My first Au Pair meeting in the USA !

Hello, My name is Mariia and I am a Ukrainian Au Pair! I would like to share my amazing experience in the Au Pair program,  my agency Go Au Pair and my experience with my first Au Pair meeting in this wonderful country… I’ve been in America about one month  so I was really happy to meet many of our international au pairs ❤IMG_1242

WELL…We had Au Pair meeting in unforgettable place !!! It calls Bryn Athym Cathedral and we also had a guided tour at  Glencairn Museum. The museum is very beautiful and huge! The museum had 90 rooms and 26 bathrooms 🙂IMG_1247

We saw a lot of nice and interesting rooms, historical artifacts and places (small and very cute lift). I liked amazing views, especially from the balcony …IMG_1233

Our guide Chris was very cool !The way how he talk is very special …IMG_1239

The most important thing was our lovely company and very warm atmosphere.Bryn Athym 1

I would like to say very Big Thank You to Polina from our cluster for giving us this amazing opportunity to visit this lovely place and to spend really good time with my new friends from different parts of this world!!!IMG_1231

We were like one big family !IMG_1251Best regards, Mariia .

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! ♥

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!”

Au Pairs educational trips.

One of the great benefits of the Au Pair Program is that Au pairs can travel a lot during their free time, weekends, paid vacation with friends and together with a  host family.

Au Pairs can also travel and earn EDUCATIONAL CREDITS .  This special Au Pair educational trip will combine classroom learning with a tour to the destination studied. The Au Pairs can take classes at Peirce College in Philadelphia during the weekend and then, trips to a favorite destination with Cultural Hi-Ways.

Many former Au Pairs enjoyed the trips with Cultural Hi-Ways and earned the credits. Ophelia, Au Pair from China, wrote about the trip/ classes with Cultural Hi-Ways. Kiah, Au Pair from Australia, wrote about the trip to Washington, DC.

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Find your favorite trip! Here is fall 2017 Cultural Hi-Ways schedule

NIAGARA FALLS Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, August 27
Sunday, September 10
Sunday, September 24
Tuition Price: $485
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the weekend tour to Niagara Falls!
Education Earned: 4 CEU’s or 40 hours
Tour Date: September 29-October 1, 2017

NEW YORK CITY Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, September 24
Sunday, October 15
Tuition Price: $285
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the day tour of New York City!
Education Earned: 3.2 CEU’s or 32 hours
Tour Date: October 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, October 1
Sunday, October 22
Sunday, November 5
Tuition Price: $399
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the weekend tour to Washington, DC!
Education Earned: 4 CEU’s or 40 hours
Tour Date: November 11-12, 2017

AMISH COUNTRY: Lancaster, PA
Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, November 5
Sunday, November 19
Tuition Price: $259
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the day tour to Lancaster, PA as well as a traditional Amish meal!
Education Earned: 3.2 CEU’s or 32 hours
Tour Date: December 2, 2017

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.

“The best compliment I ever received in my life was: Maria!You make people happy.”15193622_1249922595068295_1659066956570061520_n

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! ♥

International picnic with the dishes from twelve countries!

The next Au Pair meeting of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area – international food picnic – will be on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Independence National Historical Park, 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. All Au Pairs will bring a dish from their countries! There will be dishes from 12 countries in our Sunday picnic menu or maybe even more because many Au Pairs planed to bring their friends. We will test variety of dishes from China, Colombia, South Africa and Ecuador -since we have many Au Pairs from those countries. Also, we will have an opportunity to try dishes from Hungary, El Salvador, Brazil, Ukraine, Peru, France, Germany and Argentina!

The Au Pair program is a cultural exchange program. Go Au Pair cluster meetings give the Au Pairs chance to meet other Au Pairs from around the world and learn/share their unique culture. We will enjoy the Au Pair international cuisine- the food represents the traditions, stories, and geography and we learned a lot simply trying different food.Au Pair farewell picnic Independence National Historical Park 2

There is also a great opportunity to learn about American history and culture because  we will have the picnic right across the Independence National Historical Hall in the center city of Philadelphia. The Independence Hall is known as the birthplace of the United States. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were signed there. Our international Au Pair team will enjoy the historical Landmark and great company of friends.
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Au Pairs will have fun sharing the experience, taking many photos and creating new memories. After the meeting, they will visit many historical places together.

Welcome to the cluster, Arminda!

Soledad Araujos (Arminda) is from El Salvador, joining our cluster in a couple days, which is great for several reasons:

  1. We did not have a new au pair in a while. 
  2. She is going to the au pair of my Host Mom‘s brother! This is very exciting!

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She wanted to be an au pair, because she thinks, that taking care of children is one of her passions, so that could make her and other people happy!

She likes going to the beach and listening to music. Sometimes she goes to the gym and to the lake close to her grandma’s house! She is interested in improving her English, getting to know more about the culture in the US and of course to make friends from different countries!

Her friends says, she is responsible, patient and honest. She, also thinks, that she is good at teaching English.18318035_1873037526267643_251446801_o.jpg

Arminda would like to travel around the World with her little sister, that way they could visit Paris to see the Eiffel Tower.

On the weekends, she likes to go to her grandma’s house and swim the entire evening with her cousins and old friends. They talk about their plans  and experiences they had during the week.18280767_1873038532934209_1443411727_n
I hope she is going to enjoy her year with her amazing Host Family! I am looking forward to meet her soon! ♥

 

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

 

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! ♥

Volunteer! Feel good!

Our cluster is going to volunteer at the International Spring Festival in two weeks. I believe, that most of us will go and help – it is going to be fun! Now, I would like to write about volunteering and about my own experiences.

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Wikipedia  says, that volunteering is “an activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain, to benefit another person, group or organization”. Which is totally true! Just do it, because then others and of course you will feel awesome too! Psychologically, it is definitely better, when you do it in a group.

In my country everybody needs to volunteer 50 hours in order to get a diploma after high school.  I volunteered to work at a handicapped children’s home (children and grown-ups lived there, who were disabled to take care of themselves and their parents had taken them there for different reasons). I chose that place, because my mom has worked there before.

After my 50 hours were done, I stayed there for 3 months (of course still for free), as I was really enjoying the time with them and loved the little children who I worked with. I learnt a lots of things there, especially how to love and return love.volunteer

I believe, that everybody could say stories about volunteering. If not, that is not a problem either: you can volunteer simply when you help a friend, your parents, an elderly woman… Little things count!

I will be there at the Festival! Hope you will join us too! If not, then do not forget to read my post after the Festival to see what happened there! ♥

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