Make the Musical Instruments with the Au Pairs.

Join the International Spring Festival this Saturday, April 21, 2018 and the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair will  teach your kids how to create the musical instruments from around the world. We chose – Maracas, originally from Portuguese,  Harmonica, originally from Europe, and Tambourine, originally from Egypt and Israel. Musical instruments

Maracas are integral to Latin American dance bands, and have become increasingly popular in pop groups, percussion ensembles, as well as primary school music education. The simple design and intuitive process of the maracas have made it a familiar favorite around the world. The instrument has a long history of engaging audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Maracas are usually played in pairs, with either one in each hand or two held together in one hand.

Harmonica, also known as a French harp or mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, notably in bluesAmerican folk musicclassical musicjazzcountry, and rock and roll. There are many types of harmonica, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. A harmonica is played by using the mouth (lips and tongue) to direct air into or out of one or more holes along a mouthpiece. Popsicle Stick Harmonica is a nice homemade music instrument for the kids to make and enjoy making music with.

Tambourine, small drum is normally played with the bare hands and often has attached to it jingles, pellet bells, or snares.  Tambourines were played in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome, especially in religious contexts, and they have long been prominent in Middle Eastern folk and religious use. Kids like tambourines because they make a lot of noise.

Please stop near Go Au Pair table this Saturday, April 21, 2018 and create your own Maracas,  Harmonica or Tambourine.  The address is North Penn High School, 1340 S Valley Forge Rd Lansdale, PA 19446 from 11:00 am till 5:00 pm. We are looking forward to entertaining your kids!

 

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A limo ride with my host kid!

Hey guys, It is Mariia, Ukrainian au pair again. I live in Bucks County, PA with my awesome host family
Happy Spring! Summer is coming up and the weather is very warm and lovely!
Today my story will be about my limo! Yes, Mariella, my older host kid, and I call it limo! Maria from Ukraine

Every morning my princess Mariella and I have the coolest ride to school! No, it’s not a car, it is a bike with a track for kids! It has a windows there so Mariella can look around during our trip to school. Mariella has a protection from the bugs so no one can disturb her, and she has place for bottle of water there!Maria Bucks County Au Pair

We are having so much fun riding this cool Limo.  All our neighbors know us and they are friendly waving and saying hi to us. School personal saying, “oh, limo has arrived!” It is really cool and helpful for us  – instead of 15-20 min walking – it takes like 7-8 min riding ! It’s really good exercise and helps me wake up in the morning.

When I come to pick up Mariella from school every single parent wants to open the limo and they all  say WOW! That is so cool!Maria Au Pair Ukraine

Thank you my host mom Alla Gerzon for such a nice gift! We love it!
I hope you read the Ukrainian Au Pair storyFollow my dreams,  about My lovely hometown in Ukraine  and my vacation in Mexico with my host family and many other stories!

Xoxo,your Ukrainian au pair Mariia Bilous.  Keep smiling and be happy!

Filing Au Pair Taxes for 2017

pexels-photo-921783.jpegPersonal income tax return for 2017 tax year is due by April 17, 2018.  The law in the United States requires au pairs who earn income above $4,050 in the calendar year 2017 to file a federal tax return. For the standard Au Pair weekly stipend is $195.75, so if an Au Pair has been in the US more than 21 weeks ($195.75 * 21 = $4,111) he/she will need to pay the taxes for the amount that will exceed $4,050.

According IRS website Au Pairs are eligible for Free File software options

Au Pair taxes can be confusing! In the U.S., the deadline for filing taxes for 2017 year is April 17, 2018.  H&R Block has created the attached FAQ’s on Au Pair taxes,

You can also visit H&R Block’s Au Pair Tax page at http://go.pardot.com/e/10532/t-tax-preparation-au-pair-html/6dvrzt/740732002 , email them at aupair.support@hrblock.com or call them at 816-504-1665.

I am going to give you a class on 02.25.2018 how to file income tax return. If you have questions, please attend that meeting- I will help you there. http://go.pardot.com/…/t-tax-preparation-a…/6dzmjy/741097678
The deadline for filing taxes for the previous year is April 17, 2018. If Au pairs don’t file Au Pair income tax return , they risk incurring costly interest and penalties, and it may complicate obtaining a U.S. visa in the future.

Here is some useful links about tax

Good luck with your income tax return!

 

Volunteering for the International Spring Festival. 

Many Au Pairs from the Bucks County and Philadelphia area cluster chose to volunteer and help the community while being Au pairs with Go Au Pair. This year we are going to volunteer again for the International Spring Festival. au pair volunteering with ISFFor many Au Pairs volunteering in the USA will be a first-time experience. Au Pairs are very enthusiastic and motivated to make a difference in another’s life.  Instead of taking the easy roads, spending time for their pleasure, many Au Pairs had chosen to volunteer their time.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

This year Au Pairs are volunteering face painting, twisting balloons,  making crafts with kids, and etc.  They are looking forward to entertaining the kids.  However, the festival is interesting for the entire family. The address is North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, 19446, and the hours are from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm If you want to meet other families and learn about the Au Pair program from their experience, please come to the Go Au Pair table at 12:00 pm. The event is free.

Please join the International Spring Festival and a Host Family Day Conference on Saturday, April 21, 2018! 

Welcoming our new Au Pair Paulina from Poland.

Warm welcome to our new Au Pair Paulina from Poland. Paulina is 25 and she will live in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA with a host father and two kids.Au Pair from Poland P

We like to interview our new au pairs. Today we all get a great chance to learn a lot about our new Au Pair Paulina!

What are your hobbies and interests? Sport, personal development, travels.

What three adjectives best describe you? Friendly, honest, respectable.Au Pair from Poland

What is your favorite way to spend your free time? I love to spend time with family and friends, the best if we do some activities outside, close to the nature.

What place would you like to visit? Seven Wonders of the World. Au Pair from Poland Paulina

What was the best complement you have ever received? I liked when someone compared me to an angel and said that my heart is pure.

We are very excited to meet the first au pair from Poland Paulina. In addition, we never had Polish Au Pairs in our cluster, so we are looking forward to learning more about Polish culture as well.

Meet our new Au Pair from Brazil Lavinia!

Lavinia, our new au pair from Brazil, is joining the Philadelphia and Bucks County Go Au Pair agency cluster today! We are very excited to meet her! Welcome to the cluster, Lavinia!

Lavinia is 20 years old and she will live with her host family in Bucks County, PA. Lavinia has a few buddies – Au Pairs Maria from Ukraine and Jackie and Nadia from Brazil. They are eagerly looking forward to  spending time with Lavinia, becoming close friends, and helping her to adjust to new life in the USA.

Au Pair from BrazilLavinia’s favorite way to spend a free time is doing anything with her family and friends. Lavinia said that,”I really like to dance, listen to music, sing, play volleyball, read books, talk with my friends, among others … In Brazil we have a national event called Carnival, it’s party days! We went out in the streets to have fun and dance with our friends.”

Brazilian Au pair

Three adjectives best describe Lavinia are Sympathetic, Determined, and Patient. The best compliment Lavinia received was that she is an honest person. Two things that she consider herself to be very good at are driving and giving an advice!

Aupair Brazil

We asked Lavinia, “What place would you like to visit?” and she sad, ” I want to know the whole world! especially, Disney!”  Goodluck with your traveling, Lavinia. You can take a lot of classes with Cultural Hi-Ways!

Welcome to the cluster again, Lavinia.  We are looking forward to meeting you soon.

Experienced Au Pair and Teacher from Ukraine available in March 2018

Oksana is a live in nanny and in country Au Pair from Ukraine and she is looking for open, loving, friendly family to provide professional childcare assistance.
Oksana is 25, her English is a 4 out of 5 English grade and she is a College Graduate with Master degree in Education. Oksana has experience caring for children of all ages from baby-sitting, teaching, and volunteering. Oksana came to the US legally with J1 visa 5 months ago and she is taking care of four girls 5, 7, 11, 13 years old. Her reference said that Oksana is ,” honest, hard-working, reliable, creative.” Oksana has been driving in the US and she likes cooking, making arts and crafts, spending time with the kids.Oksana au pait from Ukraine
She said, “I absolutely love kids and have extensive experience with different ages.  I am currently taking care of four beautiful girls (5, 7, 11, 13) Maybe that’s why, now I’m feeling like a professional hairdresser.”
Oksana is a good driver,  she loves cooking and trying new dishes. Her favorite activities with kids are reading, cooking, making crafts and exploring new places. She is positive, honest, open, loving, caring, organized, quick learner, hard-working, and reliable. Oksana is also very flexible and can work under the pressure.
Oksana can provide live-in care for children ages 3 month to teens, perform child care related tasks like meal prep for kids, driving to/from school, lessons, appointments, cleaning children’s playroom and bedrooms and even children’s laundry! Go Au Pair is offering an exclusive discount for Host Families living in Bucks County, some NJ and Philadelphia areas. With this discount, the average cost of an Au Pair is only $345 a week ( 45 hours) and $7.66 an hour!

Welcome, Keri from S. Africa!

We warmly welcome Keri, our next au pair to the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster today! Keri is 24, she is a Teacher from S. Africa. Keri will live in Merion Station, PA with her lovely host family and two kids.

Keri Au Pair from S. Africa
Keri has a lot of experience with the kids all ages, and she is very good in making arts and crafts. Look on that  picture,au pair art

Keri’s hobbies and interests are reading, video games, photography, arts and crafts. Look again how creative Keri is

au pair S. Africa

Three adjective that describe Keri are optimistic, patient, determined.

Keri said that the best compliment she received was that she was able to live up the expectations.

Keri has already many friends in the cluster and two buddies Ana from Colombia and Aimee from South Africa.

Welcome Keri,  we can not wait to meet you on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at 1:00 pm for the Au Pair meeting, Party, and Class on 2017 tax preparation for Au pairs and the Library tour at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Room 5-6, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189

Local Au Pair from S. Africa available

Have you ever consider an Au Pair taking care of your kids? Jannet, Au Pair from South Africa,  is available to start ASAP and can be your first Au Pair!  Jannet is an infant qualified, First Aid and CPR Certified Au Pair who lives near Philadelphia. Jannet has thousand of hours of childcare experience from newborn to teens. She is mature, responsible, hardworking, kind, fun and full of enthusiasm. Jannet

Janet is 25, she is a College Grad, she has “Journey into healing” certificate, Emergency care level one, and grief Greek counseling certificate. Jannet likes to spend her time reading and helping other, that is what makes her happy, she is helpful, thoughtful and loving.

Jannet said, “It would be such a great honor if you choose me to be your Au Pair. I’m dedicated to go an extra mile taking care of your kids and give them all the love and care I have for your kids. I am positive they will learn a lot from me while I learn from them I really understand a lot about kids an their development stages”

Jannet can provide 45 hours a week of childcare and light housekeeping, prepare the kids meals, do their laundry, help with homework. Her family is speaking high about her childcare skills and will provide a great reference.  Welcome to speak with Jannet host family!

2017 Au Pair in Excellence.

Go Au Pair  recognizes outstanding Au Pairs through the agency Love MY Au Pair Contest. The host families can submit their nominations for Love MY Au Pair Contest. The winner, two Runners Up  as well as their families will get a special prizes.Love my Au pairsGo Au Pair just announced 2017 Au Pair in Excellence Winners and the Winners are
Winner: Gina Torres, Au Pair from Colombia
Runner-Up #1: Desiree Velasquez, Au pair from Ecuador
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Runner-Up #2: Tatiana Blanco, Au pair from Colombia
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To view the full album and read all of the nominations, you can visit the Go Au Pair Facebook page

In addition, Go Au Pair will  enter three (3) eligible Au Pairs for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to IAPA’s 2018 Conference, held on March 17-19, 2018, in Seville, Spain, where one Au Pair will be officially recognized as the 2017 Au Pair of the Year and presented with a token prize and commemorative award.
Gina’s host family said, ” In the spring, Gina took a digital animation course at a local university and created a cartoon for our two kids, Aili (3 at the time) and Bo (1 at the time). Every week after making them breakfast, she takes them to swimming lessons and the zoo on Mondays, to the Science Museum on Tuesdays, to see a kids band on Wednesdays, to the Children’s Museum on Thursdays and to gymnastics and storytime in Spanish at the library on Fridays. In the afternoons, she gives daily reading time, music time and art time at home. All the while, she only speaks to them in Spanish, and they are now both fluent..……..we are so grateful for the light and warmth Gina brings to our family and teaches our children (and us).”

The Au Pair Program offers amazing opportunities for cultural childcare.
In addition, there is a New Year present for the Philadelphia & Bucks County Residents, they can save $1,000!

 

 

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