Farewell to our dear friend Dani Parra!

At the beginning for November, when the trees leaves are colorful and winter is right in the corner; we have to say good bye to our dear friend Dani. This young woman just left the country the first week of November. We are glad Dani is at her home enjoying with her family and friends . We interviewed her regarding her time as an au pair in the US and here we have some of her answers:

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  1. What places did you visite and which one you like the most? Well, I visited Cape code in Massachusetts and Venice in Florida!
  2. What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? I really like to walk and explore different places, so i used to spend my  free time walking around the city and usually going to restaurants to eat something new. 
  3. What is your favorite thing about being an au pair? My favorite thing is the knowledge that I got from my host family and my host kids.45483016_183652995872386_7267950500174102528_n
  4. What did you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? The most that I like  is that I have the opportunity to meet amazing people in the cluster’s meetings. 
  5. What was your best experience living in the US? I did skydiving. That was amazing!
  6. What is the most valuable lesson you learned when being an au pair?To be tolerant and understand that there are different ways to educated children. Not all the time  the way  we think is the right one  and we need to accent different points of view.
  7. How do you like the experience being a part of an American family?It has been amazing! I am glad that I was able to live with an incredible and lovely family.
  8. What are new things you experienced? Honestly, I tried different kinds of food from different countries.
  9. Would you recommend being an au pair to others? I’d definitely recommend becoming an au pair and live this experience.45384748_1761880830589048_8827240872362901504_n
  10. What are your wishes to your friends, cluster, LAR and Go Au Pair?  I wish to all them good luck, positive vibes and have fun guys! Don’t forget to enjoy every single day of your life.

Dani, we appreciate your time for answering our questions, we wish you the best back home!

 

 

Welcome to our cluster Lore Nichele!

Hello everyone, fall it is right in the corner and today I want to introduce you with a young woman from Argentina! her name is Lore Nichele, she is 22 years old and she will be arriving pretty soon! lets see more about Lore:

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We interviewed her regarding her hobbies, interests, and other things! here are some of her answers:

  • Why do you want to be an Au Pair?Honestly because taking care of kids it is one of passions and I also consider that being an au pair could give me the chance to meet new people and  learn about the American culture.
  • Can you please tell us what are your hobbies and interests? I really like outdoors, share my time with my friends and of course I like to practice some sports!

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  • What do you consider was the best event during the past month? Besides matching with my future host family, I went to the south here in  my country on vacation to the snowy mountains with my friends and family, I really had some fun!
  • What three adjectives describe you best? Friendly, curious and 
  • What place would you like to visit? Europe

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  • What is your favorite way to spend your weekends? I like to spend them in many ways either with my family at home or watching series with my friends.

As you can see here Lore like to do many things like practicing sports and going out with her friends, I am sure she is willing to make new friends here in Philadelphia! 

Once again Lore, Welcome to the cluster! We hope you enjoy staying with us, see you soon!

 

 

 

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.

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!

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! ♥

 

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! ♥

Happy Birthday to the most amazing Host Mom ever!!

Today is the Birthday of Laura. She is my Host Mom. I would like to wish her a beautiful day today with this post as well. 

She has a heart of gold and a unique sense of humor. Both of these things remind me of my mom and my former English teacher.

I can not tell her over and over again, how unique she is (THEY are) for me. I would like to emphasize it in any kind of way I can!

I can not express how lucky I feel, that I can live with her (with THEM) and taking care of her three smart and marvelous children. I am incredibly thankful.

I do not want to  write anything about the emotional situations we were in before, I think this is not the appropriate place for that. BUT:

  • She brought me a pink (which is my favorite color) blanket, pillow cases and a pink toothbrush before I came here. She asked me:

“I was just wondering, what is your favorite color?”

  • She really takes care of me and my family at home. She (THEY) really want(s) me to feel that I belong here.
  • She helps me straight away, when I ask her. I feel, that it is not a must to her. She wants to help. She (THEY) want(s) me to feel comfortable here.
  • I can read her books!!! ♥

I could write many-many pages about her! Haha  She is special.

I felt feelingly a lot of times, since I am here. I experienced a lot of things with her (THEIR) help, because of her (THEIR) real openness. Thank you. My mom and dad are thankful as well, that I am in a good and caring place with a huge and kind family. 

“Home is where the heart is.”

Tolerance, kindness, interest – New York Introductory Workshop

My name is Bianka, from Hungary, Europe. I am an au pair since the beginning of August, 2016. My first experiences, here in the US were in New York with some curious, enthusiastic people…14054328_1163887127019801_2435939692608322761_o.jpg

….I only spent 3 days with those guys in New York, but it was a really important experience in my life. Not because of the place, but the people with me. I am thankful for my Host Family that they provided me the possibility to go there and for the chance to met Patrick (our instructor).

In the hotel, the food was delicious. The atmosphere was calm and friendly. Everything was comfortable. We’ve seen the famous places, which I didn’t really care. Well, of course, that was SOMETHING, but for me, it was too much: too much people, too much smell, too much people around me. I didn’t get the New York City feeling, but I actually felt the city which never sleeps one.

“New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.”  Bob Dylan

Patrick taught us, how to try to save a life (or two), how to be calm in a dangerous situation. This wasn’t new for me, but it was extremely satisfying, more than we could ask for. He was chatty, funny and energetic. He’s a kind of man who you’ll always remember of.

Here are some things, I’ve learnt while I was in New York: 

  • It is okay, when somebody (who you are with) eats from your food. Without asking.
  • Don’t need to eat all of your food. It is okay to throw it away, when you are done.
  • You can do whatever you want!
  • Be tolerant and patient. All the time.
  • Ask! Ask! Ask! Ask, when you don’t understand something. Ask, when you need something. Ask!
  • Don’t be shy! Try to talk, or at least listen.
  • People here, try to understand you, even if your English is awful.
  • It does matter, where did you come from. Never ever forget that! Never feel ashamed because of it!

I hope, that the article was enjoyable! You’ll be able to read my posts about new au pairs, about the events, about my country and I’ll write posts when an au pair leaves. ♥

 

The Au Pairs Program is do-it-yourself project.

For many young people who came by  J-1 Visa Exchange Visitors Program as the Au Pairs to the US, for a new experience to live with a host family.  From the time they start the Au Pair program, the responsibility of shaping a life  is on the Au Pair’s shoulders.

A right attitude is the key. The responsibility of building great relationships with your host family, working hard to provide the best childcare, making new friends, and living a fulfilled life falls on you.

Someone said, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.”  It means that your life today is the result of your efforts and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.Au Paiirs goaupair

Starting your life as an Au Pair, do it to the best of your ability and  with the best  possible attitude. It is up to you to build the life you want in the US,  therefore, make friends, be proactive, seek out social events, travel and visit new places and have a successful year in America.

It takes time to develop, grow and build the life you want. Apply your best effort in building a strong relationship with your family. Go above and beyond your childcare responsibilities, do more things with kids, – go to the parks, zoos, museums, sport games, libraries, teach  them a foreign language, introduce them to your culture,  and prepare  your home country’s dishes for the whole family.

 Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build you the second family you will  be welcome tomorrow.
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Read the story about an elderly carpenter and learn his lesson.

Connect with Au Pair Sis.

The Au Pair Sis is looking forward to organizing fun activities to do together with her. If you are still not connected with Janine Au Pair Sis, just send her a request on facebook.

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Au Pair Sis  is doing many interesting activities. She has her personal very informative Au Pair Sis blog on the Go Au Pair website. The Au Pairs can Join the Book Club and participate at Book of the Month Event on Facebook.

The Au Pair Sis is also a former personal trainer and helps Au Pairs to explore the world of fitness. Au Pairs can exercise alone, with friends, or kids. The Au Pair Sis often posts new challenges on Fitness for Au Pairs and Fitness for Kids.  If Au Pairs want to try new challenges from China or Ecuador, they can check Foreign Fitness.

There are so many international Games and Crafts  that Au Pairs Sis updates on her blog and Au Pairs can also can learn new games, crafts, and new recipes from Pinterest.

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Au Pairs can learn about Au Pair Experiences from watching  videos. Host families and Au Pairs like to watch movies about Cultural Differences.

My personal favorite is learning to cook international dishes. There are so very many recipes that Au Pairs from Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Perú, China, Mexico, Germany, Filipines, and Poland shared with the Au Pair community at Go Au Pair Cookbook.Colombian Au Pair recipe

The Au Pair Sis also recorded many educational movies,  please check out her tutorials.

Make a new friend with Au Pair Sister on Facebook.  You can have fun together with the Au Pair Sis and her hundreds of Au Pairs friends.

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