Earn educational credits while traveling.

Every au pair is required to earn educational credits during their year in the United States. Many Au Pairs enjoyed the trips with Cultural Hi-Ways and earned the credits. Ophelia, Au Pair from China, wrote about the trip/ classes with Cultural Hi-Ways. Kiah, Au Pair from Australia, wrote about the trip to Washington, DC.

Cultural Hi-Ways gives Au Pairs an opportunity to study and travel. 99% of Cultural Hi-Ways’ guests are Au Pairs.  Au Pairs can register for an educational course through the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) which will combine classroom learning with a tour to the destination studied.

Education earned per course is 4 CEU’s or 40 hours and the class locates at Peirce College – Philadelphia. Here are two tours are coming soon Niagara Falls and Washington, DC.

Niagara Falls

Class Dates:Sunday, August 28, September 11, September 18.Tour Date: September 30-October 2, 2016
Learn More About Niagara Falls Tour»

Washington, DC
Class Dates:Sunday, October 9, October 16, October 30
Tour Dates: November 12-13, 2016
Learn More About Washington, DC Tour»

Au Pairs education.

A Fall semester is just around the corner and it is the time for the Au Pairs to think about classes. If you haven’t found your class yet, choose your class as soon as possible.

Every Au Pair must register and attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and complete six semester hours (12 for educare program), or the equivalent.10382975_1009454645737095_2211206795615233843_nAu Pairs must take classes in the classroom, not online. In order to enroll the Au Pairs may need to take the Placement Test to be eligible for college courses. Continuing Education, Non-credit classes,  Adult Education and Lifelong Learning classes are the most affordable options for Au Pairs.

The colleges listed here are the most popular and affordable choices for the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area.

Bucks County Community College 

Newtown, PA (215) 968-8000,
Upper County Campus, Perkasie, PA (215) 258-7700
Bristol Center/Lower Bucks Campus, Bristol, PA (215) 781-3939
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-credit , Continuing Education Department offers extensive and affordable classes.

Delaware County Community College

Media, PA (610) 359-5050 , (610) 359-5333 for non-credit courses,
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-credit

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell, PA ,(215) 641-6300
West Campus located in Pottstown, PA
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-creditBlue Bell, PA ,(215) 641-6300

Harcum College

Bryn Mawr, PA (610) 526-6116
Day , Credit, Non-credit

International House

3701 Chesnutt St, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104, 215-387-5125,
Day, Evening, Weekend, Non-credit, affordable

Princeton University

4 Mercer street Princeton NJ08542, (609) 258-0202 – E-mail: PUCAP@princeton.edu
Day, Evening, Weekend, Non-credit

According to the Department of State requirement, host families have to reimburse tuition costs and costs of related materials  up to $500  and $1000 for EduCare. Au Pairs responsible for all payments for tuition, fees, books and materials that exceed $500 or $1000.

Educational institutions must be accredited by approved accrediting agencies to be acceptable. The Department of Education has a list of approved accrediting agencies on their website.  If you are unsure or have questions, you can contact Go Au Pair corporate office.

Please, plan ahead, speak with your host family and don’t wait until the last minute to register for your class.

J Day- a day that celebrates cultural exchange!

August 1, 2016 is J Day, a day that celebrates all things cultural exchange!  Au Pairs,  J-1 Visa owners,  the International exchange participants and other people are celebrating all across the country.CollageJDAY

According to Alliance for International exchange, “J Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange. International exchange participants will come together with their American hosts to “eat, play, and give” — to share cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have some fun.

J Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) and spread the word about the power and breadth of cultural exchange.Through the Au Pair program, participants and host families take part in a mutually rewarding, intercultural opportunity.

There are many locations where people come together to eat, play and make new international friends.

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Why is it easier for a young child to learn a new language than an adult?

Language learning is a natural process when kids are young. Recent studies show that the best time for a child to learn another language is in the first years of life.

According to Harry Chugani, a Detroitpediatric neurologist, foreign language teaching should begin when children are in preschool—when teachers can maximize a child’s willingness and ability to learn. By the time a student reaches high school, the optimum learning period is lost.Juliana and kid1

Childen who exposed to two languages learn the second language naturally, applying the same skills they use to acquire their native language. Older children and adults have to learn the language consciously by studying it. However, when people immerse themselves in a language like children, through play and exploration, they can learn a language quickly and easily. Also, young children don’t fear of making mistakes or mispronouncing words like adults do.

Au Pairs face painting

Most children in the world speak more than one language because kids often have a natural exposure to a few languages in daily life. In the United States, not many children have this opportunity, unless they may have an Au Pair and a chance to exposure to a second language.

Au Pairs help children learn a second language through study and play naturally which leaves parents not having to pay for the expensive lessons.

Forever sisters by heart.

This is a surprise farewell post for Au Pair Botle Mpiti (Lucy) from South Africa and this post has been written by Lucy’s friend au pair from S. Africa Kim.her smile always brightens up.jpg

To start with this post, let me say a few words as a Go Au Pair Local Area Representative. In March 2015 we welcomed Lucy to the Philadelphia and Bucks County Go Au Pair cluster. Another South African Au Pair Tania interviewed Lucy in March 2015 and asked her, ” What is the best thing about being an au pair in Philly?, and Lucy said,“Best thing about being an aupair in Philly is that the cluster is huge as to the number of au pairs…meeting my country girls is just so great, knowing other girls from different sides of this world is just too good wouldn’t trade these moments for anything in this world.”Voluntering with Au Pair from Go Au Pair.

Times flies so fast, especially when you’re having fun with friends. Tomorrow is Lucy’s last day with the cluster.  Lucy is very caring and her smile always brightens up the day. Lucy made many friends and had a great experience with the Au Pair program. Thank you for being a great Au Pair and friend, Lucy! We love you and miss you already. Good Luck with your future journey!v 1

Enjoy many photos and a farewell post of Lucy’s friend and forever sisters by heart Kim.

with Au Pair from Go Au Pair

We are all very fortunate to have met you and experienced your craziness cuz girrrrrl you are CRAZY! (The good kind of crazy, of course)with Au Pair from Go Au Pair l
Wherever you go, we can all be certain that you are going to create sunshine where there are only clouds and pave a way where there seems to be no possible way. Voluntering with Au Pair from Go Au Pair

In the short 18 months that you have been here, you have touched our hearts and forever engraved your name on our souls. You have created so many memories that won’t ever be forgotten.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

You will be dearly missed (SO so much) but I can stand firm in saying that you definitely won’t be forgotten! v 3
Forever sisters by heart ❤️

The best Au Pair that the family can imagine available

Kim, the outstanding South African Au Pair who lives in Philadelphia, PA, is looking for a new host family.

Kim was nominated for the Au Pair in the Year Award by her host family and became an Au Pair in Excellency. Her host family said,  “Kim truly is the best Au Pair that we can imagine”.

“Kim is an incredible young woman who has won our hearts and become an integral member of our family over the past year.”

Kim said, “I have been experiencing the American culture and caring for two amazing little kids Arya (age 3) and Arthur (age 1) for the past year a half. I arrived whilst Arthur was still “baking in the oven” and not yet born and have had the privilege of seeing him grow and experience many different and wonderful growing phases with him. I have always had a love for children and knew that I wanted to experience something life changing with them. I became “mommy’s little helper” at a very young age when my younger siblings were born, and learnt a lot about childcare through them. I became a babysitter for many family friends and friends of friends and volunteered at a nursery school prior to coming to the States.Au Pair s. Africa Kim

I (and many of my friends and family who know me) would describe me as fun-loving creative, spontaneous, open and responsible and am a big advocate for hands-on play, definitely not afraid to get down on my knees.I have my South African driver’s license and an American learners license, I have experience in driving as I was responsible for driving Arya to school and back. I love the outdoors and most of my hobbies would include being outdoors and staying active. I am well-educated and fluent in English, I see myself as academic and love putting my brain to work whether it be solving something hard or giving a helping hand (or in this case, a helping brain) with kids homework. I love new challenges as they are big part of learning.

I am looking forward to experiencing more of America with kiddies and become apart of your family!” Contact Go Au Pair for more information.

Learn about different culture by cooking with your Au Pair.

Food is definitely part of our culture –one that we carry wherever we go. An Au Pair will bring her culture and her food traditions.

A great way to learn about different cultures is by cooking. Every country has own traditions and celebrations, and every holiday has its own food. Why not start cooking and sharing  a meal together with your Au Pair?  It’s a good way to become more familiar with your au pair‘s culture.

If you have French or Italian Au Pair you will learn soon that a traditional breakfast there is coffee and either baguette or croissant. The French often dip their buttered bread into coffee.

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You may learn that hot cereal or porridge, often made with corn and called “putu pap,” is the first meal in Souths Africa from S. African Au Pair .
And if you have an Au Pair from Mexico, she may prefer dishes like chilaquiles (below) and huevos rancheros, or sweet rolls and coffee for breakfast.Mexico Au Pair.jpg
Food is an important part of the culture.  Simply cook together your Au Pair favorite dish, d learn and have fun.

Food is an important part of the culture.

Food in many ways helps define us. Every country has its traditions that relate to the food.

It is important to know your Au Pair food culture and rituals. If you have an Au Pair from Europe you should know “bread and salt “tradition.

“Bread and salt is a welcome greeting ceremony in many European cultures” according to Wikipedia. When important, respected, or admired guests arrive, they are presented with a loaf of bread placed on a rushnik (embroidered towel). Russian_bread_and_salt

In some culture, eating bread and salt together express the union and symbolize the agreement between two persons. Eating bread and salt with a friend is considered to create a moral obligation which requires gratitude.

Guests in a Serbian home are greeted with a spoonful of “slatko “and a cup of water as soon as seated. Particularly honoured guests are offered twice, although any guest can ask for another taste, to honour the housekeeper.

Slatko

Cooking and sharing  a meal together with your Au Pair is a good and fun way to become more familiar with your au pair’s culture.

The Memorial Day Weekend.

This weekend is the Memorial Day weekend and it is an important holiday for many Americans. Many Au Pairs will be celebrating the Memorial Day Holiday weekend for the first time.
Au Pair farewell picnic Independence National Historical Park 7
Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff of summer. Many host families will enjoy their time outside of their homes -picnics, BBQ, pool parties with traditional hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Many people love Memorial Day weekend events and activities – there are so many celebrations to honor the men and women of military.
Au Pairs can attend many special events and learn a lot about American history. Many of Philadelphia’s museums and attractions host Memorial Day events for a recognition of the day .
Memorial-Day
Memorial Day is a great day for celebration and cultural exchange. I recommend the Au Pairs attending the local parades. To celebrate the Memorial Day weekend the super-popular waterfront pop-up Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be back with roller skating, a nine-hole mini-golf course and urban beach lounge.
Here are many events and activities you may explore during Memorial Day Weekend!
Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend!

Welcoming the first Argentine Au Pair.

By Tania M, au pair from Ukraine.

We are very excited to meet the first au pair from Argentina Julie! Julie will replace the au pair from Brazil Aline. Aline was an awesome au-pair, she was nominated for au pair of the year award! All the au-pairs from Go Au Pair Philadelphia are looking forward to meeting Julie.13265919_10201790749687686_5968902754672266875_n (2)

Julie’s host kids were so excited to meet her that they even made a special gift for her – a welcoming poster.

lamp

Julie’s host mom made a great present for her  – a handmade lamp, so that she will feel cozy and comfortable in her new  room.

I am really lucky to interview Julie, especially because it’s my first time interviewing an au- pair! So, we asked her a couple of questions to get to know her better.Juli au pair argentina

1.Why do you want to be an au-pair?

I wanted to be and au pair because it’s a great opportunity for cultural exchange…for meeting new people and work with kids…It also gives me the opportunity to study in a college or university, so it’s like a complete package for me.

2. Please tell us something about your hobbies.

My hobbies are cooking, writing and reading. I like to go out with friends but not every weekend…

3. What places would you like to visit?

I’ll like to visit New Orleans, New York again, Chicago, Disney… California… And Philadelphia, o course.

4. What three adjectives best describe you?

I consider myself good with people, I’m studying to be a psychologist, so that it’s kind of a requirement… I’m also a good singer, I think, hahahaha

Wow, I was surprised to find out there’s one more person in our cluster, who’s interested in psychology! We’ll have a lot to discuss when we meet, Julie:)Julis au pair argentina

5.Did you like the NY Au Pair introductory workshop? Why?

I really like the workshop, Patrick was amazing with us and taught everything perfectly. I’ll recommend it. I liked it because it was a very good way to start to know the culture in this country. And because it teaches you a lot of stuff that you need to know before working with kids.

Thank you for the answers, Julie, we are looking forward to seeing you in person and spending time with you, sharing our experience and impressions of being an au-pair.

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