Being an Au Pair buddy is a special honor.

Many new Au Pairs will join the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster in January and February 2017, so the cluster Au Pairs are looking forward to being a buddy and sharing their experience with them.

The Au Pair Buddy program started in March 2014 and since that time each new Au Pair from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster had an Au Pair Buddy- a supportive  friend.Go Au Pair Team

I asked Au Pair from Germany Cosima why she wanted to be a buddy and she said “Because I know that it’s important to have a helping hand in the beginning. Everything is new to you and you feel kind of lost at some point. And then it’s great to have a person who’s there for you. I’m happy to be that person! And on top it’s an awesome way to gain new friends!”

Au Pairs have tons of things in common and a lot of experiences that they can share. The buddy shows the area around, introduce the new Au Pair to her friends and have fun together.  The buddy can listen the stories and concerns, understand the feelings and worries and give a piece of advice

Thank you to the new buddies
Au Pair from S. Africa Marco for choosing to be a buddy to Maria Jose Gaspar, Au Pair from Peru, who will live in Philadelphia PA

Au Pair from Ecuador Kathy for choosing to be a buddy to Karen Alejandra Tapia Mosquera, Au Pair from Ecuador, who will live in Yardley, Bucks County, PA.

Au Pair from China Christine for choosing to be a buddy to Au Pair Yushan Sun or Catherine, Au Pair from China, who will live in Philadelphia PA

Au Pair from Colombia Lorena and Au Pair from Argentina Juli for choosing to be a buddy to Evelyn Garcia Diaz, Au Pair from Colombia, who will live in Merion Station, PA

Au Pair from Hungary Bianka for choosing to be a buddy to Ana Jazmin Pinzon Merchan, Au Pair from Colombia, who will live in Glenside, PA

 Au Pair from S. Africa Lashey for choosing to be a buddy to Daniela Para Rodrigues, Au Pair  from Colombia, who will live in Philadelphia, PA

Au Pair from France Valentine for choosing to be a buddy to Nadia Souza, Au Pair from Brazil, who will live in New Hope, Bucks County, PA

Being an Au Pair buddy is a special honor.

Thank you, buddies, welcome, new Au Pairs!

Bye Bye 2016 Welcome 2017.

New Year is a time to celebrate past accomplishments and look forward to future success.

Dear Host Families,  Au Pairs and friends!

Have a wonderful, prosperous New Year! May 2017 year bring you good health, joy, happiness, love, prosperity, new adventures, many friends, unforgettable memories and positive emotions.15628640_10202591469545182_757311906_o

I would like to wish all my readers a happy and peaceful holiday season and a Happy New Year. I am always happy that people come to this site.

Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true in 2017!

The family for ten Au Pairs

Many families from the Philadelphia and Bucks County Cluster of Go Au Pair have a great experience with the Au Pair program. The Veale family nominated their Au Pairs for the Au Pair of the year Award.  They had nine female Au Pairs and last year the family invited male Au Pair from Brazil Lucas.au-pair-farewell-picnic-independence-national-historical-park-lucas

The Veale family hosted ten au pairs with Go Au Pair during ten years. The Veale family has five kids and they also open their hearts  for ten Au Pairs from around the world. Many Au Pairs became part of their family.  The former Au Pairs still visit the family. This summer the Veale family and their new Au Pair made a trip to Germany to visit their former Au Pair Valerie from Germany.

Please read a post from the former Au Pair Karla. ” I am Karla Endres, a South African Au Pair who lived with a very special family; The Veale Family. What makes this family so special is the 2 loving parents, the 2 puppies, a few fish and of course the 5 kids who makes this house a home.The parents were very welcoming and they truly care about their Au Pairs and will make each new Au Pair feel special and part of the family…..

In my year as an Au Pair I got to travel from the east to the west of America. I made three live long friends that I will never forget. We can truly support and help each other and this is what will bond us for live! I also met a lot of other Au Pairs’ from all over the world and learned about their cultures.

Go Au Pair agency was always there when I had any questions or needed help. My cluster group was blessed with a Local Area Representative (LAR) who truly cared and who arranged fun group activities for us. So thank you for all the places you took us to.

So one year later I leave with a lot more knowledge about the world, about myself and about love. The family showed me it’s easier to laugh when you’d rather want to yell, to smile when you feel like crying and to love even when you’re scared of losing!

It’s good to know I will always have a family in America and The Veale Family will always have a place in my heart!

Christmas holidays with a host family and friends.

The Holiday season and 2017 year is almost here. Happy holidays

This year the biggest and favorite cluster event – a Holiday Party with a gift exchange will be on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant. The restaurant locates at Peddler’s Village, 5750 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA 18938.  After the party, we will explore Peddler’s Village which turns into a beautiful Christmas VillageDSC_0169

Christmas  is a great opportunity for cultural exchange. Christmas holidays with a host family and your new friends bring a lot of fun!  Many Au Pairs have a great holiday memories. Juliana, Au Pair from Brazil, enjoyed an amazing Christmas and New Year with their Host Families!

Ophelia, Au Pair from China, had her first Christmas in the US with Ice and Snow! Lilla, Au Pair from Hungary, liked  her first Christmas party  in the US with new friends. Aline, Au Pair from Brazil, was very happy to join a  Christmas party  with the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia .2015 Au Pair party

Aline loved the International Potluck Dinner, ” All the Au Pairs brought a traditional dish from their countries and they were delicious.Au Pair Christmas party 18I can’t remember now which one I’m fell in love. There were 8 countries together and the same mission for everyone!Au Pair Christmas party 11
Our Local Area Representative Polina brought us some games, some funny questions about “would you prefer to be…” That was really funny!
Au Pair Christmas party 9
Secret Santa!!!! Yes, we had! We started to exchange our gifts and a lot of pics came after this!Au Pair Christmas party
Thanks cluster, for the amazing year, amazing party!!”

What you should know about the Au Pair Program?

The Au Pair Exchange Program was established in 1986. Although Au Pair is  an employee, she/he has to be treated like a member of the family.

The Au Pair Program is a Department of State cultural exchange visitor program. Only designated sponsors, like Go Au Pair, can administer the Au Pair Program to legally bring Au Pairs into the U.S. and ensure all rule and regulations are enforced.

Host family has to be committed to cultural exchange and be willing to welcome an au pair as a family member. Read THE AU PAIR EXCHANGE PROGRAM BROCHURE for more information.

Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries.  With more than 25 years of experience, Go Au Pair is one of the oldest and most experienced Au Pair programs.IMG_20140920_112806 Au Pairs are screened, personally interviewed and meet regulatory requirements to qualify for the J1 visa Au Pair program. These regulations include background checks, minimum High School education, minimum hours of childcare experience, verified childcare references and more. All Au Pairs are required to have a minimum number of years of childcare experience. The Au Pair becomes a valued addition to the  family- equal, trustworthy and loving family member.

 

The Annual Au Pair Christmas Party

On Saturday, December 17, 2016 we will have a Holiday Party with a gift exchange at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant, located at Peddler’s Village, at New Hope, Bucks County, PA.  Every year Au Pairs have a lot of fun at the cluster’s annual Christmas party. keep-calm-your-christmas-party-is-coming-soon-2The Holiday Party is a great opportunity to meet the au pairs from different countries and spend quality time together far away from home learning american holiday traditions.
Au Pairs in the restaurant

After the party in the restaurant, we will enjoy the  Village. Every year in December Peddler’s Village turns into a winter wonderland with thousands holiday lights and Gingerbread competition and display.peddlers-village
 We are looking forward to exploring the Peddler’s Village in Christmas time. The annual Au Pair Christmas party is a special party with fun, laugh, joy and presents that everyone will remember.

Saying goodbye to Au Pair Lucas from Brazil.

Last year one of the Go Au Pair host families invited a male Au Pair to join their family with five kids. They had nine female Au Pairs before. Lucas is the first male Au Pair that family has had. Lucas built special connections with all four boys and especially, with the youngest twins. The boys accepted Lucas as a big brother! Thank you so much for being a great Au Pair and being a wonderful role model for the boys!au-pair-bucks-county-bowling-5

Lucas also learned a lot through the Au Pair program, explored the USA, made many friends and even became a buddy for Jessica. 

I can’t believe that Lucas is leaving next week. As you may know we interview our Au Pairs when they arrive and before they leave the Au Pair Program. Here is Lucas interview.au-pair-farewell-picnic-independence-national-historical-park-lucas

What places you visited you like the most? Chicago.
What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? Playing Basketball and Football 
What is your favorite thing about being an au pair? Knowing another culture. 
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? Being more responsible and independent. 
How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? I learned many things from them 
What are new things you experienced? Halloween

Lucas would like to recommend the Au Pair Program to others! It is one of the most rewarding experiences because Au Pairs can learn a lot and live very special moments.  He plans to continue his education in Brazil. We wish Lucas good luck  with his study.

 

Au Pairs meeting -a cooking class.

The biggest and favorite cluster event – Au Pair Christmas party is coming. But before the Christmas party, we will get together and discuss our plans and then will start a preparation to the party.Au Pairs at Peddlers villageNext Sunday, 11.13.2016 at 1:00 pm we will have a cooking class and fun activities for the Au Pairs in my home in Newtown, PA. This time we have two Au Pairs who are chefs and we would love to use this opportunity. We are going to learn how to make sushi and a few other international dishes.There are many activities, games and contests with the presents planned.10456191_945095575506336_2551355450764419813_nOn Saturday, December 17, 2016 we will have a Holiday Party with a gift exchange at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant, located at Peddler’s Village, 5750 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA 18938.  After the party we will enjoy Peddler’s Village  which will turn into a winter wonderland, a  Christmas Village, with thousands holiday lights and Gingerbread competition and display.Au Pair Christmas party

This restaurant is very popular, I made a reservation for a party at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant 8 months in advance. We are looking forward to the Christmas celebration, making new international friends, having a happy time, taking tons of photos and creating unforgettable memories!

Free English classes and resourses for the Au Pairs.

The Au Pair program is known abroad as the “Learn and Earn”program. The Au Pairs can learn the experience, American culture, polish their English and also can earn money.

Many Au Pairs came to the US with the goal to improve English. Living with American family is the best way for Au Pairs to improve their English skills. Working with kids and practicing English skills with them has huge advantages. Depending on their ages, kids can be great teachers. Kids words and sentences are often simpler than that of adults. Children are usually can correct errors without making Au Pairs feel uncomfortable. Au Pairs and kids can learn from each other reading and playing together.Au pair and kids

Here are a lot of opprtunities to learn English for free. For example, free English classes in the Philadelphia area
FLP – English as a Second Language (ESL)
Meet up classes 
Community Learning Center
Phila Literacy

Au Pairs can find free online language learning resources, take language exchange classes online with English Lessons & Tutors Online – LRNGO. Some Au Pairs found language exchange options with American students or future ESL teacher. Au pair in the college

Au Pairs get a chance exploring the country, attending classes and immersing themself in the English language. Au Pairs also have an opportunity studied in America for free. They are supposed to take 6 credits or 72 class hours in college during the program year. Many Au Pairs take an ESL (English as a Second Language) class as part of their educational requirement.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 8

Beside speaking English at home, Au Pairs practice English for daily life in an English-speaking country –with new friends, in the stores, restaurants etc. The Au Pairs also can travel, volunteer for the community and meet new people.

 

 

 

 

 

The Au Pair Program – How to start.

Go Au Pair is a reliable and cost-effective program for live-in child care needs. The family can register online for free and interview as many candidates as the family likes, with no obligation! We have over 300 available au pairs, with several in-country au pairs. Also, new Host Families are eligible for up to $1,000.00 in discounts!Print

To get started, please review  the U.S. Department of State requirements.

  • Be willing to comply with U.S. Department of State regulations
  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents fluent in spoken English
  • Provide the au pair with a private bedroom and 3 meals a day for the au pair
  • Limit child care to a maximum of 45 hours per week if participating in the standard au pair; 30 hours per week for the EduCare program.
  • Not exceed 10 hours per day or extend over more than five and a half days.
  • Have adequate financial resources to undertake hosting obligations
  • Pay a weekly minimum stipend based on the program option selected ($195.75 for standard Au Pairs, $146.81 for EduCare Au Pairs)
  • Help an Au Pair to enroll in and attend an accredited post-secondary institution to fulfill here educational requirement.
  • Pay up to $500 toward the cost of the au pair’s required academic course work;
  • Provide a minimum of two weeks paid vacation for each 12 months.

For more information please read THE AU PAIR EXCHANGE PROGRAM BROCHURE. After the family reviews the host family qualifications,  the family can register and apply online. Once the family has registered and completed the online application,  Go Au Pair will open the personal portal and the family will get the access to our advance Host Family Community, where the family can view hundreds of au pair profiles.

All Au Pairs are screened, personally interviewed and meet regulatory requirements to qualify for the J1 visa Au Pair program. These regulations include background checks, minimum High School education, minimum hours of childcare experience, verified childcare references and more. All Au Pairs are required to have a minimum number of years of childcare experience.

In addition, Go Au Pair is pleased to welcome new Host Families hosting an out-of-country Au Pair in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area with a “Locals Only” Discount. Those who match with an Au Pair from Go Au Pair within 90 days of applying will be eligible to receive $750 off program fees and pay no application fee!

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