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! ♥

Buddy Appreciation Party 2017

Polina (our LAR), gave us her heart again with that party: she has planned everything, brought two cakes, games, her fantasy, and spent her time with us. I am very thankful for her! 17351994_10202971682050257_6449199535638883512_n

We had a balloon twisting competition, which was fun, because I have never done that before! We made different things and I had the chance to take balloons home for the kids- they loved them!

We had team games as well: we made two groups and had fun playing the games! Other au pairs and friends joined us too!17353565_10202971682810276_8706141647713160031_n

After the games, we ate cake and went to another room where we could play laser tag game! I enjoyed my time, as I have never done that before either, but I like playing those kind of games, so I hope, that I will have the chance to play again!

I like attending  the events and meetings, because then we can get together and experience how other people from different cultures react and behave! Interesting! 17361732_10202971680570220_5224967076863547971_n

I believe, that everybody had a good time! Next time, we are going to volunteer at the International Spring Festival! I am looking forward to meet you there! ♥

International Spring Festival-Celebration Cultural Diversity!

Go Au Pair agency’s Au Pairs from Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ will volunteer for the 26th Lansdale International Spring Festival again on April 22, 2017!Au Pairs at the festival

Each year, more than 5,000 people attend the International Spring Festival in Lansdale, PA. The Festival includes international foods, the folklore dances and musics, the Parade of Nations, the exhibits from 20 plus countries, live entertainment and much more. Go Au Pair at the International festival Mexico

Festival is an amazing opportunity to explore the world, celebrate cultural diversity and our friendship together. It is a real cultural exchange experience for Au Pairs.  We love Go Au Pair

This year, Au Pairs are going to make crafts and play with kids, volunteer a face painting and balloons twisting.  Join this unique Festival and meet  Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, South African Au PairsMexican Au PairsUkrainian Au Pairs, Russian Au Pairs  and many more!

Come join 26th International Spring Festival! Au Pairs from Go Au Pair are looking forward to making this event memorable and fun!

 

2017 Au Pairs Buddy Party

In 2015, we started a new cluster tradition Au Pairs Buddy Party! We are having a great experience with Au Pairs buddy initiative.  Many Au Pairs became great buddies, helped new Au Pairs and made a lot of friends!keep-calm-and-party-with-an-au-pair-buddy

Thank you to many Au Pairs who became awesome buddies and a few new buddies

Au Pair from S. Africa Marco for choosing to be a buddy to Maria Jose Gaspar, Au Pair from Peru, who will live in Philadelphia PA

Au Pair from Ecuador Kathy for choosing to be a buddy to  Alejandra Tapia Mosquera, Au Pair from Ecuador, who will live in Yardley, Bucks County, PA.

Au Pair from China Christine for choosing to be a buddy to Au Pair Yushan Sun or Catherine, Au Pair from China, who will live in Philadelphia PA

Au Pair from Hungary Bianka for choosing to be a buddy to Anita Pinzon , Au Pair from Colombia, who will live in Glenside, PA

 Au Pair from S. Africa Lashey for choosing to be a buddy to Daniela Para, Au Pair  from Colombia, who will live in Philadelphia, PA

Au Pair from France Valentine for choosing to be a buddy to Nadia Souza, Au Pair from Brazil, who will live in New Hope, Bucks County, PA

 Au Pair from Mexico Daniela Rios  for choosing to be a buddy to Camila Diaz,  Au Pair from Brazil, who will live in Bucks County, PA

Come join our Annual Au Pairs Buddy Appreciation Party, at 1:00 pm on Sunday 03.19.2017, Brunswick Zone XL, 100 E. Street Rd. Feasterville, PA 19053 to THANK your buddy or get THANKS from your friends and meet awesome Au Pairs from ten countries!
We will have a party with a cake, games, competitions and fun. You can also play bowling and many other games with your friends.

On April 22nd, 2017 Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County clusters are going volunteering at The International Spring Festival with other Go Au Pair clusters from Philadelphia and NJ. It will be a great cultural exchange experience at the multicultural festival. Au pairs will spreading the world about the Au Pair Program while making American and international friends, and, of course, meeting people from their countries.

 

Christmas party 2016

Cold, foggy weather, snowy trees and roads. Nature is changing…It seems, that this is a winter-rest for them, like nothing happens inside of the trees, but actually everything is more active now…Anyway, I am always wondering about these things. I did the same, while I was driving to the restaurant, where we had our event. 15621737_1160060500779267_2117030716241552817_n

The village was beautiful, like in a fairty tale. It reminded me a bit of my home town…I loved walking around and enjoying everything around me

Polina (our LAR) gave  us her heart again. She organized this whole party with love and attention. I believe, that it is not only me who I am thankful for it. I enjoyed the time with the other au pairs: we played games and eat delicious food. We exchanged presents. I think everybody got something nice and gathered memories to remember.

Our cluster wishes everybody a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! I hope we will have fun next year too! ♥

The Annual Au Pair Christmas Party

On Saturday, December 17, 2016 we will have a Holiday Party with a gift exchange at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant, located at Peddler’s Village, at New Hope, Bucks County, PA.  Every year Au Pairs have a lot of fun at the cluster’s annual Christmas party. keep-calm-your-christmas-party-is-coming-soon-2The Holiday Party is a great opportunity to meet the au pairs from different countries and spend quality time together far away from home learning american holiday traditions.
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After the party in the restaurant, we will enjoy the  Village. Every year in December Peddler’s Village turns into a winter wonderland with thousands holiday lights and Gingerbread competition and display.peddlers-village
 We are looking forward to exploring the Peddler’s Village in Christmas time. The annual Au Pair Christmas party is a special party with fun, laugh, joy and presents that everyone will remember.

Food and people, do you need more?

We had a meeting at our LAR’s house this weekend. Our cluster has two chefs , so we had chance to cook and try some new food and gather memories! 

It was an unexpectedly warm Sunday, that is why, it was fantastic to get in the car and drive! Polina (our LAR) gave us her whole heart. I do appreciate it. 15073324_10202441105426173_6670490034020431339_n

We cooked three dishes together. Everybody had a chance to make his/her own sushi. Polina cooked us an Ukrainian dish called Plov (rice with chicken) and we made Patacón with Hogao (Mexican dish). I liked everything. I was really curious to try those food!

We also celebrated farewells, lucky arrivings and birthdays!

Polina made us cupcakes and we had a competition to decorate them. It was a creative activity. After eating, we played games.We ate a lot, had fun, laughed a lot. You could see many glad face around you…I think, you do not need more!

 

See them next month – it is going to be our last special meeting this year. I can not wait! ♥

Au Pairs meeting -a cooking class.

The biggest and favorite cluster event – Au Pair Christmas party is coming. But before the Christmas party, we will get together and discuss our plans and then will start a preparation to the party.Au Pairs at Peddlers villageNext Sunday, 11.13.2016 at 1:00 pm we will have a cooking class and fun activities for the Au Pairs in my home in Newtown, PA. This time we have two Au Pairs who are chefs and we would love to use this opportunity. We are going to learn how to make sushi and a few other international dishes.There are many activities, games and contests with the presents planned.10456191_945095575506336_2551355450764419813_nOn Saturday, December 17, 2016 we will have a Holiday Party with a gift exchange at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant, located at Peddler’s Village, 5750 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA 18938.  After the party we will enjoy Peddler’s Village  which will turn into a winter wonderland, a  Christmas Village, with thousands holiday lights and Gingerbread competition and display.Au Pair Christmas party

This restaurant is very popular, I made a reservation for a party at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant 8 months in advance. We are looking forward to the Christmas celebration, making new international friends, having a happy time, taking tons of photos and creating unforgettable memories!

Learn about different culture by cooking with your Au Pair.

Food is definitely part of our culture –one that we carry wherever we go. An Au Pair will bring her culture and her food traditions.

A great way to learn about different cultures is by cooking. Every country has own traditions and celebrations, and every holiday has its own food. Why not start cooking and sharing  a meal together with your Au Pair?  It’s a good way to become more familiar with your au pair‘s culture.

If you have French or Italian Au Pair you will learn soon that a traditional breakfast there is coffee and either baguette or croissant. The French often dip their buttered bread into coffee.

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You may learn that hot cereal or porridge, often made with corn and called “putu pap,” is the first meal in Souths Africa from S. African Au Pair .
And if you have an Au Pair from Mexico, she may prefer dishes like chilaquiles (below) and huevos rancheros, or sweet rolls and coffee for breakfast.Mexico Au Pair.jpg
Food is an important part of the culture.  Simply cook together your Au Pair favorite dish, d learn and have fun.

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