Au Pairs international picnic and the Philadelphia quiz

Recently we had an international picnic across the Independent Hall in the historical center of Philadelphia with Au Pairs from seven countries. Maria, Au Pair from Ukraine, said, ‘We had fun, laughed, listened funny stories and shared our most memorable American experience!” Thank you Maria for sharing with us about the international picnic. Au Pairs had a great time enjoying the international food and friendship and also Au Pairs took a quiz to learn more about Philadelphia.Au Pairs Philadelphia and Bucks County

  1. What is Philadelphia’s population?
  2. What are Philadelphia’s well-known nicknames?
  3. Who founded Philadelphia and when?
  4. In what year did Philadelphia become the capital of the United States?
  5. When did the liberty Bell was cast?
  6. What historical documents where developed in Philadelphia? What year ?
  7. What was the name of the first U.S. Constitution?
  8. When the Independence Hall was built and how many years it took?
  9. How many people visit Philadelphia a year?
  10. What happens on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia every year?
  11. When the City Hall was build?
  12. What was the one of the first businesses in Philly?
  13. What Philadelphia well known for?

Here are the answers

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  2. The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection The Birthplace of America, The City that Loves You Back, The City of Neighborhoods, The Quaker City, and The Cradle of Liberty.
  3. Philadelphia begins on October 27, 1682, when the city was founded by William Penn
  4. 1790-1800
  5. The Liberty Bell, originally known as the State House Bell, was cast in 1751 and hung in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House.
  6. The United States Declaration of Independence was approved there on July 4, 1776, and the Declaration was read aloud to the public in the area now known as Independence Square. The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, presided over by George Washington.
  7. The Articles of Confederation
  8. Construction of the Pennsylvania State House, which came to be known as Independence Hall, began in 1732  and was completed in 1753, 21 years after the groundbreaking.
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  10. The Mummers parade
  11. From its completion in 1901, Philly’s City Hall was the world’s tallest habitable building until 1908. It is still the largest municipal building in the country. An unofficial agreement kept City Hall (the pinnacle being the top of its William Penn statue) the tallest building in Philadelphia until 1987, when construction of One Liberty Place finished.
  12.  Beer. William Frampton’s brewery started up in 1683.
  13. Mural Art. Boasting over 2000 outdoor murals, it’s been called the “mural capital of the U.S.”
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Temple university designed a new program for Au Pairs “PHILADELPHIA BY NIGHT.”

This Fall TEMPLE UNIVERSITY offers a new program for the Au Pairs living in Philadelphia and around areas “PHILADELPHIA BY NIGHT.” All courses will be held at Temple’s Center City campus (TUCC). The classes will begin on SEPTEMBER 18th and continue 10 weeks till NOVEMBER 30th, 2017. That new program designed specifically for Au Pairs! Temple University Au Pair program

Temple University’ Intensive English Language Program (IELP) and Continuing Education (CE) organized this program to cover the Au Pair program educational requirement. It stays that every Au Pair must attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and complete six semester hours (12 for educare program), or the equivalent.  1 credit equals 12 hours – 6 credits equals 72 hours of class time.

There are two separate courses that Au Pairs can enroll in. Each course will last the duration of 10 weeks. Au pairs may enroll in both courses at the same time.
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IELP Language and Culture: IELP Language and Culture: Idioms, Slang, Vocabulary, and Activities. Explore aspects of American culture (music, arts, traveling etc..) while learning about associated language through listening and speaking format. Students will attend weekly events including, but not limited to dining, sporting events, concerts, and museum trips. This course meets for a total of 50 hours.

CE: Write here, Write now! Sharpen your writing skills and learn of effective ways in communicating with Americans.
the Au Pair program ESL class

If you have any questions,
please call or email Douglas C. Dilhomick Program Development Specialist
(215) 204-4677 at  tuc33821@temple.edu.

Welcome to our great cluster Pamela!

Today is a great day because Pamela just arrived today! Our second Au Pair is also from Brazil, her name is Pamela Fogaca and she is 26 years old! Pamela is so excited for being part of this incredible team! Let me tell you more about her and look at her answers!!!

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Pamela loves to travel, read  books,watch movies and series! She also mentioned that spending her time with children is the most she likes. That’s awesome!

If you had one wish what would it be? – Travel around the world

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Pamela decided to be an Au Pair because she loves children, she wants to know more about American culture and at the same time she wants to teach them about Brazil. That sounds good!

What three adjectives best describe you? Organized, punctual and fun

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She likes to spend her weekends with a good company visiting new places and always tasting new food! Pamela said she just said good bye to her love ones and she was ready to make new friends in the US!

What place would you like to visit? – Route 66

At the end, Pamela said she is so happy traveling to the US! She is good taking pictures and I am sure she will take amazing pictures with her children!

Once again, welcome Pamela and we wish you have a great Happy Birthday!

Welcome in our amazing cluster Jaquelinne!

Two new au pairs from Brazil are coming and Jaquelinne is one of them! She is 24 years old and she is so excited for being a part of our team. Just to know more about her, lets look at her answers!

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Jaquelinne loves to spend her time with children as much as  watching tv specially novels, series and movies.

The best thing that happened to me last month was matching with a great family!

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Three adjectives that best describe her are happy, affectionate and proactive.Jaquelinne loves to travel and she would like to visit as many places as she could in the US.

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Jaquelinne likes to go out on weekends and she is looking forward to making friends. She mentioned that is good at cooking and listening to other specially children!

What was the best complement you have ever received? That I am brave.

Finally, Jaquelinne said she wanted to be an Au Pair because she is good at taking care of children and coming to the US was a great opportunity to meet new people, to know about the culture and at the same time to improve her English!

Thanks to Jaquelinne for her answers! Clearly she is a happy Au Pair and she is more than ready to make new friends. 

WElCOME!!!!

 

Welcome to the cluster, Seba!

It is very exciting to have another male au pair in our cluster! Seba is 22 years old, he is from Argentina. It is my pleasure to share some information with you about him. 

“I wanted to be an au pair, because I love spending time with kids and traveling. As I am studying to be an English teacher I had always been close to kids and I always loved spending time with them. I never thought there would be an exchange program that would allow me to do this. I am happy for the chanse to be an au pair!20050172_1746686528680212_1862162998_o

I don’t really have a hobbie. I like doing different stuff, for example going for a run, going to the gym are some of them. I enjoy watching movies and listening to music. I also like going out with friends and have a nice meal together.

My wish would be to stop hunger from all over the World.
I would love to visit New York City. It has always been my dream walking in Central Park and getting a hot dog in the street!
On Saturdays I like going out with friends to different places (theater, camp, traveling near my home area, etc) or sometimes we have a meal with my family. 20106879_1746672335348298_1482321955_o
The best complement I had ever received was:
“Never let people get you down. Don’t let them say you can’t do anything. You are an amazing guy and you can do what ever you want”
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I am creative. Since I was a kid I have always loved creating things like a small city on the table with boxes and books and play with my little sister. We also filmed videos acting as if we were in a movie. I edited them and played them on my TV screen. I also enjoy teaching. I like showing people my skills. But I also love learning new things”
Thank you, Sebastian for your answers! I hope, that you will be able to visit New York and a lot of other places! ♥

Satisfied and comprehensive childcare

For many parents, finding satisfied and comprehensive childcare childcare can be stressful, especially if there is a need for a flexible schedule and affordable cost.  Even though, there are many childcare options available, many families choose the Au Pair Program for their childcare needs.

Au Pairs provide 45 hours (FT) or 30 hours (PT) of live in child care. Their duties can include: light housekeeping, children’s laundry, meal preparation, homework/tutoring help, organization, transportation, and much more. Some Au Pairs have experience with babies, infant multiples, and kids with special needs.

Many parents say that the Au Pair program is a satisfied and comprehensive childcare and a life saver!  “Go Au Pair has been a life saver! We have 4 children and daycare expense was out of the question! Having an au pair has given us the ability to be able to go to work worry free and at an affordable cost! Our current au pair has become part of our family! We will be sad when she returns home in February! But we are also excited to bring in another au pair to our family! We highly recommend go au pair and the service they provide!”

Go Au Pair agency has nearly 300 nannies au pairs available -Infant Qualified, First Aid and CPR Certified, able to drive, from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, males, females, doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, lawyers, students, coaches, dancers, soccer players, musicians…you name it, we probably have it! They will bring a satisfied and comprehensive childcare to the families. See more

 

2017 Au Pair in Excellence- Valentine, Au Pair from Bucks County, PA

Meet Valentine from France, 2017 Au Pair in Excellence! Read why her host family in Doleystown, Bucks County, PA nominated Valentine for an Au Pair of the Year award and how much of an impact she’s had on her family!Au pair Bucks County

“Valentine has touched our hearts forever and I honestly do not know how we could have gotten through these last few months without her in our lives. We want to nominate her for Au Pair of the Year!!!

I am a single, self-employed grandmother who has had custody of my two granddaughters- now 10 and 3 – for going on two years. I was almost forced to put them in foster care because I just did not think I could do it by myself anymore.

Then Valentine’s letter came-she was a 17 year old girl from France looking to become an Au pair in the US after she graduated and turned 18. We worked together with Go Au Pair, her parents and some of my supporting clients and were able to make it happen very quickly this past September. She has become our godsend.Valntine the best Au Pair of the year
My granddaughters love Valentine like a big sister. She is patient and kind and has taken on the role of big sister so well. She even helps do laundry, keeps me organized by putting together the outfits for a very opinionated 3 year old and is always doing fun things with the girls. Fun things like every Saturday taking a walk up to the local Farmers Market for home baked cookies and then to a friend’s restaurant for his natural juice concoctions.

Valentine helped me potty train the 3 year old and is my 10 year old’s best buddy who helps her with homework every night and is teaching her great study skills and organizational habits. She comes to the teacher conferences so she can be aware of what goes on in school. Sometimes she bakes goodies from France and shares the food from France that her parents send (we love the cheese and her grandmother’s home baked cookies)—her food always “tastes better” than what I prepare for the kids because it is Valentine’s special touch!

Valentine is my” fitbit” challenger—now that I can actually take time to exercise again—we have our little competition going—staying fit is important to both of us—ALL of us are constantly getting “our steps in”.

Valentine even came with us to Florida for her 1st US Thanksgiving and helped surprise my mom with a special 85th birthday party and keep the kids busy so we could make the surprise happen.cooking_together Valntine the best Au Pair of the year
Valentine made Christmas very special. She came up with the brilliant idea to take the 10 year old to her first concert—something I would not do (too old here)—but now my 10 year old granddaughter will be seeing Ariana Grande soon and is SO EXCITED-we wrapped the ticket in a box! Valentine has fit right in with all our little Christmas traditions—like baking a gazillion cookies (eating a lot too)- decorating the house, the tree, wrapping the gifts-and she shared some of her traditions with us, too. We did LOTS of shopping together—her family even sent a care package here for all of us. My family and friends have taken on Valentine like part of my family– BECAUSE SHE IS!Valentine is also a very independent and an awesome role model— she started college courses a week after she arrived, she has gone to NY on her own, down to Philadelphia and soon her entire family will be here to visit us. They plan to see Washington DC together and they will experience their first American barbeque here with all “our” friends and family-2 families and countries bonding together!!

We feel like Valentine has always been in our lives and she will ALWAYS be a part of our family—she is “THE BEST” and is truly deserving of being awarded Au Pair of the Year—she is definitely our Au Pair of the year for our little family. Having an Au Pair has made a BIG, positive difference in our lives!!”

New au pair from Brazil: Nadia

Welcome to the cluster Nadia Souza! She is 20, going to live in New Hope, Bucks County! Her friend is Valentine.

She chose to be an Au Pair, because she knows that through this program she will have a wonderful intercultural experience.

“I am going to be with kids what is perfect ’cause I love them, of course I am going to improve my English and I know I will have new and good friends.”

Her favorite hobbies are reading books – she really loves that, watching sitcoms and cuting hairs.15909326_820044464800729_1397386545_o

She thinks, that it was very special, that she could spend Christman and New Year’s Eve with her family and boyfriend.

She says, that it’s  quite difficult to her to define herself, but she can say, that she is a good friend, an honest and a little bit anxious person. She is a very good driver and also, can learn how to do things very easily.

I wants to visit a lot of places, but the one that she most wants to visit is California. 15857480_820044991467343_546810276_oI hope, I can meet you soon Nadia! Enjoy every moment here! ♥

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!

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!

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