How the Au Pair Can Enlighten a Family About Culture Exchanges

Today I host the blog guest, freelance writer Sara, who will share with us her thought about culture exchanges.Sara

As an Au Pair, you are in a prime position to encourage growth on an intellectual level without putting much effort into the experience. Diversity and tolerance for other cultures begins with knowledge and learning. By influencing your hosts with your own culture, you can help open the world to possibilities for the children and the parents alike. Although you don’t want to push your own beliefs and methods onto your host, you should schedule moments where you can introduce your temporary family to your part of the world.

1. Edibles from Your Country – When it comes to cultural diversity, no other topic is more embraced than that of food. Periodically, you can introduce your host family to the delicacies of your homeland. In order to further the experience, you could add a bit of history to each dish so that the children can learn why it is important to your culture. Too many people in the United States consume various foods oblivious to why they are important or why they came to be.

2. The Holidays – Celebrating holidays of your homeland is another way to allow your Au Pair family to experience a cultural exchange. In fact, there are many holidays that have been adapted by other cultures that originated elsewhere. Without sounding like a teacher or arts professor, engage the children in an exchange of holidays and enlighten them about where these holidays originated and why they’re important. While some of these days are wrapped around religious beliefs, it could be quite a sticky situation if you get caught in a religious war in the home. It is best to tread lightly by not offending the family. However, you can have open room for sharing knowledge of belief systems as long as either party is open to discussion and not looking for a chance to belittle another person’s belief structure.Go Au Pair at the picnic

3. The Clothing – Clothing can be another form of cultural experience, although many clothing types are the same today. However, it may be fun to play dress-up with the children or something similar for the family using articles from your country of origin. Perhaps a brief explanation to why the garment is important and what it may signify in your culture could help the family understand further. Although jeans and other particular styles are quite common, every culture has a garment that was originally worn prior to the expansion of capitalism and trend.

4. Sharing Knowledge – As your host family may be willing to learn more of your culture, you should be open to learning as well. Although it may be easier for you to learn life in the new location as you are submitted to it, allow the family to partake in sharing the information with you. This could be bond forming and could greatly improve relationships between yourself and those who have accepted you into their home.hands_community

Exchanging cultural differences can improve the way of life for many people. It is the misunderstanding of these differences that can cause so many ripples within the world. If people were to take time and share information about themselves and why their people do things a certain way, more tolerance can be derived from the experience. Although we may not agree with the way each culture handles itself, at least we’ll have understanding as to why the do these things.

Author Bio

Sara is an active nanny as well as an active freelance writer. She is a frequent contributor of  Learn more about Sara .

30,000 views on Go Au Pair blog.

Hello World!

Thanks so much for stopping at my blog, the place where I can share my great experience working as a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair

I enjoy my job. Host families from my cluster notice that I provide high quality services and resources to ensure that my host families receive individualized attention: “I personally had very good experience with Go Au Pair local area representative for this area ( Philadelphia , NJ). Read Go Au Pair Host Family testimonials.

I started Go Au Pair blog almost two years ago to support Host Families and Au Pairs in Philadelphia and suburban, Montgomery, Bucks County and close NJ. It took me one and a half years to reach 20,000 page views of my blog and it took less than 6 months to have another 10,000 views.

I reached 30,000 page views of my blog! Another blogging milestone. I’m excited to receive this many page views.  Thank you to everyone for spending a little time with my blog. I would like to thank Au Pairs and Host Families who contributed to my blog by writing interesting posts.

I hope that my blog is helpful and Host Families, Au Pairs and my readers found much useful information here. My blog contains 29 pages and 172 posts now. I recently added a new page Popular posts where you can see the most readable posts on my blog. You may have noticed that I created the sidebar with The Host family Library and The Au Pair Library for my readers’ references.

Who are my readers? Of course, first of all, it is Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair. Most of my readers live in the USA: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, New York, Utah and Virginia.

My blog is also read by people from 125 countries around the world. WOW, it is exciting! Many readers are my former Au Pairs from Colombia, Germany, Brazil, South Africa and China. Hi Guys, I miss you! 🙂

As my cluster expanded very fast, I believe this blog helped many families to get to know the Go Au Pair cluster in the Philly and NJ area better and make the decision to join us as a host family.

Thanks for checking out this blog and come back to my blog soon!

Teaching host children healthy eating skills when playing.

I’ve posted about healthy eating and forming good habits with Au Pairs help in the previous posts.

But what can you do if you have the pickiest eaters on the planet and every meal becomes a battle?

Read more on the host mom’s from Go Au Pair blog post Toddlers and Picky Eating about her kids and her helpful tips on proper response and attitudes to the picky eaters.

Au Pairs may teach host kids about food groups, nutrition, and do fun food activities to help their children eat healthy food. As a new project, an Au Pair with kids may open a restaurant in the Host family’s kitchen,  in the play room or even outside and play cafe with kids.  It’s a lot of fun and very educational for kids.

Kids will learn reading, counting, fractions, budgeting, weighing, measuring, problem-solving, sharing, fine motor skills and much more – eating  fresh healthy food. An Au Pair helps make an assortment of healthy items for play — fruits, veggies, and cheeses.

Kids and Au Pairs may take turns being the cook or the customer or may cook together with toys. Playing  together with kids  provides a natural way for the Au Pair to discuss healthy food and nutrition and teach kids healthy eating skills through play.  As a result, kids will be more likely to follow the suggestions to eat something healthy during their meals.

When kids play restaurant and cook healthy food for toys or family members, there are fewer mealtime battles and more willingness to eat healthy and to try new foods. Finally, one day host families will have fun eating healthy meal with their kids.

Learning a Foreign Language with an Au Pair

Making a child learn a second language gives that child an educational advantage in the future.

Au Pairs  can  help kids learn a new language in addition to being a childcare provider. They are great language tutors since Au Pairs are with the children on a daily basis. Au Pairs help children learn a second language through study and play which leaves  parents not having to pay for the expensive lessons.

Hiring an Au Pair who speaks the language of the family’s choice is a perfect option. Many bi-lingual families choose to host an Au Pair from a specific country because the Au Pair is able to teach their children the language naturally through every day life.

There are a lot of benefits of learning a foreign language not only for bi-lingual families who have chosen to host an Au Pair.  According  to a cognitive neuroscientist Ellen Bialystok, who has spent almost 40 years learning about bilingualism, every child should  learn a foreign language because it sharpens their mind.

If you need someone right now, Go Au Pair offers the best selection of quality Au Pairs at an affordable cost. A family can choose from transition, extension and overseas Au Pairs.

An Au Pair means on par or equal to.

People are often confused about the word Au Pair. The Google search for the word “au pair” shows that people often misspell  this world  as “au par”, “au paire”, “opair”, “au per”

Many people think that au pair means a nanny.  An Au Pair doesn’t mean a nanny at all.

The word au pair is a French term, which means “on par” or “equal to, “ denoting living on an equal basis in a reciprocal, caring relationship between the host family and the children. An au pair will typically be a young woman and sometimes a young man from a foreign country who chooses to help look after the children of a host family and provide light housekeeping. The au pair is given room and board and is typically paid a weekly “pocket-money” salary. Au pairs generally stay with their host family for one year.
 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries, and very popular in the USA are Argentine,  Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, French, South Korean, Mexican, Russian, Salvadorian, South African, Thai and Ukrainian Au Pairs.

According to Wikipedia , an au pair (plural: au pairs) is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a small monetary allowance for personal use. Au pair schemes are subject to government restrictions which specify an age range usually from late teens to mid to late twenties.

Every year thousands of young people from all over the world consider becoming au pairs.  These enthusiastic unique individuals come to the United States  leaving behind the familiarity of their homeland, their parents, siblings and close friends. They start a special journey in their young  years and become a part of a host family as an equal member of the family helping with childcare , studying and traveling. Usually it is very far away from their real home.

Over 10.000 total views on Go Au Pair blog

This is the post number 65 and yesterday my cluster’s  Go Au Pair blog covering Philadelphia, Bucks & Montgomery and part of NJ reached over 10,000 total page views .  10,000 views of my blog is a milestone in the past 9 months of blogging. I also had my best  day with 358  views in one day.  Here are a STATS from this blog.

  • 10,028 views all-time
  • 49 views yesterday
  • 358 views on your busiest day, January 14, 2011
  • 65 posts
  • 27 pages

Here are the most popular pages pages that have received over 49 hits during my first nine months of running the Go Au Pair blog. These are not 100% accurate since some people read everything from the home page, but I hope that you find this interesting.
Title Views
Home page 2,850
Nomination 2,042
go AU PAIR Philadelphia Amateur Photo Contest “Au Pairs Having Fun” 690
A New Family? 434
About 219
My Au Pair Year 180
Photo Contest 166
Events 163
Welcome! 135
Go Au Pair in Philadelphia and close NJ. Welcome to our world! 117
Video game addiction, is it real? 106
Cookie class 96
From an Au Pair mom 96
No doubt that nanny cost has almost doubled. Lets talk about childcare cost. 89
Au Pair Activity Schedule 83
Being a great Au Pair 79
My Au Pair journey begins. 79
My happy and sad Christmas. 79
Party Time! 69
New Au Pair Event 69
A fairy-tale story or an Au Pair from Russia. 66
Maybe in distance, but never in heart. 65
I am glad I have an Au Pair. 62
You know you’re an Au Pair in the USA when… 61
My Au Pair work 61
Why hire an Au Pair?- “To find someone who will truly love my children”. 61
An Au Pair for a single parent. 60
Lets speak Russian 59
Au Pairs from Philadelphia and NJ from goAUPAIR blog. Please vote! 59
An Au Pair and the educational requirements. 58
Classes 57
Bonding with the children. 54
The Best Au Pairs! 54
Go Ahead and Ask 52
Asking your future Au Pair the right questions. 50
Host family rules 49

Who are reading the blog? 60% of the readers are  from the USA, mostly from

Pennsylvania (PA) 683
New Jersey (NJ) 240
Utah (UT) 151
Delaware (DE) 138
California (CA) 134
Virginia (VA) 101
New York (NY) 76

From how many countries are my readers? They are from 85 countries! mostly from

 Colombia (CO) 272
 Russian Federation (RU) 102
 South Africa (ZA) 73
 United Kingdom (GB) 72
 Germany (DE) 49
 Brazil (BR) 45
 Canada (CA) 41
 India (IN) 38
 Australia (AU) 36
 Mexico (MX) 35
 Poland (PL) 33
 Spain (ES) 26
 Ukraine (UA) 22

As you reading this blog you probably know that I enjoy working as a LAR for Go Au Pair. This is my second job, but I insist it not a job but a pleasure. 🙂 As Confucius once said: Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day in your life.

I like to meet new people and promote this amazing program that benefit both host families and au pairs in many ways.  I like writing a blog and I hope that my blog is sometimes helpful and that you enjoy reading it. As my cluster expanded very fast, I believe, this blog helped many families to get to know me better and make the decision to join to my cluster as host family.

I just want to say thanks for checking out my blog, reading posts and leaving comments. I appreciate you stopping by 🙂

Go Au Pair volunteered for Pearl S. Buck International, an adoption place

On Sunday, June 12th,  ten Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency and two host families volunteered at the PSBI picnic, in Bucks County, PA . We were there because we are passionate about cultural exchange, meeting new friends and helping others, especially families with adopted children.  Our efforts to help Pearl S. Buck International in  making the picnic very special for many adopted families were very successful.

There were a lot of families with children adopted from many countries, mostly from Korea, China and Russia.  Many Au Pairs had a chance to meet a kid adopted from their native countries.

“Where are you from, Who are you?” were the common questions there. “We came  from Argentine, Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and France, but we are Au Pairs from Go Au Pair now”.

Many families knew nothing about an Au Pair program and it was their first chance to meet Au Pairs. During the picnic the families could observe these enthusiastic friendly nannies at work with children. Parents were  surprised to see how these international nannies are caring and experienced.

One mom said “I wish I could afford these nannies, and I definitely will consider this program in the future for my adopted son. I have never realized how skillful and competent these young women with kids on one hand, and playful and cheerful from another.” I proudly said that Go Au Pair has the best pool of Au Pairs, and they have been internationally recognized through IAPA award in 2009, 2005 and 2004.

Go Au Pair helped make this picnic very special. The agency sent Au Pairs very  pretty T-shirts with the logo. All the Au Pairs were thrilled to wear this  fancy T-shirt and they looked so amazing. The Agency also gave a huge $1000 discount off  the program fees for any family who had attended this picnic.

We  entertained the children, played games, taught them words from their birth country, made crafts and had fun together.

Time flies so fast. It was an amazing day and we accomplished a lot.

Kids ADORE Au Pairs, and parents like them too.

We had a lot of fun! Volunteering with friends, doing something you like, it is always amazing! And we made someone else’s day!

Giving back to the community made us all feel good.  Everyone had a great time, made new friends, and than we had dinner together. Everyone brought a dish from their country. The best dish had a special prize, but all dishes were delicious.

We had a real problem to find the best dish. Each dish was very tasty and we voted by candy. Francieli’s dish had 5 candies. WOW!

Congratulations to Francieli, (in the middle) you are  a winner! 🙂

Good event, we made many children very happy. We will volunteer again, next month for FRUA.

goAUPAIR is growing.

According to AuPairClearingHouse com, a consumer information website for Host Families, which rates  and reviews the au pair agencies in the nation, conducts consumer surveys and reports agency ratings, goAUPAIR is growing. ” This agency… continue[s] to receive solid ratings on our Agency Surveys.  Award Winning Agency:  Recipient of the IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award for 2004 and 2005.”

Aupair Clearing House chose goAUPAIR as featured Au Pair Agency for February where it discussed goAUPAIR’s Strengths.
Competitive Pricing – goAUPAIR’s pricing is very straight forward.
Great Customer Service – Host Families and Au Pairs enjoy great customer service.
Selection of Au Pairs – goAUPAIR has one of the largest pools of available Au Pair candidates in the industry.
Flexibility – goAUPAIR books all Au Pair arrival flights individually and goAUPAIR’s  and Mutual Match system gives Host Families the opportunity to review multiple Au Pair applications.
Host Family Resources – goAUPAIR  blog,  a very nice feature and the articles are interesting and very informative!

You can read a full review about goAUPAIR here.

Tanna Wilson, Managing Director of goAUPAIR, discusses Chinese au pairs with the Clearinghouse in the exclusive interview. Here is an exclusive interview with Tanna Wilson.

Lucky Au Pair.

By Karen Hernandez, the Au Pair from goAUPAIR

I have no doubt Laura is the best Au Pair. She is an exceptional woman; she is kind, friendly and extremely talented!  She is dedicated in her work. Her love for William and Helena makes her a remarkable girl. I have seen the way Laura teaches them and protects them, she takes good care of them. Laura is more than a babysitter for children; they see her as a big sister. Her host family loves her, respects and appreciates the work she does for them.

I am very glad to say Laura is my best friend. She’s a smart girl. Laura is always ready to help the person who needs it. Laura gives all of her without asking anything in return. I admire her for that, despite her age she is a very mature girl, she is a hardworking woman, she is honest and she loves her host family in the same way they love her.

Laura is my best friend, she is my sister, she is my family, she is my support, and she is my guardian angel.  She has shown me her love in many ways that I don’t know how to say thank you.

Laura has become an essential part of my life. I spent with her best moments: with her many of us have laughed, cried, learned and sung. I am very proud of everything she has accomplished.
I can only say Laura deserves to be the best Au Pair, she is a wonderful woman and I would vote for her now and other thousands of times! I love her with all my heart.

My friend you don’t need luck, you are lucky already!

I agree with Laura’s friend Karen, Laura is very lucky to have so many friends and families who love and support her.  Please read many comments from Laura’s family and friends that she really deserves for her hard work, dedication to her host family and love for her host children.

Lucky You, Laura!

go AU PAIR, a reliable and cost-effective program.

Advantages of Hiring an Au Pair: Trust and Cost-Effective.

Hiring an Au Pair can be a challenging process for a future Host Family. However, the advantages of having an Au Pair in your home far outnumber the advantages of other childcare options.

First of all, you have the opportunity to get to know the Au Pair as a person and build a trust with her.  But you don’t have to worry about checking her background or obtaining references, as the goAUPAIR agency have already done this for you.

Au Pairs are screened, personally interviewed and meet regulatory requirements to qualify for the J1 visa Au Pair program. These regulations include background checks, minimum High School education, minimum hours of childcare experience, verified childcare references and more. All Au Pairs are required to have a minimum number of years of childcare experience, along with CPR and First Aid courses. The Au Pair becomes a valued addition to the  family- equal, trustworthy and loving family member.

Au Pairs provide a reliable and stable child care environment. When parents putting  kids in daycare they really cannot trust who is taking care of their kids. Just because the teachers have their background clearances and CPR certification, doesn’t mean they are reliable and caring. State ratio for most infant rooms is 4 to 1, meaning one teacher can have four kids in her or his care.  So, children aren’t going to get the love and care that they truly deserve because other kids are in need of attention at the same time. In daycare, children are most likely going to get sick a few times per year. Diseases and germs spread around daycare centers, rooms and toys are not properly cleaned and disinfected. Parents are missing their job and  pay or they need to hire somebody to take care about a sick child and pay them money.

Another benefit of hiring an Au Pair is the cost. The popular myth is that only wealthy families can afford Au Pairs. However, Au Pairs can actually be cheaper than daycare or nanny. Having an Au Pair during school holidays, summer breaks, or when parents need to get kids to their after-school activities may also be tremendously helpful and cost effective.

Well-cared and happy children mean a happy family!

go AU PAIR, a reliable and cost-effective program for your live-in child care needs!

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