What you should know about the Au Pair Program?

The Au Pair Exchange Program was established in 1986. Although Au Pair is  an employee, she/he has to be treated like a member of the family.

The Au Pair Program is a Department of State cultural exchange visitor program. Only designated sponsors, like Go Au Pair, can administer the Au Pair Program to legally bring Au Pairs into the U.S. and ensure all rule and regulations are enforced.

Host family has to be committed to cultural exchange and be willing to welcome an au pair as a family member. Read THE AU PAIR EXCHANGE PROGRAM BROCHURE for more information.

Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries.  With more than 25 years of experience, Go Au Pair is one of the oldest and most experienced Au Pair programs.IMG_20140920_112806 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. The Au Pair becomes a valued addition to the  family- equal, trustworthy and loving family member.

 

Saying goodbye to Au Pair Lucas from Brazil.

Last year one of the Go Au Pair host families invited a male Au Pair to join their family with five kids. They had nine female Au Pairs before. Lucas is the first male Au Pair that family has had. Lucas built special connections with all four boys and especially, with the youngest twins. The boys accepted Lucas as a big brother! Thank you so much for being a great Au Pair and being a wonderful role model for the boys!au-pair-bucks-county-bowling-5

Lucas also learned a lot through the Au Pair program, explored the USA, made many friends and even became a buddy for Jessica. 

I can’t believe that Lucas is leaving next week. As you may know we interview our Au Pairs when they arrive and before they leave the Au Pair Program. Here is Lucas interview.au-pair-farewell-picnic-independence-national-historical-park-lucas

What places you visited you like the most? Chicago.
What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? Playing Basketball and Football 
What is your favorite thing about being an au pair? Knowing another culture. 
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? Being more responsible and independent. 
How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? I learned many things from them 
What are new things you experienced? Halloween

Lucas would like to recommend the Au Pair Program to others! It is one of the most rewarding experiences because Au Pairs can learn a lot and live very special moments.  He plans to continue his education in Brazil. We wish Lucas good luck  with his study.

 

Farewell to Kim, an Au Pair in Excellence

I am incredibly glad, that I have a chance to write about Kim. I met her in person twice and I really liked her presence… 

She was very fortunate to be able to visit many different places not only in the States but also internationally with her host family. She visited South Carolina, Connecticut, New England, New Hampshire, Maine, Niagra Falls, California and Switzerland. She loved every single one of these places for all different reasons as they were all so lovely and different.

She loved spending her  free time researching about different areas in the USA that she hopes to visit one day. She liked anging out with her newly made international friends as well as exploring and discovering new local hotspots to hangout and/or learn new experiences and gain more knowledge.

“Being able to know when you need to stand up for yourself when you are not being treated fairly but also being able to know when to take a step back and realize that your job is also to make life easier for your host family.”

She learnt let some things go if they were not worth fussing and worrying over.

SHE LOVED the experience overall even though it was hard getting used to living with another family (she got a new family after the first year). She was lucky to get such an open and welcoming family who saw her as a big sister to their kids and treated her like another family member and made an effort to include her in family activities but also making sure she get enough free time away from the family.

She  experienced many different foods (turkey bacon, mashed sweet potato with marshmallows, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits etc), travelling to many different States and experiencing different people in different cultures. She also experienced having to drive on the other side of the road and driving an automatic car.

She would recommend being an Au Pair to others ONLY if you are open-minded and love kids, as this is how most of your time will be spent.

She wishes all her new and life-long friends that they will gain so much knowledge and experience from the cluster and all the best with whatever their future plans are.

These answers were really mature, they made me tear up. You can feel, that she did love, what she was doing. Thank you for the kind words, I wish you the best as well! ♥

Food and people, do you need more?

We had a meeting at our LAR’s house this weekend. Our cluster has two chefs , so we had chance to cook and try some new food and gather memories! 

It was an unexpectedly warm Sunday, that is why, it was fantastic to get in the car and drive! Polina (our LAR) gave us her whole heart. I do appreciate it. 15073324_10202441105426173_6670490034020431339_n

We cooked three dishes together. Everybody had a chance to make his/her own sushi. Polina cooked us an Ukrainian dish called Plov (rice with chicken) and we made Patacón with Hogao (Mexican dish). I liked everything. I was really curious to try those food!

We also celebrated farewells, lucky arrivings and birthdays!

Polina made us cupcakes and we had a competition to decorate them. It was a creative activity. After eating, we played games.We ate a lot, had fun, laughed a lot. You could see many glad face around you…I think, you do not need more!

 

See them next month – it is going to be our last special meeting this year. I can not wait! ♥

Summer and fall festivals in Hungary

This is the last part of my blog series about the Hungarian festivals from May to October. You can read the previous ones about the upcoming and spring festivals.

  • 1st May, our Labor Day: We celebrate it as a national holiday, with open-air festivities and fairs all over the country. There are carnivals with many-many funny games (e.g.: roller coaster) and food like cotton candy, popcorn..
    • Also men set up a kind of Maypole (we call it May-tree). It is the symbol of the nature’s rebirth in Europe. In Hungary, when a girl get a tree in front of her house, that means, that a man loves her and wants to date her.Sometimes they still do this tradition (when my mom was a girl, she got a tree as well).

       

  • the 1st Sunday of MayMother’s Day
  • 50 days after EasterPentecoste: The descending of the Holy Spirit. (No school or work)
  • 20th August: Our National Day in memoriam of our first king Saint Stephen (Szent István). We can watch fireworks and have a kind of carnival.
  • 23rd October: The memorial day of the Revolution (Uprising) in 1956 against  the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies.

     

    As you could see, Hungary has an enormous, dark past and history. I would share more information with you about that…Maybe in an other post…♥

Happy Birthday to the most amazing Host Mom ever!!

Today is the Birthday of Laura. She is my Host Mom. I would like to wish her a beautiful day today with this post as well. 

She has a heart of gold and a unique sense of humor. Both of these things remind me of my mom and my former English teacher.

I can not tell her over and over again, how unique she is (THEY are) for me. I would like to emphasize it in any kind of way I can!

I can not express how lucky I feel, that I can live with her (with THEM) and taking care of her three smart and marvelous children. I am incredibly thankful.

I do not want to  write anything about the emotional situations we were in before, I think this is not the appropriate place for that. BUT:

  • She brought me a pink (which is my favorite color) blanket, pillow cases and a pink toothbrush before I came here. She asked me:

“I was just wondering, what is your favorite color?”

  • She really takes care of me and my family at home. She (THEY) really want(s) me to feel that I belong here.
  • She helps me straight away, when I ask her. I feel, that it is not a must to her. She wants to help. She (THEY) want(s) me to feel comfortable here.
  • I can read her books!!! ♥

I could write many-many pages about her! Haha  She is special.

I felt feelingly a lot of times, since I am here. I experienced a lot of things with her (THEIR) help, because of her (THEIR) real openness. Thank you. My mom and dad are thankful as well, that I am in a good and caring place with a huge and kind family. 

“Home is where the heart is.”

Au Pairs meeting -a cooking class.

The biggest and favorite cluster event – Au Pair Christmas party is coming. But before the Christmas party, we will get together and discuss our plans and then will start a preparation to the party.Au Pairs at Peddlers villageNext Sunday, 11.13.2016 at 1:00 pm we will have a cooking class and fun activities for the Au Pairs in my home in Newtown, PA. This time we have two Au Pairs who are chefs and we would love to use this opportunity. We are going to learn how to make sushi and a few other international dishes.There are many activities, games and contests with the presents planned.10456191_945095575506336_2551355450764419813_nOn Saturday, December 17, 2016 we will have a Holiday Party with a gift exchange at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant, located at Peddler’s Village, 5750 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA 18938.  After the party we will enjoy Peddler’s Village  which will turn into a winter wonderland, a  Christmas Village, with thousands holiday lights and Gingerbread competition and display.Au Pair Christmas party

This restaurant is very popular, I made a reservation for a party at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant 8 months in advance. We are looking forward to the Christmas celebration, making new international friends, having a happy time, taking tons of photos and creating unforgettable memories!

Spring festivals in Hungary

Last week, you could read the first part about many upcoming Hungarian festivals. This is the time, to write you more about the festivals from February to April.

  • 14th FebruaryValentine’s Day: I do not need to explain this. I used to give little a chocolate to my friends too on Valentine’s Day.
  • 8th March, Women’s Day: This is a special day for little girls, teens, women and ladies. Men give flowers, chocolate or nice greetings to women.I used to have a classmate. Each year on this day, he used to give all of the girls in my class a beautiful yellow rose. I loved it!
  • 15th March: In 1848 a war of independence and revolution breaks out in Hungary, lasts until 1849. This is one of the most significant festivals in my country. Later I will write a post about it…1848-marc-15
  • mainly in March, sometimes in April, Easter: The bunny comes and hides chocolate bunnys and sometimes other presents for the kids.
    • Easter Monday is the day when boys and men visit young girls at their houses. They used to come with a huge (or two) pail full with water, asked for the girl to come out and poured the water on her in return for painted eggs. This is an old folk habit. Nowadays, this habit is about to die out (unfortunately)..Men and boys come only with smelly cologne and parfume…
  • 1st AprilFool’s Day

 

Next time, I am going to finish this blog series, so you will be able to read the last part! I hope, you will enjoy it! ♥

Free English classes and resourses for the Au Pairs.

The Au Pair program is known abroad as the “Learn and Earn”program. The Au Pairs can learn the experience, American culture, polish their English and also can earn money.

Many Au Pairs came to the US with the goal to improve English. Living with American family is the best way for Au Pairs to improve their English skills. Working with kids and practicing English skills with them has huge advantages. Depending on their ages, kids can be great teachers. Kids words and sentences are often simpler than that of adults. Children are usually can correct errors without making Au Pairs feel uncomfortable. Au Pairs and kids can learn from each other reading and playing together.Au pair and kids

Here are a lot of opprtunities to learn English for free. For example, free English classes in the Philadelphia area
FLP – English as a Second Language (ESL)
Meet up classes 
Community Learning Center
Phila Literacy

Au Pairs can find free online language learning resources, take language exchange classes online with English Lessons & Tutors Online – LRNGO. Some Au Pairs found language exchange options with American students or future ESL teacher. Au pair in the college

Au Pairs get a chance exploring the country, attending classes and immersing themself in the English language. Au Pairs also have an opportunity studied in America for free. They are supposed to take 6 credits or 72 class hours in college during the program year. Many Au Pairs take an ESL (English as a Second Language) class as part of their educational requirement.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 8

Beside speaking English at home, Au Pairs practice English for daily life in an English-speaking country –with new friends, in the stores, restaurants etc. The Au Pairs also can travel, volunteer for the community and meet new people.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming festivals in Hungary

As you knew,  I am from Hungary. I promised you, that I will share more information about my country and me. Now, I am going to share with you five upcoming festivals in Hungary. 

  • Here in America, people have Halloween today. What we have at home is All Soul’s Day(1st November) People go to the graveyards with flowers or stay at home and light candles there in memoriam of their loved ones, who passed away. izuizu
  • 6th December:  Saint Nicholas comes and leaves chocolate, mandarins and peanuts in the children’s boots.
  • 24th December, Christmas: little Jesus or the Angels come with ringing bells and leave presents under the Christmas tree. You spend this day with your close family. 25th and 26th of December are for the distant family (cousins ect..) I am going to write more about that around Christmas.
  • 31st DecemberNew Year’s Eve: people go out with friends and family to celebrate this day. At midnight people sing our National Anthem and watch the fireworks all over the country.
  • 1st January: after getting up in the afternoon and recovering from the party you had the day before, you should eat lentil, eggs, pork to be rich and to maintain your luck for the new year!

I hope you enjoyed my post! Next time, I will write about the other festivals we have during the first part of the year! ♥

 

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