Washington, DC – April 18th & 19th

As apart of the Go Au Pair program, an au pair must complete 72 hours of 6 credit unites over the course of their 12 month placement. With this in mind I signed up for the CULTURAL HIGHWAYS education program which includes 3 classroom sessions at Pierce College, (1x Saturday and 2x Sundays) as well as a tour of Washington, DC. The Washington, DC tour was this weekend (April 18th & 19th) and I absolutely had the time of my life and 100% recommend it to everyone!

Ron Dingman was our tour manager and I hope you are lucky enough to have this wonderful man on your tour! He is so funny and nice and will help you with any question no matter how dumb it may be! (I certainly gave him a run for his money on how many dumb questions he could handle in one weekend).

Our tour bus was departing Philadelphia (30th street station) at 10.10am sharp and I wanted to be on time so I caught the 7:45am train from Colmar statio which was expected to arrive at 30th street station at 8:49am. I only needed a 1 way train ticket which was $7.00.

Upon arrival at 30th street station I met some of the other girls on this trip. They brought snacks and drinks for the long bus ride however as I am extremely poor at the moment I chose the cheaper option which was to go IMG_6010[1]without. In the end I did by 1x 500ml bottle of coke zero which cost me $2.69 at ‘Au Bon Pain’.

We got on the bus and the journey began. There were already other au pairs on the bus who were picked up from places such as New York and New Jersey. We were on the bus for an hour before making our first rest stop At this rest stop I brought my lunch which was ‘Pop Eye Chicken’, I ordered a 3x piece chicken combo which included fries, this cost me, $7.89. After this 30 minute rest break we were back on the road and didn’t stop until 2.00pm for our 2nd and final rest stop at Union Station- I did not purchase anything here as I was not hungry from such a huge lunch!

We left here at 2:35pm to set off to our first landmark which was THE WHITE HOUSE! This was definitely my favourite site of the DC trip! After that we left and went to the LINCOLN MEMORIAL & THE REFLECTION POOL. Both of these were absolutely outstanding! From there we went to the NATIONAL MALL and there we saw the World war 1 and 2 memorial as well as the JFK memorial.

So once we’d seen this we headed to the hotel to check in (We stayed at the Hilton Arlington). The Hotel was absolutely magnificent! Stunning design, gorgeous, furniture, friendly staff and comfortable beds, it was abslolutley perfect!

Essentially I walked in and walked out because a friend I made on the tour wanted to go see a band that was playing called ‘Oh Honey’. The band was playing at the Rock and Roll Hotel and public transport was going to take an hour to get there and so we used ‘Uber’ instead of a taxi/ cab as it was cheaper. The Uber ride was roughly 25 minutes and cost us $20 which is certainly cheaper than any taxi! (Especially as it only ended up being $10 each).IMG_6011[1]

Tickets for the show cost $15 so we purchased those and then went inside, only to find out ‘Oh Honey’ wasn’t playing until 10pm. As we weren’t interested in the opening act we decided to get dinner. We ended up at Impala (just across the road from the Rock and Roll hotel) which was a nice little Mexican restaurant. I ordered a steak with fries and vegetables, with a coke. The meal was fantastic and only cost me $17.90. (Something I will definitely miss when I leave the U.S is free refills!)

We headed to the concert at 9.00pm and listened to the opening act ‘Public’ and then obviously the main act ‘Oh Honey’. I had never seen this band before however I had a really good night and I could not recommend them enough !!

We left at midnight after a meet and greet with the band and caught an ‘Uber’ ride back to the hotel. As it was later in the night and rides were in highIMG_5680[1]er demand the total price ended up being $30, and so the two of us split it, spending $15.00 each. The rest of the night I spent with my room mates.

The next morning we got u

p at 8am as the bus was leaving at 9:15am. I got ready as quickly as possible however did not have time for breakfast which was totally disapointing as I was really looking forward to having something from Ihop for the first time.

We departed with our luggage loaded on the bus at 9:15pm and our first stop was the AIR FORCE MEMORIAL. We spent 20 minutes there before being dropped at the National Mall and being given 3 hours of free time. I chose to see the WASHINGTON MONUMENT as well as the HOLOCAUST MUSEUM- both attractions were free.

Before leaving the girls and I got lunch and sat on the grass to eat it. I got McDonalds from a pop up stand as there was nothing else around and this cost me $5.70.

We departed Washington, DC at 2.55pm exactly only making one stop on the way home where I did not purchase anything as I was well and truely broke and wasn’t hungry anyway.

We arrived at 30th street station at 6:40pm and I waited until 7:11pm for my train home to Colmar station where I drove home from.

This trip is well recommended to all au pairs! The cost of the classes and trip in total is $369 which is coverIMG_6004[1]ed by your host family. You make so many friends, irreplaceable memories and have so much fun! Could not recommend it enough!

St Patrick’s Day Parade

As we all know it was just St Patrick’s day and in the past I’ve never been a celebrator for St Patrick’s day its more just bIMG_0829een an excuse to get drunk which is pretty much an Australian tradition no matter the holiday, but this year being in America and everything I thought I’d get into the spirit and attend my first ever St Patrick’s Day parade.

Never the less on Sunday the 15th of March I headed to Philadelphia to watch the parade! Now to paint a little picture for you all, lately the weather has been warming up, and I was staying at a friends on the Saturday night so I didn’t pack my coat because I wanted to pack light. And so on this faithful Sunday morning with a temperature of below 5 degrees Celsius, all I was wearing was leggings, a t-shirt and a denim jacket. I feel safe in my heart in saying, I have never been so cold in my entire life! It was by far the moIMG_0784st painfully, freezing cold I have every experienced!

So anyways, the day was completely amazing! I love meeting new au pairs, there all as crazy as me which is amazing and have the same nerves and fears as me which calms me down and helps me a lot to know that I’m not the only one!   IMG_0729

Rainbows, Flowers and all things Pretty

Considering it’s been like a bajillion years since my last blog It would be next to impossible for me to blog about every single adventure I’ve been on in the last few weeks, so I thought I’d chose one of my favourites!

On the 1st of March I finally worked up the courage to leave the safe confides of my room for pretty much the first weekend since I arrived here, and joined all the au pairs in the Bucks County cluster at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

As I’ve only been here a month I was quite nervous to meet everyone but once I met the loving, friendly faces of all the girls my nerves soon disappeared!

Much to my dismay I was still the baby of the group, with my being 19 and one girl being 29 years old I felt like I should have a parental guardian with me or something! LOLIMG_20150301_114640

The flower show was loads of fun! We were each paired up and working in individual stalls which was a great way to interact with the community along with making it easier to really get to know a fellow au pair.

My stall was the very first booth which meant my job was to welcome, greet and explain the process of the day.IMG_2293Overall I had so much fun! All the girls were so nice, the flower show was absolutely breath taking and the day was so much fun! IMG_2281I 100% definitely recommend it to everyone!IMG_2285

Thank you so much to Polina, our Local Area Representative, and GO AU PAIR for organising such a wonderful day.IMG_2277I know I can speak for everyone when I say that it was an unbelievable experience, one none of us will soon forget!

Ready, set, go!

My girls turned me into a human barbie doll and I think i loved it more than them 💕

My girls turned me into a human barbie doll and I think i loved it more than them 💕

As I settle into my now 3rd week in the United States as an Au Pair for GoAuPair my day to day life still never fails to surprise! I love the fact that I’m learning something new every single day despite spending 97% of my time with 2 children under the age of 5! (Whom I love unconditionally already!!)

So anyway yesterday was my first time being left alone with the girls and to my surprise i wasn’t nervous at all! Don’t get me wrong I definitely had my share of freak out moments that’s for sure but luckily 2 weeks of what I like to call “training” with the previous au pair and then the host mum, got rid of pretty much all my nerves and fear! Unfortunately Brigit the eldest got seriously Ill the day before my first day alone so that deffinitely added to my nerves a little bit but some RnR and plenty of kisses and cuddles got rid of that stomach bug quick fast!

As my first day alone was a Friday it gave me a snapshot of what I can expect next week, and it certainly did just that! I am so excited and eager to get started!

I’ll be sure to keep you all “posted” lol pun intended 😉

wish me luck talk soon xxxx

Let it begin! aupair 2015

Hey guys, bare with me as this is my first ever blog post and I have got absolutely no idea what I’m doing Lol and anyone who knows me knows I am the most technologically challenged person that your ever going to meet!

So anyways, where do I start? I’m Kiah, I’m 19 years old and I’m from Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. (Yano the people that say G’Day and ride kangaroos to school everyday!)  Now I am an Au Pair with Go Au Pair in the US and I’m currently living in Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Today actually marks exactly 2 weeks since I stepped onto the plane embarking on this wonderful journey, leaving my friends, family and reality behind me!

My host family are wonderful, I’m looking after 2 little girls, Brigit who’s 4 and Jacklyn wimageho’s almost 2 and a half. Home sickness is something that rarely crosses my mind thanks t o these girls keeping me so busy I can barely remember what day it is let alone thing about anything else!

I feel so thankful every day and night to be honoured with such a once in a life time opportunity.  I must have done something very right in a past life to be so blessed with everything I’ve been offered this time round. I made my first Au Pairs friends  online and thank you Tania for interviewing me.

So anyways that’s enough out of me so il just leave you with one of my favorite things I’ve learnt so far “In Pennsylvania you can’t buy or sell a car on a Sunday” like what! How is that a thing? LOL!

 

An Au Pair from Australia Diary.

I would love to introduce a new writer on this blog, our new Au Pair from Australia Kiah.  Thank you, Tania for interviewing  and welcoming Kiah. Today I would love to welcome Kiah as a Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog author.10984738_1000396696656232_654688054_n

We have very many authors from around the world who contributed to this blog.  Thank you to

Au Pair Lala from S. Africa
Au Pair Juliana from Brazil
Au Pair Cosima from Germany
Au Pair Ophelia from China
Au Pair Lilla from Hungary
Au Pair Tania from S. Africa

Kiah joined Go Au Pair in Bucks County PA just a few weeks ago. She lives with a wonderful host family I want to welcome as well. The family has two sweet angels and Kiah will be a big loving sister and teach them a lot of things.

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Kiah explored NY already and love it. She has a long bucket list of many destinations to visit in the USA. She dreams to take classes in the American college.Keep Calm and Blog On

Thank you for the opportunity to follow your journey, Kiah. We are looking forward to reading your diary.

 

Looking forward to reading a new Au Pair Diary.

I would love to introduce a new writer on this blog, our new Au Pair from S. Africa, Tania De Lange. au pair from S. Africa Tania 2

Because Cosima interviewed  Tania recently I just want to add a little to her interview.  au pair from S. Africa Tania 4

Tania joined Go Au Pair, the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster just a few weeks ago. au pair from S. Africa Tania1 She already made very many friends. Her host mom emailed me telling that Tania became a wonderful addition to their family and she is wonderful with the kids.tania with her family

Tania is very open-minded, fun-loving, active and social. She studied a Graphic Design and she is a great photographer. What quality does a person also need to be a great blogger? Keep Calm and Blog On

We are looking forward to your diary. Good Luck!

Thank you for the opportunity to join your journey, Tania

Au Pair memories

Blogging about Au Pairs experience is another Philadelphia and  NJ cluster tradition. Sharing with others about great experience became a part of our cluster’s life. If some Au Pairs couldn’t attend the meeting, they can read about the Au Pair meeting on the blog.

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There are also many posts, journals and diaries from former Au Pairs on this blog.

Au Pair from  Bucks County

Au Pair Cosima from Germany started her writing project Au Pair Mission recently. Cosima interviewed many Au Pairs already and made a lot of friends. She is working with many prospective Au Pairs on their interviews. Cosima is also a buddy to new Au Pair Nita who lives in New Hope, Bucks County and Au Pair Rikie who lives in NJ.Au Pair Ophelia life

Please read  Ophelia Diary about Chinese Au Pair experience of living as an Au Pair in Philadelphia. Ophelia recently extended with the host family and moved to Las Vegas to a new experience.

Au Pair Journal  is the memories that Brazilian Au Pair Juliana left. She was an Au Pair in Bucks County.

Juliana's buddy

South African Au Pair Lala shared with us her Au Pair Diary. She was an Au Pair in Philadelphia.
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Those Au Pairs chose to share their experience with Au Pairs from the cluster and others. It may help new Au Pairs learn from Au Pairs that are currently in the program or that have completed the Au Pair Program.

This tradition of writing on the blog is also important because help create writing memories that may last much longer this way. In fact, the memories never go away.au pairs in Temple

It’s time to say goodbye

Ophelia’s Diary.

Tomorrow is time to say goodbye and move forward. I am going to be an Au Pair in Las Vegas, not  in Philadelphia anymore. I am really excited about my new life in Las Vegas but in the meantime I feel so sad I have to say goodbye to everyone here.

Au Pair Ophelia life

First I will miss my host family so much, especially Theo. He made my year. He is always so funny and cute, I will for sure miss him a lot. Good thing is my host family still have help after I leave.

Au Pair and host child

Then I will miss all my friends here so much. I have all these wonderful Au Pair friends from Go Au Pair. We did lots of volunteer work together. I really hope their new project Walk Now Autism Speaks works well.

Au Pair friends

Specially my Local Area Representative (LAR) Polina, I will miss her so much. She really helped me a lot with my blog and my life here. She is just like an angel to me. I will come back to visit everyone here in the future.

Au Pair and LAR

There will be for a few days you can not hear from me. Because before I start to work with my new host family in Las Vegas I will take one week’s vacation first. After everything is settled down in Las Vegas for me, I will come back and share more of my Au Pair stories with you!

Goodbye Philadelphia

Goodbye, I will miss all of you so much!

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

Au Pair’s International Pot-Luck and Raising funds for Autism

Ophelia’s Diary.

This was my last Au Pair activity in Philadelphia, also one of my favorite Au Pair meeting. We had an international Pot- Luck. As we had Au Pair from South Africa, Colombia, Ecuador, China, Mexico, Germany, Ukraine and El Salvador at the meeting, we tried food from 8 countries. The food was so delicious.

Au Pair international Pot- luck

I feel so lucky we have Au Pairs from so many different countries. Different background makes us all unique. But on the other hand, we are similar as we are all caring Au Pairs from Go Au Pair!

Au Pair internatioanl

After the Pot-Luck, we had an auction to raise funds for Autism. Please join our team on facebook. Every Au Pair brought some items which were wrapped in bags, then we all participated in the auction. the Au Pair Auction

Au Pair Annie was the auctioneer. The events went very well. We raised $220 totally. The participators got something they like as well.

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Then we just relaxed in the swimming pool, said goodbye to each other as so many of us will leaving soon. I feel sad that I couldn’t attend the Walk Now Autism Speaks any more. Au Pair swimming PoolHope everything goes well for the Au Pair program in the future and many new Au Pairs can join.

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

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