Welcome to Phildadelphia, Lashey Freese!

It’s always great to meet and welcome new  au pairs to our Philadelphia cluster! Lashey Freese, an Au Pair from South Africa is joining us and we all are very excited to meet her! We asked Lashey some questions in order to get to know her better.

 

  1.  Why do you want to be an Au Pair?
  2. What are your hobbies and interests?
  3. What was the best event/happening during last month?
  4. What three adjectives best describe you?
  5. If you had one wish what would it be?
  6. What place would you like to visit?
  7. What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
  8. What was the best compliment you have ever received?
  9. What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?

Here are her answers:

“I wanted to be an Au pair because I really enjoying spending time with kids, also to experience a different culture, meeting new people, and being independent.”

“My hobbies and interests are running, taking walks, sight seeing, watching movies, going out.”

“The best event that happened last month, was my brother and my sister both expected babies one week apart.”

“I would describe myself as hardworking, friendly, and playful.”

“I’d wish to achieve all my goals in life.”

“I’d love to visit Paris someday.”

“On Saturday, I love hanging out with friends, having some drinks with lunch or dinner.”

“The nicest compliment, I’ve ever received, was that ‘I’m not only beautiful, but I have a heart of gold.'”

“I’m really good at hair and makeup, as well as art.”

I hope your au pair experience will be great, Lashey, and you will enjoy it! See you soon at our closest au pair meeting!

 

Saying goodbye to an amazing au pair Lisa Jean Cloete

It’s always difficult to say good-bye, especially to really friendly, kind,fun and flawless au pair from South Africa Lisa Jean Cloete.

 

We hope Lisa’s au pair experience was awesome, and she will take only the best warm memories home to South Africa! But before she leaves, we would like to share her opinion about her au pair year with all of you. Here is what Lisa said :

“My experience with Go Au pair was very good, no real complaints everyone was helpful from every department.

I Loved Niagara falls and Poconos family beach house, also enjoyed Atlantic City NJ. Usually I loves spending my free time by hanging with my friends especially the ones I met in Connecticut as we would do bonfires and they showed me everything enjoyable:) I also loved spending time making new friends or meet ups with Au pairs. If I stayed home I loved NETFLIX who doesn’t lol.

I loved the experience of meeting different people from different cultures. Our Philadelphia au pair  cluster was triple the size if not more than my previous cluster. So was nice meeting all the ladies and gents. Definitely a big group of South Africans felt like home lol.  My best experience living in the US? I loved doing the travel courses like Niagara Falls etc meeting other Au pairs at courses and making new friends. I loved the feeling of being on the campus.

 

My au pair experience taught me to have lots of patience but I knew that coming into this that I would need that and to be very independent. I loved this experience, Love the culture and small traditions that American families have. Love the BBQ and learning to do a BBQ etc.  I learnt to shovel snow and a lot of it, I learnt how to BBQ and how to paddle board and Kayaking.

My favorite Au pair meeting was the Christmas party as we all came together did the secret Santa and made yummy dishes from our countries. Plus most of the group was there that day, so met a whole lot of new faces.  I would recommend being an au pair but I recommend it to people that are at least 21 and up so they have more childcare experience and have some driving experience which you need.  I hope all the Au pairs in the cluster and Polina have a lovely year further and may you all have some fun meetings ahead. Don’t forget to have fun and travel. Go Au pair keep up the great work. Thank you all for being amazing xoxo” LISA

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Have a safe trip back home, Lisa, and thanks a lot for sharing with us!

 

Earn educational credits while traveling.

Every au pair is required to earn educational credits during their year in the United States. Many Au Pairs enjoyed the trips with Cultural Hi-Ways and earned the credits. Ophelia, Au Pair from China, wrote about the trip/ classes with Cultural Hi-Ways. Kiah, Au Pair from Australia, wrote about the trip to Washington, DC.

Cultural Hi-Ways gives Au Pairs an opportunity to study and travel. 99% of Cultural Hi-Ways’ guests are Au Pairs.  Au Pairs can register for an educational course through the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) which will combine classroom learning with a tour to the destination studied.

Education earned per course is 4 CEU’s or 40 hours and the class locates at Peirce College – Philadelphia. Here are two tours are coming soon Niagara Falls and Washington, DC.

Niagara Falls

Class Dates:Sunday, August 28, September 11, September 18.Tour Date: September 30-October 2, 2016
Learn More About Niagara Falls Tour»

Washington, DC
Class Dates:Sunday, October 9, October 16, October 30
Tour Dates: November 12-13, 2016
Learn More About Washington, DC Tour»

Au Pairs education.

A Fall semester is just around the corner and it is the time for the Au Pairs to think about classes. If you haven’t found your class yet, choose your class as soon as possible.

Every Au Pair must register and attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and complete six semester hours (12 for educare program), or the equivalent.10382975_1009454645737095_2211206795615233843_nAu Pairs must take classes in the classroom, not online. In order to enroll the Au Pairs may need to take the Placement Test to be eligible for college courses. Continuing Education, Non-credit classes,  Adult Education and Lifelong Learning classes are the most affordable options for Au Pairs.

The colleges listed here are the most popular and affordable choices for the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area.

Bucks County Community College 

Newtown, PA (215) 968-8000,
Upper County Campus, Perkasie, PA (215) 258-7700
Bristol Center/Lower Bucks Campus, Bristol, PA (215) 781-3939
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-credit , Continuing Education Department offers extensive and affordable classes.

Delaware County Community College

Media, PA (610) 359-5050 , (610) 359-5333 for non-credit courses,
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-credit

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell, PA ,(215) 641-6300
West Campus located in Pottstown, PA
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-creditBlue Bell, PA ,(215) 641-6300

Harcum College

Bryn Mawr, PA (610) 526-6116
Day , Credit, Non-credit

International House

3701 Chesnutt St, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104, 215-387-5125,
Day, Evening, Weekend, Non-credit, affordable

Princeton University

4 Mercer street Princeton NJ08542, (609) 258-0202 – E-mail: PUCAP@princeton.edu
Day, Evening, Weekend, Non-credit

According to the Department of State requirement, host families have to reimburse tuition costs and costs of related materials  up to $500  and $1000 for EduCare. Au Pairs responsible for all payments for tuition, fees, books and materials that exceed $500 or $1000.

Educational institutions must be accredited by approved accrediting agencies to be acceptable. The Department of Education has a list of approved accrediting agencies on their website.  If you are unsure or have questions, you can contact Go Au Pair corporate office.

Please, plan ahead, speak with your host family and don’t wait until the last minute to register for your class.

Welcome to the cluster, Bianka!

Our Philadelphia au-pair cluster is always happy to welcome new amazing au-pairs from all over the world! This week we are very excited for the arrival of Bianka Munkás from Hungary!

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Bianka is crazy about books and reading. She likes to broaden her knowledge and learn something new. In her free time she usually does yoga, watches movies, especially horror, drama or fantasy. Bianka spends a lot of time with her little brother and friends of course: they like to ride a bike or just sit down somewhere in the nature while eating and chatting.

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Bianka is affectionate, brave, self-conscious so she can completely enjoy every bit of life. She loves animals, nature and the human body. She’s interested in blood, birth and death, which others find odd. She actually takes interest in human feelings,relationships (between mother and child for example), non-verbal behavior. She’s supersensitive, so she can understand people, their reactions that’s why she can give them advice or a shoulder to cry on if it’s needed. Plus, she can solve problems and find the best solution. She doesn’t have plans what to visit and she’s open for everything. Bianka likes the programes with adrenalin and nature.

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Bianka, we wish you to experience an unforgettable year as an au-pair and enjoy every moment of it! Hope to met you soon at one of our Philadelphia cluster meetings!

J Day- a day that celebrates cultural exchange!

August 1, 2016 is J Day, a day that celebrates all things cultural exchange!  Au Pairs,  J-1 Visa owners,  the International exchange participants and other people are celebrating all across the country.CollageJDAY

According to Alliance for International exchange, “J Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange. International exchange participants will come together with their American hosts to “eat, play, and give” — to share cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have some fun.

J Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) and spread the word about the power and breadth of cultural exchange.Through the Au Pair program, participants and host families take part in a mutually rewarding, intercultural opportunity.

There are many locations where people come together to eat, play and make new international friends.

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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.

with Au Pair from Go Au Pair

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 ❤️

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