Welcoming Lisa, an Au pair from South Africa.

Please join me in welcoming the second year Au Pair from S. Africa Lisa. Lisa is 27, and will live in Philadelphia. Marce, Au Pair from Mexico kindly offered to be a buddy again. Thank you, Marce.Au Pair from S. Africa 1

As you may know, we interview the new Au Pairs. I am thrilled to share Lisa’s interview with you.

What are your hobbies and interests? Love socializing with friends, bonfires, braai aka BBQ, beach, outdoors, baking and cooking and crafts

What was the best event/happening during last month? I really enjoyed the summer holidays with the children took them to the beach or the cove to swim or we would hike. Other than that went to 6 Flags with my other au pair friend and had social gatherings with friends at their houses.Au Pair from S. Africa

What three adjectives best describe you? Loyal, Outgoing, big heart.

If you had one wish what would it be? To see every state in USA that my grandpa had seen when he travelled here as he always had the best stories when he was alive

What place would you like to visit? San Diego, New Orleans, Florida- Grampa recommended. I would love to see Atlanta and bit of the South maybe road trip.Au Pair from S. Africa 3

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? Have a coffee, breakfast, plan my day with friends either beach or outing, go out for lunch or dinner then relax and unwind when back at home maybe with a movie or listening to music.

Do you believe everything happens for a reason? I do indeed, I believe I’m here to do what I love and to experience what my grandpa did as he always wanted me to see USA so I’m doing this for him to in a way as he always wanted to go back one last time.Au Pairs from S. Africa

What was the best complement you have ever received? That I have the biggest heart out and very caring to others, as I always look out for others people’s needs before my own. What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? Baking, cooking and very good and meeting people very outgoing, make friends easily. 11992648_414331738758769_69715683_n

That is a very impressive interview, Lisa, and we’re looking forward to getting to know you in person!

Welcome Lisa, we all hope meeting you at our next meeting on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 12:00 pm at The Village Renaissance Fair.

Educational trips for Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County

Cultural Hi-Ways offers many educational trips for the Au Pairs who live in Philadelphia, Bucks County and close NJ area. The trips/classes hold on weekends as well and Au Pairs can earn 45 class hours. Three classroom sessions (Sundays) at Peirce College, Philadelphia  plus a tour to the destination studied allow Au Pairs to earn a certificate of completion for 45 hours or 4.5 CEU’s.aupairs

This Fall Learning Across America Educational Courses started already with the trip to Niagara Falls. This year Cultural Hi-Ways offers a new trip to Boston. The first class will begin at Peirce College on Sunday, October 4 and also on Sunday, October 11 and October 25. The tour date is November 14-15, 2015
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The very interesting trip to Washington, DC will be in October, 2015. Class Dates are on Sunday, October 18, November 1 and November 8, 2015 and the weekend tour to Washington, DC will be on November 21-22, 2015.

Many Au Pairs enjoyed the trips and earned the credits. Ophelia, Au Pair from China, wrote about the trip/ classes with Cultural Hi-Ways.Go Au Pair_Au_Pair

Kiah,  Au Pair from Australia, took this trip recently and shared with others,”Our first stop was the Air Force Memorial. We spent 20 minutes there before being dropped at the National Mall and being given 3 hours of free time. I chose to see the Washington Monument as well as the Holocaust Museum, both free attractions. This trip was absolutely once in a lifetime and I could not recommend it enough!” Read more about the trip to Washington, DC from Kiah post.GoAuPair_Kiah5
Don’t wait until the last minute to register if you want to travel and fulfill your educational component. More information about PA Au Pairs Educational Courses you can find here.

Weekend Au Pairs classes

According the Department of State requirement, standard Au Pairs must complete 6 credit hours and EduCare Au Pairs must complete 12 credits.  6 credit hours equate to 72 classroom hours. Au Pairs must take classes in the classroom, not online.

You can also choose the weekend classes now. The Department of State is now accepting weekend courses as long as they are at accredited institutions. Here are a few options.

CW POST – LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

One weekend course is worth 3 credits and costs from $300 to $ 350, depending on if you are communiting there every day (Friday afternoon through Sunday) or staying there over night.

Courses offered at CW Post:

  • American Culture
    Take any two of the following courses and receive a certificate in American Culture.

    • Women, Gender and Power
    • The Role of Government  in American Society
    • Cultural Dynamics
    • Exploring the American States
    • Music that Made America
    • Fashion through the Decades
    • Celebration of Holidays
    • Organized Sports in America
    • Growing up in America

    Business Marketing
    Take any two of the following courses and receive a certificate in Business Marketing.

    • Enhancing your Digital Lifestyle
    • Marketing and Social Media
    • Business in America {Coming soon}

    English Study
    Take any two of the following courses and receive a certificate in English Study.

    • TOEFL/English Preparation
    • Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
    • Critical Reading and Expository Writing

    Child Development
    Take the following courses and receive a certificate in Child Development.

    • Physical, Cognitive & Psychosocial Development
    • An In-depth Look at Diverse Learners

SILVER BAY, THE COLLEGE OF ST. ROSE, ALBANY, NY

Silver Bay Au Pair Courses, LLC

Each weekend  Silver Bay offers different programs. Au pairs decide on the evening of their arrival at the Silver Bay Campus, which sessions they will attend during the weekend. The fee is $ 275 for one weekend and 3 credits.

Class offered:
  • History of Albany: America’s Oldest Chartered City
  • Personal Financial Responsibility and Basic Business Principles
  • Are Leaders Born or Made? A study of leaders and leadership through time
  • American Holidays: Comparison of Cultural Traditions and Customs
  • Media Literacy in Film
  • Digital Photography: Basic Techniques and Creative Ideas
  • Fostering Developmental Exercises for Adolescents
  • Write On! Proper Writing Skills and Technique
  • Breaking Down Social Barriers for Children through Active Enrichment
  • American Slang
  • Nutrition and Exercise: How to Maintain Physical and Mental Fitness
  • Fostering Community Involvement
  • American Politics
  • What You Do Now Impacts Your Future Career
  • Lake George
  • American Social Life
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • Problem Solving
  • Deconstructing Personalities and Understanding Networking Styles
  • What Should I Eat?
  • Eating Healthy in a Busy World
  • Living Life Stress-Free
  • The Development of Social Media Networks
  • Spontaneous Melodrama: American Culture Through Dramatics and Theatre
  • Traveling the USA
  • How Twitter Toppled a Government

Au Pairs need to complete 6 or 12 credits in order to complete the au pair program successfully. If you plan to stay a 2nd year you need to finish your credits by the end of your 10th month.

Choose your class today!

Summer is almost over and it is the time to think about your classes at an American University. All of the Au Pairs have to complete six semester hours (12 for EduCare), or the equivalent. If you haven’t found your class yet, choose your class today!
Au Pair class.

Au Pairs must take classes in the classroom, not online. In order to enroll you may need to take the Placement Test to be eligible for college courses.

The colleges listed here are the most popular and affordable choices in the Philadelphia area, mostly for ESL classes.

Bucks County Community College 

Newtown, PA (215) 968-8000

Upper County Campus, Perkasie, PA (215) 258-7700

Bristol Center/Lower Bucks Campus, Bristol, PA (215) 781-3939

Day, Evening, Weekend

Credit, Non-credit ,  Continuing Education Department offers extensive and affordable classes.

Delaware County Community College

Media, PA (610) 359-5050 , (610) 359-5333 for non-credit courses,

Day, Evening, Weekend

Credit, Non-credit

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell, PA ,(215) 641-6300

West Campus located in Pottstown, PA

Day, Evening, Weekend

Credit, Non-credit

Harcum College

Bryn Mawr, PA (610) 526-6116

Day , Credit, Non-credit

International House

3701 Chesnutt St, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104,: 215-387-5125,

Day, Evening, Weekend, Non-credit, affordable

Princeton University

4 Mercer street Princeton NJ08542, (609) 258-0202 – E-mail: PUCAP@princeton.edu

Day, Evening, Weekend, Non-credit

Continuing Education, Non-credit classes,  Adult Education  and Lifelong Learning classes are the most affordable options for Au Pairs.

According the Department of State requirement, host families have to reimburse tuition costs and costs of related materials  up to $500  and $1000 for EduCare. Au Pairs responsible for all payments for tuition, fees, books and materials that exceed $500 or $1000.

Please, plan ahead, speak with your host family and don’t wait until the last minute to register for your class.

Welcome Chanté!

I’d like to welcome a new Au Pair to our cluster, Chanté Pretorius (19) from South Africa. Chanté is currently living in Berwyn, Philadelphia. Thanks to Marce Manzo for being Chanté‘s buddy.

We asked her a few questions about herself, just to get to know her a little better. Chanté‘s hobbies include Field hockey and ballet.

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Chanté enjoys spending her Saturdays going hiking and making new friends. Luckily all around Philadelphia there are great hiking spots, you should just know where to find them! She also mentioned that she likes camping.

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As soon as Chanté gets the chance, she will be going to Disney World.

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I hope that you will have an absolute great adventure in America, whether it is running around center city, going to cluster meetings or just hanging around with your host kids. :)

Welcome Max , Au Pair from China

Please join me in welcoming new Au Pair from China Max. Max or Yuhan Zhao is 21, she arrived in Philadelphia one week ago. Max is taking care of three small kids.
Au pair from ChinaMax already has buddy Venisha, Au Pair from South Africa. She is looking forward to meeting Venisha next weekend. Max said that her favorite way to spend her Saturday is spending time with my friends and go somewhere she wants to go.”If I have one wish, Max said, I want to go to Hollywood because I like the Hollywood movies.” Max has many hobbies -she likes traveling, chatting with friends and eating delicious food. She said that she is good in singing and making friends. Max doesn’t believe that everything happens for a reason.
Max from CXhina
Welcome Max, we are looking forward to meeting you at our next meeting on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 12:00 pm at The Village Renaissance Fair.
Everyone at Go Au Pair hopes that you will have an awesome year and we’re looking forward to getting to know you even more!

Friends Become our Chosen Family

Friends are a family you choose for yourself. ~Author Unknown
All current Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster-have Au Pair buddies. Many Au Pairs are looking forward to becoming a buddy, opening their heart and sharing their experience with new Au Pairs. Au Pairs buddies help a new Au Pair to adjust to a new life in the US quickly. Buddies have special connections and often become more than friends. The buddy program  creates a sense of unity, belonging to a cluster family and a circle of friends. frienship
Becoming a buddy to a new Au Pair is a great way to make new friends.  It  also makes an Au Pair buddy feel good because a new friend really appreciates her support and help.
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Cosima, the Au Pair from Germany, said “I know that it’s important to have a helping hand in the beginning. Everything is new to you and you feel kind of lost at some point. And then it’s great to have a person who’s there for you. I’m happy to be that person! And on top it’s an awesome way to gain new friends!”thank you buddy
Being a buddy is a great project that we created and hopefully it will be something that we will keep doing with the cluster in the future.
Au Pair friends
Thank you to all new buddies, Marcela- Au Pair from Mexico, Lorena -Au Pair from Colombia, Venisha -Au Pair from S. Africa,  Aline – Au Pair from Brazil, Amber – Au Pair from Australia, Joyce – Au Pair from China.

Welcome Ericka from Ecuador!

Aline, the Au Pair from Brazil, kindly offered to be the buddy for Vanessa and also for another Au Pair from Ecuador Ericka. Thank you, Aline. Here is welcoming post from Aline.

I would like to welcome a new member of our cluster, Ericka. Ericka is 26 years old. She will be here in US on August 20 and will live in King of Prussia, PA. She will take care of one girl, 8 years old and she is very excited to arrive here.Au Pair from Ecuador 1

Ericka answered some questions regarding being an aupair. There it go:

Why would you like to be an au pair? “I want to do the Au pair program because I love babies and kids and in the future I want to have my own Kinder Garden in my country Ecuador also I want to improve my English skills and know more about USA culture.”Au Pair from Ecuador 2

What are your hobbies and interests? “These are my hobbies and interests:recycling, animal care (volunteering at an animal shelter), scuba diving, skiing, bungee jumping, painting, creative writing, dancing, fishing,swimming , watching movies, singing/composing music, birdwatching, photography ,reading, collecting dried flowers, yoga, exercising and body building, participating in marathons, martial arts, recipe creation,traveling and exploration .play with my dogs, volunteering, do social work, teach dance to kids, teach special kids, go to the cinema, watch movies and soap opera dramas from Asia but my really favorite hobbies are singing and dancing ballet or another kind of music I studied many years dance I am a professional dancer.”Au Pair from Ecuador 3

If you had one wish what would it be? “If I had one wish it would be to have my own kindergarten and also open a charity to help kids and babies.”

What three adjectives best describe you? “I think these are the three adjectives best describe me kind, humble and  hardworking.”Au Pair from Ecuador

Which places would you like to visit? “One place that I would like to visit is Disney World or something like that a big park with many people, kids, games, and happiness.”Au Pair from Ecuador 4

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? “My favorite way to spend a Saturday is with my family in my house, listening to music, watching a good movie or soap opera , or studying online, cleaning my house, visiting friends, go to the mall, or cook for my family or dancing ballet or go to the zoo, all activities depend in the weather, season and mood.”

I guess everybody is very excited to meet you, Ericka. Have a safe flight and enjoy your family so far. See you soon!

Your buddy Aline and Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia.

Welcoming the Au Pair from Ecuador Vanessa

I would like to welcome Au Pair from Ecuador Vanessa to the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster. Vanessa is 26 years old and she will live with a new host family in Wayne, PA. Aline Franco , the Au Pair from Brazil, who just recently joined our cluster, kindly offered to be the buddy for Vanessa.

Vanessa loves the kids deeply and likes to take care of them. Vanessa enjoys cooking, laughing, talking, listening to music, listening to someone when they have a trouble and give a possible solution, and reading books. She also would like to know other countries, new cultures, learn different languages.Au pair Equador
The three adjectives that best describe Vanessa are sincere, restless and optimistic. Vanessa said that she would like to visit all the tourist attractions in the city of Wayne and also in France and Japan.

Vanessa Au Pair from EquadorWelcome, Vanessa. We hope that you will have an awesome year and we’re looking forward to getting to know you!

The Au Pairs meeting.

Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County had a great Au Pairs meeting at Bryn Athyn. We started with exploring Bryn Athyn Cathedral, then we had a tour at Glencairn museum, and enjoyed a farewell picnic.English: The exterior of the Glencairn Museum ...

The tour was very interesting, the museum has unique collections.Bucks County Au Pair meeting

We had very knowledgeable and funny tour guide Chris, we learned a lot  about Glencairn museum and enjoyed a special view from the top of the castle. Bucks County Au Pairs meetingThen we had a lovely picnic and fun time with friends. It was a special time making great memories, meeting new au pairs, making new friends, sharing the experience, eating international food. After the meeting, we had a hard time to say goodbye to many Au Pairs who are leaving. We stayed for a long time and couldn’t leave after the picnic.Au Pair meeting Bucks County

We will miss you, ladies. Thank you for being outstanding Au Pairs and great friends,

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