Home is where Family is.

Priscila, Au Pair from Brazil, joined Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia in May, 2019. For a few months, Priscila accomplished a lot: she is studying in Penn State university, volunteering in History of Science museum, and exploring many new places -last week Priscila returned from her trip to Canada.

Priscila made a lot of friends and found a new family far away from home where she feels like at home now. Thank you, Priscila, for sharing your story.

It’s hard to choose a moment to write. Feeling that I belong here is a process that evolves each day. It’s building trust and showing that you care in multiple ways. It’s more than just words, it is also the way that we act. Since I was in Brazil, 3 months ago, I feel like Stephanie and the girls would be part of my family the same way that I would be part of theirs.

As time goes by, we moved to a comfortable place of jokes and plays. Every day I walk outside my room and Penelope runs to me waving and saying a cheerful “Hi!”. She hugs my legs and looks at me like she’s feeling safe with me around. Her sister is always behind her smiling and saying good morning in her cheerful way as well. It’s such a good way to start my days.

I admire Stephanie so much. She is a strong and confident woman and she built a house full of color and laughing by herself, the type of house that I wish I’ll able to offer to my own kids once I have them someday.

But searching among those happy moments to describe it here, I could definitely point our first trip together.

We went to Margate at the 4th of July, and we stayed at Stephanie’s dad beach house. Both him and his wife Lynn, Stephanie’s stepmom, treated me so well, making me feel welcome and dear. We went to see the fireworks, and everything was amazing. One day we were walking to the beach, was a beautiful sunny day, just as they’re supposed to be in July, and I called Stephanie and Eden to take a picture. Between all the bags and stuff, we manage to get close to each other and smile. As soon as we took the picture I said: first family trip!

Eden turned to her mom, a question popping at her head and showing all over her face (she is a very expressive kid) and asked: but mom, I’m pretty sure we’ve been here before…

Her mom smiled and answered: but, sweetie, that’s Priscila’s first time here, remember?

Eden turned to me and said, again showing so much her emotions, and as she smiled, she said to me: Oh, right! Because you are family too, now.

I never said that, thinking that she might answer me that way and being honest, it fills me with joy that she did. That was the moment that I realized that no matter what, I would be okay and safe with them.

It’s not always easy, especially at the very beginning when the girls still didn’t trust me. Seems a lifetime ago, now. Today Eden yelled at the kitchen while I was making her some pie: “I love you, Priscila.” I stopped for a little and said back: “I’m glad that you do, because I love you too.”

Although it’s funny to think about that… Finding a family when you’re so far from home. But my mom always said to me: home is where family is. Indeed she was right, feels like home now.

Welcome Valeria!!!

Hello my friends 🙂

My name is Gina, I am an Au Pair from Colombia and now I live in Philadelphia with my host family. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Valeria Torres, Au Pair from Ecuador. I want to share with you her interview so that you can know more about Valeria.

Why do you want to be an Au Pair?

I want to be au pair because it is a great opportunity to improve my English and learn more about  American culture and have a chance to see another country and beautiful places.

What are your hobbies and interests?

My hobbies are reading mystery books, listening to all kinds of music, doing sports. I really like football,  and swimming too. I also like to go out to see several places with friends and go to the movies.

What was the best event/happening during last month?

Last month we celebrated with my family, at my aunts wedding and the christening of my cousins. We danced, played games, ate delicious food and everything was very beautiful.

What three adjectives best describe you?

I am very cheerful, kind and persevering person.

If you had one wish what would it be?

Travel around the world, see many places.

What place would you like to visit?

I would like to know all the possible places from the smallest to the largest, see all the beautiful things in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

Go for a walk somewhere with my family or my friends, share moments, enjoy the beautiful weather. I also like to be at home and do some activities like play, read, paint or cook.

What was the best compliment you have ever received?

The best gift they I got was when my grandmother gave me a rosary for my first communion.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?

 I consider myself very good in sports or physical activities and in cooking.

Thank you Valeria, by sharing with us a part of your life. We are so happy that you are now a part of this great community. We wish you a lot of success in the Au Pair program.

One more amazing au pair joining! Welcome Nafir!

Hey Guys, SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER!! 😦 I hope that you have taken full advantage of this season and you should be ready for a beautiful fall. It’s so excited to welcome a new member of our cluster: Nafir from Ecuador, she is 19 years old and she just arrived a few days ago.

Nafir decided to be an au pair because she studied pedagogy in languages ​​and she think that is important have a good English level, experience with children and she wants to know about American culture.

Nafir likes to know new places, make trips, visit museums and zoos, climb up mountains, go cycling, ride a horse, watch series and movies, spend time with her family, prepare desserts, make crafts and aerodance.

What was the best event/happening during last month? Well, the best event last month was when I finished my second semester very well, with good grades.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? I consider myself kind, generous and simple person

Welcome to the cluster, Nafir!

My first Au Pair Meeting!

Hey, hello! How is it going?

August 18th was a special day. I went to my first meeting with other Au Pairs. I was so excited to meet new people and spend time with them. It also was a great opportunity for me to find new friends.

However, it was not just a meeting to say “hi” to each other. Our amazing coordinator, Polina, invited us to a Glass Blowing Demo in Jim Loewer’s studio.

For those who don’t have an idea what a Glass Blowing is, I am providing a simple explanation here. A Glass Blowing is the art of shaping a mass of glass that has been softened by heat by blowing air into it through a tube.

We had a chance to experience the process of a glass blowing and that was exciting. Even though the glass blowing is a kind of dangerous art, some of us were lucky to help the artist Jim in squeezing red-hot glass.

Jim has been doing the glass blowing for 15 years. Isn’t it amazing? He truly loves his job. In case you want to know more about Jim and what he does, go and check out his website.

Thank Jim, Polina and Go Au Pair for unforgettable experience!

We are delighted to welcome Au Pair Mary from China to the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster.

We are very delighted to welcome new Au Pair Mary from China as a new member of the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster with Go Au Pair. Mary joined us just two weeks ago. The second year Au Pair from China Jasmine will help Mary to adjust to her new life in the US quickly. Thank you, Jasmine, for your kind offer.

Mary decided to be an Au Pair because she loves kids, wants to experience American culture and improve her English.

Mary likes making crafts, dancing, listening to music and reading the books. We asked Mary a few questions: What three adjectives best describe you? Determined, patient and responsible.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? On Saturdays I like to read books, listen music and shopping.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? I’m very good at craft and handmade.

Mary already attended her first meeting and met many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster. She had fun experience of watching a Glass Blowing Demo in Jim Loewer’s studio and got a unique piece of glass art. This gift will remind Mary about her first Au Pair meeting and that unique experience for a long time.

Welcome to the cluster, Mary!

Welcoming to our Go Au Pair Family Vanessa!

Hi there! For some people it might be sad since this is the last month of summer, but for us this month is full of happiness because we are glad to introduce our new member Vanessa Ferreira from Angra dos Reis, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She joined the Go Au Pair Philladelphia cluster just yesterday. So let us get to know each other better.

Why do you want to be an Au Pair?
I want to be an Au Pair because my dream is to travel the world, meet new adventures, learn from new cultures and have a professional evolution.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to travel. My favourite sport is volleyball and I love to go to the beach.

What was the best event/happening during last month?
I love to visit my city, Rio de Janeiro. Today I wenr to visit the Parque Lage in the Botanical Garden.

What three adjectives best describe you?
Determined, cheerful and adventurous.

If you had one wish what would it be?
Be successful in helping my family.

What place would you like to visit?
Greece, Venice, London, etc…

What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
On Saturdays I like to go to the beach.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?
I’m very good at motivating people and also I love malabares.

Thank you Vanessa for your answers so we can learn more about yourself. Hope you will enjoy your time with your host family and welcome to our cluster again!

Goodbyes are never easy!

Having a lot of Au Pairs and friends in the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster of Go Au Pair is great –the difficult part is that we have to say goodbye a lot. In addition, the fact that we have many outstanding Au Pairs in our cluster, makes saying goodbye even more difficult.

We just said goodbye to three amazing Au Pairs who recently finished the program and who were nominated by their host families for Love My Au Pair Contest 2019. Thank you Maria Bilous from Ukraine

the best au pair of the year award maria

Mindy Araujo from El Salvador

the best au pair of the year award mindy

Yue Lu from China

the best au pair og the year award

for being outstanding Au Pairs and great friends and making your host families very happy!

Mariia , Mindy and Yue had been the cluster au pairs during two years and got great experience with their amazing host families in addition to traveling and exploring new places, attending American universities, making many international friends and  having a lot of fun with them in the US.

This month, we should say goodbye to three great Au Pairs: Au Pairs Pamela and Jaquelinne from Brazil and Au Pair Carin from South Africa.

Pamela and Jaquelinne spent two years and Carin one year, with their host families, got a second family away from home, and immersed into American life. They had the opportunity to learn about American culture and traditions, improve their English skills and gain valuable international work experience. They met new people, made new friends, and became more independent and mature.

I would like to thank the host families for joining the Au Pair Program and Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area, opening their homes and hearts and helping the young international people get amazing experience. Without your support and encouragement, it wouldn’t have been possible.

The Au Pair program was designed for only one or two years. Unfortunately, there is a time for every au pair to say goodbye for her/his host family and friends and goodbyes are never easy.2019 Au Pairs meeting in Philadelphia library

Thank you so much for being great Au Pairs, working hard, taking a great care of the kids, and being wonderful role models and friends to them!

Amazing opportunities for cultural childcare!

The Au Pair Program offers amazing opportunities for cultural childcare.  Au Pairs enhance the public’s awareness of this cultural exchange program and the mutual benefit au pairs and families get from it.

We have many outstanding Au Pairs who deserve the recognition and credit. Every year Go Au Pair chooses three Au Pairs for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to IAPA’s Conference and other awards. 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 many times.

This year five Host Families from the Bucks County, Philadelphia and NJ area nominated their outstanding Au Pairs! Ukrainian Au Pair Mariia Belous and her Host Family- the Gerzon family became the runner up of 2018 Love My Au Pair contest with Go Au Pair!

Maria au pair from Ukraine

Mariia, Au Pair from Ukraine, is a local Au Pair who lives in Bucks County.  She came to the US two years ago and became a part of the Gerzon family Mariia’s host mom said “Mariia has made our lives richer, easier and more fun and this is why she deserves to get the best au pair award!”

“Mariia also keeps my kids entertained without depending on the TV for entertainment. Some of the things she does to entertain the kids are dance parties, karaoke concerts, and dress up games! She will make up imaginary games and stories. She also does arts and crafts with them, and makes sure they create artwork to give as gifts to me and our relatives. She has organized playdates with local kids and visited a local police station to meet a policeman!”

Au Pair from Ukraine

Congratulations, Mariia, on being nominated for Love my Au Pair contest for the second time and becoming a runner up of Love My Au Pair contest  this year! 

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Mariia just finished her second year of the Au Pair program. We wish Mariia the every success in her new journey.
The Au Pair Program is a great option not only for childcare needs, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to learn about foreign cultures and languages and make lifetime friends.

 

Welcoming Isa, an Au Pair from Colombia!

Zuly is an Au Pair from Colombia and she lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with an amazing host family with three lovey boys. Zuly has been an Au Pair in the US for almost 6 months and the post below is her first post on this blog!

Hi guys, My name is Zuly. I am very excited that summer is here… the weather is hot and everyone is gearing up for a great summer season. Let’s enjoy festivals, beach days and more!!

I also very happy to introduce to you our newest member, Isa Machado, who is also from Colombia. Isa joined the Go Au Pair Philadelphia cluster recently. Isa was able to answer some questions about what she hopes will be an amazing adventure as an Au Pair in the US. She is very excited to make new friends in our wonderful cluster. Isa also says, “I want to be an Au Pair because it is a great opportunity in my life. I want to work with children, know another culture and learn another language.”

Here are some of her responses to the questions: What are your hobbies and interests? My hobbies are going to the movies, to the gym, reading, walking and cooking.

What was the best event/happening during last month? Last month I went to an island with my dad in Santa Marta, Colombia. It was a beautiful experience.

What three adjectives best describe you? I describe myself as a sociable, funny and collaborative person.

If you had one wish what would it be? My wish is to know the whole world. What place would you like to visit? I would like to know America. Starting with the United States and museums of the twin towers.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? My perfect way to spend a Saturday is watching movies and eating pizza, sometimes hanging out with my friends and my brother.

Thank you Isa for your time and your responses!!!!! Welcome to this amazing and unique cluster! We look forward to meeting and getting to know you!!

Welcoming new au pair from Ukraine YULIIA!

Hi everyone! Let me introduce new au pair Yuliia who joined our cluster just a few days ago!

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Yuliia is 19 and she is a Ukrainian au pair. Yuliia joined a host family with two girls in Bucks County, PA. She said that she wants to be an Au Pair for many reasons,” Firstly, I like taking care of children very much. I am also very interested in improving my English and learning more about the USA (the culture, customs and best practices) because I am going to be an English Language & Literature teacher. Thirdly, since I am a student at the International University, I would like to take a gap year that would be a great help to my education.I would be honoured to introduce my country to Americans and share its culture and traditions at first hand. Finally, I am willing to widen my horizons, experience authentic American life style and develop any sense of international community and fellowship.”

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It is exciting and good luck with all your plans! Please read Yuliia’s interview.
What are your hobbies and interests?
My hobbies are playing ukulele, embroidering, spending time outside walking or riding a bike, watching TV shows or cartoons.
What was the best event happening during last month?
Finally I had my braces off after two years of wearing them ;D.
What three adjectives best describe you?
Sociable, friendly, and positive.
If you had one wish what would it be?
My wish would be the peace in my country and among people.
What place would you like to visit?
I would like to visit Disneyland, New York City, Washington DC, Kansas City and Grand Canyon.

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What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
My favorite way to spend a Saturday is to sleep as long as I can 😀 or to spend time outside with my family or friends.
What was the best complement you have ever received?
“You are the nicest person I’ve ever met”
What are two things that you consider to be good at?
I consider myself to be good at communicating with people and helping them if they need me.

We are looking forward to meeting you, YULIIA! We wish you a great au pair year!

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