Farewell to Christine!

Au Pair from China Christine Zhao is about to finish her second year and she is leaving pretty soon. Christine sent me a long and interesting statements about her Au Pair experience. Christine is so excited to go back home and see her family!       

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I am sure we will mis her a lot but at the same time we are happy because she will spend some time with her family and friends. Lets see some of her answers: 

Time does fly! I remembered when I first time arrived in Philadelphia. I was sitting next the window in the airplane when the pilot was getting ready to land. The view I’d seen was breathtaking. I won’t forget in the rest of my life. I do travel a lot inside USA during this two years. That is life all about to me. The most beautiful place in the bottom of my heart is still Philadelphia.

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Christine also said that “a ton of nice and kind people have shown up and taken a big role in my life, somehow, it has changed my life profoundly. There is no such place can replace Philadelphia which has first place in my heart. Through this program, not only I have improved my language skill, but also I have gotten so proficient for coping with children”

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Finally she couldnt forget to mention our clubster “This is amazing! I love my cluster. It is an awesome group. Girls are beautiful and passionate. Polina, who is really responsible and helpful LAR. Through this two years, she helped me a lot. At last, have to say farewell. It is hard. It is! But like what I have said, we have to step forward to see more things no matter where the destination will be. Come on !”

 

We as the memebers of the group, we wish you the best back in your country and we hope you can become a flight attendant as you mentioned in the last meeting!

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Welcome to our cluster Karla!

It is almost the end of April and some beautiful flowers are blooming already! I am sure most of the Au Pairs of this cluster cant wait for the summer. Let me introduce you this young woman Karla Arroyo, she is from Ecuador and she is 26 years old!

The adjectives describe me are positive and very sociable!

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The best complement that I received is “smart woman”

Her hobbies and interests are dancing, going to the movies and playing some sports like volleyball! I am sure you and your host kids are going to have so much fun playing together.

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Let me tell you that Karla was helping us at the Spring International Festival, we welcomed her and we are happy she was able to join us! Thank you so much Karla, we hope you had fun as much as us!

The two things that I consider good are teaching something I love teach, and be ready for the day arranged combed dressed.

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Karla also mentioned that her  favorite way to spend her  free time is visiting  new places and she also mentioned that she would like to visit Hawaii and Disneyland. It sounds like an amazing trip!

Once again, Karla welcome to this amazing cluster! I hope you reach all your goals and enjoy your staying with your Host Family!!!

Make the Musical Instruments with the Au Pairs.

Join the International Spring Festival this Saturday, April 21, 2018 and the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair will  teach your kids how to create the musical instruments from around the world. We chose – Maracas, originally from Portuguese,  Harmonica, originally from Europe, and Tambourine, originally from Egypt and Israel. Musical instruments

Maracas are integral to Latin American dance bands, and have become increasingly popular in pop groups, percussion ensembles, as well as primary school music education. The simple design and intuitive process of the maracas have made it a familiar favorite around the world. The instrument has a long history of engaging audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Maracas are usually played in pairs, with either one in each hand or two held together in one hand.

Harmonica, also known as a French harp or mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, notably in bluesAmerican folk musicclassical musicjazzcountry, and rock and roll. There are many types of harmonica, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. A harmonica is played by using the mouth (lips and tongue) to direct air into or out of one or more holes along a mouthpiece. Popsicle Stick Harmonica is a nice homemade music instrument for the kids to make and enjoy making music with.

Tambourine, small drum is normally played with the bare hands and often has attached to it jingles, pellet bells, or snares.  Tambourines were played in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome, especially in religious contexts, and they have long been prominent in Middle Eastern folk and religious use. Kids like tambourines because they make a lot of noise.

Please stop near Go Au Pair table this Saturday, April 21, 2018 and create your own Maracas,  Harmonica or Tambourine.  The address is North Penn High School, 1340 S Valley Forge Rd Lansdale, PA 19446 from 11:00 am till 5:00 pm. We are looking forward to entertaining your kids!

 

A limo ride with my host kid!

Hey guys, It is Mariia, Ukrainian au pair again. I live in Bucks County, PA with my awesome host family
Happy Spring! Summer is coming up and the weather is very warm and lovely!
Today my story will be about my limo! Yes, Mariella, my older host kid, and I call it limo! Maria from Ukraine

Every morning my princess Mariella and I have the coolest ride to school! No, it’s not a car, it is a bike with a track for kids! It has a windows there so Mariella can look around during our trip to school. Mariella has a protection from the bugs so no one can disturb her, and she has place for bottle of water there!Maria Bucks County Au Pair

We are having so much fun riding this cool Limo.  All our neighbors know us and they are friendly waving and saying hi to us. School personal saying, “oh, limo has arrived!” It is really cool and helpful for us  – instead of 15-20 min walking – it takes like 7-8 min riding ! It’s really good exercise and helps me wake up in the morning.

When I come to pick up Mariella from school every single parent wants to open the limo and they all  say WOW! That is so cool!Maria Au Pair Ukraine

Thank you my host mom Alla Gerzon for such a nice gift! We love it!
I hope you read the Ukrainian Au Pair storyFollow my dreams,  about My lovely hometown in Ukraine  and my vacation in Mexico with my host family and many other stories!

Xoxo,your Ukrainian au pair Mariia Bilous.  Keep smiling and be happy!

Filing Au Pair Taxes for 2017

pexels-photo-921783.jpegPersonal income tax return for 2017 tax year is due by April 17, 2018.  The law in the United States requires au pairs who earn income above $4,050 in the calendar year 2017 to file a federal tax return. For the standard Au Pair weekly stipend is $195.75, so if an Au Pair has been in the US more than 21 weeks ($195.75 * 21 = $4,111) he/she will need to pay the taxes for the amount that will exceed $4,050.

According IRS website Au Pairs are eligible for Free File software options

Au Pair taxes can be confusing! In the U.S., the deadline for filing taxes for 2017 year is April 17, 2018.  H&R Block has created the attached FAQ’s on Au Pair taxes,

You can also visit H&R Block’s Au Pair Tax page at http://go.pardot.com/e/10532/t-tax-preparation-au-pair-html/6dvrzt/740732002 , email them at aupair.support@hrblock.com or call them at 816-504-1665.

I am going to give you a class on 02.25.2018 how to file income tax return. If you have questions, please attend that meeting- I will help you there. http://go.pardot.com/…/t-tax-preparation-a…/6dzmjy/741097678
The deadline for filing taxes for the previous year is April 17, 2018. If Au pairs don’t file Au Pair income tax return , they risk incurring costly interest and penalties, and it may complicate obtaining a U.S. visa in the future.

Here is some useful links about tax

Good luck with your income tax return!

 

Welcome to our great cluster Alejandra!

Its still the beginning of spring and I do not see the trees bloom at all but I have great news for you because a new Au Pair is joining us. Welcome to this young woman Alejandra from Colombia, she is 25 years old and she is ready to make new friends.

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Alejandra decided to become an Au Pair because the she loves spending her time with kids and at the same time she wants to improve her English skills. Let me tell you that you are in the right place Aleja!

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Her hobbies are: taking pictures, watching movies and reading books. Interesting I am sure your host kids will love to hear you reading books to them!

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I can not forget to mention that Alejandra likes doing exercise, meeting new people and of course traveling with a good company. I can tell she will enjoy the meetings with Polina and the boys and girls au pairs!

 

Once again Alejandra, welcome to our cluster. Hope you have a lot of fun and enjoy your stay here with us!!!!

Volunteering for the International Spring Festival. 

Many Au Pairs from the Bucks County and Philadelphia area cluster chose to volunteer and help the community while being Au pairs with Go Au Pair. This year we are going to volunteer again for the International Spring Festival. au pair volunteering with ISFFor many Au Pairs volunteering in the USA will be a first-time experience. Au Pairs are very enthusiastic and motivated to make a difference in another’s life.  Instead of taking the easy roads, spending time for their pleasure, many Au Pairs had chosen to volunteer their time.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

This year Au Pairs are volunteering face painting, twisting balloons,  making crafts with kids, and etc.  They are looking forward to entertaining the kids.  However, the festival is interesting for the entire family. The address is North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, 19446, and the hours are from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm If you want to meet other families and learn about the Au Pair program from their experience, please come to the Go Au Pair table at 12:00 pm. The event is free.

Please join the International Spring Festival and a Host Family Day Conference on Saturday, April 21, 2018! 

Welcome to this amazing cluster Hendry!!!

First day of spring and I have great news for you: Hendry Blom from South Africa is joining us to the cluster. This young and interesting boy is just 20 years old and is more than ready to make friends! It has been a long time we had a new boy Au Pair, let me show you a little bit about him.

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Hendry mentioned that the reason he wanted to be an au apair is because children are his passion, he really enjoys spending time with them. Go for it, spring just started!

Best event: matching with my host family.

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It is important to mentioned some of his hobbies: photography, creative writing, riding bikes, reading, and cooking. I am sure you are going to have so much fun in the summer!

Three adjectives: trustworthy, organized, kind.

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Besides that he loves kids, he also loves to ravel and meet new people, in his free time he likes to go exploring new places and at the same time making new memories. That sounds interesting!
Once again, Welcome to our cluster. I am sure you are going to have fun meeting new people and creating good memories!! 

Welcoming our new Au Pair Paulina from Poland.

Warm welcome to our new Au Pair Paulina from Poland. Paulina is 25 and she will live in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA with a host father and two kids.Au Pair from Poland P

We like to interview our new au pairs. Today we all get a great chance to learn a lot about our new Au Pair Paulina!

What are your hobbies and interests? Sport, personal development, travels.

What three adjectives best describe you? Friendly, honest, respectable.Au Pair from Poland

What is your favorite way to spend your free time? I love to spend time with family and friends, the best if we do some activities outside, close to the nature.

What place would you like to visit? Seven Wonders of the World. Au Pair from Poland Paulina

What was the best complement you have ever received? I liked when someone compared me to an angel and said that my heart is pure.

We are very excited to meet the first au pair from Poland Paulina. In addition, we never had Polish Au Pairs in our cluster, so we are looking forward to learning more about Polish culture as well.

Meet our new Au Pair from Brazil Lavinia!

Lavinia, our new au pair from Brazil, is joining the Philadelphia and Bucks County Go Au Pair agency cluster today! We are very excited to meet her! Welcome to the cluster, Lavinia!

Lavinia is 20 years old and she will live with her host family in Bucks County, PA. Lavinia has a few buddies – Au Pairs Maria from Ukraine and Jackie and Nadia from Brazil. They are eagerly looking forward to  spending time with Lavinia, becoming close friends, and helping her to adjust to new life in the USA.

Au Pair from BrazilLavinia’s favorite way to spend a free time is doing anything with her family and friends. Lavinia said that,”I really like to dance, listen to music, sing, play volleyball, read books, talk with my friends, among others … In Brazil we have a national event called Carnival, it’s party days! We went out in the streets to have fun and dance with our friends.”

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Three adjectives best describe Lavinia are Sympathetic, Determined, and Patient. The best compliment Lavinia received was that she is an honest person. Two things that she consider herself to be very good at are driving and giving an advice!

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We asked Lavinia, “What place would you like to visit?” and she sad, ” I want to know the whole world! especially, Disney!”  Goodluck with your traveling, Lavinia. You can take a lot of classes with Cultural Hi-Ways!

Welcome to the cluster again, Lavinia.  We are looking forward to meeting you soon.

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