What you should know about the Au Pair Program?

The Au Pair Exchange Program was established in 1986. Although Au Pair is  an employee, she/he has to be treated like a member of the family.

The Au Pair Program is a Department of State cultural exchange visitor program. Only designated sponsors, like Go Au Pair, can administer the Au Pair Program to legally bring Au Pairs into the U.S. and ensure all rule and regulations are enforced.

Host family has to be committed to cultural exchange and be willing to welcome an au pair as a family member. Read THE AU PAIR EXCHANGE PROGRAM BROCHURE for more information.

Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries.  With more than 25 years of experience, Go Au Pair is one of the oldest and most experienced Au Pair programs.IMG_20140920_112806 Au Pairs are screened, personally interviewed and meet regulatory requirements to qualify for the J1 visa Au Pair program. These regulations include background checks, minimum High School education, minimum hours of childcare experience, verified childcare references and more. All Au Pairs are required to have a minimum number of years of childcare experience. The Au Pair becomes a valued addition to the  family- equal, trustworthy and loving family member.

 

Saying goodbye to Au Pair Lucas from Brazil.

Last year one of the Go Au Pair host families invited a male Au Pair to join their family with five kids. They had nine female Au Pairs before. Lucas is the first male Au Pair that family has had. Lucas built special connections with all four boys and especially, with the youngest twins. The boys accepted Lucas as a big brother! Thank you so much for being a great Au Pair and being a wonderful role model for the boys!au-pair-bucks-county-bowling-5

Lucas also learned a lot through the Au Pair program, explored the USA, made many friends and even became a buddy for Jessica. 

I can’t believe that Lucas is leaving next week. As you may know we interview our Au Pairs when they arrive and before they leave the Au Pair Program. Here is Lucas interview.au-pair-farewell-picnic-independence-national-historical-park-lucas

What places you visited you like the most? Chicago.
What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? Playing Basketball and Football 
What is your favorite thing about being an au pair? Knowing another culture. 
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? Being more responsible and independent. 
How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? I learned many things from them 
What are new things you experienced? Halloween

Lucas would like to recommend the Au Pair Program to others! It is one of the most rewarding experiences because Au Pairs can learn a lot and live very special moments.  He plans to continue his education in Brazil. We wish Lucas good luck  with his study.

 

Au Pairs meeting -a cooking class.

The biggest and favorite cluster event – Au Pair Christmas party is coming. But before the Christmas party, we will get together and discuss our plans and then will start a preparation to the party.Au Pairs at Peddlers villageNext Sunday, 11.13.2016 at 1:00 pm we will have a cooking class and fun activities for the Au Pairs in my home in Newtown, PA. This time we have two Au Pairs who are chefs and we would love to use this opportunity. We are going to learn how to make sushi and a few other international dishes.There are many activities, games and contests with the presents planned.10456191_945095575506336_2551355450764419813_nOn Saturday, December 17, 2016 we will have a Holiday Party with a gift exchange at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant, located at Peddler’s Village, 5750 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA 18938.  After the party we will enjoy Peddler’s Village  which will turn into a winter wonderland, a  Christmas Village, with thousands holiday lights and Gingerbread competition and display.Au Pair Christmas party

This restaurant is very popular, I made a reservation for a party at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant 8 months in advance. We are looking forward to the Christmas celebration, making new international friends, having a happy time, taking tons of photos and creating unforgettable memories!

Free English classes and resourses for the Au Pairs.

The Au Pair program is known abroad as the “Learn and Earn”program. The Au Pairs can learn the experience, American culture, polish their English and also can earn money.

Many Au Pairs came to the US with the goal to improve English. Living with American family is the best way for Au Pairs to improve their English skills. Working with kids and practicing English skills with them has huge advantages. Depending on their ages, kids can be great teachers. Kids words and sentences are often simpler than that of adults. Children are usually can correct errors without making Au Pairs feel uncomfortable. Au Pairs and kids can learn from each other reading and playing together.Au pair and kids

Here are a lot of opprtunities to learn English for free. For example, free English classes in the Philadelphia area
FLP – English as a Second Language (ESL)
Meet up classes 
Community Learning Center
Phila Literacy

Au Pairs can find free online language learning resources, take language exchange classes online with English Lessons & Tutors Online – LRNGO. Some Au Pairs found language exchange options with American students or future ESL teacher. Au pair in the college

Au Pairs get a chance exploring the country, attending classes and immersing themself in the English language. Au Pairs also have an opportunity studied in America for free. They are supposed to take 6 credits or 72 class hours in college during the program year. Many Au Pairs take an ESL (English as a Second Language) class as part of their educational requirement.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 8

Beside speaking English at home, Au Pairs practice English for daily life in an English-speaking country –with new friends, in the stores, restaurants etc. The Au Pairs also can travel, volunteer for the community and meet new people.

 

 

 

 

 

The Au Pair Program – How to start.

Go Au Pair is a reliable and cost-effective program for live-in child care needs. The family can register online for free and interview as many candidates as the family likes, with no obligation! We have over 300 available au pairs, with several in-country au pairs. Also, new Host Families are eligible for up to $1,000.00 in discounts!Print

To get started, please review  the U.S. Department of State requirements.

  • Be willing to comply with U.S. Department of State regulations
  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents fluent in spoken English
  • Provide the au pair with a private bedroom and 3 meals a day for the au pair
  • Limit child care to a maximum of 45 hours per week if participating in the standard au pair; 30 hours per week for the EduCare program.
  • Not exceed 10 hours per day or extend over more than five and a half days.
  • Have adequate financial resources to undertake hosting obligations
  • Pay a weekly minimum stipend based on the program option selected ($195.75 for standard Au Pairs, $146.81 for EduCare Au Pairs)
  • Help an Au Pair to enroll in and attend an accredited post-secondary institution to fulfill here educational requirement.
  • Pay up to $500 toward the cost of the au pair’s required academic course work;
  • Provide a minimum of two weeks paid vacation for each 12 months.

For more information please read THE AU PAIR EXCHANGE PROGRAM BROCHURE. After the family reviews the host family qualifications,  the family can register and apply online. Once the family has registered and completed the online application,  Go Au Pair will open the personal portal and the family will get the access to our advance Host Family Community, where the family can view hundreds of au pair profiles.

All Au Pairs are screened, personally interviewed and meet regulatory requirements to qualify for the J1 visa Au Pair program. These regulations include background checks, minimum High School education, minimum hours of childcare experience, verified childcare references and more. All Au Pairs are required to have a minimum number of years of childcare experience.

In addition, Go Au Pair is pleased to welcome new Host Families hosting an out-of-country Au Pair in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area with a “Locals Only” Discount. Those who match with an Au Pair from Go Au Pair within 90 days of applying will be eligible to receive $750 off program fees and pay no application fee!

Adoptive families and the Au Pair Program.

More and more adoptive families choose the Au Pair Program because Au Pairs connect better with adopted children than nannies. For adoptive families hosting an au pair fulfills two needs: affordable childcare and exposure to a different culture which is very important if a family adopted a child internationally. i love au pairs
The adopted child sees someone of his/her race/ethnicity every day and may learn the language of his/her birth country. Susan Kibler,  the adoptive parent, said, “Au Pair is proud of their own culture. They will bring a different perspective the American families cannot provide,” said  “For the children placed in US homes, knowing about their own culture builds confidence instead of making them feel different or ashamed of their skin color or background.”

With Au Pair Program a host family hosts someone who gets to know the family and the kids and has a complete interest in being a great childcare provider. He/she loves the children instead of it being a job and become a part of the family. The Au Pair develops a special relationship with the kids and boosts a love to a different culture.

Hosting an au pair is not just childcare—it’s a gift of cultural immersion. An Au Pair can bring a lot with their own customs, traditions, language, talents, cuisine, etc.and the children can learn another language.
A new Host Family may be eligible for up to $1,000.00 in discounts! Those who match with an Au Pair from Go Au Pair within 90 days of applying will be eligible to receive $750 off program fees and pay no application fee!

 

Multilingual kids with the Au Pair help.

 

Many parents  would like to teach their children extra skills or a language to prepare them better for their professional life. People who fluently speak more than one language are more likely to be considered for a job and more likely to earn a higher wage than monolingual speakers. Kids who speak two languages also develop the ability to multitask. Having your child learn a second language gives a child a distinct educational advantage that will last a lifetimemost-popular-languge

What languages are other people trying to learn? There are a lot of languages and cultures to choose- a bilingual family member, friend, neighbor, or caretaker who can spend time with your child  and speak to your child in the target language. Go Au Pair hires Au Pairs from 60 countries -Au Pairs from Australia, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Colombia, Ukraine, S. Korea, France, Russia, El Salvador, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary and many more

Hiring an Au Pair who speaks the language of the family’s choice is an excellent option. Host families choose an Au Pair from a specific country because they are able to teach the language naturally through study and play. Speaking another language or two will open many doors for children.

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Earn educational credits while traveling.

Every au pair is required to earn educational credits during their year in the United States. Many 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.

Cultural Hi-Ways gives Au Pairs an opportunity to study and travel. 99% of Cultural Hi-Ways’ guests are Au Pairs.  Au Pairs can register for an educational course through the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) which will combine classroom learning with a tour to the destination studied.

Education earned per course is 4 CEU’s or 40 hours and the class locates at Peirce College – Philadelphia. Here are two tours are coming soon Niagara Falls and Washington, DC.

Niagara Falls

Class Dates:Sunday, August 28, September 11, September 18.Tour Date: September 30-October 2, 2016
Learn More About Niagara Falls Tour»

Washington, DC
Class Dates:Sunday, October 9, October 16, October 30
Tour Dates: November 12-13, 2016
Learn More About Washington, DC Tour»

Au Pairs education.

A Fall semester is just around the corner and it is the time for the Au Pairs to think about classes. If you haven’t found your class yet, choose your class as soon as possible.

Every Au Pair must register and attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and complete six semester hours (12 for educare program), or the equivalent.10382975_1009454645737095_2211206795615233843_nAu Pairs must take classes in the classroom, not online. In order to enroll the Au Pairs may need to take the Placement Test to be eligible for college courses. Continuing Education, Non-credit classes,  Adult Education and Lifelong Learning classes are the most affordable options for Au Pairs.

The colleges listed here are the most popular and affordable choices for the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area.

Bucks County Community College 

Newtown, PA (215) 968-8000,
Upper County Campus, Perkasie, PA (215) 258-7700
Bristol Center/Lower Bucks Campus, Bristol, PA (215) 781-3939
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-credit , Continuing Education Department offers extensive and affordable classes.

Delaware County Community College

Media, PA (610) 359-5050 , (610) 359-5333 for non-credit courses,
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-credit

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell, PA ,(215) 641-6300
West Campus located in Pottstown, PA
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-creditBlue Bell, PA ,(215) 641-6300

Harcum College

Bryn Mawr, PA (610) 526-6116
Day , Credit, Non-credit

International House

3701 Chesnutt St, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104, 215-387-5125,
Day, Evening, Weekend, Non-credit, affordable

Princeton University

4 Mercer street Princeton NJ08542, (609) 258-0202 – E-mail: PUCAP@princeton.edu
Day, Evening, Weekend, Non-credit

According to the Department of State requirement, host families have to reimburse tuition costs and costs of related materials  up to $500  and $1000 for EduCare. Au Pairs responsible for all payments for tuition, fees, books and materials that exceed $500 or $1000.

Educational institutions must be accredited by approved accrediting agencies to be acceptable. The Department of Education has a list of approved accrediting agencies on their website.  If you are unsure or have questions, you can contact Go Au Pair corporate office.

Please, plan ahead, speak with your host family and don’t wait until the last minute to register for your class.

J Day- a day that celebrates cultural exchange!

August 1, 2016 is J Day, a day that celebrates all things cultural exchange!  Au Pairs,  J-1 Visa owners,  the International exchange participants and other people are celebrating all across the country.CollageJDAY

According to Alliance for International exchange, “J Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange. International exchange participants will come together with their American hosts to “eat, play, and give” — to share cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have some fun.

J Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) and spread the word about the power and breadth of cultural exchange.Through the Au Pair program, participants and host families take part in a mutually rewarding, intercultural opportunity.

There are many locations where people come together to eat, play and make new international friends.

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