We are delighted to welcome Au Pair Mary from China to the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster.

We are very delighted to welcome new Au Pair Mary from China as a new member of the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster with Go Au Pair. Mary joined us just two weeks ago. The second year Au Pair from China Jasmine will help Mary to adjust to her new life in the US quickly. Thank you, Jasmine, for your kind offer.

Mary decided to be an Au Pair because she loves kids, wants to experience American culture and improve her English.

Mary likes making crafts, dancing, listening to music and reading the books. We asked Mary a few questions: What three adjectives best describe you? Determined, patient and responsible.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? On Saturdays I like to read books, listen music and shopping.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? I’m very good at craft and handmade.

Mary already attended her first meeting and met many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster. She had fun experience of watching a Glass Blowing Demo in Jim Loewer’s studio and got a unique piece of glass art. This gift will remind Mary about her first Au Pair meeting and that unique experience for a long time.

Welcome to the cluster, Mary!

Goodbyes are never easy!

Having a lot of Au Pairs and friends in the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster of Go Au Pair is great –the difficult part is that we have to say goodbye a lot. In addition, the fact that we have many outstanding Au Pairs in our cluster, makes saying goodbye even more difficult.

We just said goodbye to three amazing Au Pairs who recently finished the program and who were nominated by their host families for Love My Au Pair Contest 2019. Thank you Maria Bilous from Ukraine

the best au pair of the year award maria

Mindy Araujo from El Salvador

the best au pair of the year award mindy

Yue Lu from China

the best au pair og the year award

for being outstanding Au Pairs and great friends and making your host families very happy!

Mariia , Mindy and Yue had been the cluster au pairs during two years and got great experience with their amazing host families in addition to traveling and exploring new places, attending American universities, making many international friends and  having a lot of fun with them in the US.

This month, we should say goodbye to three great Au Pairs: Au Pairs Pamela and Jaquelinne from Brazil and Au Pair Carin from South Africa.

Pamela and Jaquelinne spent two years and Carin one year, with their host families, got a second family away from home, and immersed into American life. They had the opportunity to learn about American culture and traditions, improve their English skills and gain valuable international work experience. They met new people, made new friends, and became more independent and mature.

I would like to thank the host families for joining the Au Pair Program and Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area, opening their homes and hearts and helping the young international people get amazing experience. Without your support and encouragement, it wouldn’t have been possible.

The Au Pair program was designed for only one or two years. Unfortunately, there is a time for every au pair to say goodbye for her/his host family and friends and goodbyes are never easy.2019 Au Pairs meeting in Philadelphia library

Thank you so much for being great Au Pairs, working hard, taking a great care of the kids, and being wonderful role models and friends to them!

Amazing opportunities for cultural childcare!

The Au Pair Program offers amazing opportunities for cultural childcare.  Au Pairs enhance the public’s awareness of this cultural exchange program and the mutual benefit au pairs and families get from it.

We have many outstanding Au Pairs who deserve the recognition and credit. Every year Go Au Pair chooses three Au Pairs for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to IAPA’s Conference and other awards. Go Au Pair Au Pairs been internationally recognized by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) many times. The agency had the IAPA winners and finalists many times.

This year five Host Families from the Bucks County, Philadelphia and NJ area nominated their outstanding Au Pairs! Ukrainian Au Pair Mariia Belous and her Host Family- the Gerzon family became the runner up of 2018 Love My Au Pair contest with Go Au Pair!

Maria au pair from Ukraine

Mariia, Au Pair from Ukraine, is a local Au Pair who lives in Bucks County.  She came to the US two years ago and became a part of the Gerzon family Mariia’s host mom said “Mariia has made our lives richer, easier and more fun and this is why she deserves to get the best au pair award!”

“Mariia also keeps my kids entertained without depending on the TV for entertainment. Some of the things she does to entertain the kids are dance parties, karaoke concerts, and dress up games! She will make up imaginary games and stories. She also does arts and crafts with them, and makes sure they create artwork to give as gifts to me and our relatives. She has organized playdates with local kids and visited a local police station to meet a policeman!”

Au Pair from Ukraine

Congratulations, Mariia, on being nominated for Love my Au Pair contest for the second time and becoming a runner up of Love My Au Pair contest  this year! 

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Mariia just finished her second year of the Au Pair program. We wish Mariia the every success in her new journey.
The Au Pair Program is a great option not only for childcare needs, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to learn about foreign cultures and languages and make lifetime friends.

 

Welcoming Isa, an Au Pair from Colombia!

Zuly is an Au Pair from Colombia and she lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with an amazing host family with three lovey boys. Zuly has been an Au Pair in the US for almost 6 months and the post below is her first post on this blog!

Hi guys, My name is Zuly. I am very excited that summer is here… the weather is hot and everyone is gearing up for a great summer season. Let’s enjoy festivals, beach days and more!!

I also very happy to introduce to you our newest member, Isa Machado, who is also from Colombia. Isa joined the Go Au Pair Philadelphia cluster recently. Isa was able to answer some questions about what she hopes will be an amazing adventure as an Au Pair in the US. She is very excited to make new friends in our wonderful cluster. Isa also says, “I want to be an Au Pair because it is a great opportunity in my life. I want to work with children, know another culture and learn another language.”

Here are some of her responses to the questions: What are your hobbies and interests? My hobbies are going to the movies, to the gym, reading, walking and cooking.

What was the best event/happening during last month? Last month I went to an island with my dad in Santa Marta, Colombia. It was a beautiful experience.

What three adjectives best describe you? I describe myself as a sociable, funny and collaborative person.

If you had one wish what would it be? My wish is to know the whole world. What place would you like to visit? I would like to know America. Starting with the United States and museums of the twin towers.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? My perfect way to spend a Saturday is watching movies and eating pizza, sometimes hanging out with my friends and my brother.

Thank you Isa for your time and your responses!!!!! Welcome to this amazing and unique cluster! We look forward to meeting and getting to know you!!

Welcoming new au pair from Ukraine YULIIA!

Hi everyone! Let me introduce new au pair Yuliia who joined our cluster just a few days ago!

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Yuliia is 19 and she is a Ukrainian au pair. Yuliia joined a host family with two girls in Bucks County, PA. She said that she wants to be an Au Pair for many reasons,” Firstly, I like taking care of children very much. I am also very interested in improving my English and learning more about the USA (the culture, customs and best practices) because I am going to be an English Language & Literature teacher. Thirdly, since I am a student at the International University, I would like to take a gap year that would be a great help to my education.I would be honoured to introduce my country to Americans and share its culture and traditions at first hand. Finally, I am willing to widen my horizons, experience authentic American life style and develop any sense of international community and fellowship.”

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It is exciting and good luck with all your plans! Please read Yuliia’s interview.
What are your hobbies and interests?
My hobbies are playing ukulele, embroidering, spending time outside walking or riding a bike, watching TV shows or cartoons.
What was the best event happening during last month?
Finally I had my braces off after two years of wearing them ;D.
What three adjectives best describe you?
Sociable, friendly, and positive.
If you had one wish what would it be?
My wish would be the peace in my country and among people.
What place would you like to visit?
I would like to visit Disneyland, New York City, Washington DC, Kansas City and Grand Canyon.

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What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
My favorite way to spend a Saturday is to sleep as long as I can 😀 or to spend time outside with my family or friends.
What was the best complement you have ever received?
“You are the nicest person I’ve ever met”
What are two things that you consider to be good at?
I consider myself to be good at communicating with people and helping them if they need me.

We are looking forward to meeting you, YULIIA! We wish you a great au pair year!

Classes for the Au Pairs in the Philadelphia area

As part of the J-1 visa program, Au Pairs are required to complete an educational component. To fulfill the Au Pair education requirement, Au Pairs should complete six semester hours or the equivalent 72 hours (12 credits or 144 hours for educare program) in class.
Bellow are the most popular and affordable choices for the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area.

K7119 Cradle of Marketers Panel discussion?

Popular Weekend Classes

Rutgers in New Jersey

SilverBay at College of St. Rose 

Long Island University 

Cultural Hi-Ways offers the classes at Peirce College Learning Across America with tours to many locations  

Auditing Courses

Princeton University

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College

Continuing Education

Bucks County Community College 

Harcum College Au Pair  Classes 

Community College of Philadelphia 

Delaware County Community College in Media

Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell

Regular classes

Moore College of Art and Design

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Rosemont College

Temple University

Please, plan ahead, speak with your host family and register for your class.

Good Luck!

Lets welcome to our new member Priscila!

Almost summer and the weather is getting warmer and warmer every day day! Its so excited to welcome a new member of our cluster: Priscila from Brazil, she is 26 years old and she just arrived a few days ago. We interviewed her and here we got some of her answers:

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 1. Why did you decided to be an au pair? well, I decided to be an au pair because i consider this is a great chance for me to spend my time with kids, improve my English skills and get to know more about the American culture.

2. What are your hobbies and interests? I love music, reading and drawing. I’ve been studying music the past few months.59699223_644605429335084_962223908692426752_n

3. What was the best event/happening during last month? My nephews birthday party.  

4.What two adjectives best describe you? respectful and friendly. 

5.If you had one wish what would it be? Travel around the world as a volunteer.

6.What place would you like to visit? Definitely the Grand Canyon in Az. 60342887_430675464392200_2012607359779602432_n

7. What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? Outdoors reading and doing picnic with my friends.

8.What was the best complement you have ever received? brave!

9.What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? Listening others and making people laugh.

Once again Priscila welcome to our cluster!!!

Welcome to our cluster Noelin!!!

It is almost summer dear people and we have a bunch of au pairs join our cluster soon. Thats exciting! Let me welcome to our first au pair from Uganda Noelin, she is 25 years old. Learning more about our new members helps us to find things in common with them, so we did interview them and they in a friendly way helped to know more about them:

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  1. Let me ask you, Why do you want to be an Au Pair? well, I want to be an aupair because l want to live different American tradition such as thanksgiving and Halloween. I can’t forget to mention that spending time with kids is one of my passions , so living in the US and watch kids motivate me to be a great au pair. 
  2. What are your hobbies and interests? My hobbies are swimming ,watching movies, singing and listening to music, as well as travelling and spending time with my friends.
  3. What was the best event/happening during last month? Last month I went to restaurant exhibition where l tasted different kinds of food from the best restaurants around Kampala. That sounds tasty!!!
  4. What three adjectives best describe you?I am a friendly, respectful and honest person.
  5. What place would you like to visit? I would like to go to Hawaii.58579382_601953160311131_518612885765619712_n
  6. What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?I usually on Saturdays l like to go out with my friends.
  7. What was the best complement you have ever received? My best complement is when my friend Angella told that shows grateful to God for meeting me.
  8. What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?I consider myself as a friendly person.

Thank you so much for your time Noelin! From the bottom of our hearts we wish you the best. Once again welcome to our cluster!

 

 

Cultural exchange and volunteering with Au Pair friends

There are some extra adventures that Au Pairs can experience during their Au Pair year in the US, like the special moments of volunteering with friends.Au Pairs Philadelphia ISF

On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, the Au Pair team from Go Au Pair volunteered for the International Spring Festival in the Philadelphia area.

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Au Pairs from 10 countries: Brazilian Au Pairs, Chinese Au Pairs, Colombian Au Pairs, Salvadorian Au Pairs, Ecuadorian Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs, Argentinian Au Pairs, South African Au Pairs, Mexican Au Pairs, and French Au Pairs volunteered to make face paintings and crafts with kids,  distribute balloons, and represent their countries. Au Pairs Philadelphia 2019 Volunteering

An Au Pair from Bucks County, Genesis volunteered in the US for the first time and enjoyed the opportunity of volunteering with other Au Pairs at the international festival. She said,”we  had a happy time with other Au Pairs, we got to know each of us, we worked as a team, we did different activities and we enjoyed every second in the international festival.”

Gen, who came from Ecuador, said,”The international festival was an incredible experience for each one of us! We learned about different cultures from each part of the world, we met people from different countries, we tried different food from different countries. We also could watch various dances from different countries and appreciate art.” Au Pairs Host family

“I  had a beautiful time with my host family and my host kids! It was a day of great joy!” said Gen.

Volunteering at the International Spring Festival together with other Au Pairs and Americans is one of the special moments that many Au Pairs will remember for a long time.

Au Pairs volunteering as a team.

Volunteering as a team brings Au Pairs together and allows to discover another side of the American life. Volunteering is a very popular activity in the US.  Americans use some of their free time to volunteer and say that volunteering is fun and makes them feel happier. Volunteering is also an opportunity to make new connections and became a part of the community. It helps the Au Pairs get a rich cultural exchange experience which is a goal of the Au Pair program.

This year we are going to volunteer for the International Spring Festival  on Saturday, April 27th 2019 for the fifth time.

The Au Pair team from Go Au Pair will volunteer face painting, distribute balloons, make crafts with kids and represent many countries. There will be a huge cultural diversity Brazilian Au Pairs, Chinese Au Pairs, Colombian Au Pairs, Salvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs, Argentinian Au Pairs, South African Au Pairs, Mexican Au Pairs, and French Au Pairs.

Au Pairs meeting in Philadelphia library 2019 year

Au Pairs are going to volunteer for the International Spring Festival  on April 27, 2019 for the fifth time.

We also will have Go Au Pair host children team! Thank you to the Host Families and Go Au Pair agency for supporting our teams!

Many Au Pairs are very enthusiastic and motivated to change the word for the better. To start changing the world, we may need only to directly impact the lives of a few people.

Small steps… but here is a start – volunteering at the International Spring Festival.
Come join us volunteering and/or enjoying the unique Festival which has been organized by international team!

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