Memorial Day events in Bucks County, PA

Many Au Pairs will be celebrating the Memorial Day Holiday weekend with their host families and friends for their first time.  Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff of summer. Families are usually enjoying their time outside of their homes -picnics, BBQ, pool parties with traditional hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill.

Memorial-Day

The Memorial Day weekend is an important holiday for many Americans. It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Au Pairs can find many special events and learn a lot about American history. Many events are free.

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Memorial Day is a great day for celebration and cultural exchange. I recommend the Au Pairs attending the local parades. It is a lot of fun watching the groups that representing the veterans, military, non-profit groups, service clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, marching bands, decorated floats, dancers, athletes, antique vehicles, horse drawn carriages and many more.

A lot of people will be with American flags and dressed in red, white and blue and the US Flags will be displayed everywhere. There many local Memorial Day parades in Newtown, Doylestown, Washington Crossing, Yardley-Makefield, Langhorne, Warminster that are very unique. Au Pairs Bucks County volunteers

Here are some Memorial Day parades in Bucks County,

Newtown Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 at 9 a.m.Click here for information

Doylestown Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m.,  Click here for more information
Washington Crossing Historic Park Memorial Day Observance, on Sunday, May 24 at 1 p.m. Click here for more information
Yardley-Makefield Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m. Click here for more information
The Langhorne Borough Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 at 9 a.m., Click here for more information
Warminster Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. Click here for more informationAu pair at Newtown

From Saturday through Monday, there will be the special exhibitions, events and celebrations honoring the men and women of the military, both past and present, in Philadelphia as well.

Cultural exchange tests so good!

Food is a part of country’s culture and promotes cultural exchange. Many of our images of other cultures come from our knowledge of their food.au pairs international food

The food we eat represents the traditions, story and geography and we can learn a lot simply trying different food.

Au Pairs Sis Janine invited Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency to share their dining experiences. and promote cultural exchange. It’s easy! Just talk about your dining experience, take a few pics and share them on Facebook with Janine. You will be entered to win $100 gift card!

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Au Pairs have a chance to learn about American and other cultures through the food, and also can win $100 gift card! Share your experience!

Step 1: Visit your local eatery that is unique to your state (not a franchise). Take pictures and/or video!
Step 2: Share your photos and videos on Facebook and tag Janine Au Pair Sis with the hashtag #AuPairAmbassadors
Step 3: Write a paragraph about yourself and then answer the 5 questions found below. Send it to the Au Pair Sis in a private message on Facebook at Janine Au Pair Sis OR by email at aupairsis@goaupair.com by May 11th.
Step 4: Follow steps 1-3 again, using a different location, to increase your chances of winning!
Step 5: Check Au Pair Sis-Go Au Pair on May 15th to see who won by a random drawing!

For more information about the contest contact Janine Au Pair Sis by May 11th.au pair eatingTaste the world and inspire others to get out and have new experiences. The cultural exchange tests so good!

Unique Benefits Go Au Pair Agency Provides for the Au Pairs.

Go Au Pair agency provides many unique benefits for the Au Pairs. The agency believes that happy Au Pairs will bring a satisfied and comprehensive childcare to the families.10421163_558553510943995_935517026312827935_n
The Au Pair Sis Program, Bed and Breakfast program and an Au Pair Success Coordinator’s assistance, help the Au Pairs learn more about the Au Pair program and get constant support during their program year. That assistance prevents many issues like homesickness, rematches and others.

Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair are friends with Au Pair Sis and with her help they are all connected on Facebook. There are many interesting information and activities posted daily on Au Pair Sis Facebook for the Au Pairs. Au Pair SisJanine, the Local Area Representative for the New Jersey Au Pairs,  is a real person, a big Sister to many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair.  The Au Pair Sis has hundreds of friends and thousands” likes” on Facebook.

Janine has very informative Au Pair Sis blog on the Go Au Pair website.  Janine answers many personal questions and the questions about the Au Pair program and helps Au Pairs learn about American culture.Au Pair internatioanl
The Au Pair Sis constantly helps the Au Pairs to adjust to a new culture. A new Au Pair can contact Au Pair Sis, and  Au Pair even before his/her arriving in the US. A new Au Pair also can prepare for the program and find the answers to their questions by watching many videos about Au Pair experience and cultural différence.Au Pairs from Go Au Pair 7

The unique programs connect new Au Pairs with other Au Pairs in the program and in the area, support them during their Au Pair year and help them to succeed.

A Local Area Representative keeps consistent communication with Au Pairs and helps them to get the best experience using unique benefits Go Au Pair agency provides for the Au Pairs.

Unique Benefits a Go Au Pair LAR offers

A Local Area Representative (LAR) helps local families during their program. The Local Representative assists a host family and Au Pair with any questions related to Go Au Pair services. However, there are much more.Welcome to go au pair Please learn about unique benefits the Philadelphia and NJ area Go Au Pair’s cluster!  Here are some of them:

  • Contacting a new  Au Pair as soon as her visa been approved
  • Welcoming new Au Pairs on facebook (FB)
  • Inviting new Au Pairs to the closed group on facebook
  • Interviewing new Au Pairs
  • Au Pairs Buddy program
  • Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog
  • Valuable cluster traditions
  • Interesting cultural exchange activities.
  • Volunteering with friends
  • Cluster’s Au Pairs blogging and sharing their experience
  • LAR mentoring and counseling which prevents many issues.aupair excellence
We had another successful year and many happy families and Au Pairs. The Philadelphia and NJ cluster has doubled, and many families from this cluster nominated their Au Pairs for the “Au Pair of the Year Award 2014″.
The agency believes that happy Au Pairs are the driving force behind happy kids and families.Joyce (3)

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.

We love Go Au Pair

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.

Lansdale International Spring Festival

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.

The next morning we got u

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.

international Festival

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!

 

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