Thanksgiving thank you and nominating an Au Pair

Thanksgiving Holiday coincides with the time when Go Au Pair invites you to say “thank you” to your Au Pair by nominating her/him  for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year 2016 Award.  If you feel that you host an outstanding Au Pair, please nominate her for the prestigious Au Pair of the Year Award before Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

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Many host families from Philadelphia, Bucks County, NJ are looking forward to nominating their Au Pairs this year. The Smolarski host family from New Hope, Bucks County is already talking of nominating their Au Pair Kathy from Ecuador for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award.

“She walked into a family with 8 children, including newborn triplets…!  Not only did she make the courageous decision to join our family, but she has been nothing short of AMAZING since she has joined. She works tirelessly to partner with Nichole (mom) to run this very busy household, working very hard and always doing so with a smile and a loving attitude with the children.”

Au Pair from Ecuador

Thanks to many Au Pairs for being outstanding Au Pairs from many Happy Host families!

Thank you to our Au Pairs.


…for willingness to come into our lives
…for sharing your adventure with us
…for being an essential member and valued addition to our family
…for your hard work to care for the kids
…for your patience and understanding
…for inspiring and teaching kids every moment
…for being a positive role model for the kids
…for opening kids’ eyes to the world outside of the U.S. and helping them to learn a new language
…for giving us an opportunity to relax, have a date and time for ourselves
…for cooking delicious dishes from your country and sharing with us the secrets
…for willingness to help when we were too timid to ask you
…for capturing the treasured memories and pictures of our family
…for unforgettable cultural experience you brought into our home.Au Pair awardThe International Au Pair Association (IAPA) presents the Au Pair of the Year Award annually to one outstanding Au Pair.  The Au Pair of the Year 2016 Award is now open for entries! Who will be the 2016 winner? It can be your Au Pair, go ahead and nominate her/him for the Au Pair of the Year Award!iapa logo

Walking tour with Free and Friendly Tours in Philadelphia

On Saturday,  11.07.2015 we had an Au Pair meeting in the Center City of Philadelphia.  Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster and their friends took a walking tour “The Billy Penn” in Philadelphia. We had a fantastic experience with Free and Friendly Tours and our guide Mark. We enjoyed the informative and fun tour, the lovely places in Philly and the beautiful fall. We will definitely take another tour.Au Pairs walking tour 3Please enjoy the guest post by Au Pair Aline from Brazil

Last Saturday, all the au pairs met for an interesting walking tour in Philadelphia. There were more than 20 Au Pairs- Chinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs, Ecuadorian Au PairsAustralian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pairs, and Au Pairs from other countries and their friends.Au pairs on the tour 1The weather was pretty good, kind of cold, but nice to walk and take pictures.Au Pairs walking tour

We had a fun tour guide, his name is Mark. He was so smart telling usall the things behind the history and he put fun inside his history – such a good time Mark, thank you for our tour.Au pairs on the tour 2

All the girls couldn’t fell in love with the fall and special places in Philadelphia.Au pairs on the tour 6

Everybody took a lot of pics! Let’s share the moment with you.Au Pairs walking tour 1

Welcoming new Au Pair from Ukraine Tetiana

We are looking forward to meeting the newest member of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area Tetiana. Tetiana is 21-year-old Au Pair from Ukraine. She will live with a loving host family in Buks County.
Tetiana is a teacher of English language, and she likes teaching the kids. She says, “I like teaching kids something that is interesting and important for them and I enjoy entertaining them, doing lots of amazing activities with them, discovering this world, nature together, playing games, reading, drawing and cooking!”L1-dkkhb-qI
Tetiana has already been abroad, she has spent 2 summers of 2012 and 2013 in the USA.
We asked new Au pairs a few questions to get to know them better.
What three questions best describe you? – Creative, friendly, helpful.
What was the best compliment, you have ever received? – My little friend and a girl, I was teaching English, once said that I’m not only her teacher and friend but her older sister!  That was really the best compliment ever for me-)
What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? Dreaming and travelling.
If you had one wish what would it be? Reading people’s thoughts))) 8zZ5NE5k4BY

Tetiana likes animals. She also loves reading, taking pictures, cooking, making new friends, watching good movies, travelling and learning foreign languages.

Welcome, Tetiana! We’re all looking forward to getting to know you better!

Welcome Maria, the Au Pair from Mexico.

I’d like to welcome a new Au Pair to our cluster, Maria from Mexico. Maria is currently living in King of Prussia, the Philadelphia area. Maria is 19, she is very active and has a lot of friends in Mexico. Ale Au Pair from Mexico

Maria already made a lot of friends with the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster on facebook. She has a buddy Lorena, Au Pair from Colombia, who lives in Buck County and takes care of five kids

We asked Maria a few questions about herself, just to get to know her a little better.Ale Au Pair from Mexico 1

What three adjectives best describe you? -Out-going, happy and a good friend.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? -Traveling, knowing a new place, shopping, hang out with friends or go to the movies.

Do you believe everything happens for a reason? – Yes of course! Even if we don’t understand why, they happen for a reason.
If you had one wish what would it be? -Eat without gaining weight!! Hahah
What place would you like to visit? Europe, but here in US Boston.Ale from Mexico
We are looking forward to meeting you next Saturday and going together to Billy Penn tour.

Host family from Bucks County is looking forward to welcoming an Au Pair from Mexico.

A new Au Pair from Mexico Alejandra will join the K. host family in New Hope on Monday. The K family had the Au Pairs from China, Korea, Mexico and built the solid bonds in their hearts. The K family loves the Au Pair program, hosted many Au Pairs events, volunteered with our cluster and opened their home to many Au Pairs.The K family is very excited and ready to welcome a new Au Pair Alejandra from Mexico to their family.mexico flag

Alejandra is 22 and she recently graduated from college where she studied animation. She has 2 brothers and a little sister. She said that her hobbies are traveling, learning new things and cultures, making new friends and spending time with them. She already lived in Germany.Al Au Pair from Mexico 1

Alejandra has a buddy Lorena, Au Pair from Colombia, who lives with her host family in Bucks County and takes care of three kids. Alejandra made a lot of friends on facebook with the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster.Alej Au Pair from Mexico 1

We are looking forward to meeting you soon, Alejandra.  Have a safe trip.

I am proud that I am Ukrainian!

Go Au Pair features a country each month. This month Go Au Pair’s feature country is Ukraine.

We have a few Ukrainian Au Pairs in the Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County cluster. Stacey, Au Pair from Ukraine, is this blog guest today. Stacey has been in the USA almost one year and has a great experience. She extended for another year with her host family.the Au Pair from Ukraine

I am a resident of an amazingly beautiful country, Ukraine. Golden wheat fields and cloudless blue sky began its eternal symbols. Versatile nature can not leave indifferent any guest and resident of this country. Ukraine is one of the largest countries of Eastern Europe. It occupies an area of 603 700 km2. Its territory stretches for 893 kilometres from north to south and for 1316 kilometers from east to west. It has state borders with Russia, Belarus and Moldova. It also borders on Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. In the south, it is washed by the Black and the Azov Seas. The major rivers are the Dnepr. The major part of Ukraine is flat and only 5% of it is mountainous. The two mountainous areas in Ukraine are the Carpathians and the Crimean Mountains.ukraine
The population of Ukraine is about 43 million people. The biggest cities are Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa and Lviv. Ukraine has an ancient history. It has its own original culture and arts. Ukraine is my homeland, and I am proud that I am Ukrainian. I love it’s fields, rivers, forests and mountains. The Ukrainian people are very emotional, smart, kind, talented and understanding people. I advise everyone to visit my homeland and feel all the power and the beauty of my country from the inside.
Au Pair from Ukraine
PS. Perhaps, you may invite a Ukrainian Au Pair to join your family first and learn more about this beautiful country. Families who match with an Au Pair from Ukraine will receive $100 off the program fees in addition to other discounts available.

The Go Au Pair family.

Go Au Pair agency constantly supports the agency’s Au Pairs through their experience. There are many experts in Go Au Pair team or Go Au Pair family who provide the personalized assistance and mentor our Au Pairs.

A special support from Au Pair Sis Janine helps Au Pairs from Go Au Pair feel that they are not alone in the USA. Janine, the Local Area Representative from the New Jersey, became a big Sister to many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair.

Even before their arriving, Au Pair Sis reaches many Au Pairs and helps them connect with a big Go Au Pair family on Facebook. Au Pair Sis posts on Au Pair Sis Facebook interesting information, fun stuff and activities for the Au Pairs all the time. Au Pair Sis

Go Au Pair team helps the Au Pairs learn about the Au Pair program, prepare to the journey and find the answers to their questions. The Au Pairs can do that by watching Au Pair Sis’s videos about Au Pair experience and cultural différence, reading very informative Au Pair Sis blog on the Go Au Pair website. Au Pair Success Coordinator provides regular support to all Au Pairs during the program year.

There is also a consistent local support from a Local Area Representative (LAR) and other Au Pairs from the area. The local support includes help from a cluster Au Pairs that is also a closed group on facebook, the Au Pairs Buddy program and the cultural exchange activities. LAR helps connect new Au Pairs with other Au Pairs in the area, keeps consistent communication with Au Pairs and helps them to get the best experience.Bucks County Au Pair meeting

With Go Au Pair, the Au Pairs are not alone in the USA. There are friends, host families and Go Au Pair team – a big  American family they are belong and who loves and supports them.

The Go Au Pair family provides constant support, encourage, help to succeed and have a great experience in the US.

My first Au Pair meeting with Go Au Pair cluster in Bucks County, PA

Please enjoy the guest post My first Au Pair meeting with Co Au Pair cluster in Bucks County, PA by a new Au Pair from South Africa Lisa.

On Sunday, 09.20.2015 we had a meeting with Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair and my Local Area Representative Polina.
We all went to The Village Renaissance Fair in Newtown PA, the entry fee was only $5 to get into the fair.The Village Renaissance Fair, 2015

We all met up there in different cars and paid to get in once in we were all welcomed by Polina.

She showed us where we can go to dress up for free so we can fit in with the renaissance period and take photo’s with friends.The Village Renaissance Fair

We all danced in a circle with the devil and took some photos of group and did introductions for new au pairs.The Village Renaissance Fair 7

After that, we just had a small group discussion then we were free to walk around fair and do our own thing.

The Village Renaissance Fair5

Things to do, there was a lot there to do, the food smelt amazing so many choices, and there were ice cream trucks etc. There was a parade with knights, queen and kings etc thru the fair to entertain us.The Village Renaissance Fair 10Few girls wanted to learn how to belly dance and got a lesson and did a show for us. It was very lovely too take photo’s with new friends we made for memories of the times we shared and there was props and awesome decor and of cause entertainers willing to pose with us for photos.IMG_20150920_145259

So all in all, it’s a very good fair, especially for families, there are lots to do for children like jumping castles, sword fighting etc. There were also lots of games that you could play to win prizes, but for us we all had a fun time meeting all the new and old faces and making new friends.

Cultural exchange Au Pair meeting

Au Pair’s events are cultural exchange meetings which promote cultural awareness, help gain international experience, strengthen interest in other cultures, history and inspire to learn.

Au pair meeting at Village Renaissance Faire

Come join Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsAustralian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pairs, and Au Pairs from other countries at The Village Renaissance Fair, 557 Penns Park Rd, Newtown, PA 18940 on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 12:00 pm.The Village Renaissance Faire

The Village Renaissance Faire is a recreation of a 12th through 16th century village named Penn’s Park and consists of eight stages and various sets: Merchant Squares, Living History Pavilions, Food Courts, Gaming area, Multi-cultural enclaves, Craft Corners, and Kid’s Kingdom.

Please join the Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair. This is a special occasion for a celebration of international friendship and meeting new people which leading to new friendships.

Come to see the arts, the town, and the knights.Y Dress up- you can be part of the show.

The Au Pair Bucket List, Share the Fun!

Vanessa, Au Pair from Ecuador, came to the Philadelphia area recently, however, she already created her Bucket List and is ready to explore.

Vanessa likes to travel, explore many places in the USA, experience new things, meet new friends, learn something new, and accomplish the personal goals. There are many things that she would like to achieve during her Au Pair year.Au pair list

I think that creating a bucket list can benefit Au Pairs in several ways- help to stay organized, keep moving, and advance Au Pair life.

Here is Vanessa’s Bucket List.Au pair Equador

Meet most Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster
Take a dance class
Volunteer for a cause or for church
Make international lifetime friends
Visit many malls in the United States
Go shopping with friends
Travel by train to the nearby cities and States
Visit zoos
Eat at the different restaurants to sample a variety of food
Share good time with the other Au pairs’ host families
See a comedy or romance móviles with friends
Cook a favorite meal for my friends
Get to know downtown Philadelphia, (Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Kimmel Center, Market Street
Make snowmen in winter
Go rafting
Go Ice skating
Attend a football game or baseball
Learn another language
Go to the mountains
Attend musicals
Go diving
Enjoy cycling the trails
Go camping in a National Park
Go to the libraries
Rock Climbing with friends

Drink a frozen caramelfrozen_caramel_latte

Creating the bucket list can be fun. Sharing your list with others, inviting other Au Pairs to join the activities. revisiting the list over time, and checking off the experiences as you collect them, helps to enjoy your Au Pair life more.

Thank you very much for sharing your bucket list, Vanessa.  Please, share your bucket list and share the fun with other Au Pairs!

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