Welcome, the first Argentine au pair!

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 an -pair of the year! 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  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.

A farewell to an outstanding au pair Yuhan Zhao, or Max.

Our amazing  au-pair from China, Max, is going home soon. But Max believes, she has spent a great year in the USA as an au-pair and wants to share her experience with all of us!13348714_271798103168422_44036816_n

This is what Max says:

‘Time past quickly! Being Au Pair is one of the most precious experiences in my life. My host parents Laura, Bill and my 3 brothers give me lots of love!I love them more than I can say!

The deepest impression place I traveled is Niagara Falls. That’s an amazing and fancy place! For me, it’s the gift of the nature! You should be there!

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During my work day,after work sometimes I go for a walk and have dinner with my friend! And I go to karaoke or go to Chinatown to eat food with my friends on the weekend! Also sometimes I go to New York ,Washington, DC., Atlantic city have fun with my friends!

I enjoyed every au-pair events with our Local Area Representative Polina, with my host parents and the other au-pairs from all around the world! I hope we can have different au-pair events before I leave.

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The most unforgettable experience in the United States is the holiday like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. When Thanksgiving we ate a lot of delicious food and do pray that this is a very unforgettable experience in my life. I’ve got a lot of gifts and saw a lot of beautiful decoration at Christmas…

The Au Pair program helped me learn to be independent, patient, also let me have a very unforgettable experience of American life.

This is a very rare experience I would like to recommend to my friends.Hope that more and more people join  au-pair.Wish everyone to be happy every day!’

Why is it easier for a young child to learn a new language than an adult?

Language learning is a natural process when kids are young. Recent studies show that the best time for a child to learn another language is in the first years of life.

According to Harry Chugani, a Detroitpediatric neurologist, foreign language teaching should begin when children are in preschool—when teachers can maximize a child’s willingness and ability to learn. By the time a student reaches high school, the optimum learning period is lost.Juliana and kid1

Childen who exposed to two languages learn the second language naturally, applying the same skills they use to acquire their native language. Older children and adults have to learn the language consciously by studying it. However, when people immerse themselves in a language like children, through play and exploration, they can learn a language quickly and easily. Also, young children don’t fear of making mistakes or mispronouncing words like adults do.

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Most children in the world speak more than one language because kids often have a natural exposure to a few languages in daily life. In the United States, not many children have this opportunity, unless they may have an Au Pair and a chance to exposure to a second language.

Au Pairs help children learn a second language through study and play naturally which leaves parents not having to pay for the expensive lessons.

Forever sisters by heart.

This is a surprise farewell post for Au Pair Botle Mpiti (Lucy) from South Africa and this post has been written by Lucy’s friend au pair from S. Africa Kim.her smile always brightens up.jpg

To start with this post, let me say a few words as a Go Au Pair Local Area Representative. In March 2015 we welcomed Lucy to the Philadelphia and Bucks County Go Au Pair cluster. Another South African Au Pair Tania interviewed Lucy in March 2015 and asked her, ” What is the best thing about being an au pair in Philly?, and Lucy said,“Best thing about being an aupair in Philly is that the cluster is huge as to the number of au pairs…meeting my country girls is just so great, knowing other girls from different sides of this world is just too good wouldn’t trade these moments for anything in this world.”Voluntering with Au Pair from Go Au Pair.

Times flies so fast, especially when you’re having fun with friends. Tomorrow is Lucy’s last day with the cluster.  Lucy is very caring and her smile always brightens up the day. Lucy made many friends and had a great experience with the Au Pair program. Thank you for being a great Au Pair and friend, Lucy! We love you and miss you already. Good Luck with your future journey!v 1

Enjoy many photos and a farewell post of Lucy’s friend and forever sisters by heart Kim.

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We are all very fortunate to have met you and experienced your craziness cuz girrrrrl you are CRAZY! (The good kind of crazy, of course)with Au Pair from Go Au Pair l
Wherever you go, we can all be certain that you are going to create sunshine where there are only clouds and pave a way where there seems to be no possible way. Voluntering with Au Pair from Go Au Pair

In the short 18 months that you have been here, you have touched our hearts and forever engraved your name on our souls. You have created so many memories that won’t ever be forgotten.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

You will be dearly missed (SO so much) but I can stand firm in saying that you definitely won’t be forgotten! v 3
Forever sisters by heart ❤️

Time to say good-bye to a flawless Colombian au pair Lorena

Days go by very quickly, and, unfortunately, it’s about time to say good-bye to a great au-pair from Columbia Lorena Andrea Lopez Nieto.  We asked her some questions to get to know about her experience as an au-pair in the USA better.

Do you like your Au Pair experience with Go Au Pair? 1. Yes, I like because thanks to Go Au Pair I have a great host family.

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What places you visited you like the most? 2. I visited the art museum , the Philadelphia zoo, The wax museum in New York, New Jersey but my favorite place was North Carolina when I went at the beach on Hilton Head Island in North Carolina, it was the vacation with my host family.

What do you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? 3.I liked the different customs , culture and food .

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? 4. I learned the family is the most important and also we should value the little things.

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How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? 5. This experience is the best in my life because I learned so much from a strong and braver woman who adopted 5 amazing children .

What are new things you experienced?  6. That was something different to my real family but I have enjoying all their traditions and I feel great with them . I took the train alone without speaking English very well, I went to the beach for the first time here , I tried some the seafood like oysters, octopus .

What is your favorite Au Pair meeting?  7. My favorite meeting was last Christmas.

Would you recommend being an au pair to others? 8. Of course, it’s really amazing my experience here, we learn a lot being Au Pair so this gives us lessons to our life.

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Thank you for your answers, Lorena, have a safe trip home and share your wonderful au-pair experience!:)

The best Au Pair that the family can imagine available

Kim, the outstanding South African Au Pair who lives in Philadelphia, PA, is looking for a new host family.

Kim was nominated for the Au Pair in the Year Award by her host family and became an Au Pair in Excellency. Her host family said,  “Kim truly is the best Au Pair that we can imagine”.

“Kim is an incredible young woman who has won our hearts and become an integral member of our family over the past year.”

Kim said, “I have been experiencing the American culture and caring for two amazing little kids Arya (age 3) and Arthur (age 1) for the past year a half. I arrived whilst Arthur was still “baking in the oven” and not yet born and have had the privilege of seeing him grow and experience many different and wonderful growing phases with him. I have always had a love for children and knew that I wanted to experience something life changing with them. I became “mommy’s little helper” at a very young age when my younger siblings were born, and learnt a lot about childcare through them. I became a babysitter for many family friends and friends of friends and volunteered at a nursery school prior to coming to the States.Au Pair s. Africa Kim

I (and many of my friends and family who know me) would describe me as fun-loving creative, spontaneous, open and responsible and am a big advocate for hands-on play, definitely not afraid to get down on my knees.I have my South African driver’s license and an American learners license, I have experience in driving as I was responsible for driving Arya to school and back. I love the outdoors and most of my hobbies would include being outdoors and staying active. I am well-educated and fluent in English, I see myself as academic and love putting my brain to work whether it be solving something hard or giving a helping hand (or in this case, a helping brain) with kids homework. I love new challenges as they are big part of learning.

I am looking forward to experiencing more of America with kiddies and become apart of your family!” Contact Go Au Pair for more information.

Learn about different culture by cooking with your Au Pair.

Food is definitely part of our culture –one that we carry wherever we go. An Au Pair will bring her culture and her food traditions.

A great way to learn about different cultures is by cooking. Every country has own traditions and celebrations, and every holiday has its own food. Why not start cooking and sharing  a meal together with your Au Pair?  It’s a good way to become more familiar with your au pair‘s culture.

If you have French or Italian Au Pair you will learn soon that a traditional breakfast there is coffee and either baguette or croissant. The French often dip their buttered bread into coffee.

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You may learn that hot cereal or porridge, often made with corn and called “putu pap,” is the first meal in Souths Africa from S. African Au Pair .
And if you have an Au Pair from Mexico, she may prefer dishes like chilaquiles (below) and huevos rancheros, or sweet rolls and coffee for breakfast.Mexico Au Pair.jpg
Food is an important part of the culture.  Simply cook together your Au Pair favorite dish, d learn and have fun.

Food is an important part of the culture.

Food in many ways helps define us. Every country has its traditions that relate to the food.

It is important to know your Au Pair food culture and rituals. If you have an Au Pair from Europe you should know “bread and salt “tradition.

“Bread and salt is a welcome greeting ceremony in many European cultures” according to Wikipedia. When important, respected, or admired guests arrive, they are presented with a loaf of bread placed on a rushnik (embroidered towel). Russian_bread_and_salt

In some culture, eating bread and salt together express the union and symbolize the agreement between two persons. Eating bread and salt with a friend is considered to create a moral obligation which requires gratitude.

Guests in a Serbian home are greeted with a spoonful of “slatko “and a cup of water as soon as seated. Particularly honoured guests are offered twice, although any guest can ask for another taste, to honour the housekeeper.

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Cooking and sharing  a meal together with your Au Pair is a good and fun way to become more familiar with your au pair’s culture.

Special thanks and recognition for an au pair Sijia

Time flies, and unfortunately soon we’ll have to say good-bye to an awesome au-pair from China and just a great person – Sijia Zhu. She has been an au-pair for almost 2 years, and it’s time to leave in 3 months. But before going back to a beautiful and  mysterious China, Sijia wants to share some valuable information with us – her experience and impressions of being an au-pair.

‘ My name is Sijia , I’ve been living here almost 2 years. If you ask me do I like my aupair experience? My answer is absolutely yes, when I just came here got to my host family, I was nervous and didn’t know what to do, but now we get on together like family members.

Totally agree here, Sijia and her host child do look like a family!:) They’re so happy and definitely are having fun!

What places I visited that I like the most?  It’s very hard to choose, I think it’s Philly, the first time I saw the profile about my host family that they live near Philly, I was excited, I know Philly is the city with a long history, I like to hang out with my friends at old city area, enjoy the leisure time at harbour park, walk around with my friends in the UPENN, even Philly is not a big city, I still like this city most.

What is the most valuable lesson I learned from being an aupair?  My host family is a single family, before I came here I thought it would be a very hard time to stay with a single family, but actually, it’s totally different, from these 2 years I realized, to be a patient, cheerful person, always keep the positive attitude it’s very important, that will affect your host family, I believe happiness is contagious.

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Sijia and her host kid look soooo cute together:) 

 

What is my favorite aupair meeting? I think it’s in March last year the Flower Show, that’s fabulous, there were all different kinds of flowers from the world, that’s so amazing!!!

Would you recommend being an aupair to others?   I’m very happy to recommend this program to others, it’s a very good way to know the real American culture and daily life to be an aupair, not only the ways you know how to get on well with the kids but also you will learn a lot from your host family, it will broaden your views.

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Wonderful smiles!

I’m so lucky to be a member of my host family, I love my host kids, I call them naughty babies, both of them are not only clever but also active, before I came here my English was so bad, they helped a lot to improve my English, they always respect me and never force me to do the things I don’t like, they treat me just like family members, they always welcome my friends to come here, my host dad is a selfless considerate person who always help me and my friends, so appreciate he did everything for me, every time when he goes to the grocery store, he buys the food I like, such as the yogurt, cheery and some other things, that makes me touched a lot. If the weather is ok, my favorite thing is walk around with my host kids after dinner. How time flies, I can’t believe I will leave in 3 months, don’t want to say goodbye, I love my host family, I’m looking forward to see them in China!!!

 

 

A farewell to a wonderful au pair Maria Paula

Being an au-pair is a great experience, involving a lot of fun, but unfortunately there is a time for every au pair to say goodbye to her/his host family and friends…

A great au pair from Mexico, Maria Paula, is leaving soon – June, 16.

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But before she leaves, we asked her a couple of questions.

  1. Do you like your Au Pair experience with Go Au Pair? – Yes, this experience has been nice and I met amazing people, friends and a new family.
  2. What places you visited you like the most? –  I went to a lot of places but definitely New York, that’s always been my favorite place, but I liked DC, and Annapolis too.
  1. What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? –  With my Mexican friends, that was my favorite part of the week, going shopping, traveling or just laying watching Netflix with them.
  2. What do you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? –  It is a safe place to be in another country, the best way to find a new family and to learn more about yourself.
  3. What has been your best experience living in the US? –  Everything I lived here, was a good experience, I don’t regret anything and I enjoyed every moment, but one of my favorites is when my parents came to visit me!
  4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you?  – That I am not ready to be mother lol!! I learned a lot about myself, a lot of stuff that I am able to do and I didn’t know it before, I learned to be patient, I learned tolerance and get used to things that I wasn’t used to.

What are new things you experienced? –  My cooking skills got way better, college and be away from home.

How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? –  It was different, but it was awesome, I was lucky to have a good family and it will be hard to say goodbye.

What is your favorite Au Pair meeting? –  The laser tag one, Polina chose a good place, we had a lot of fun and it was cool.

Would you recommend being an au pair to others?  – If they want to have the best experience, yes!!

What are your wishes to your friends, cluster, LAR and Go Au Pair?  – I hope my Au pairs friends have a good experience like mine, that they enjoy and learn a lot, I hope Polina continues being the LAR because she is the best!!!

Maria Paula, thanks for sharing with us and we wish you to have a good safe flight back home and always keep in touch with us – friends from  your Philadelphia cluster.

 

 

 

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