The International Spring Festival- experience the world.

This year three Go Au Pair agency’s clusters from Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ attended the 24th Lansdale International Spring Festival for the first time. The International Festival is the great diversity event that includes international foods, music, entertainment and much more.Au Pairs at the festival

It was a real cultural exchange experience, we loved the festival very much and would love to make this annual Festival the Go Au Pair multi-clusters event.  The Festival was an amazing opportunity to explore the world and meet many Au Pairs and people from around the world. Many Au Pairs met Janine Au Pair Sis for the first time in real life. It was a great occasion to celebrate cultural diversity and our friendship together.

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We loved The Parade of Nations and the exhibits from 18 countries. We also enjoyed participating in a Health Fair, dancing Zumba, exploring art exhibits, cookie cafeteria and eating delicious food representing China, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Middle East, Philippines, Ukraine, and Vietnam.Go Au Pair at the International festival Mexico

After the event, many Au Pairs said that they had amazing and memorable experience with the Au Pair program and Go Au Pair. They would love many Au Pairs to have the same experience. Au Pair Ambassadors speak out and inspire others.

 

Au Pair Ambassadors speak out and inspire others.

A few Au Pair Ambassadors shared about their amazing cultural exchange experience with Au Pair Sis and Go Au Pair online community.  They help to spread the positive influences of the Au Pair Program, the benefits from cultural exchange and international friendship.Go Au Pair at the International festival Zumba

Last weekend a big group of Au Pairs from three Go Au Pair agency’s clusters attended the 24th Lansdale International Spring Festival.

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The International Festival is the largest diversity event in the region, includes international foods, music, entertainment and much more.Go Au Pair at the International festival Mexico

A few Au Pairs shared about their enjoyable experience at the International Spring Festival and became the Au Pair Ambassadors. Korean performance at the International festival

Au Pair Ambassadors help to educate about their cultural experiences and inspire other Au Pairs to make the most out of the Au Pair program year. They help others to make the Au Pair experience the life-changing, and amazingly unforgettable experience.

Lansdale International Spring Festival

If you would like to become an Au Pair Ambassador, please share your story, experience, photos, videos with Au Pair Sis Janine and inspire others to have enjoyable and memorable experiences with the Au Pair program and Go Au Pair.

The International Spring Festival

Come out and take part in this unique festival of friendship, have fun, meet Au Pairs from around the world, many host families from Bucks County and Philadelphia and learn firsthand about The Au Pair Program and what it’s like to be a host family.

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According to www.streetinsider.com 5,000 visitors expected at The International Spring Festival at North Penn Highschool in Lansdale PA on April 18th, 2015.

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The International Spring Festival brings together people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and promotes cultural exchange. it includes international food, entertainment, a health fair, children’s games, and tons of activities for the whole family.

Come join the fun -you will be glad you did.

Celebration a legacy of international friendship.

Please join us on Saturday, April 18th, 2015,  at 11:30 AM for the Au Pair’s cultural event and The International Spring Festival If you want to learn about the Au Pair program and meet the Au Pairs from around the world and their host families, see the unique Parade of Nations and a Fashion Show, worldwide musical and dance performances, and taste amazing food, you should be there.Au Pairs celebration at penn museum

We are looking forward to celebrating the return of Spring, a legacy of international friendship and cultural exchange through music, food and the performing arts. The International Spring Festival brings together people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and promotes friendship.

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The International Spring Festival is the largest diversity event in Pennsylvania. The Festival combines international foods, music, entertainment, a Health Fair, a Fashion Show and tons of children’s activities. There will be a lot of international performances: Classical Indian Dances, Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi, Mexican Dance, African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Chinese Dance and Music, Philippino Dance, and Korean Classical Dance.

It is a Festival of Life, Spring and Friendship. Come join Go Au Pair Team!

 

A Festival of Life, Spring and Friendship.

Finally, Spring is here and it is time to celebrate Life, Spring, and Friendship. The International Spring Festival is the best place for an Au Pair meeting, for a celebration through music, food, the performing arts and cultural exchange.

The Au Pair Program is a cultural exchange program that allows Au Pairs from 50 countries to explore the US, learn new cultures and share their unique culture with others. The Au Pairs are open minded, they enjoy cultural exchange, hearing the stories, exploring different kinds of foods, music and cultures.

Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

The International Spring Festival brings together people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and promotes cultural exchange, understanding of cultural traditions through music, food and the performing arts.  The Festival is celebrating its 24th year and is organized and hosted by volunteers.  international Festival

This year the International Spring Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the North Penn High School. Admission and parking are free. Please come to see The PARADE OF NATIONS  with Chinese Lion Dancers and drummers, African dancers and drummers, and many other performances.

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

 

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