Former Au Pairs and host kids choose the Au Pair Program for their families.

The concept of the Au Pair originated in Europe after World War II. The Au Pair Program, according to Wikipedia,  started in the United States in 1989, it means 30 years ago. Many American parents today know about the Au Pair program because they had been an Au Pair in France, Germany, China and other foreign countries and/or their parents hosted the Au Pair.

Interest in an Au Pair Program in the US began when two agencies applied to the United States Information Agency (USIA) to conduct a program. Then, in 1989, the program was expanded to include six additional government designated companies. Go Au Pair is one of the originally designated Au Pair Agencies and has been administering the program for 30 years.

The Au Pair Program has been very successful and there are 16 Au Pair agencies and approximately 18,000 Au Pairs in the United States today. It means that many host kids had the opportunity of having cultural exchange experience firsthand.

The former Au Pairs and host kids become great host parents. There are three former Au Pairs who are now host moms in the Philadelphia cluster: Tatiana K., Natalie R., and Andreea A. The host families love the program so much from their personal experience, that they have considered using Au Pair childcare for their children. 

The Go Au Pair agency always asks the potential host families, in their applications, the reason for joining the Au Pair program. I was pleased to read that a new host mom keeps great memories of the time with her Au Pair,  “My mom and dad had an Au Pair when I was first born and I would love to provide the same experience for my family now.”

The host moms know from their personal experience that the Au Pairs will provide meaningful loving childcare and a culturally enriching experience for the whole family.

The Au Pair program builds global families by bringing together international visitors with American host families and the connections. between them become priceless.  Au Pairs seem increasingly common in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. In addition to cultural exchange, families name benefits such as flexible scheduling, and more one-on-one attention for their children.

Do you have the best Au Pair ever?

Tell the world about your experience and recognize your Au Pair for all the wonderful things your Au Pair does for your family by participating at 2020 #LoveMyAuPair Contest with Go Au Pair. That recognition makes each Au Pair a winner already!

Every year many Host Families from Go Au Pair participate in Love My Au Pair Contest and love to share their experience with their truly amazing Au Pairs.

The winners is determined by an essay nomination provided by Host Families and they all get recognition and prizes. In addition, top 3 eligible Au Pairs will be entered to win the worldwide Au Pair of the Year Award and FREE trip to Malta! The International Au Pair Association (IAPA) will present the Au Pair of the Year Award to one outstanding Au Pair in March 2020 during Work Exchange Travel Market and IAPA Annual Conference.

Last year five Go Au Pair Host Families from the Philadelphia and Bucks County area  nominated their outstanding Au Pairs for the 2019 Love My Au Pair Contest and Ukrainian Au Pair Mariia Belous and her Host Family- the Gerzon family became the runner up of 2019 Love My Au Pair contest with Go Au Pair and won a lot of prizes.

Do you feel that your Au Pair is “the world’s best au pairs and deserve to win the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award?” Please submit the nomination for the 2020 #LoveMyAuPair Contest with Go Au Pair. The Au Pairs with Go Au Pair were the winners of the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award a few times, ❤

2020 Love My Au Pair Contest

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Thanksgiving is a special American holiday where we eat turkey and give thanks.

At this time of Thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings and express a special greeting of Thanksgiving to the people we sincerely appreciate. There is so much to be thankful for: big things, small things…and all those things in between.

This is my favorite times of the year because it’s a time to get together with the people I love, give back and focus on all the wonderful things we’re thankful for and the people who really bless us everyday. Today all the thanks are going to our amazing Au Pairs who just celebrated the first International Au Pair Day!

There are many reasons to give thanks to Au Pairs for what they have given to host families

…for cooking delicious dishes from their countries 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 families
…for unforgettable cultural experience they brought into our home

Here is a special opportunity to thank and recognize the Au Pairs for all the wonderful things the Au Pairs do for the host families. Please submit the nomination for the 2020 #LoveMyAuPair Contest with Go Au Pair.

Time to say thank you to your Au Pair for being outstanding an Au Pair and nominate your Au Pair

The International Au Pair Day is almost here.

Au Pairs make host family life less stressful and more fun, bring loving and devoted childcare to families home, share their passion and culture with their host families.

Managing the kids and invisible load of housework and child related tasks can be very overwhelming and tough. For Au Pairs it is important to know that their hard work is noticed and appreciated. The International Au Pair Day is a great opportunity to recognise your Au Pair for a job well done everyday and to say thank you.

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On  Sunday, November 24, 2019, the Philadelphia Bucks County cluster of Go Au Pair is going to celebrate the International Au Pair Day at Bowlero Feasterville  for the first time in history. Go Au Pair agency will sponsor the event, so it will be free for our cluster Au Pairs

The celebration of this Day with new friends and the host family is very important! If you are not sure how to celebrate the International Au Pair Day with your Au Pair,  International Au Pair Association (IAPA) recommends host families:

  • Surprise your au pair with a thank you note or video
  • Organise a surprise celebration for him/her
  • Take your au pair somewhere nice
  • Show your appreciation with a small gift
  • Give him/her a day off to have a fun day with other au pairs.

Our Au Pairs deserved to be recognized and the International Au Pair Day is another occasion to say thank you and celebrate. We will celebrate the International Au Pair Day with former and present Au Pairs, host families, and friends of the Au Pair program for the first time in history!

Please join the Philadelphia Bucks County cluster of Go Au Pair in celebrating the International Au Pair Day at Bowlero Feasterville on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 3:00 pm. Mention Go Au Pair to get a group discount.

Join us in celebrating the International Au Pair Day in Bowlero, Feasterville, PA

November 24, 2019, is the International Au Pair Day, and this year’s celebration marks the beginning of a yearly celebration of Au Pairs, so it makes this day even more special.  Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster are looking forward to celebrating first in history Au Pair International Day!

Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from many countries- Brazilian Au Pairs, Chinese Au Pairs, Colombian Au Pairs, Salvadoran Au Pairs, French Ecuadorian Au Pairs, Ukranian Au Pairs, South African Au Pairs, Mexican Au Pairs, French Au Pairs, Ugandan Au Pairs, Argentina Au Pairs will celebrate this day together and that will make this celebration Global!

During the Au Pair year, the Au Pairs meet other Au Pairs from around the world, travel and share their unique culture with others.  The Au Pair program is a wonderful opportunity to learn and to share the home country’s unique culture with others and make lifetime friends. A new Au Pair Recognition Day will bring new opportunities and will make November 24, 2019, very memorable!

On  Sunday, November 24, 2019, the Philadelphia Bucks County cluster of Go Au Pair is going to celebrate the International Au Pair Day at Bowlero Feasterville  for the first time in history. Go Au Pair agency will sponsor the event, so it will be free for our cluster Au Pairs.

Please join thousands of former and present Au Pairs, host families, and friends of the Au Pair program around the world in celebrating the International Au Pair Day for the first time in history. Come join us in celebrating the Au Pair International Day at Bowlero Feasterville  November 24, 2019, at 3:00 pm!

The Au Pair International Day is a day to celebrate cultural exchange!

The International Au Pair Day, November 24, 2019, marks the beginning of a yearly celebration of Au Pairs. Celebrating the International Au Pair Day can be a unique opportunity to facilitate cultural exchange between host families and Au Pairs. 

Through the Au Pair program, Au Pairs and host families take part in a mutually rewarding, cultural exchange experience. Au Pairs get firsthand experience living in American family and explore American culture, they also make international friends and learn from a huge cultural diversity around them.  

The host family can expose to another culture without ever having to leave home! The host kids get a cultural childcare with kindness and respect for different cultures. The Au Pair Program helps a new generation better understand the people around the world, be tolerant to others and make the world a more welcoming, understanding, and open place. 

The celebration of this Day with the host family is very important!   International Au Pair Association (IAPA) recommends host families:

  • Surprise your au pair with a thank you note or video
  • Organise a surprise celebration for him/her
  • Take your au pair somewhere nice
  • Show your appreciation with a small gift
  • Give him/her a day off to have a fun day with other au pairs

Go Au Pair recommends the Au Pairs

  • Surprise their Host Families with a thank you note.
  • Create a video or photo album of their favorite Au Pair moments.
  • Invite their Host Families to a fun activity, like ice skating or a hay ride

Celebrating the International Au Pair Day can be a great opportunity to spread the word about the Au Pair program and the power of cultural exchange. 

Should we celebrate the International Au Pair Day?

The International Au Pair Day is an initiative of IAPA The International Au Pair Association and a great opportunity to celebrate former and current Au Pairs around the world. November 24, 2019 marks the beginning of a yearly celebration of Au Pairs.

Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from many countries. I asked Au Pairs from from Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ukranian, El Salvador, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Uganda and France a few questions about the International Day celebration. Please read their answers.

Why should we celebrate the International Au Pair Day?

  • to recognize Au Pairs like all the jobs and professions.
  • to celebrate all the efforts that every au pair does
  • to share a special day with other au pairs and learn about other cultures
  • because the Au Pair program changed my life!

Why do you think that it is important to celebrate the International au pair day?  Because

  • it makes Au Pairs feel important and wanted
  •  it values Au Pairs
  • Au Pairs do a great job
  • it is not easy to be far away from home and face new challenges
  • to let people know about this fantastic (Au Pair) program! 

How would like to celebrate this day?

  • with a big party, food and activities
  • with my au pair friends in a place where we can talk and have fun. 
  • with my au pair friends in a place where we can share our experiences and different cultures
  • in the place where I can meet even more people and make friends
  • with my cluster Au Pairs and my Local Area Representative
  • with my host family because they opened their home and became my family and, of course, with my friends

The International Au Pair Day is a global celebration of all au pairs and their contribution to cultural exchange around the world. We are very excited to join thousands of former and present Au Pairs, host families, and friends of the Au Pair program around the world in celebrating the International Au Pair Day for the first time in history!

Let’s make International Au Pair Day celebration unique and global!

WELCOME TO OUR AU PAIR FAMILY, ZULEY!!

Hey Guys, I am Zuly, Au Pair from Colombia. It’s so exciting to welcome a new member of our cluster: Au Pair Zuley from El Salvador! She is 24 years old and joined a host family with three kids in Abington Pennsylvania a few days ago. In addition, Zuley’s host mom is a former Au Pair, YAAAAAA! That makes it even more exciting!

Zuley was able to answer some questions about what she hopes will be an amazing adventure as an Au Pair in the US. She is very excited to make new friends in our wonderful cluster. Zuley also says, “I want to be an Au Pair because I would like to improve my English, learn another languages for my career and I think is the perfect job for me because I love childrens.

Her hobbies are listening to music, watching series or movies on Netflix, cookings and swimming.

Zuley had a party with her family last month and they ate together roast beef and cheesecake, sang in karaoke, and talked.

We asked Zuley about three adjectives that best describe her and she said: Respectful, Friendly, and Patient. Also we asked Zuley If she had one wish what would it be, and her answer was, ” Honestly, I would like to have a beautiful big house where my mother and my brother can live, finish my career and travel to different countries”.

Her favorite way to spend a Saturday is stay home with her family and little dog, watching Netflix and eating food, later go to the mall or a nice place. Also she wanna visit many places but specially Orlando (Disney, universal studios) Malibu, Alaska, Canada and Italia.

Thank you Zuley for your time and your responses!!!!! Welcome to this amazing and unique cluster! We look forward to meeting and getting to know you!! 🙂

Happy International Au Pair Day: Why and How to Celebrate. 

With Thanksgiving approaching, it is the perfect time to say thanks to the Au Pairs, and celebrate their hard work and dedication to host families. There is also a new Au Pair recognition Day – the International Au Pair Day that fall in November 24. In addition, this year’s celebration marks the beginning of a yearly celebration of Au Pairs, so it makes this day very special.

A social recognition is important and a little appreciation makes a world of difference! Get in touch with former Au Pairs. Consider reaching out and letting your Au Pairs, your friends, family, and people around, know how your Au Pairs affect your family life and your children’s future. 

Ask your kids to help recognise your Au Pair/ former Au Pairs. See if they can get creative, maybe by drawing a picture, creating and designing a personal card or writing a poem expressing their gratitude. Let them count the blessings the Au Pair brings every day to their lives, and ask them to take a moment and write what they are most thankful for. All their attention and efforts will be meaningful and make the Au Pair feel special.

If you are not sure how to express your appreciation and how to celebrate the International Au Pair Day with your Au Pair,  International Au Pair Association (IAPA) recommends host families to

  • Surprise the Au Pair with a thank-you note or video
  • Organise a surprise celebration for Au Pairs
  • Take the Au Pair somewhere nice
  • Show appreciation with a small gift
  • Give them a day off to have a fun day with other Au Pairs

The Au Pairs deserve to be recognized for what they are, what they do and what they achieved.

Home is where Family is.

Priscila, Au Pair from Brazil, joined Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia in May, 2019. For a few months, Priscila accomplished a lot: she is studying in Penn State university, volunteering in History of Science museum, and exploring many new places -last week Priscila returned from her trip to Canada.

Priscila made a lot of friends and found a new family far away from home where she feels like at home now. Thank you, Priscila, for sharing your story.

It’s hard to choose a moment to write. Feeling that I belong here is a process that evolves each day. It’s building trust and showing that you care in multiple ways. It’s more than just words, it is also the way that we act. Since I was in Brazil, 3 months ago, I feel like Stephanie and the girls would be part of my family the same way that I would be part of theirs.

As time goes by, we moved to a comfortable place of jokes and plays. Every day I walk outside my room and Penelope runs to me waving and saying a cheerful “Hi!”. She hugs my legs and looks at me like she’s feeling safe with me around. Her sister is always behind her smiling and saying good morning in her cheerful way as well. It’s such a good way to start my days.

I admire Stephanie so much. She is a strong and confident woman and she built a house full of color and laughing by herself, the type of house that I wish I’ll able to offer to my own kids once I have them someday.

But searching among those happy moments to describe it here, I could definitely point our first trip together.

We went to Margate at the 4th of July, and we stayed at Stephanie’s dad beach house. Both him and his wife Lynn, Stephanie’s stepmom, treated me so well, making me feel welcome and dear. We went to see the fireworks, and everything was amazing. One day we were walking to the beach, was a beautiful sunny day, just as they’re supposed to be in July, and I called Stephanie and Eden to take a picture. Between all the bags and stuff, we manage to get close to each other and smile. As soon as we took the picture I said: first family trip!

Eden turned to her mom, a question popping at her head and showing all over her face (she is a very expressive kid) and asked: but mom, I’m pretty sure we’ve been here before…

Her mom smiled and answered: but, sweetie, that’s Priscila’s first time here, remember?

Eden turned to me and said, again showing so much her emotions, and as she smiled, she said to me: Oh, right! Because you are family too, now.

I never said that, thinking that she might answer me that way and being honest, it fills me with joy that she did. That was the moment that I realized that no matter what, I would be okay and safe with them.

It’s not always easy, especially at the very beginning when the girls still didn’t trust me. Seems a lifetime ago, now. Today Eden yelled at the kitchen while I was making her some pie: “I love you, Priscila.” I stopped for a little and said back: “I’m glad that you do, because I love you too.”

Although it’s funny to think about that… Finding a family when you’re so far from home. But my mom always said to me: home is where family is. Indeed she was right, feels like home now.

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