Lets welcome to our new member Priscila!

Almost summer and the weather is getting warmer and warmer every day day! Its so excited to welcome a new member of our cluster: Priscila from Brazil, she is 26 years old and she just arrived a few days ago. We interviewed her and here we got some of her answers:

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 1. Why did you decided to be an au pair? well, I decided to be an au pair because i consider this is a great chance for me to spend my time with kids, improve my English skills and get to know more about the American culture.

2. What are your hobbies and interests? I love music, reading and drawing. I’ve been studying music the past few months.59699223_644605429335084_962223908692426752_n

3. What was the best event/happening during last month? My nephews birthday party.  

4.What two adjectives best describe you? respectful and friendly. 

5.If you had one wish what would it be? Travel around the world as a volunteer.

6.What place would you like to visit? Definitely the Grand Canyon in Az. 60342887_430675464392200_2012607359779602432_n

7. What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? Outdoors reading and doing picnic with my friends.

8.What was the best complement you have ever received? brave!

9.What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? Listening others and making people laugh.

Once again Priscila welcome to our cluster!!!

Welcome to our cluster Noelin!!!

It is almost summer dear people and we have a bunch of au pairs join our cluster soon. Thats exciting! Let me welcome to our first au pair from Uganda Noelin, she is 25 years old. Learning more about our new members helps us to find things in common with them, so we did interview them and they in a friendly way helped to know more about them:

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  1. Let me ask you, Why do you want to be an Au Pair? well, I want to be an aupair because l want to live different American tradition such as thanksgiving and Halloween. I can’t forget to mention that spending time with kids is one of my passions , so living in the US and watch kids motivate me to be a great au pair. 
  2. What are your hobbies and interests? My hobbies are swimming ,watching movies, singing and listening to music, as well as travelling and spending time with my friends.
  3. What was the best event/happening during last month? Last month I went to restaurant exhibition where l tasted different kinds of food from the best restaurants around Kampala. That sounds tasty!!!
  4. What three adjectives best describe you?I am a friendly, respectful and honest person.
  5. What place would you like to visit? I would like to go to Hawaii.58579382_601953160311131_518612885765619712_n
  6. What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?I usually on Saturdays l like to go out with my friends.
  7. What was the best complement you have ever received? My best complement is when my friend Angella told that shows grateful to God for meeting me.
  8. What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?I consider myself as a friendly person.

Thank you so much for your time Noelin! From the bottom of our hearts we wish you the best. Once again welcome to our cluster!

 

 

Volunteering with Au Pairs friends and cultural exchange.

There are some extra adventures that Au Pairs can experience during their Au Pair year in the US like the special moments of volunteering with friends.Au Pairs Philadelphia ISF

On Saturday, April 27th 2019 the Au Pair team from Go Au Pair volunteered for the International Spring Festival in the Philadelphia area.

Au Pairs Philadelphia volunteers

Au Pairs from 10 countries -Brazilian Au Pairs, Chinese Au Pairs, Colombian Au Pairs, Salvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs, Argentinian Au Pairs, South African Au Pairs, Mexican Au Pairs, and French Au Pairs –volunteered face painting, distributed balloons, made crafts with kids and represented their countries. Au Pairs Philadelphia 2019 Volunteering

The Au Pair from Bucks County Genesis volunteered in the US for the first time and enjoyed the opportunity of volunteering with other Au Pairs at the international festival,”we  had a happy time with other Au Pairs, we got to know each of us, we worked as a team, we did different activities and we enjoyed every second in the international festival”

Gene, who came from Ecuador, said,”The international festival was an incredible experience for each one of us! We learned about different cultures from each part of the world, we met people from different countries, we tried different food from different countries. We also could watch various dances from different countries and appreciate art.” Au Pairs Host family

“I  had a beautiful time with my host family and my host kids! It was a day of great joy!”said Gene.

Volunteering at the International Spring Festival together with other Au Pairs and Americans is one of the special moments that many Au Pairs will remember for a long time.

Au Pairs volunteering as a team.

Volunteering as a team brings Au Pairs together and allows to discover another side of the American life. Volunteering is a very popular activity in the US.  Americans use some of their free time to volunteer and say that volunteering is fun and makes them feel happier. Volunteering is also an opportunity to make new connections and became a part of the community. It helps the Au Pairs get a rich cultural exchange experience which is a goal of the Au Pair program.

This year we are going to volunteer for the International Spring Festival  on Saturday, April 27th 2019 for the fifth time.

The Au Pair team from Go Au Pair will volunteer face painting, distribute balloons, make crafts with kids and represent many countries. There will be a huge cultural diversity Brazilian Au Pairs, Chinese Au Pairs, Colombian Au Pairs, Salvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs, Argentinian Au Pairs, South African Au Pairs, Mexican Au Pairs, and French Au Pairs.

Au Pairs meeting in Philadelphia library 2019 year

Au Pairs are going to volunteer for the International Spring Festival  on April 27, 2019 for the fifth time.

We also will have Go Au Pair host children team! Thank you to the Host Families and Go Au Pair agency for supporting our teams!

Many Au Pairs are very enthusiastic and motivated to change the word for the better. To start changing the world, we may need only to directly impact the lives of a few people.

Small steps… but here is a start – volunteering at the International Spring Festival.
Come join us volunteering and/or enjoying the unique Festival which has been organized by international team!

Au Pairs volunteering for the International Festival in Philadelphia

Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia have been supporting the International Spring Festival for 5 years. We had such a great experience – the festival committee is talking highly about previous Au Pairs volunteers!  Many Au Pairs said that volunteering for ISF was their favorite meeting. <3. The Festival features multi-cultural exhibits and vendors, food tasting, and fabulous performances of dance and music.
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This year 17 Au Pairs signed up to volunteer for the International Spring Festival (ISF). The Festival will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019  at  the North Penn High School,  1340 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.

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There are also many other things at the festival for the Au Pairs to enjoy – more than 30 countries will be represented by other volunteers. Perhaps Au Pairs can speak with other volunteers from their native country, eat the home country dishes, or watch special cultural performance http://www.isfconnect.org/host-the-festival/

Au Pairs love kids hats

The most fun part will be meeting Au Pairs from 12!!!! countries, making friends, sharing about your culture, learning about others and volunteering your talent and skills together with other Au Pairs and the US volunteers. It is a great cultural exchange experience, which is a goal of the Au Pair program.Au Pairs love kids 2018We are going to distribute balloons, volunteer doing face painting, making crafts with kids, etc. Thank you Go Au Pair agency for supporting our team and providing the supplies. Please come to meet other host families near Go Au Pair table at 12:00 pm. or any time from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm to join our volunteers and/or enjoy the Festival.

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Come and meet our international team -Au Pairs from China, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, France, Uganda, Ukraine, Russia and other countries. Our team is looking forward to making the festival experience very special for you!

Au Pairs obtaining a Pennsylvania Driver’s Licence

Au pairs are permitted to drive in Pennsylvania for up to 1 year with the following 4 documents: an international driver’s license, a home country license, a J1 visa and a DS 2019 form. However, obtaining a Pennsylvania Driver’s Licence is very important. Here is 8 reasons why an Au Pair should get a PA Driver’s License.Au Pairs driving

In order to get a driver’s license Au Pairs must have a Social Security number.

The Au Pairs should begin studying for the learner’s permit test, which is a written test that  can be taking on the computer at a Driver’s License Center.  Please click on this link to practice for the test. If an Au Pair speaks Spanish, she/he you can choose to study for the Learner’s permit and take the test in Spanish.

Then,  Au Pair need to complete DL -180 form and visit a doctor to get a medical physical form done. After that, she/he should visit PennDOT Driver License Center with a completed DL -180 form,  their visa, passport,  1-94 form,  DS 2019, Social Security card, a check or money order payable to PennDOT, and two acceptable proofs of residency- please contact a Driver License Center for more info.

Au pairs should take the eye screening and Knowledge Test at a PennDOT Driver License Center. Once passed, Au Pairs will be issued the Initial Learner’s Permit.

After Au Pairs get a permit, they can schedule a driver’s license exam. This test will be in an actual driving test in a car. When visiting a Driver License Center to take a road test, they have to bring valid learner’s permit, proof of vehicle insurance, proof of vehicle registration, accompanying driver’s valid driver’s license.

Good Luck with obtaining a Pennsylvania Driver License!

Remember,  never drive and talk/text on the cell phone at the same time, make sure the children are correctly in their car seats and everyone wears seat bells at all times. Also, NEVER drink alcohol and drive.

Welcome to our cluster Dani Rosales !!!

We are officially in our second day of Spring! This weather is helping us to get ready for the summer! Today let me welcome our new member Dannii Rosales from Mexico. Dani is 24 years old and she just arrived a couple of days ago to Philadelphia. Let me tell you more about her:

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  •  Why do you want to be an Au Pair? I decided to be an aupair because I love kids and being an au pair will also provide me the opportunity to live in a different country.
  • What are your hobbies and interests?My hobbies are watching movies or series, drawing, going outside and swimming.
  • What three adjectives best describe you?Generous, patient and responsible.
  • If you had one wish what would it be?I wish I could open my animal shelter.
  • What place would you like to visit? I would like to visit London.
  • What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?I like spending time with my family and some friends!

The cold weather is almost gone, once again we are excited to welcome Dani to this amazing city and cluster. See you next meeting dear Dani!

 

Congratulations to Hendry from S. Africa on his second Au Pair year!

One year ago we welcomed Hendry,  male Au Pair from South Africa, into Go Au Pair in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area cluster. Hendry joined the family of a single mother with 4 year old son and two year old twins. Being only twenty, Hendry has already been an au pair in China and has a lot of experience working with kids. Au pairs

We love to interview our Au Pairs. In his first interview Hendry mentioned that the reason he wanted to be an au pair is because children are his passion, he really enjoys spending time with them. Besides that Hendry loves kids, he also likes to travel, meet new people, explore new places and make new memories. And Hendry really traveled a lot, made many friends and became a buddy to a few Au Pairs.Au pairs Go Au Pair

Henry likes his host family and he said, “The right family will make you feel right at home and you wont feel homesick so you can enjoy your time here.”

That was an awesome year full of learning new things, making new friends traveling and exploring the Philadelphia. The kids adore Hendry and Hendry’s host mom extended the offer asking Hendry to continue with the family for another year!

Au pairs from S. Africa

One year later we are interviewing Hendry again and asking Hendry about his experience of being an Au Pair in the US.Au Pairs from S. Africa.What places you visited you like the most? I liked New York the most.
What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? The city (Philadelphia) is just incredible and I go there over and over again. I spend most of my time traveling, but if i cant travel then I explore the city with my friends.
What is your favorite thing about being an au pair? My favorite thing is how much freedom and resources you have to travel.
What do you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? I like how supportive everybody is.
What has been your best experience living in the US? My best experience was going to the jingle ball concert in New York.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? Be wise how you spend your time. It goes away quicker than money.

What are new things you experienced? Halloween, Hanukkah, 4th of July, philly cheese steak, and cinnobun.Au pairs from South AfricaCongratulations, Hendry!  Good Luck and best wishes for the second Au Pair year!

 

 

8 reasons why an Au Pair should get a Pennsylvania Driver’s license

The Traffic Laws are vary from state to state.  Pennsylvania Law permits the Au Pairs to drive with a valid Home Country License and a valid International License for up to one year. However, Go Au Pair recommends to obtain a Pennsylvania Driver’s Licence ASAP even though the Au Pairs do NOT need to have a Pennsylvania license.Au Pair driving in the US

Getting a US Driver’s License can be advantageous for the following reasons:

  1. a Host Family feels confident that the Au Pair has passed the Pennsylvania Driver’s License requirements
  2.  a PA Driver’s License is the extra identification which is good for traveling around inside the U.S and in some case you must have it (for example, to rent a car.)
  3. an Au Pair needs a PA or a US Driver Licence to drive out of state where the driving law is required to have the US driver license (for example, crossing NJ state)
  4. an Au Pair will need a US Driver Licence if she/he plans to extend for another year and getting a Driver Licence latter can be complicated
  5. a Host Family usually will have a cheaper car insurance if Au Pair has a PA Driver Licence. 
  6.  local police does not always recognize an international driver’s license and may question the legality of the au pair’s papers
  7. an American driving license is an excellent benchmark in case an Au Pair in a transition moving out of state where the driving laws will most likely be different. 
  8. a US Driver Licence is a great souvenir to bring home, ❤

Welcome to our cluster Genesis Schnabel!

Almost the beginning of Spring and I am glad that our cluster is getting bigger and bigger! Today I want to welcome one of the new members! her name is Genesis Schnabel, she is from Ecuador and she is 20 years old. Genesis was so kind to tell us more about herself, so you guys get to know more about her:

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  1. Why do you want to be an Au Pair? Well i thought that this was my chance to do what i like the most which is take care of kids and at the same time I could travel and meet new people.
  2. Can you tell us what are your hobbies and interests? I really like to spend my time with my friends and of course travel.53142889_264935374408454_5553202137439141888_n

3 .What three adjectives describe you best? friendly, optimistic and adventurous.

 4. What place would you like to visit? I would like to know a little bit more about New York and some  places of Philadelphia

5.What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? Going to the movies with some friends.

6. What was the best complement you received? I am like the sunshine

7. What are two things that you think are very good? communicating and socializing with people.53761030_2100880290202878_5068771294359584768_n

8.What has been your best experience living in the United States? Visiting Chicago with my friends! That was an unforgettable experience!

9.What places have you liked the most? Millennial Park, IL.

Thank you so much for you time and your answers dear Genesis! We can’t wait to meet you in our next meeting!!!!

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