Volunteered for Newtown Welcome Day with my Au Pair friends

Ophelia’s Diary.

After the yummy and heathy breakfast, we went to volunteer at the Newtown Welcome Day. Also, we met up with other Au Pairs from Go Au Pair there. We were going to volunteer together!

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This was a new experience for me. Even thought we volunteered for Philadelphia Marathon and Flower Show before, this time was still different.

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We helped distributing some flyers and other promotional items. It was fun. In China it will be hard to do volunteer work like this. Because people won’t take the promotional things from you nicely. They will think you are trying to take advantage of them.

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But here is different, a lot of people take the promotional items happily. We were glad to see many people had the green bags we gave out!

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Volunteering with other Au Pairs for Newtown Welcome Day we also spread the world and raised awareness about the Au Pair Program.Au Pairs Bucks County volunteers

After the volunteering, our Au Pairs friends still have more fun things to do together. I can’t wait to share all of them together with you.IMG_4151

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Au Pairs shared quality time together.

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After fancy dinner at Casablanca restaurant, the Au Pairs Cherry, Cosima, Adriana, the Local Area Representative Polina and I shared quality time together.

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We ate delicious desserts and talked about Au pair’s Education,  future events and shared our Au Pairs experience of living in the US with our very special host families. Everyone was happy to share because we all have super nice host families, great friends, the Go Au Pair’s support and enjoy special time in the US.

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We had a great time together, laughing,  taking photos, playing with a bubble machine and looking around the pretty backyard.

Au Pair playing with Bubble

The next morning, Cherry made yummy pancakes for us for breakfast. Adriana and I helped to serve a table.

Au Pair breakfast

Monica came joined us for breakfast! We were so glad to see her!

Au Pair breakfast

After breakfast, we went to volunteer at Newtown Welcome Day.

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Au Pair’s Farewell Party Dinner

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I just spent a whole weekend with my Au Pair friends. Most of the Au Pairs were from Go Au Pair, a few Au Pairs were from other Au Pair agencies. We had such a great time together.

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On Saturday afternoon, my Local Area Representative Polina picked me up from Warminster train station. We met up with other Au Pairs at Casablanca restaurant. This was really a fancy place. We had a La Carte Dinner Menu, a 6-course in the choice. So much delicious food was in front of us and the price was not expensive.

Au Pair food

Then we had the entertainment-belly dance. Everyone was super happy.

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During the meal we talked about our Au Pair life in America, we played games and got gifts from Polina. As many Au Pairs will leave our cluster soon, we felt very sad. But even more new Au Pairs will come! Our cluster will be even bigger.

Au Pair dinner

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2 AM Flood Warning in Philly

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I just spent a very special night with my host family. Our building was attacked by flood at 2am in the morning! This is the most special night for me since I have been an Au Pair in Philadelphia.

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It has been raining a lot recently. We live just nearby the river. Around 2am when everyone was in dreaming, the alarm was turned on suddenly! Then I heard my host kid was crying.

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I was wondering what happened, my host family knocked my door, we got out of the building quickly. Then we saw what just happened, endless water was surrounding us.

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We waited outside until 3am, everything seemed ok, it started raining again. We are lucky nothing serious really happened. This emergency warning makes me appreciate my wonderful Au Pair life here even more. Thankfully I can still sit here tell you what’s going on.

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Au Pair extension time is coming!

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Everything in Philadelphia is great for me. I love being an Au Pair in America with Go Au Pair. I had such a wonderful year here.

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But now is the time for me to prepare to move to a new place as my one year contract with my current host family will end in July.

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It’s really easy to extend your Au Pair year with Go Au Pair. You can extend it for free, all you need to do is filling out and extension form, updating your profile letter and photos.

Au Pair Ophelia Las Vegas strip

My Au Pair experience helped me a lot for my extension. A lot families contacted me in a very short time. They valued my Au Pair experience in Philadelphia a lot. Eventually, I matched with a wonderful host family in Las Vegas.

Au Pair Ophelia Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a very special place for me. I had been there twice, there were a lot stories happened in Las Vegas. I will share all of them with you little by little. Also as I had been talked with more than ten host families totally, I would love to share my matching process with you too.

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( Come back read about Ophelia’s Las Vegas trip and matching process with her new host family soon! )

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Happy Easter 2014!

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Even though I have been an Au Pair in Philadelphia almost 10 months, there are still a lot new things there waiting for me to explore. I just had my first Easter as an Au Pair!Au Pair Easter

Easter is a new holiday for my host child Theo as well. Theo and I had a good Friday together.Au Pair Easter

I prepared a little basket for him, he likes it a lot!Au Pair Easter

I attended an Easter party with Au Pair Adriana’s host family.Au Pair Easter

People performed the stories about Jesus there. After the performance, children started looking for the Easter eggs.

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The host prepared two thousands eggs totally!Au Pair Easter

This was such a big festival!Au Pair Easter

On Easter Sunday, we song in the choir of the Chinese Gospel Church. This was my first time to attend a choir. In China, only people who can sing really very well have the chance to sing in the choir.

Au Pair Easter

America is really a great place where people have enough freedom to enjoy their life best.Au Pair Easter

I love being an Au Pair in America!

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Japanese festival with Au Pair friends

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My host family lives very close to the Cherry Blossom festival location. I rode my bike early and spent a great time before an Au Pair meeting. Sakura SundayAround 12:00 pm my Local Area Representative Polina and some Au Pairs from Philadelphia , Bucks County and NJ came to the Sakura Sunday event. We were so glad to see each other. Au Pair friends

When we Au Pairs get together we always have so much to say that we can’t get it all out. I am just so happy to meet my dear Au Pair friends and Polina.Sakura Sunday

We took cute pictures together with cosplay girls.Au Pairs Philadelphia

After a quick lunch, we went to see Prettiest Pet in Pink Parade. There were a lot homeless dogs there were waiting for being adopted, I hope this festival can help them find a home soon.

Sakura Sunday

Then we enjoyed cosplay girls and guy sang Japanese songs. It’s full of power in their voices. After the singing, we enjoyed a great Cosplay Fashion Show. Au Pair friends

It was my first time seeing a show like this.

Summer Blackhurst, the Go Au Pair blog’s author, in her post Childcare and Cultural Exchange talks about cultural exchange and cultural immersion that broaden kids horizons and teaches about another culture lives.Au Pairs Bucks County, NJ, Philly  

The Au Pair program brings the cultural exchange to all Au Pairs and Host Families. I really like Japanese festival at Fairmount park. So far, I attended all the Au Pair activities and I like all of them!

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Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

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I haven’t seen my dear Au Pair friends for a while, It was so great meeting a lot Au Pairs from Go Au Pair during a fabulous Japanese blossom festival.

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As my home is very close to the festival place, I biked there early before other Au Pairs came.Sakura Sunday

I went to the Calligraphy & Crafts section learnt writing Japanese characters. Here is Theo’s name both in Japanese and Chinese.Theo name in Japanese

The left one is in Japanese, the right one is in Chinese. I had my Chinese name at the right side.Then I learnt playing Japanese chess GO.Sakura Sunday

 

After that I enjoyed a Martial Arts. I only saw this on TV before, so glad I can see it in person today.Sakura Sunday Au Pairs

After the Martial Arts, I saw a music show at the main states.

Even though China is not very far from Japan, when I was in China I didn’t really get a chance to know a lot Japanese culture.music Sakura Sunday Au Pairs

Later my Local Area Representative Polina and some of my Au Pair friends came, we explored even more fun things together. I just can’t wait to share all of them with you!

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How to fill an Au Pair’s income tax?

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I just finished my Au Pair income taxes. At first, I felt it was so hard to fill out the tax form, but as I already got it done- it’s super easy now. So I would like to share my experience with other Au Pairs.Au pair Ophelia in class

Then you won’t have problems with you tax return!Au Pair taxes

First calculate how much stipend you made during 2013. A 1040NR-­EZ form need to be submitted before April 15, 2014. You don’t need a W­ 2 form from your host family.

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Here is a link that will tell you how to fill out your 1040NR­-EZ tax form step by step. You will find how much taxes you own using the instruction chart.

After you finish the form, print it out, sign your name and date. You can put a payment (check) together with the tax form in an envelope and then mail it. Or you can use free software tax service and pay online. I mailed the payment with my tax form. You can find the mail address at 1040NR­-EZ form instructions. When you mail it, make sure you get a Certified Mail Receipt, it will be a proof shows that you do mail your taxes form before April 15, 2014.Au Pair

Good luck with your tax return!

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The Impression of Washington DC

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I had two days tour to Washington DC with Cultural Hi-Ways as a part of my class/trip with the Au Pair program. The first day my Au Pairs friends and I visited the World War ⅡMemorial, the Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial and saw the Capitol Building and White House.aupairs

Washington DC offered us so many great things to see. This was my first time attended a group tour. As an Au Pair in America, I can always have so much great experience.

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This makes me super happy.aupair from Go Au Pair

On Saturday afternoon, we visited a lot places. But my favorite was World War Ⅱ Memorial. I was impressed by the great design. I found the two columns with Alaska and Hawaii on it.

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This reminded me the good memories I had in Alaska and Hawaii with my host family.IMG_5280

The next day, we spent most of the time at the Smithsonian Institution.aupair from Go Au Pair

Jackie, Adriana and I visited a lot museums together. The Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum are our favorite.aupair from Go Au Pair We saw so many high­tech products at the Air and Space Museum.aupair from Go Au Pair

The natural History Museum offered us an indoor zoo!

We had to leave DC at Sunday afternoon. This was so sad, but we are planing come back one day!

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