Welcome to our amazing cluster Natalia!!!

At the beginning of November, I want you to welcome to our cluster an interesting and young girl Natalia Ramirez, she is 25 years old  and is from Colombia! Let me tell you more about this incredible woman!

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Natalia was asked why she wants to be an Au Pair and she said is because she would like to share her culture with her host family and at the same time learn more about American culture. She also mentioned that she wants to improve her English, thats awesome Natalia, keep it up!

What was the best event/happening during last month?
My birthday was about 3 weeks ago and I had an amazing day full of happiness with my friends in Washington D.C

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Natalia is a very active girl, she loves to go hiking and for a walk adventure. She likes to spend time doing exercise at the gym! Besides this, Natalia also mentioned that she likes to reading magazines and she is a fashion lover. That’s great!

 What three adjectives best describe you?
Honest, friendly, courteous.

23423546_1903526256339111_283401641_oNatalia likes to go out with her friends and have a delicious supper! She couldn’t forget to mention that she likes to have her own time and rest! She loves to travel and meet new people, she is interested to travel to Greece!

As you can  see Natalia is an interesting and young woman, here is just a few information about her!it would be great if you talk to her!

Once again, welcome to our cluster Natalia!

 

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Au Pairs international picnic in Philadelphia

Hello! Bonjour! Hola! Привіт! Hallo! Здравствуйте! 嗨! Nihao!
All of these greetings you could hear from our Au Pairs from different parts of the world during the Au Pair international picnic in Philadelphia!
My story will be about one of my favorite thing. About the food…I love to try different cuisines and the idea of our last meeting was to meet for international picnic.🌮🥗Au Pairs Philadelphia Bucks County
To tell you the truth I could not even imagine I will have a possibility to try so many delicious meals from different countries in same time.Au Pair Philadelphia Bucks County 3

My favorite was meat from South Africa. Thank you, Marco! Thank you for deserts it was excellent!
We were super lucky with the weather, not hot, not cold, just perfect
Amazing location:full cousin Au Pairs Philadelphia and Bucks County

Also it was so lovely time with all of you guys!
We had fun, laughed, listened funny stories and shared our most memorable American experience! We always have friendly atmosphere on our meetings!
And Thank You, Polina, our Local Area Representative, for giving us a possibility to explore more things about different culture and learn about Philadelphia and the US.Au Pair Philadelphia Bucks County
P.S.Enjoy your American experience and don’t eat so much sweets! Lol🤣Have a nice time in the States!

Chao! Good byе! До побачення! Auf Wiedersehen!再見!До встречи!

Activities you can do with your host children

Fall has officially started and we have to be ready for the cold weather! Fall is the season that most of the leaves change their colors and then fall, this is the season prior to see the snow! you can make a leaf pile and play with your host children outside. Lets see some activities you can in this incredible season!!!

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Nature walk

Nature walk can be done at any park with a lot of trees, so you can go with your children and have fun collecting leaves of different colors and sizes, at the same time you can explore new places with them! Its recommended to do it in the middle of fall, either at the end of October or at the beginning of November.That sounds good!

Draw in the side walk chalk

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Since the weather is getting cooler and cooler draw in the sidewalk is a good idea to spend time with your host kids! lets try it, that would be awesome!

Take them to story time to your local library!

There are many libraries that in fall schedule story time for children, so you can go with them and the librarian reads books and they also do some crafts! I am completely sure your kids will be happy attending to the story time with you!

Write letters to their love ones (walk to the post office)

Most of the kids have cousins and they love to write letters, so it is also a great idea to help them write some letters and walk to the post office with them to send the letters!!

As you can see in fall you can do many activities with your host kids!!

 

 

 

 

 

Au Pair education experience in the US

Hi, It is Maria, Au Pair from Bucks County, PA. You may read already that I recently joined  the Au Pair program and I always dream to visit NY . My American education experience also relates to NY.
Au Pair program gives the Au Pairs great opportunities to study in a real american  college and explore American culture! I chose to take my first course as two classes in the college with a trip to New York!  I took two Sundays classes at Peirce college in Philadelphia already. The 3rd Sunday will be the final trip to the Big Apple! I  had very lovely time during my classes, met a lot of new friends from all around the world, learned more about a history of New York.Au Pair classes 1

I had fun with my home work and did absolutely great job with my final project about New York Fashion Week!Au Pair classes 4

The classes were a little long. It took long hours but you don’t really pay attention when you have a great time.Au Pair classes 3

We had a lot of interesting activities, lovely lunch time, watched great American shows, found out about a lot of secret places of NY that I will definitely visit them in future!Au Pair classes 2

Our teacher was great!He was joking  and telling us the stories about a real New Yorker’s life style. It was fun! I was happy to feel like a student again.Au Pair classes

Now I’m looking forward to go to many amazing places in NY next Sunday with very lovely company!

P.S. Enjoy your time to be an au pair and it’s never late to learn something new!❤️  Best regards, Mariia from Ukraine.

I am grateful for the amazing host family I have.

Arminda, Au Pair from El Salvador, who joined Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia only a few months ago said that her host family -the Prybella family – changed her life and makes her happy.  Thank you for sharing with us about your amazing family, Mindy.Be our Au Pair

I am grateful for the amazing family that I have here even we do not have the same blood, they treat me as a real member of their family with love and respect all the time. We spend a lot time together and we enjoy discovering new things from each other.Au Pair from Philly 4

Let me tell you that before I came to the US they asked what I wanted to study and they helped me to find the course that I was looking for in the Montgomery College (English Grammar course) so after two weeks of my arrival I was taking the course there, that is awesome even though they were busy with three boys and their jobs they still had time for me before I came.Au Pair and host family

I would like to mention that my host dad works at home in his office, at noon we have lunch together, he takes a couple of breaks to play with us in the playing room- so they boys and I have fun! I can not forget to say that Prybella’s family makes me feel comfortable with them and with myself, I am not afraid to say what I like and what I do not like in any particular conversation. Well, during the week after dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays we watch movies or we play board game (The Settlers of Catan it is our favorite game) eating popcorn or ice cream and drinking soda and the boys asleep.Au Pair from Philly 1

My family is not only nice with me but also with my best friend Anita from Colombia, she is an au pair too and she lives close to my house in Glenside. Anita likes to spend weekends in my home with my family They say she is always welcome to stay with us and most of the time after dinner we play cards or board games with my host parents; definitely we have a good time when we are together.Au Pair from Philly 5

If could wish something I would like the others au pairs have a family like mine that support, that listen and the most important thing is that they see me as a member of their family!Au Pair from Philly 2

I remember at the beginning of July we were going to travel to Manassas and in the road they would drop me at my uncle’s house who lives in Woodbridge but at the end they had many things running at the same time and they could not do it, so they cancelled the trip and as a surprise they bought me the tickets! I was so happy and blessed for having a family like them.Au Pair from Philly 3

Mindy said,”They made me feel at home since the first day I came to their house”

Thanks to the Prybella family who made Mindy a part of their family!

Visiting New York -my dream came true!

Hi everyone! Its your Ukrainian Au Pair Mariia Bilous. It was a big transition moving from my lovely small town Cherkassy to the US. However, I live now also in a small town Jamison at Bucks County, PA with my awesome host family. Visiting New York has always been my dream.Au Pair from Bucks County 3

As an Au Pair I can travel a lot and I already had the chance to visit this incredible city.  NY is a city of contrasts.Au Pair from Bucks County

What comes to mind when I think of New York? definitely Time square!  This must be the busiest street in America. You can see so many different nationalities, so many different types of people, starting from tourists and ending with celebrities and business people. Au Pair from Bucks County 2

In my eyes, this city is different from any other. All the buildings are so different. Most of them are huge and the styles are so varied. You can see very old buildings with amazing architecture and very modern buildings on just on opposite side of the street.Au Pair from Bucks County 5

You can read the full story New York by the eyes of Ukrainian Au Pair.Au Pair from Bucks County 1

I like New York and  I’m looking forward to seeing this amazing city again! New York it’s definitely the place every one has to visit!

 

 

 

My awesome host family.

Hi everyone! Its your Ukrainian Au Pair Mariia Bilous  and today I would like to share about my host family. If you read Ukrainian Au Pair story and Follow my dreams you may know already that I live in a beautiful part of America – Bucks County, PA, near Philadelphia with my host family. I have an incredible family of an amazing strong woman – my host mom Alla Gerzon, and two cute princesses Mariella and Elianna and a lovely dog with a very beautiful name Baila (it means dance in Spanish).Maria Au Pair from Bucks County

My host mom Alla is like my sister. She is a young and very friendly person, who always helps me to explore American culture, and is always by my side and taught me a lot of new things. Please read the nomination essay about my amazing host family to the Host Family in Excellence Award. Go Au Pair Bucks County 2

My host kids Mariella and Eliana stole my heart! At bedtime, after reading them fairytales, I have to kiss and give them hugs over 10 times, because they are so cute and I love them so very much!

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They are very smart and creative girls, and they can speak 2 languages (English and Russian). I always have fun with them!

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We like to do a lot of different activities together like swimming, singing, dancing, doing art projects, cooking classes, and telling each other funny stories.

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Alla and the kids made me feel like a part of their family, brought happiness into my life, and helped me to explore America and enjoy the cultural exchange with the Au Pair program!  I am very lucky to be a part of the Gerzon family – they’re everything I hoped for.

Follow my dreams

Please read the beginning of my Au Pair adventure.

I finished all my applications and paperwork and became an Au Pair candidate with Go Au Pair. Then it was probably the hardest time because I don’t like to wait! Thanks God, I didn’t wait for that long and after 10 days host families started to contact me and i started to get the interviews on Skype. I worried a lot, read a lot of blogs, watched the videos of another Au Pairs stories.Au Pair from Ukraine 6

I’m very confident person, but by that time I could not help my emotions. I had few interviews with very nice families, it was so funny because some families spoke Russian language, so it was easier for both sides to communicate.

Go Au Pair has a special Mutual Match process which is the best because I can choose my future host family. After 3 weeks I got a few offers and I should choose my future host family.  It was super hard because all of them were very nice and friendly. Then I decided to listen my heart and I  it was the best decision.  I’m so happy and in love with my host family now!Au Pair from Ukraine 7

After few weeks I had to go to American embassy and get my visa.  It’s another hilarious story…lol.  I got J1 Au Pair visa! and in 15 days I came to the USA as an Au Pair with Go Au Pair !!! I’m here so happy and in love with my host family and this beautiful country.

Au Pair from Ukraine 3Oh yeah,Why that French croissants kind of changed my life :1-because if I wasn’t in that place and didn’t find out about this program from Andreev Andrei I wouldn’t be here!Thank you so much for that!Au Pair from Ukraine 1

2-my flights to USA was :Kiev-Paris, Paris-Philadelphia. Again France and yeah I had another couple of croissants in Paris while waiting for my next flight ))

P.S.Never afraid to try something new, always explore, follow your dreams and have some croissants)

Ukrainian Au Pair story.

My story began from a French croissant…Au Pair from Ukraine 3

Hey, it’s me, Ukrainian Au Pair Maria Bilous. My adventure started when I had French croissants with my Ukrainian friend Andrei! You will get the point why a French croissant was so important in my story! Lol… By that time

Last Spring I came back from Turkey – I used to work there for last 3 amazing years. I was about to change something in my life – well completely to change! I was looking for new emotions, new faces, new adventure. I needed to go somewhere and do something new what makes me feel happy! It doesn’t mean I wasn’t happy by that time because my life in Turkey was so colorful – I used to work as part of entertainment in one of the coolest place in this world Liberty hotels Lykia!Au Pair from Ukraine

So my friend and I were telling to each other how our lives are going and what happened for last few years and shared French croissants. Suddenly, he looked on me enjoying the croissant and said,” Maria!I think you should try cultural exchange program Au pair because you like to spend time with kids and you always want to go somewhere and explore some new things!” He said it will be very interesting for me! I came back home and checked google what Au pair program is.

There are a lot of information about the Au Pair program and I really found it very cool. Next morning I visited ”Пять континентов” it’s one of Ukrainian agency by Go Au Pair in Cherkassy and found all the details about it. I am the person who is like I want something I get it!!!So I started to get ready all my documents, reviews and read more about USA and American childcare. Au Pair from Ukraine 5

To be honest,  there were a lot of things  scary for me like: what if I can’t do it? or what if the kids will not like me? or what if it be very lonely there ?or Oh My God! I have to cross not just the countries -I had to cross the continent! Which is fine! We all human too nervous about something important and, especially, if you are a girl. Au Pair from Ukraine 2

Now I’m so proud of myself and happy to be in the USA ! Thank you to the Au Pair program for the opportunity and Go Au Pair for helping me to find my lovely host family! Read the second part of my amazing story.

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.

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