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.”

Au Pair from Germany

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!

Au Pairs volunteering

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.

Au Pairs  Philadelphia Karla and Joana

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

Au Pair childcare

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.

A new Au Pair cluster tradition – a Buddy Day celebration

Happy New 2015 Year! 

2015

During this time of year many people resolve to do something significant or different to accomplish something important and new. The first Au Pair meeting in 2015 will be also the first buddy appreciation party for Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area.DSC_0169

An Au Pairs Buddy Day celebration will be a new cluster tradition. On Sunday, 01.18.2015 we plan to get together for a bowling party and surprise the Au Pairs buddies with something special.

The new tradition will strengthen cluster’s bonds, enrich cultural exchange, and create lasting memories. I hope that the new tradition will be passed down through years and become a cluster meaningful tradition.go au pair 2014We started Au Pairs buddy program eight months ago and are having a great experience with this program. Many Au Pairs became the great buddies, helped new Au Pairs, and made a lot of friends. Au Pair friends
Thank to 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 Pair from El Salvador Claudia, Yoselin and Karla,

Au Pair from Mexico Brenda for being great buddies.

thank you buddyThe Au Pairs Buddy Day celebration is an important way to create a positive cluster culture, a sense of unity and belonging to the cluster and help Au Pairs have a great experience from the beginning.

 

Mission of the Au Pair Program

According to Go Au Pair agency,”The Au Pair Program is an amazing opportunity to introduce a cultural childcare experience to your family “Heart Au Pairs

Many host families welcome the life-enriching experiences that are tied to cultural exchange. The program’s mission is to build friendships, learn other cultures and better understand other people. The Host Family Mission is to

  • Positively represent the United States
  • Include the Au Pair as a member of the family
  • Assist and encourage their Au Pair to experience American life
  • Understand that they are the Au Pair’s family while she is in the US
  • Guide the Au Pair through completing her Au Pair program

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I like a very positive and encouraging statement that Summer Blackhurst, the author of Go Au Pair blog, wrote in her post, “The Au Pair program is a life changing experience and, while it doesn’t come without its share of challenges, the attachments, cultural benefits, and even losses are all worth it. Being an Au Pair or having an Au Pair changes people for the better.”

I think that Summer posted the best explanation of the Au Pair program mission, ” a life changing experience that changes people for the better.”

 

 

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