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! 

18155360_10203135274899976_290015643_n

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.”

18110836_10203135277300036_393006195_n

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.

volunteer-logo-sized-to-6.9x3

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! ♥

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!

 

Being an Au Pair buddy is a special honor.

Many new Au Pairs will join the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster in January and February 2017, so the cluster Au Pairs are looking forward to being a buddy and sharing their experience with them.

The Au Pair Buddy program started in March 2014 and since that time each new Au Pair from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster had an Au Pair Buddy- a supportive  friend.Go Au Pair Team

I asked Au Pair from Germany Cosima why she wanted to be a buddy and she said “Because I know that it’s important to have a helping hand in the beginning. Everything is new to you and you feel kind of lost at some point. And then it’s great to have a person who’s there for you. I’m happy to be that person! And on top it’s an awesome way to gain new friends!”

Au Pairs have tons of things in common and a lot of experiences that they can share. The buddy shows the area around, introduce the new Au Pair to her friends and have fun together.  The buddy can listen the stories and concerns, understand the feelings and worries and give a piece of advice

Thank you to the 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 Karen 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 Colombia Lorena and Au Pair from Argentina Juli for choosing to be a buddy to Evelyn Garcia Diaz, Au Pair from Colombia, who will live in Merion Station, PA

Au Pair from Hungary Bianka for choosing to be a buddy to Ana Jazmin Pinzon Merchan, 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 Rodrigues, 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

Being an Au Pair buddy is a special honor.

Thank you, buddies, welcome, new Au Pairs!

Free English classes and resourses for the Au Pairs.

The Au Pair program is known abroad as the “Learn and Earn”program. The Au Pairs can learn the experience, American culture, polish their English and also can earn money.

Many Au Pairs came to the US with the goal to improve English. Living with American family is the best way for Au Pairs to improve their English skills. Working with kids and practicing English skills with them has huge advantages. Depending on their ages, kids can be great teachers. Kids words and sentences are often simpler than that of adults. Children are usually can correct errors without making Au Pairs feel uncomfortable. Au Pairs and kids can learn from each other reading and playing together.Au pair and kids

Here are a lot of opprtunities to learn English for free. For example, free English classes in the Philadelphia area
FLP – English as a Second Language (ESL)
Meet up classes 
Community Learning Center
Phila Literacy

Au Pairs can find free online language learning resources, take language exchange classes online with English Lessons & Tutors Online – LRNGO. Some Au Pairs found language exchange options with American students or future ESL teacher. Au pair in the college

Au Pairs get a chance exploring the country, attending classes and immersing themself in the English language. Au Pairs also have an opportunity studied in America for free. They are supposed to take 6 credits or 72 class hours in college during the program year. Many Au Pairs take an ESL (English as a Second Language) class as part of their educational requirement.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 8

Beside speaking English at home, Au Pairs practice English for daily life in an English-speaking country –with new friends, in the stores, restaurants etc. The Au Pairs also can travel, volunteer for the community and meet new people.

 

 

 

 

 

The 25th International Spring Festival

The Lansdale International Spring Festival is the largest FREE diversity event in the Philadelphia region. This year the Festival is celebrating its 25th year and is organized and hosted by volunteers.  Au Pairs from Go Au Pair will  also volunteer and offer free face painting, balloon twisting, making crafts and playing games with children.intwernational festival.png

The Festival will be indoor and outdoor and offer:

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES – Multicultural art projects – Food tasting from around the world – Try on cultural/ceremonial costumes – Passport Program – Play instruments from around the world

ENTERTAINMENT – Ethnic dance troupes – Music from around the world – Free raffles and prizes – Audience participation – New outdoor activities HEALTH FAIR – Free health screenings – Healthcare exhibits – Entertainer Sterlen Barr – Interactive exercises – Prevention education

INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT Over fifteen ethnic cuisines are available for purchase at the Festival’s food court.

NATIONALITY AND VENDORS’ EXHIBITS Travel the world in a day and view exhibits in the Main Gym area.

STUDENT AFFAIRS WorldQwest Interactive Scavenger Hunt for young adults and etc.

Go Au Pair  will have two tables at the festival: for volunteering and representing Go Au Pair agency.  A lot of Au Pairs choose volunteering face painting for the kids. A few Au Pairs will do balloons twisting and making crafts/play with the kids.  Some Au Pairs desided fundraising for Make a Difference Foundation.
Participating country’s for the 2016  Festival include France, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Lebanon, India, Japan, Bangladesh, China, Brazil, Cambodia, South Korea, Poland, Italy, Egypt & Jordan. The mission of the International Spring Festival is to promote diversity and inclusion in the region through hosting the one-day cultural festival and through community outreach throughout the year.
Come join us on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the North Penn High School, 1340 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.

 

 

We the People.

The Lansdale International Spring Festival (ISF) is the largest diversity event in Pennsylvania and celebrates its 25th anniversary year!  ISF is a special occasion for a celebration of international friendship through music, food, the performing arts and cultural exchange.

What place could be better for the Au Pairs from around the word, who miss their home countries and interest in other cultures and history than ISF? ISF will give the opportunity to the Au Pairs to explore the displays, enjoy international food, watch the performance from many countries and possible from their native countries, meet new people and make new friends. In addition, this year we are volunteering for the International Spring Festival as a Go Au Pair team.

nternational_spring_festival

This year the festival declares the goal to collect 5,000 signatures and to send this message of hope and unity to the White House.The festival  asking people who support the International Spring Festival to add their name, city or town and to select one country of their ancestry (or who you identify with) to the scroll.

Please join  We the People scroll and support the festival message of unity and help to reach 5,000 signatures!  The ISF goal is to show how people from different backgrounds, religions, cultures, and political views can come together with a single message of unity.

Volunteering for the International Spring Festival

For the past 25 years, the  International Spring Festival  helped the community celebrate the heritage. The festival  is made possible because of the generous donations from many sponsors and the work of over 200 volunteers.
Au Pairs at the festivalThis year, a few Go Au Pair clusters are going to volunteer and help the festival. Au Pairs are going to make crafts and play with kids, volunteer a face painting and balloons twisting.Go Au Pair at the International festival Mexico

A few Au Pairs would like to help with fundraising for Make a Difference Children’s Foundation.international Festival
The International Festival is the largest diversity event in the region. The Festival brings together people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and promotes cultural exchange.Go Au Pair at the International festival Zumba

The Festival will start with The PARADE OF NATIONS, that includes Chinese Lion Dancers and drummers, African dancers and drummers, other musicians. The Festival blends international foods, music, entertainment, a Health Fair, various cultural performances and tons of activities for kids.  Admission and parking are free.Au Pair internatioanl

Please mark your calendar and save the date to attend the 25th Lansdale International Spring Festival (ISF), North Penn High School, Lansdale, 19446 on April 16, 2016. Join this unique Festival and meet Au Pairs from more than 15 countries.

Take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.

You may be tired of a long cold winter and are counting down the days looking forward to a Spring day. Wait no longer, you can enjoy a fantastic Spring or even Summer day this weekend at the Philadelphia Flower Show where everything is blooming.2015pfs_bloom philly

Every year thousands of volunteers and gardening enthusiasts who share a love of plants and people. They help make the largest in the world Philadelphia Flower Show breathtaking.  Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair have chosen to volunteer at the Make and Take Room of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show. They are going to contribute their time and talent and get a unique cultural exchange experience. Volunteering, learning and giving back to the community has become our cluster tradition.

Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

Go Au Pair team will help you create a piece of art and have fun. Please stop by from 11.30 am till 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Make and Take Room, which is located along the Grand Concourse at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  We will help you take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.Aupairs creation at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Come to Meet and Walk with Au Pair Sis to support Autism!

Lace up your sneakers and Walk Now for Autism Speaks with an international and fun Go Au Pair team and Au Pair Sis on Sunday, November 2nd. Come to meet in person Au Pair Sis Janine.

autism and aupair

Here are more details on the event.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun, family-friendly day of autism awareness, information, and fundraising for Autism Speaks. Please register with Go Au Pair team  before the walk and everyone is welcome to join!  Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Au Pairs walk 2014

We’ll met on November 2, 2014 at 10:00 am. Registration Volunteers will assist the participants in completing Walk Day Registration envelopes. If you are not registered in advance, you will need to sign the participant waiver before the walk. Nametags will be available for the children with space for parents contact information.

autism

An opening ceremony will start at 10:30 am and  a Walk will start at 11:00 am. Here is the a map of the walk route and a map of the Home Run Club Entertainment and Resource Fair.

If you or the kids will need a break, there will be a rest area at Bob’s Discount Furniture Calming Tent located halfway through the walk. Wawa, Frito Lay and Deep River Snacks will provide snacks and water to all participants. All of the food is donated and provided to every walker without a fee. autism bear

Please bring cash or credit card  if you are interested in purchasing anything on Walk day. Proceeds from all Walk Day purchases will go toward the Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

There is ample parking at Citizens Bank Park. As you enter the on Pattison Ave, free parking will be available in lots S,T,U and P.walk wuth Go Au Pair team

Go Au Pair Team is very much looking forward to the 12th Annual Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Speaks!  Au Pairs are looking forward to getting together, make new friends, meet Au Pair Sis Janine and to raise awareness, advocacy,  funding for research and family services for the autism community.

Previous Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: