect for us and so everything. 

There were a lot of new au pairs. Miguel came with his Host Family. It was really interesting to meet them there.

We had fun together, ate delicious dishes from different cultures… The two of us: Valentine and me had baked something (I would share the recipe with you, but it is a secret family recipe.) We also had muffins, chicken, etc.


We also played a game to know each other better. I learnt new information so far.

Something important: you have to experience yourself by getting know others better to meet the new you. Hard, but it is worth it!

Our next meeting will be at (the awesome) Polina’s house. We will make sushi and something else, as we have two chefs in the cluster! I am looking forward to meeting these guys again! See you there! ♥

One more amazing au pair joining us in October! Welcome, Jessica!

A new great au pair is joining our friendly Philadelphia au pair cluster –  Jessica Rocha from Brazil. She is 22 and she will live in Pennsylvania. In order to get to know her better, we asked her a couple of questions.


Why do you want to be an Au Pair?

-I decided to be an au pair because I’ve always enjoyed being around kids. I like the way they see things and I believe we have a lot to learn with them.

What are your hobbies and interests?

-I enjoy reading, watching tv shows and surfing on the internet as much as I love walking my dog, swimming and traveling!

What was the best event/happening during last month?

-Definitely, the day my visa was approved!

What place would you like to visit?

-I would love to visit New York!

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

-I like to spend my Saturdays eating out, shopping or going to the movies.

What was the best compliment you have ever received?

-For me, the best compliment someone can receive is to have his or her work appreciated. It’s very gratifying.

We hope, Jessica’s au pair experience will be unforgettably cool and she will have a lot of great memories about her au pair year in the USA!

See you soon at our upcoming au pair cluster meeting, Jessica!

Welcome to our friendly cluster, Liping

A new awesome au-pair from China Liping or Liz has joined our Philadelphia cluster! We were very glad to meet Liping at our meeting, talk to her and get to know her better. She is a cool girl and has many interests and  hobbies. Liping is 22 and her buddy is Christine.

Here is our interview with Liping:

1.What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to travel, enjoy to make friends. I also like sports, especially outdoor sports. I love to be close to nature. Now I want to challenge bungee jumping.

2.What three adjectives best describe you?
I’m a happy, friendly and helpful girl.


3.What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
I want to play and go shopping with my friends on Saturday.

4.What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?
I’m good at is making yogurt, sushi and laugh.

5. What place would you like to visit?
Now I would like to go to the place is Seattle, it is very beautiful in the movie.

6.Why do you want to be an Au Pair?
I love kids. There is happy when I play with them. I would like to experience different cultures. I love to make friends from different areas. And I like American education child’s way, I want to learn it. And education my children in the future.

Good luck to you in your au pair career, Liping , and we wish you to have the time of your life in the USA:)

Tolerance, kindness, interest – New York Introductory Workshop

My name is Bianka, from Hungary, Europe. I am an au pair since the beginning of August, 2016. My first experiences, here in the US were in New York with some curious, enthusiastic people…14054328_1163887127019801_2435939692608322761_o.jpg

….I only spent 3 days with those guys in New York, but it was a really important experience in my life. Not because of the place, but the people with me. I am thankful for my Host Family that they provided me the possibility to go there and for the chance to met Patrick (our instructor).

In the hotel, the food was delicious. The atmosphere was calm and friendly. Everything was comfortable. We’ve seen the famous places, which I didn’t really care. Well, of course, that was SOMETHING, but for me, it was too much: too much people, too much smell, too much people around me. I didn’t get the New York City feeling, but I actually felt the city which never sleeps one.

“New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.”  Bob Dylan

Patrick taught us, how to try to save a life (or two), how to be calm in a dangerous situation. This wasn’t new for me, but it was extremely satisfying, more than we could ask for. He was chatty, funny and energetic. He’s a kind of man who you’ll always remember of.

Here are some things, I’ve learnt while I was in New York: 

  • It is okay, when somebody (who you are with) eats from your food. Without asking.
  • Don’t need to eat all of your food. It is okay to throw it away, when you are done.
  • You can do whatever you want!
  • Be tolerant and patient. All the time.
  • Ask! Ask! Ask! Ask, when you don’t understand something. Ask, when you need something. Ask!
  • Don’t be shy! Try to talk, or at least listen.
  • People here, try to understand you, even if your English is awful.
  • It does matter, where did you come from. Never ever forget that! Never feel ashamed because of it!

I hope, that the article was enjoyable! You’ll be able to read my posts about new au pairs, about the events, about my country and I’ll write posts when an au pair leaves. ♥


Welcome to the cluster Miguel Ochoa!

The honor is mine, to introduce a male au pair from Colombia! Miguel is 25 years old, takes care of three boys in Bucks County. He is in the EduCare program: he will work less, but learn more. 


  • He decided to be an au pair, because he likes spending time with children.
  • His favorite hobbies are watching movies and cooking. – Wow, that’s always really great when a man can cook and loves cooking!
  • He would like to visit Washington.14341496_10153909391488857_497048441_n.jpg
  • He says, he is friendly, outgoing and funny.
  • He likes going out, for example on Saturdays and see new places.

I am sure, that Miguel will have fun with other au pairs and make friends soon. We’ll see you in a couple days Miguel! He will also meet  our new au pair! ♥

Enjoying more information about Adriana Evechis

Some days ago, you could read an interview about our experienced au pair from Ecuador. Today you can all learn some more information about Adriana! 

What is your favorite thing about being an au pair?

The best is the love we get from kids!!!! Learning together and can be like a mother of these little monsters!

What do you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair?

Since I began this program as an au pair, the coordinators and representatives have been so kind with me! Shona, Gina, Crystal and Polina have guided and helped me from the beginning, during the rematch process and now here in Philadelphia. In conclusion, I liked to meet them in this new adventure, feeled safe. I could trust them.14339388_1817212768523721_1182787001_oWhat is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you?

The best lesson you get being an au pair is bravery, courage and ability to do things on your own. No matter how old you are, just being an au pair makes you grow up in every way.

How do you like the experience being a part of an American family?

Living with your host family is a unique experience,because they will  your support here. I had lucky to feel companionship and freedom at the same time. I could be part of their daily routine, your leisure time going to different places and having a good talk with them. However, in my spare time, I could share time with friends, visited new places and did my favorite activities like taking pictures and reading. 

Thank you Adriana for the great deal of information! Looking forward to meet you! ♥

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