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!

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Welcome in our great cluster Sally!!!

Sally is 22 years old, she is another au pair from China. Sally sounds to be a nice and friendly young lady.To know more about her, lets see her answers!

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Sally (the lady in a pink shirt and a light blue short) said that  she wanted to be an au pair, because she loves to spend time with kids and she also mentioned that she likes to cook and travel!

             I was lucky to meet my host family         

 

Sally is so excited for being with her host family, she goes to the church on Sundays and and she expects to meet many people from different countries.

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She likes to go to the gym and she is  interested about the american food and she would like to learn how to cook food from different countries. That sounds delicious!

 

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Sally finally said that last month, she had her first Au Pair meeting in beautiful place!She also wanted to thank Polina for taking care of her and being so nice. It was a wonderful experience for her to see the different activities of Au Pair meeting.

As you can see Sally is a happy au pair , lets talk to her and you will discover more interesting things about her! She wants to be your friend and we are glade she is here with us!

WELCOME!

 

 

Farewell to Valentine, 2017 au pair in Excellence Winner.

Valentine sent me long, meaningful answers. She left a couple days ago, but I will always remember her. It was great to spend time with her and volunteer together, stay longer after everybody left. I am sure, she is going to enjoy her time with her family again and as far as I am concerned, her Host Kids will visit Valentine in France, which is amazing – that means, they built a strong relationship! So here are some pieces of the interview: 

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“I am very proud to be the Au Pair of the year and it is something that I was not expecting! I like to think, that I am the way I am because of my host kids, they are the best so I try to be the best au pair and sister that they deserve.”
My favourite way to spend my free time was to either go see a movie at the movie theatre because it helped me with my vocabulary by learning new words and phrases or volunteering at a little co-op in town. It was something I did every Friday afternoon since January until mid June and I liked the job and I made some really good friends there!

 What I like about being an au pair in the USA with Go Au Pair is that there’s always someone you can talk to, they will listen to you and try to find a solution. I like the fact that they organize meetings that you can go to and meet other au pairs from different countries and who live not far from you. I loved when we all volunteered at the International Spring Festival in Lansdale this year and even my host kid who is 11 years old helped us that day which was great!

 

The most valuable lesson that I learned while being in the US as an Au Pair is to stand up for yourself, do not let people take advantage of you because there are lots of people out there who try to make you things you don’t want to do and don’t respect the rules. So talk about it with someone if you are not comfortable in a situation speak up and make things change.
The favourite part about being an au pair is that you sometimes get to create an amazing relationship between you and your host family. That’s what happened for me, I came here and found another family, the 2 little girls I took care of for almost 10 months are now like sisters to me.

The experience that I will never forget is when I left for 10 days to go visit California (Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego exactly) all alone, with only a backpack. It was amazing, I met so many incredible people there, did things I never thought I would and took so many pictures of the beautiful things I’ve seen to show my family once I go back to France!

 

“I would recommend being an au pair, because it is a great experience, not easy every day but you will be rewarded by so much love and happiness in your life, that it is absolutely worth it!”

Welcome in our great cluster, Maria!

Maria is 25 years old, she is another au pair from Ukraine. She seems to be a brave, interesting young woman. Let’s see her answers! 

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She wanted to be an au pair, because she likes spending time with kids and traveling.

“I want to see the beauty of America.”

She likes dancing,riding,traveling. She has interests in taking  pictures, paragliding,arts,choreography.15268087_1254339574626597_2814285094797972423_n

She likes to chill with  friends, travel somewhere or attend some active events.

She is a positive,friendly and energetic person.

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Her mom was professional skydiver so Maria would like to try skydiving. – Awesome!! 

She also would like to visit Dominicans, Great Britain and Australia. In the US what she would like to visit is NY, L.A and California .

You can see now, that being with Maria must be so much fun!  I hope her dream (to try skydiving) will come true in the US! ♥

The International Spring Festival 2017

It was a rainy, but nice day – perfect for attending the International Spring Festival! When I got to the gymnasium astonished! Not because it was enormous, but there was a lot of tables from different cultures – it was amazing! 

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Our au pair team made balloons and painted faces. I was one of the au pairs, who painted the faces. It was a great experience. There was a little boy, who wanted me to draw an explosion on his face, little girls mostly wanted to be cats, butterflies, but some of the kids asked for owls, sharks, tigers, rainbows on their faces. I was very exhausted by the time we finished, but I learnt a lot of things as well.18191168_10203135276180008_994789000_n

Polina (our LAR) posted on Facebook about the event, so I would like to quote from her:

“I found that Au pairs are very talented face painters. Many kids patiently waited in line for their turn. Many kids came back with their friends asking to make the same face painting for their friends and siblings. After we were done and put all stuff away, the kids continued coming and bringing their friends.”

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I would like to say thank you for Polina again, that she made arrangements so we could go there volunteer and participate – make little children and their parents very happy! I believe, that everybody had fun there! If you did not have the chance to attend the festival, make sure you will have time for that next year! It is worth it! ♥

Bye-bye Karen!

Karen is going home soon. Karen had a great Au Pair experience, she took a lot of classes, traveled  and made many international friends. Karen considers her host family as the best host family she could imagine. Let me share her interview with you: 

What places you visited you like the most?

My favorite place was Chicago, Illinois. I think this is the most beautiful city in the US, the famous pizza is very good and places like Navy Pier, sky Deck and millennium park are amazing.

What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA?

The best way to spend my free time was travelling. I had the chance to visit 12 states during my year  and amazing places during the summer to practice extreme sports like the Five lakes fingers in the north of NY state, hiking in the North Carolina Mountains and the gorgeous Niagara fall. I went to the beach in Florida and New Jersey many times. I have visited NY city 6 times, Washington DC twice, Boston and the most famous universities in the world (Harvard and MIT), and more places. I tried to travel at least twice a month.

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What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you?

The most valuable lesson is, that I have to work hard to achieve my goals and my dreams because nobody else will do that for me. I love my host family and my baby but living with another people taught me to value my family and my home, my privacy and my own rules. I have learned being more independent, mature and thankfull. I love my host family, because they have allowed me this experience what I have always dreamt of.

How do you like the experience being a part of an American family?

I consider my host family as the best host family I could imagine. I love my baby with all my heart and I always give thanks to God for him. He is the sweetest boy ever and he is the most special person in US. I´ll miss him very much. Also my Host Parents are the best. They have been very patient with me and the language. They respect my believes, my culture and my free time. I love them very much!

What are your wishes to your friends, cluster, LAR and Go Au Pair?

I wish the best things to my friends and the other au pairs. I have to say the time is going by so fast and you can´t notice it. Live each day as the last because this experience is the best you could live. Do not hesitate to achieve your goals and make your dreams come true as soon as possible, because it is likely, that  you won´t have enough time later.16357568_10154332313426169_1682052490_oThank you, Karen! ♥

Welcome our new au pair: Alejandra

Alejandra Tapia Mosquera is from Ecuador and arriving today! I was wondering, how nice and high-hearted au pairs we will have…It is amazing! Let’s see what I was talking about: 

She likes volunteering at animal shelters, but she also likes to do other things like jogging in the morning at the gym, swimming and playing basketball, or she usually stays with her mom and go shopping.

She loves singing and dancing and going out with her friends to travel and visit new places.

She says, she is a positive, charitable and happy person.

If she had a wish, she would have a shelter and a hospital for stray animals, victims of abuse. (I love that idea! )15967145_10209649904016847_188315849_o

She would like to visit the Greek Islands.

On the weekends, she likes to go out in the morning for a walk, then cook a rich meal with her  family and after that going out to stroll a place that has not visited before.

She says, that she considers herself as a good  singer. She also could be the best person to talk to, if anybody needs help.

I am very happy that such a good person is joining to our cluster! Have a wonderful year! ♥

The first au pair of 2017

Majo (Maria Jose Luna Victoria Gaspar) is a special au pair! She is from Peru (the cluster has never had au pairs from Peru before) and she is the first au pair who comes this year! 

She wanted to be an au pair, because she thinks it’s a great opportunity for girls and boys to meet other cultures and work. She loves taking care of children!  Her dream is having a school for children with special needs. She wants to be a better and more mature person with this program.15337668_10207740810943187_2808388431196969246_n

She really likes surfing , spending her afternoons and nights with her friends. She also  likes spending time doing things close to the sea and pools. She loves reading  and investigating things about history of art  – that’s her passion. On the weekends, she likes to hang out with her friends and eat a lot of delicious food!

She believes, that she is very lucky spending the days with her family and friends. They went for roadtrips in her country too. It was very special for her. She also spent holidays with her family and  is being grateful for that.

She, of course, wants peace in the World –  deleting all wars, especially in Siria.

I am sure, that Majo and her buddy Marco will have fun together (especially, that both of them love eating!)! ♥

Christmas party 2016

Cold, foggy weather, snowy trees and roads. Nature is changing…It seems, that this is a winter-rest for them, like nothing happens inside of the trees, but actually everything is more active now…Anyway, I am always wondering about these things. I did the same, while I was driving to the restaurant, where we had our event. 15621737_1160060500779267_2117030716241552817_n

The village was beautiful, like in a fairty tale. It reminded me a bit of my home town…I loved walking around and enjoying everything around me

Polina (our LAR) gave  us her heart again. She organized this whole party with love and attention. I believe, that it is not only me who I am thankful for it. I enjoyed the time with the other au pairs: we played games and eat delicious food. We exchanged presents. I think everybody got something nice and gathered memories to remember.

Our cluster wishes everybody a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! I hope we will have fun next year too! ♥

Summer and fall festivals in Hungary

This is the last part of my blog series about the Hungarian festivals from May to October. You can read the previous ones about the upcoming and spring festivals.

  • 1st May, our Labor Day: We celebrate it as a national holiday, with open-air festivities and fairs all over the country. There are carnivals with many-many funny games (e.g.: roller coaster) and food like cotton candy, popcorn..
    • Also men set up a kind of Maypole (we call it May-tree). It is the symbol of the nature’s rebirth in Europe. In Hungary, when a girl get a tree in front of her house, that means, that a man loves her and wants to date her.Sometimes they still do this tradition (when my mom was a girl, she got a tree as well).

       

  • the 1st Sunday of MayMother’s Day
  • 50 days after EasterPentecoste: The descending of the Holy Spirit. (No school or work)
  • 20th August: Our National Day in memoriam of our first king Saint Stephen (Szent István). We can watch fireworks and have a kind of carnival.
  • 23rd October: The memorial day of the Revolution (Uprising) in 1956 against  the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies.

     

    As you could see, Hungary has an enormous, dark past and history. I would share more information with you about that…Maybe in an other post…♥

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