Award winners Au Pairs.

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 in 2015, 2009, 2005 and 2004.

This year Au Pair from Go Au Pair agency, Terri Abbott from South Africa, became the one of three 2015 Au Pair of the Year finalists. Best S. African Au Pair 2015 Terri

According to IAPA, “The Au Pair of the Year Award provides au pairs the recognition and credit they deserve and enhances the public’s awareness of this wonderful cultural exchange programme and the mutual benefit au pairs and families get from it.” The “IAPA Au Pair of the Year” award enhances the public’s awareness of this amazing program.

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Go Au Pair created Au Pair in Excellence Award on based on nominations sent in from Go Au Pair’s Host Families for IAPA Au Pair of the Year to recognize all of our Au Pairs for their hard work and effort in providing quality child care for families.

Meet award-winning au pairs from Go Au Pair 

2015 Au Pair in Excellence Winner – Yidan Ren, China

Yiden is an Au Pair from China and lives with the Mcnally family and their two daughters ages 13 and 11 at Seattle, Washington. The oldest girl,  Jordan submitted the nomination and says, “Yidan is more like an older sister to Reese and I because she treats us like we are her two younger sisters, not like she’s just working like a nanny for two kids. Yidan cares about things that are important to Reese and I.” Read Yidan‘s nomination

Yiden- Au Pair in Excellence Winner

2015 Au Pair in Excellence Runner Up – Demoy Harrison, Au Pair from Jamaica

Demoy arrived to Jersey City in Northern New Jersey to join the Uhrmacher – Doughty family with a 7 year old son who was “insistent that this time he wanted a boy au pair.”

“In Demoy he has found a friend. It is wonderful to see the grin on his face as Demoy holds him upside down by his ankles, or rides him on his shoulders and pretends to be a horse!.”Read Demoy‘s nomination

Congratulations to many outstanding Au Pairs who were nominated for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award and became 2015 Au Pair in Excellence Winners and also past Winners and Finalists of the Au Pair in Excellence Award!

2015 Au Pair Of the Year!

Every year the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) presents the Au Pair of the Year Award to one outstanding Au Pair. This award is based on many nominations from Host Families around the world!

Au Pair of the Year Award 2015

German au pair Lena Halberstadt was named Au Pair of the Year 2015 by (IAPA) today.  Lena is an Au Pair from AuPairCare and her host family, the Rasmussen family, from Northville, MI, said that Lena,”has been a positive ray of sunshine. At just 18, she is ridiculously mature. Five kids with very different personalities and a large age gap is no easy assignment yet Lena accomplishes it with ease.”Lena  2015

From 59 nomination essays, IAPA has selected three 2015 Au Pair of the Year finalists. One of the three finalists is Au Pair from Go Au Pair agency, Terri Abbott.  Terry is 27-year-old and she is from South Africa.Best S. African Au Pair 2015 Terri

Go Au Pair Au Pairs been internationally recognized through IAPA award many times in the past, and this year the Au Pair from the Go Au Pair agency been chosen as a finalist as well. 

Terri was nominated by the Sherr family from Peyton, CO. Her host family says,In addition to being an invaluable asset to our family, Terri is very outgoing….She has vigor for life and adventure like no one I have ever met. This love for life and exploration has overflowed into my boys. They see her fearlessly taking on new experiences and can see her genuine enthusiasm as she does it. She has fun! She is an incredible role model and terrific big ‘sister’.“ 

The third finalist is 19-year-old Au Pair Maja Grüttner from Sweden, who was nominated by the Harris family, UK.maja_sq

According to IAPA, “The Au Pair of the Year Award provides au pairs the recognition and credit they deserve and enhances the public’s awareness of this wonderful cultural exchange programme and the mutual benefit au pairs and families get from it.”

Congratulations to Terri, Maja and all excellent Au Pairs who were nominated by their families for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award and 2015 winner, German au pair Lena Halberstadt!

Take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.

You may be tired of a long cold winter and are counting down the days looking forward to a Spring day. Wait no longer, you can enjoy a fantastic Spring or even Summer day this weekend at the Philadelphia Flower Show where everything is blooming.2015pfs_bloom philly

Every year thousands of volunteers and gardening enthusiasts who share a love of plants and people. They help make the largest in the world Philadelphia Flower Show breathtaking.  Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair have chosen to volunteer at the Make and Take Room of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show. They are going to contribute their time and talent and get a unique cultural exchange experience. Volunteering, learning and giving back to the community has become our cluster tradition.

Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

Go Au Pair team will help you create a piece of art and have fun. Please stop by from 11.30 am till 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Make and Take Room, which is located along the Grand Concourse at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  We will help you take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.Aupairs creation at the Philadelphia Flower Show

An Au Pair from Australia Diary.

I would love to introduce a new writer on this blog, our new Au Pair from Australia Kiah.  Thank you, Tania for interviewing  and welcoming Kiah. Today I would love to welcome Kiah as a Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog author.10984738_1000396696656232_654688054_n

We have very many authors from around the world who contributed to this blog.  Thank you to

Au Pair Lala from S. Africa
Au Pair Juliana from Brazil
Au Pair Cosima from Germany
Au Pair Ophelia from China
Au Pair Lilla from Hungary
Au Pair Tania from S. Africa

Kiah joined Go Au Pair in Bucks County PA just a few weeks ago. She lives with a wonderful host family I want to welcome as well. The family has two sweet angels and Kiah will be a big loving sister and teach them a lot of things.

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Kiah explored NY already and love it. She has a long bucket list of many destinations to visit in the USA. She dreams to take classes in the American college.Keep Calm and Blog On

Thank you for the opportunity to follow your journey, Kiah. We are looking forward to reading your diary.

 

The Host Family and an Au Pair weekly meetings.

The Host family and an Au Pair weekly meetings can prevent many issues from arising. Usually, Host Families and Au Pairs start the Au Pair program year with the weekly meetings, but in a while, and because of a busy family’s schedule many families stop doing them.

The issues are less likely to come up if the parties have a good relationship and think of each other as a family in a teamwork. Things change over time, we all make mistakes, so the host family and the Au Pair may have something that they want to discuss and resolve. Best way to deal with the problems is having an open conversation – the Host family and the Au Pair weekly meetings. mistakes

Weekly meetings are wonderful ways for both parties to follow-up, ask questions, or share concerns. It is also a time to listen. Even when the parties are speaking to each other and are listening, misunderstandings may occur.  If the Au pair is unclear about what is expected she can simply ask.  It is also a time to review the past week’s activities and discuss the coming week’s activities, to share the experience and the plans.

Show positive reception is very important.  Having an open meeting allows the Host family and the Au Pair to feel comfortable in sharing thoughts and feelings. It is often possible to find a solution which satisfies both parties’ interests if they keep a focus on the parties’ concerns.We-All-Make-Mistakes-e1421825578481

It is the both parties best interest to have the meeting every week to discuss uncomfortable issues and situations because when an issue arises, the parties do not have to wait and can address it in a calm and open manner during the regular weekly meeting. It is an opportunity have a healthy relationship, learn from mistakes and issues and move ahead. Read more about the Importance of the Weekly Meeting

 

The most important moments of an Au Pair year.

Dear Au Pair,  

Time flies so fast, especially when you are busy working and spending time with your host family, studying in college, exploring the US and having fun with your friends. There are many first-time accomplishments, important milestones, and special memories and they often describe your Au Pair year.

I will be glad to know what the important moments were for you during your year with Go Au Pair. Here is a list of “The most important moments of an Au Pair year.”Please recall your milestones & accomplishments, take your time and vote.

Thank you for voting! You are welcome to leave a comment with your thoughts.the good news  for Au Pair

The Au Pair journey is all about passing milestones, learning and developing skills, accomplishing goals, creating special memories and accelerating the personal growth. Time flies fast, but the good thing is  you are the pilot of this wonderful journey!

2015 Au pair in Excellence- Cosima from Germany

Go Au Pair’s Au Pair in Excellence Award was created to honor the Au Pairs who changed the lives of their Host Families. The agency and host families would like to recognize best of the best Au Pairs for their hard work and dedication.

Sometimes the host kids are doing this better than any adults and the companies. What can be a better award than this notice from 4-year-old child?Au Pair award

Cosima, the Au Pair from Germany, was nominated for the Au Pair of the Year Award by her host family from Doylestown, Bucks County and became a 2015 Au Pair in Excellence.

Cosima joined  Go Au Pair cluster in Bucks County almost one year ago. She became a part of the family quickly and made many friends.  Cosima is the first buddy in the cluster and she became a buddy to four Au Pairs!!!- the Au Pairs from S. Africa Nita and  Rikie who live in New Hope, Bucks County, and to two new Au Pairs from Australia Amber and Kiah who also live in Bucks County.

Cosima  is very active, she is always the first to help other Au Pairs, give someone a ride or say, “Welcome to the cluster” to a new Au Pair. Cosima is the first to volunteer, she volunteered four times.Au Pairs team

Cosima is writing Au Pair Mission on this blog where she is interviewing many Au Pairs. Au Pairs Bucks County play games

Cosima’s host family stated in their nomination letter,” Thanks to our Cosima. She just prolonged her stay with us for another six months and we are all SO happy about that. We can’t imagine a life without her. She turned out to be all what we were looking for: playmate, sister, daughter, teacher, helper, friend and much more! She’ll always be part of our life and of our family.”

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Congratulations, Cosima!

Go Au Pair team will volunteer at the Philadelphia Flower Show again.

You may already know that Go Au Pair team volunteered at Make and Take Room at the Philadelphia Flower Show last year.  Au Pair Philadelphia

It was a wonderful experience. When I asked the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster what the best Au Pair meeting was in 2014, many of them said, “volunteering at Make and Take Room at the Philadelphia Flower Show and we want to volunteer there again.”Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

There are many people who would love to volunteer for the Flower Show. Our team had a good experience volunteering last year, the PHS personnel love Au Pairs from Go Au Pair, and they welcomed us to volunteer again- they even closed the whole shift for our team!

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On March 1, 2015 from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm 24 Au Pairs will help the Philadelphia Flower Show guests make beautiful flower projects, hats and fun headbands.

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Volunteering for the Flower Show let Au Pairs to experience American culture, culture of other countries, make new friends and have fun. Volunteering is the best cultural exchange and fun experience! Au pairs in the Philadelphia Flowe Show

Please attend the world’s longest-running and largest indoor Flower Show, join a Philadelphia tradition and make incredible memories. Stop by the Make and Take Room to have more fun with Go Au Pair  agency volunteers!

Bowling with the Au Pair buddies and friends.

We are going bowling on Sunday, January, 18. 2015 and we want you there! Put on your comfortable clothes and a smile for fun bowling party with the Au Pair buddies and friends from Go Au Pair. keep-calm-and-party-with-an-au-pair-buddyFor the first time we are going to celebrate a Buddy Day! It is a way to say thank-you and show appreciation to our buddies- Au Pair from Germany Cosima, Au Pairs from Colombia Monica, Joana and Luisa, Au Pairs from S. Africa Cherry, Nita, and Tania, Au Pair from Ukraine Oksana, Au Pairs from El Salvador Claudia, Yoselin and Karla, Au Pair from Mexico Brenda.

We started Au Pairs buddy program in the Philadelphia and Bucks County Go Au Pair cluster nine months ago. Many Au Pairs helped new Au Pairs and made a lot of friends as well. The Au Pairs buddy program creates a positive cluster culture and a sense of unity and belonging to the cluster. The program helps new Au Pairs have a great experience from the beginning and prevents many issues.

Come join us for an Au Pair meeting and two hour bowling party on January, 18. 2015, at 1:00 pm at Thunderbird Lanes, that is located at 1130 York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.  There are going to be fun and a lot of surprises. You can have a great time with the Au Pairs from 9 countries!

The Au Pair Mission

The Au Pair Mission is to provide quality childcare for American families while participating in cultural exchange. The program is regulated by the U.S. Department of State and promotes international understanding and cultural exchange.

According to Go Au Pair agency,”The Au Pair Program is an amazing opportunity to introduce a cultural childcare experience. ” The Au Pair Mission is to

Provide quality childcare

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Enrich the lives of American childrenfaicepainting with au pair AndreaActively participate as a member of the familyIMG_2569Be an ambassador of their home country at Penn MuseumShare their Au Pair experience after leaving the USAu pair and kids

Enhance their own lives through the Au Pair experienceGo Au Pair Team

Au Pairs represent their home countries and are eager to share their culture, traditions and create lasting friendship throughout the program year. The Au Pair Mission is to enhance understanding and improve the way to communicate with people of different countries through cultural exchange.

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