The International Spring Festival- experience the world.

This year three Go Au Pair agency’s clusters from Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ attended the 24th Lansdale International Spring Festival for the first time. The International Festival is the great diversity event that includes international foods, music, entertainment and much more.Au Pairs at the festival

It was a real cultural exchange experience, we loved the festival very much and would love to make this annual Festival the Go Au Pair multi-clusters event.  The Festival was an amazing opportunity to explore the world and meet many Au Pairs and people from around the world. Many Au Pairs met Janine Au Pair Sis for the first time in real life. It was a great occasion to celebrate cultural diversity and our friendship together.

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We loved The Parade of Nations and the exhibits from 18 countries. We also enjoyed participating in a Health Fair, dancing Zumba, exploring art exhibits, cookie cafeteria and eating delicious food representing China, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Middle East, Philippines, Ukraine, and Vietnam.Go Au Pair at the International festival Mexico

After the event, many Au Pairs said that they had amazing and memorable experience with the Au Pair program and Go Au Pair. They would love many Au Pairs to have the same experience. Au Pair Ambassadors speak out and inspire others.

 

Au Pair Ambassadors speak out and inspire others.

A few Au Pair Ambassadors shared about their amazing cultural exchange experience with Au Pair Sis and Go Au Pair online community.  They help to spread the positive influences of the Au Pair Program, the benefits from cultural exchange and international friendship.Go Au Pair at the International festival Zumba

Last weekend a big group of Au Pairs from three Go Au Pair agency’s clusters attended the 24th Lansdale International Spring Festival.

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The International Festival is the largest diversity event in the region, includes international foods, music, entertainment and much more.Go Au Pair at the International festival Mexico

A few Au Pairs shared about their enjoyable experience at the International Spring Festival and became the Au Pair Ambassadors. Korean performance at the International festival

Au Pair Ambassadors help to educate about their cultural experiences and inspire other Au Pairs to make the most out of the Au Pair program year. They help others to make the Au Pair experience the life-changing, and amazingly unforgettable experience.

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If you would like to become an Au Pair Ambassador, please share your story, experience, photos, videos with Au Pair Sis Janine and inspire others to have enjoyable and memorable experiences with the Au Pair program and Go Au Pair.

Washington, DC – April 18th & 19th

As apart of the Go Au Pair program, an au pair must complete 72 hours of 6 credit unites over the course of their 12 month placement. With this in mind I signed up for the CULTURAL HIGHWAYS education program which includes 3 classroom sessions at Pierce College, (1x Saturday and 2x Sundays) as well as a tour of Washington, DC. The Washington, DC tour was this weekend (April 18th & 19th) and I absolutely had the time of my life and 100% recommend it to everyone!

Ron Dingman was our tour manager and I hope you are lucky enough to have this wonderful man on your tour! He is so funny and nice and will help you with any question no matter how dumb it may be! (I certainly gave him a run for his money on how many dumb questions he could handle in one weekend).

Our tour bus was departing Philadelphia (30th street station) at 10.10am sharp and I wanted to be on time so I caught the 7:45am train from Colmar statio which was expected to arrive at 30th street station at 8:49am. I only needed a 1 way train ticket which was $7.00.

Upon arrival at 30th street station I met some of the other girls on this trip. They brought snacks and drinks for the long bus ride however as I am extremely poor at the moment I chose the cheaper option which was to go IMG_6010[1]without. In the end I did by 1x 500ml bottle of coke zero which cost me $2.69 at ‘Au Bon Pain’.

We got on the bus and the journey began. There were already other au pairs on the bus who were picked up from places such as New York and New Jersey. We were on the bus for an hour before making our first rest stop At this rest stop I brought my lunch which was ‘Pop Eye Chicken’, I ordered a 3x piece chicken combo which included fries, this cost me, $7.89. After this 30 minute rest break we were back on the road and didn’t stop until 2.00pm for our 2nd and final rest stop at Union Station- I did not purchase anything here as I was not hungry from such a huge lunch!

We left here at 2:35pm to set off to our first landmark which was THE WHITE HOUSE! This was definitely my favourite site of the DC trip! After that we left and went to the LINCOLN MEMORIAL & THE REFLECTION POOL. Both of these were absolutely outstanding! From there we went to the NATIONAL MALL and there we saw the World war 1 and 2 memorial as well as the JFK memorial.

So once we’d seen this we headed to the hotel to check in (We stayed at the Hilton Arlington). The Hotel was absolutely magnificent! Stunning design, gorgeous, furniture, friendly staff and comfortable beds, it was abslolutley perfect!

Essentially I walked in and walked out because a friend I made on the tour wanted to go see a band that was playing called ‘Oh Honey’. The band was playing at the Rock and Roll Hotel and public transport was going to take an hour to get there and so we used ‘Uber’ instead of a taxi/ cab as it was cheaper. The Uber ride was roughly 25 minutes and cost us $20 which is certainly cheaper than any taxi! (Especially as it only ended up being $10 each).IMG_6011[1]

Tickets for the show cost $15 so we purchased those and then went inside, only to find out ‘Oh Honey’ wasn’t playing until 10pm. As we weren’t interested in the opening act we decided to get dinner. We ended up at Impala (just across the road from the Rock and Roll hotel) which was a nice little Mexican restaurant. I ordered a steak with fries and vegetables, with a coke. The meal was fantastic and only cost me $17.90. (Something I will definitely miss when I leave the U.S is free refills!)

We headed to the concert at 9.00pm and listened to the opening act ‘Public’ and then obviously the main act ‘Oh Honey’. I had never seen this band before however I had a really good night and I could not recommend them enough !!

We left at midnight after a meet and greet with the band and caught an ‘Uber’ ride back to the hotel. As it was later in the night and rides were in highIMG_5680[1]er demand the total price ended up being $30, and so the two of us split it, spending $15.00 each. The rest of the night I spent with my room mates.

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p at 8am as the bus was leaving at 9:15am. I got ready as quickly as possible however did not have time for breakfast which was totally disapointing as I was really looking forward to having something from Ihop for the first time.

We departed with our luggage loaded on the bus at 9:15pm and 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 attractions were free.

Before leaving the girls and I got lunch and sat on the grass to eat it. I got McDonalds from a pop up stand as there was nothing else around and this cost me $5.70.

We departed Washington, DC at 2.55pm exactly only making one stop on the way home where I did not purchase anything as I was well and truely broke and wasn’t hungry anyway.

We arrived at 30th street station at 6:40pm and I waited until 7:11pm for my train home to Colmar station where I drove home from.

This trip is well recommended to all au pairs! The cost of the classes and trip in total is $369 which is coverIMG_6004[1]ed by your host family. You make so many friends, irreplaceable memories and have so much fun! Could not recommend it enough!

The International Spring Festival

Come out and take part in this unique festival of friendship, have fun, meet Au Pairs from around the world, many host families from Bucks County and Philadelphia and learn firsthand about The Au Pair Program and what it’s like to be a host family.

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According to www.streetinsider.com 5,000 visitors expected at The International Spring Festival at North Penn Highschool in Lansdale PA on April 18th, 2015.

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The International Spring Festival brings together people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and promotes cultural exchange. it includes international food, entertainment, a health fair, children’s games, and tons of activities for the whole family.

Come join the fun -you will be glad you did.

Welcome Irina

I would like to welcome our new Au pair Irina Melnychuk. She is 24 years old and from Ukraine. Irina arrived here in the states on Feb 2and she’s currently living in Washington Crossing, Bucks county. Thank you Gina for being Irina’s buddy.
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Why do you want to be an Au Pair?
“It is a great program which gives a good possibility to get more experience in working with the kids, learn/improve a foreign language and get in touch with traditions and cultures of a foreign country.”
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Irina’s hobbies include doing sports, cooking, learning new languages and stitching. The three best adjectives that would describe her best would be kind, easy and outgoing.

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The best compliment Irina has ever received was about her red hair and her freckles. I personally think your red hair is gorgeous! Irina considers herself to be very good at cooking and eating sweets ;)

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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!

Celebration a legacy of international friendship.

Please join us on Saturday, April 18th, 2015,  at 11:30 AM for the Au Pair’s cultural event and The International Spring Festival If you want to learn about the Au Pair program and meet the Au Pairs from around the world and their host families, see the unique Parade of Nations and a Fashion Show, worldwide musical and dance performances, and taste amazing food, you should be there.Au Pairs celebration at penn museum

We are looking forward to celebrating the return of Spring, a legacy of international friendship and cultural exchange through music, food and the performing arts. The International Spring Festival brings together people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and promotes friendship.

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The International Spring Festival is the largest diversity event in Pennsylvania. The Festival combines international foods, music, entertainment, a Health Fair, a Fashion Show and tons of children’s activities. There will be a lot of international performances: Classical Indian Dances, Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi, Mexican Dance, African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Chinese Dance and Music, Philippino Dance, and Korean Classical Dance.

It is a Festival of Life, Spring and Friendship. Come join Go Au Pair Team!

 

A Festival of Life, Spring and Friendship.

Finally, Spring is here and it is time to celebrate Life, Spring, and Friendship. The International Spring Festival is the best place for an Au Pair meeting, for a celebration through music, food, the performing arts and cultural exchange.

The Au Pair Program is a cultural exchange program that allows Au Pairs from 50 countries to explore the US, learn new cultures and share their unique culture with others. The Au Pairs are open minded, they enjoy cultural exchange, hearing the stories, exploring different kinds of foods, music and cultures.

Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

The International Spring Festival brings together people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and promotes cultural exchange, understanding of cultural traditions through music, food and the performing arts.  The Festival is celebrating its 24th year and is organized and hosted by volunteers.  international Festival

This year the International Spring Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the North Penn High School. Admission and parking are free. Please come to see The PARADE OF NATIONS  with Chinese Lion Dancers and drummers, African dancers and drummers, and many other performances.

Welcome Lucy!

Another warm welcome to Botle Mpiti (Lucy). She is 20 years old and from South Africa. Lucy arrived a few weeks ago after rematching and is currently living in Oreland, Philadelphia. I will be Lucy’s buddy.
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“I wanted to be an au pair because I love working with children as I would love to pursue my teaching career. I find children so inspiring.”
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Lucy generally loves singing, swimming, reading, painting, and shopping. She is also open to learning new things and developing a wide range of interests and hobbies.
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I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lucy at the flower show and I second that the three adjectives that describe her best is upbeat, dramatic and she is definitely an extrovert.
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Lucy would like to visit Las Vegas and California. She is also a good listener and cares a lot for family and friends. Those are very good qualities to have, especially for an au pair.
What is the best thing about being an au pair in Philly?
“Best thing a 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.”
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We hope that you will have an awesome year with our cluster. I am looking forward to getting to know you better and exploring Philly with you!

St Patrick’s Day Parade

As we all know it was just St Patrick’s day and in the past I’ve never been a celebrator for St Patrick’s day its more just bIMG_0829een an excuse to get drunk which is pretty much an Australian tradition no matter the holiday, but this year being in America and everything I thought I’d get into the spirit and attend my first ever St Patrick’s Day parade.

Never the less on Sunday the 15th of March I headed to Philadelphia to watch the parade! Now to paint a little picture for you all, lately the weather has been warming up, and I was staying at a friends on the Saturday night so I didn’t pack my coat because I wanted to pack light. And so on this faithful Sunday morning with a temperature of below 5 degrees Celsius, all I was wearing was leggings, a t-shirt and a denim jacket. I feel safe in my heart in saying, I have never been so cold in my entire life! It was by far the moIMG_0784st painfully, freezing cold I have every experienced!

So anyways, the day was completely amazing! I love meeting new au pairs, there all as crazy as me which is amazing and have the same nerves and fears as me which calms me down and helps me a lot to know that I’m not the only one!   IMG_0729

Award winners Au Pairs.

Go Au Pair Au Pairs been internationally recognized by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) many times. The agency had the IAPA winners and finalists in 2015, 2009, 2005 and 2004.

This year Au Pair from Go Au Pair agency, Terri Abbott from South Africa, became the one of three 2015 Au Pair of the Year finalists. Best S. African Au Pair 2015 Terri

According to IAPA, “The Au Pair of the Year Award provides au pairs the recognition and credit they deserve and enhances the public’s awareness of this wonderful cultural exchange programme and the mutual benefit au pairs and families get from it.” The “IAPA Au Pair of the Year” award enhances the public’s awareness of this amazing program.

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Go Au Pair created Au Pair in Excellence Award on based on nominations sent in from Go Au Pair’s Host Families for IAPA Au Pair of the Year to recognize all of our Au Pairs for their hard work and effort in providing quality child care for families.

Meet award-winning au pairs from Go Au Pair 

2015 Au Pair in Excellence Winner – Yidan Ren, China

Yiden is an Au Pair from China and lives with the Mcnally family and their two daughters ages 13 and 11 at Seattle, Washington. The oldest girl,  Jordan submitted the nomination and says, “Yidan is more like an older sister to Reese and I because she treats us like we are her two younger sisters, not like she’s just working like a nanny for two kids. Yidan cares about things that are important to Reese and I.” Read Yidan‘s nomination

Yiden- Au Pair in Excellence Winner

2015 Au Pair in Excellence Runner Up – Demoy Harrison, Au Pair from Jamaica

Demoy arrived to Jersey City in Northern New Jersey to join the Uhrmacher – Doughty family with a 7 year old son who was “insistent that this time he wanted a boy au pair.”

“In Demoy he has found a friend. It is wonderful to see the grin on his face as Demoy holds him upside down by his ankles, or rides him on his shoulders and pretends to be a horse!.”Read Demoy‘s nomination

Congratulations to many outstanding Au Pairs who were nominated for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award and became 2015 Au Pair in Excellence Winners and also past Winners and Finalists of the Au Pair in Excellence Award!

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