Follow my dreams

Please read the beginning of my Au Pair adventure.

I finished all my applications and paperwork and became an Au Pair candidate with Go Au Pair. Then it was probably the hardest time because I don’t like to wait! Thanks God, I didn’t wait for that long and after 10 days host families started to contact me and i started to get the interviews on Skype. I worried a lot, read a lot of blogs, watched the videos of another Au Pairs stories.Au Pair from Ukraine 6

I’m very confident person, but by that time I could not help my emotions. I had few interviews with very nice families, it was so funny because some families spoke Russian language, so it was easier for both sides to communicate.

Go Au Pair has a special Mutual Match process which is the best because I can choose my future host family. After 3 weeks I got a few offers and I should choose my future host family.  It was super hard because all of them were very nice and friendly. Then I decided to listen my heart and I  it was the best decision.  I’m so happy and in love with my host family now!Au Pair from Ukraine 7

After few weeks I had to go to American embassy and get my visa.  It’s another hilarious story…lol.  I got J1 Au Pair visa! and in 15 days I came to the USA as an Au Pair with Go Au Pair !!! I’m here so happy and in love with my host family and this beautiful country.

Au Pair from Ukraine 3Oh yeah,Why that French croissants kind of changed my life :1-because if I wasn’t in that place and didn’t find out about this program from Andreev Andrei I wouldn’t be here!Thank you so much for that!Au Pair from Ukraine 1

2-my flights to USA was :Kiev-Paris, Paris-Philadelphia. Again France and yeah I had another couple of croissants in Paris while waiting for my next flight ))

P.S.Never afraid to try something new, always explore, follow your dreams and have some croissants)

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Ukrainian Au Pair story.

My story began from a French croissant…Au Pair from Ukraine 3

Hey, it’s me, Ukrainian Au Pair Maria Bilous. My adventure started when I had French croissants with my Ukrainian friend Andrei! You will get the point why a French croissant was so important in my story! Lol… By that time

Last Spring I came back from Turkey – I used to work there for last 3 amazing years. I was about to change something in my life – well completely to change! I was looking for new emotions, new faces, new adventure. I needed to go somewhere and do something new what makes me feel happy! It doesn’t mean I wasn’t happy by that time because my life in Turkey was so colorful – I used to work as part of entertainment in one of the coolest place in this world Liberty hotels Lykia!Au Pair from Ukraine

So my friend and I were telling to each other how our lives are going and what happened for last few years and shared French croissants. Suddenly, he looked on me enjoying the croissant and said,” Maria!I think you should try cultural exchange program Au pair because you like to spend time with kids and you always want to go somewhere and explore some new things!” He said it will be very interesting for me! I came back home and checked google what Au pair program is.

There are a lot of information about the Au Pair program and I really found it very cool. Next morning I visited ”Пять континентов” it’s one of Ukrainian agency by Go Au Pair in Cherkassy and found all the details about it. I am the person who is like I want something I get it!!!So I started to get ready all my documents, reviews and read more about USA and American childcare. Au Pair from Ukraine 5

To be honest,  there were a lot of things  scary for me like: what if I can’t do it? or what if the kids will not like me? or what if it be very lonely there ?or Oh My God! I have to cross not just the countries -I had to cross the continent! Which is fine! We all human too nervous about something important and, especially, if you are a girl. Au Pair from Ukraine 2

Now I’m so proud of myself and happy to be in the USA ! Thank you to the Au Pair program for the opportunity and Go Au Pair for helping me to find my lovely host family! Read the second part of my amazing story.

Temple university designed a new program for Au Pairs “PHILADELPHIA BY NIGHT.”

This Fall TEMPLE UNIVERSITY offers a new program for the Au Pairs living in Philadelphia and around areas “PHILADELPHIA BY NIGHT.” All courses will be held at Temple’s Center City campus (TUCC). The classes will begin on SEPTEMBER 18th and continue 10 weeks till NOVEMBER 30th, 2017. That new program designed specifically for Au Pairs! Temple University Au Pair program

Temple University’ Intensive English Language Program (IELP) and Continuing Education (CE) organized this program to cover the Au Pair program educational requirement. It stays that every Au Pair must attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and complete six semester hours (12 for educare program), or the equivalent.  1 credit equals 12 hours – 6 credits equals 72 hours of class time.

There are two separate courses that Au Pairs can enroll in. Each course will last the duration of 10 weeks. Au pairs may enroll in both courses at the same time.
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IELP Language and Culture: IELP Language and Culture: Idioms, Slang, Vocabulary, and Activities. Explore aspects of American culture (music, arts, traveling etc..) while learning about associated language through listening and speaking format. Students will attend weekly events including, but not limited to dining, sporting events, concerts, and museum trips. This course meets for a total of 50 hours.

CE: Write here, Write now! Sharpen your writing skills and learn of effective ways in communicating with Americans.
the Au Pair program ESL class

If you have any questions,
please call or email Douglas C. Dilhomick Program Development Specialist
(215) 204-4677 at  tuc33821@temple.edu.

Welcome to our great cluster Pamela!

Today is a great day because Pamela just arrived today! Our second Au Pair is also from Brazil, her name is Pamela Fogaca and she is 26 years old! Pamela is so excited for being part of this incredible team! Let me tell you more about her and look at her answers!!!

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Pamela loves to travel, read  books,watch movies and series! She also mentioned that spending her time with children is the most she likes. That’s awesome!

If you had one wish what would it be? – Travel around the world

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Pamela decided to be an Au Pair because she loves children, she wants to know more about American culture and at the same time she wants to teach them about Brazil. That sounds good!

What three adjectives best describe you? Organized, punctual and fun

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She likes to spend her weekends with a good company visiting new places and always tasting new food! Pamela said she just said good bye to her love ones and she was ready to make new friends in the US!

What place would you like to visit? – Route 66

At the end, Pamela said she is so happy traveling to the US! She is good taking pictures and I am sure she will take amazing pictures with her children!

Once again, welcome Pamela and we wish you have a great Happy Birthday!

Welcome in our amazing cluster Jaquelinne!

Two new au pairs from Brazil are coming and Jaquelinne is one of them! She is 24 years old and she is so excited for being a part of our team. Just to know more about her, lets look at her answers!

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Jaquelinne loves to spend her time with children as much as  watching tv specially novels, series and movies.

The best thing that happened to me last month was matching with a great family!

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Three adjectives that best describe her are happy, affectionate and proactive.Jaquelinne loves to travel and she would like to visit as many places as she could in the US.

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Jaquelinne likes to go out on weekends and she is looking forward to making friends. She mentioned that is good at cooking and listening to other specially children!

What was the best complement you have ever received? That I am brave.

Finally, Jaquelinne said she wanted to be an Au Pair because she is good at taking care of children and coming to the US was a great opportunity to meet new people, to know about the culture and at the same time to improve her English!

Thanks to Jaquelinne for her answers! Clearly she is a happy Au Pair and she is more than ready to make new friends. 

WElCOME!!!!

 

Welcome in our great cluster Sally!!!

Sally is 22 years old, she is another au pair from China. Sally sounds to be a nice and friendly young lady.To know more about her, lets see her answers!

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Sally (the lady in a pink shirt and a light blue short) said that  she wanted to be an au pair, because she loves to spend time with kids and she also mentioned that she likes to cook and travel!

             I was lucky to meet my host family         

 

Sally is so excited for being with her host family, she goes to the church on Sundays and and she expects to meet many people from different countries.

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She likes to go to the gym and she is  interested about the american food and she would like to learn how to cook food from different countries. That sounds delicious!

 

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Sally finally said that last month, she had her first Au Pair meeting in beautiful place!She also wanted to thank Polina for taking care of her and being so nice. It was a wonderful experience for her to see the different activities of Au Pair meeting.

As you can see Sally is a happy au pair , lets talk to her and you will discover more interesting things about her! She wants to be your friend and we are glade she is here with us!

WELCOME!

 

 

My first Au Pair meeting in the USA !

Hello, My name is Mariia and I am a Ukrainian Au Pair! I would like to share my amazing experience in the Au Pair program,  my agency Go Au Pair and my experience with my first Au Pair meeting in this wonderful country… I’ve been in America about one month  so I was really happy to meet many of our international au pairs ❤IMG_1242

WELL…We had Au Pair meeting in unforgettable place !!! It calls Bryn Athym Cathedral and we also had a guided tour at  Glencairn Museum. The museum is very beautiful and huge! The museum had 90 rooms and 26 bathrooms 🙂IMG_1247

We saw a lot of nice and interesting rooms, historical artifacts and places (small and very cute lift). I liked amazing views, especially from the balcony …IMG_1233

Our guide Chris was very cool !The way how he talk is very special …IMG_1239

The most important thing was our lovely company and very warm atmosphere.Bryn Athym 1

I would like to say very Big Thank You to Polina from our cluster for giving us this amazing opportunity to visit this lovely place and to spend really good time with my new friends from different parts of this world!!!IMG_1231

We were like one big family !IMG_1251Best regards, Mariia .

Welcome to the cluster, Seba!

It is very exciting to have another male au pair in our cluster! Seba is 22 years old, he is from Argentina. It is my pleasure to share some information with you about him. 

“I wanted to be an au pair, because I love spending time with kids and traveling. As I am studying to be an English teacher I had always been close to kids and I always loved spending time with them. I never thought there would be an exchange program that would allow me to do this. I am happy for the chanse to be an au pair!20050172_1746686528680212_1862162998_o

I don’t really have a hobbie. I like doing different stuff, for example going for a run, going to the gym are some of them. I enjoy watching movies and listening to music. I also like going out with friends and have a nice meal together.

My wish would be to stop hunger from all over the World.
I would love to visit New York City. It has always been my dream walking in Central Park and getting a hot dog in the street!
On Saturdays I like going out with friends to different places (theater, camp, traveling near my home area, etc) or sometimes we have a meal with my family. 20106879_1746672335348298_1482321955_o
The best complement I had ever received was:
“Never let people get you down. Don’t let them say you can’t do anything. You are an amazing guy and you can do what ever you want”
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I am creative. Since I was a kid I have always loved creating things like a small city on the table with boxes and books and play with my little sister. We also filmed videos acting as if we were in a movie. I edited them and played them on my TV screen. I also enjoy teaching. I like showing people my skills. But I also love learning new things”
Thank you, Sebastian for your answers! I hope, that you will be able to visit New York and a lot of other places! ♥

Farewell to Valentine, 2017 au pair in Excellence Winner.

Valentine sent me long, meaningful answers. She left a couple days ago, but I will always remember her. It was great to spend time with her and volunteer together, stay longer after everybody left. I am sure, she is going to enjoy her time with her family again and as far as I am concerned, her Host Kids will visit Valentine in France, which is amazing – that means, they built a strong relationship! So here are some pieces of the interview: 

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“I am very proud to be the Au Pair of the year and it is something that I was not expecting! I like to think, that I am the way I am because of my host kids, they are the best so I try to be the best au pair and sister that they deserve.”
My favourite way to spend my free time was to either go see a movie at the movie theatre because it helped me with my vocabulary by learning new words and phrases or volunteering at a little co-op in town. It was something I did every Friday afternoon since January until mid June and I liked the job and I made some really good friends there!

 What I like about being an au pair in the USA with Go Au Pair is that there’s always someone you can talk to, they will listen to you and try to find a solution. I like the fact that they organize meetings that you can go to and meet other au pairs from different countries and who live not far from you. I loved when we all volunteered at the International Spring Festival in Lansdale this year and even my host kid who is 11 years old helped us that day which was great!

 

The most valuable lesson that I learned while being in the US as an Au Pair is to stand up for yourself, do not let people take advantage of you because there are lots of people out there who try to make you things you don’t want to do and don’t respect the rules. So talk about it with someone if you are not comfortable in a situation speak up and make things change.
The favourite part about being an au pair is that you sometimes get to create an amazing relationship between you and your host family. That’s what happened for me, I came here and found another family, the 2 little girls I took care of for almost 10 months are now like sisters to me.

The experience that I will never forget is when I left for 10 days to go visit California (Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego exactly) all alone, with only a backpack. It was amazing, I met so many incredible people there, did things I never thought I would and took so many pictures of the beautiful things I’ve seen to show my family once I go back to France!

 

“I would recommend being an au pair, because it is a great experience, not easy every day but you will be rewarded by so much love and happiness in your life, that it is absolutely worth it!”

Au Pairs educational trips.

One of the great benefits of the Au Pair Program is that Au pairs can travel a lot during their free time, weekends, paid vacation with friends and together with a  host family.

Au Pairs can also travel and earn EDUCATIONAL CREDITS .  This special Au Pair educational trip will combine classroom learning with a tour to the destination studied. The Au Pairs can take classes at Peirce College in Philadelphia during the weekend and then, trips to a favorite destination with Cultural Hi-Ways.

Many former 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.

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Find your favorite trip! Here is fall 2017 Cultural Hi-Ways schedule

NIAGARA FALLS Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, August 27
Sunday, September 10
Sunday, September 24
Tuition Price: $485
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the weekend tour to Niagara Falls!
Education Earned: 4 CEU’s or 40 hours
Tour Date: September 29-October 1, 2017

NEW YORK CITY Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, September 24
Sunday, October 15
Tuition Price: $285
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the day tour of New York City!
Education Earned: 3.2 CEU’s or 32 hours
Tour Date: October 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, October 1
Sunday, October 22
Sunday, November 5
Tuition Price: $399
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the weekend tour to Washington, DC!
Education Earned: 4 CEU’s or 40 hours
Tour Date: November 11-12, 2017

AMISH COUNTRY: Lancaster, PA
Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, November 5
Sunday, November 19
Tuition Price: $259
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the day tour to Lancaster, PA as well as a traditional Amish meal!
Education Earned: 3.2 CEU’s or 32 hours
Tour Date: December 2, 2017

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