$1,000 off Go Au Pair Agency Fee for the Philadelphia and Bucks County families

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.

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!Print

Now is the best time to start the program. You can register online for free and interview as many candidates as you like, with no obligation! We have over 300 available au pairs, with several in-country au pairs, who could be working for you very soon.

Au Pairs are young people, ages 18-26, from foreign countries, who have skills and experience in childcare. All au pairs speaks English (rated 1 to 5), have previous skills and experience in caring for children, and Go Au Pair has already done all the legwork and screening for you.

Many of my host families found the program because they were looking for a better child care option. During my 6 years working as a Local Area Representative 25 host families from the Philadelphia-Bucks County cluster nominated their Au Pairs for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award for their excellent work as Au Pairs!

This can be a life-changing experience for your family too!  Register today and save up to 15% off program fees when they host an au pair from Go Au Pair!

 

 

The Au Pair year is like a lucky packet.

I like the post WHY BE AN AU PAIR? that Nita, a former Au Pair from Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster. Nita kindly gave a permission to share it with you.

Nita took care of 8 kids with another S. African Au Pair Ricki. Nita lived in New Hope, Bucks County with a lovely host family.

Nita considered her Au Pair year a lucky packet. Basically, because she got the opportunity meet the wonderful people!

Nita said, “I have met the most amazing people in my life, starting with my first host family. A killer family of 8 children whom I love dearly and my awe-inspiring host parents. Yet so my second, an intriguing family with twin babies. Secondly, the girls who carried me through this journey. Au Pairs from all over the world who i never intend on forgetting. You form relationships with people from culture to culture. Learn to love not by eye, but by heart. Not by similarities in interest, but to build a strong supporting relationship on your differences.”Au Pair volunteering at Bucks County 484

Nita said, “There is so much more to it than just be to your family what they are paying you for. It might feel like you are loved by contract not by heart, but the family taking you into their home chose you to be part of their children’s life. You are there because of who you are, they chose you. They want you. They find someone who is similar to them and who they think will fit right into their everyday life. Your appearance makes a difference. You get to be the highlight of someone’s day, everyday. You form an unbreakable bond with not only the kids, but the parents as well. You end up being really good friends and build a trusting relationship. I really lucked out on two fun families who is very understanding and supportive. You get to be a friend, a companion, a role model, a sister, a kid and most of all, someone they can always turn to in troubled times.Nita called her Au Pair year a like a lucky packet.au pair from S. Africa Tania 2

She said, “You get so many opportunities with being an Au Pair. You take care of beautiful bright intelligent children, get a pay cheque every other week, get two weeks paid vacation, go to school (paid for), be adventures, travel and meet life long friends from all over the world. Imagine that feeling of having friends in Germany, Australia, Europe, Columbia, etc. You will always have someone everywhere you go. The feeling is pretty great that I can assure you.

Nita called her Au Pair year a like a lucky packet also because, “You get so many opportunities with being an Au Pair. You take care of beautiful bright intelligent children, get a pay cheque every other week, get two weeks paid vacation, go to school (paid for), be adventures, travel and meet life long friends from all over the world. Imagine that feeling of having friends in Germany, Australia, Europe, Columbia, etc. You will always have someone everywhere you go. The feeling is pretty great that I can assure you.

Being Au Pairs  Bucks County Fundraisngan Au Pair is a way to expand yourself to the world that has so much to offer for young people who is on a war path on finding the wiser life embracing self-hiding somewhere.

Being an Au Pair has changed my life and I will forever be grateful for taking this opportunity and the people who were a part of this journey, as well as my family who made it possible for me to go on this adventure.

Read why Nita considered being an Au Pair and you may want to become an Au Pair as well.

WHY BE AN AU PAIR?

Nita, our former Au Pair from South Africa wrote a wonderful post and today I will share a little of it with you.

Nita is very active, she volunteered with the Au Pair friends many times, made a lot of friends and became a buddy to a few Au Pairs. She had an exciting year full of adventures and events. She traveled and explored new places and got very many opportunities with being an Au Pair. Nita met and made international friends with Au Pairs from Germany, Australia, Colombia,  etc

Au Pair volunteering at Bucks County

Nita declared a new definition of an Au Pair. According to Nita, “An au pair is a girl, or boy whatever the gender who is not afraid to leave their home and country to travel another country living with a foreign “soon to be your second family” and being on an endless journey.”au pair from S. Africa Tania 4Nita said that  Au Pair means “ADVENTURE, TRAVEL, EXCITEMENT.Why even consider being an Au Pair? Well, I say: “Why not?” This will probably be the most exciting year of your life. I can not think of one reason you should not grasp this opportunity if you have an open window whatsoever. It is a low priced opportunity in not only traveling but to find yourself along the way.”

She also said, “People think you are throwing those years away, negative. You are gaining years, not losing. At first I was terrified that I would lack behind of all my friends, they might move up in life, getting experiences I might never get to witness first hand. But not only did I kick rock bottoms ass, I got a second chance in life and have this journey to thank for making me more wise as a human being.”

Read more why Nita considered being an Au Pair

 

Au Pair from China Max

We welcomed many great Au Pairs to the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ in 2015!

You can read about two Au Pairs from Australia Amber and Kiah,   Marce  Au Pair from Mexico,  Lucy Au Pair from South Africa and Aline, Au Pair from  Brazil.

Also,  Au Pair from China Max or Yuhan Zhao arrived in Philadelphia in 2015. Max is taking care of three small boys.
Au pair from ChinaMax likes traveling, chatting with friends and eating delicious food. She said that she is good in singing and making friends. It was a little hard to adjust to the life in the USA because it is very different, but she did it.

Max loves cooking and can make a lot of traditional Chinese food, like dumplings, noodles, fried rice with egg, stir-fried eggs with tomato etc. She likes to invite her friends to enjoy the dishes. She also enjoys handicraft, such as cross-stitch, paper cut, and handwriting shopping.

Max loves her host family and she is enjoying spending time with them. The family is very happy with Max and feels that it has been a good match.

Max is working very hard to improve her English, she takes English classes every Saturday. She is planning to take a class with Cultural Hi-Ways and travel with other Au Pairs.

Max dreams to go to Hollywood because she likes the Hollywood movies. We hope you will see Hollywood and explore many interesting places.

Can an au pair care for a child with special needs?

Au Pairs are allowed to care for special needs children if the Au Pair has specifically identified their prior experience, skills or training in the care of special needs children. Some Au Pairs have previous experience working with special needs kids, early childhood education and pediatric nursing in their countries. Many Au Pairs volunteered at orphanages, hospitals and other places that required a special care experience.

There are usually a few Au Pairs who are working with the families with special needs child/children in the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ. Those Au Pairs have previous documented experience caring for special needs children.Xiao

Also, the host family must sign an agreement indicating that they both recognize and accept the Au Pair’s level of experience.

We have  Au Pair Plus program and  Premiere Au Pair program that give more options to the parents who are looking for a very experienced Au Pair. Many of our available Au Pairs have broad experiences and are interested in caring for children with special needs.

 

 

What kind of education and experience do the Au Pairs have?

We have a variety of candidates with different types of education and experience at   Go Au Pair.  We also have different Au Pair programs that help families to find a candidate they need.

Many Au pairs  have university degrees. We have Au Pairs who graduated from Medical, Business or Law school or have other degrees, many of them use this program as an opportunity to polish their English skills when they are in the USA.

Many Au Pairs have significant experience in childcare-related fields, including early childhood education, teaching, and pediatric nursing. Some Au Pairs are teachers with a lot of previous experience working with kids.  Go Au Pair has Au Pair Plus program and Premiere Au Pair program that give more option to the parents who are looking for an Au Pair with special experience and education.

Au Pairs program

Many parents value the opportunity of having a global education experience. The Au Pairs are interested in teaching the kids, learning from others and exploring their similarities and differences.

After their stay in the US, Au Pairs will go back to their home country and continue their job relating to child care training, education and experience.  Many Au Pairs decide to extend their experience for another year. Upon their return home, Au Pairs plan to pursue their studies or continue their professional careers.

 

 

 

Why do young adults want to become Au Pairs?

Another common question many new host families ask is, “Why do young adults want to become Au Pairs and leave behind their families, friends and sometimes a good job?”

Au Pairs participate in the Au Pair program for professional and personal reasons.  All of them came to the USA as the Au Pairs because they love kids and want to be part of their life.

Many Au Pairs are looking for a valuable experience for their future career in a child care related field. They want to experience life in the American family, learn a new culture and share own culture with others.  follow

A common reason of  participating in the Au Pair program is the opportunity to improve their English skills. Many of au pairs are looking to fulfill a dream of living the U.S. and attending an American College. The Au Pair Amber from Australia took classes in Princeton University.

Many Au Pairs from the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ said that they wanted to get away from home, live independently, see the world, get to know different lifestyles and meet new people. I found that many Au Pairs love to travel and they visit many new places when they are here.Au pair list

Some Au Pairs choose the Au Pair program because that they want to escape bad economic and social situations in their countries, save up some money and send home some money to help their families.

I think  most of them become the Au Pairs because they love kids and also are hungry for adventure.

Welcoming a new Au Pair from Colombia

We are looking forward to meeting the newest member of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area Karen. Karen is a 25-year-old Au Pair from Colombia. She will live with a loving host family with a little boy in Philadelphia.Au Pair from Colombia Karen 2 Karen will be replacing a wonderful Au Pair Cherry who is going home after two amazing Au Pair years with her forever family in the USA.

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Karen considers herself a very happy and active person, as well as a responsible person dedicated to work. Karen obtained her degree in Marketing & International Business two years ago and worked at the marketing departments of some of the most prestigious companies in Colombia. Au Pair from Colombia Karen

Karen decided to become an Au Pair because she likes children, wants to improve her English and to learn about American culture. Kim, Au Pair from South Africa kindly offered to be Karen buddy,  her help and support. Thank you, Kim.

Au Pair from Colombia Karen 3

Here are the questions we asked Karen.

What are your talents, hobbies and interests? I´m a good dancer, especially I like to dance latin music like salsa and merengue. My hobbies are traveling, preaching and shopping.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?
I consider myself extremely joyful and I have a good sense of humor. I am very active and curious and I like to do different things always.

What place would you like to visit?
I would like to visit NY city, California and the Florida Parks, Universal studios, Busch Garden and Disney parks. Also, I would like to know the snow and learn to ski.

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Welcome, Karen! We had the first snow! Goog Luck with all your  plans and dreams!

Au Pair from Brazil.

Many great Au Pairs joined the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ in 2015!

We welcomed two Au Pairs from Australia Amber and Kiah.  Then, Marcela, Mexican Au Pair, and Lucy from South Africa joined our cluster. Later, we welcomed Au Pair Aline from Brazil. Aline had a wonderful buddy- Au Pair Lilla from Hungary.

Aline loves to travel, take photos, be with her friends and family, and I also love to make friends. She made a lot of international friends. Aline has an interest in learning other languages.Au Pair Christmas party 8

She said, “My interest is lo learn other languages and travel as much as I can here. I like to match all the things I like, travel, learn, culture and know how is the American way life, and take care of the children is the most important and I love kids. Aline is always ready to share her experience with others, she wrote many posts on this blog.

Aline was nominated for the Au Pair of the Year AWARD by her host family recently.  Aline’s host family said in their nomination essay, “Aline is the ideal Au Pair, she respects our home, family and values; has formed great relationships with our children; and has made lasting friendships.”

 

 

Chinese New Year Celebration

 

2016 Chinese New Year falls on February 8, and it is the Year of the Monkey according to Chinese zodiac. Chinese New Year celebration is the most important annual event for Chinese people and has more than 4,000 years of history.  Since we have many Chinese Au Pairs in our cluster we are looking forward to celebrate Chinese New Year with them.Happy new year

We are going to get together and join Chinese New Year celebration at Penn Museum in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 12:00 pm. It will be a great chance to experience the traditional Chinese customs and meet new Au Pairs.

The Penn Museum has a Chinese New Year celebration every year. It is a special show that held in the China Gallery and throughout the international galleries of Museum.Au Pairs celebration at penn museum

The Au Pair cluster in Bucks County and Philadelphia joined that event in 2014, we learn a lot and had so much fun at the event. We enjoyed traditional music and dance, tai chi and tangram workshops, and Kung Fu demonstrations. We liked the Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade the most.

During the Chinese New Year, people greet each other by saying “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (恭禧發財), which means “may you be happy and prosperous” or “zhù nǐ hǎo yùn” (祝你好运) that means “wish you good luck.”

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Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭禧發財),  zhù nǐ hǎo yùn” (祝你好运).

Wish you luck in the Year of the Monkey!

猴年大吉

 

 

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