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. ♥

 

Welcoming new Au Pair from Ukraine Tetiana

We are looking forward to meeting the newest member of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area Tetiana. Tetiana is 21-year-old Au Pair from Ukraine. She will live with a loving host family in Buks County.
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Tetiana is a teacher of English language, and she likes teaching the kids. She says, “I like teaching kids something that is interesting and important for them and I enjoy entertaining them, doing lots of amazing activities with them, discovering this world, nature together, playing games, reading, drawing and cooking!”L1-dkkhb-qI
Tetiana has already been abroad, she has spent 2 summers of 2012 and 2013 in the USA.
We asked new Au pairs a few questions to get to know them better.
What three questions best describe you? – Creative, friendly, helpful.
What was the best compliment, you have ever received? – My little friend and a girl, I was teaching English, once said that I’m not only her teacher and friend but her older sister!  That was really the best compliment ever for me-)
What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? Dreaming and travelling.
If you had one wish what would it be? Reading people’s thoughts))) 8zZ5NE5k4BY

Tetiana likes animals. She also loves reading, taking pictures, cooking, making new friends, watching good movies, travelling and learning foreign languages.

Welcome, Tetiana! We’re all looking forward to getting to know you better!

Welcome Maria, the Au Pair from Mexico.

I’d like to welcome a new Au Pair to our cluster, Maria from Mexico. Maria is currently living in King of Prussia, the Philadelphia area. Maria is 19, she is very active and has a lot of friends in Mexico. Ale Au Pair from Mexico

Maria already made a lot of friends with the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster on facebook. She has a buddy Lorena, Au Pair from Colombia, who lives in Buck County and takes care of five kids

We asked Maria a few questions about herself, just to get to know her a little better.Ale Au Pair from Mexico 1

What three adjectives best describe you? -Out-going, happy and a good friend.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? -Traveling, knowing a new place, shopping, hang out with friends or go to the movies.

Do you believe everything happens for a reason? – Yes of course! Even if we don’t understand why, they happen for a reason.
If you had one wish what would it be? -Eat without gaining weight!! Hahah
What place would you like to visit? Europe, but here in US Boston.Ale from Mexico
We are looking forward to meeting you next Saturday and going together to Billy Penn tour.

Host family from Bucks County is looking forward to welcoming an Au Pair from Mexico.

A new Au Pair from Mexico Alejandra will join the K. host family in New Hope on Monday. The K family had the Au Pairs from China, Korea, Mexico and built the solid bonds in their hearts. The K family loves the Au Pair program, hosted many Au Pairs events, volunteered with our cluster and opened their home to many Au Pairs.The K family is very excited and ready to welcome a new Au Pair Alejandra from Mexico to their family.mexico flag

Alejandra is 22 and she recently graduated from college where she studied animation. She has 2 brothers and a little sister. She said that her hobbies are traveling, learning new things and cultures, making new friends and spending time with them. She already lived in Germany.Al Au Pair from Mexico 1

Alejandra has a buddy Lorena, Au Pair from Colombia, who lives with her host family in Bucks County and takes care of three kids. Alejandra made a lot of friends on facebook with the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster.Alej Au Pair from Mexico 1

We are looking forward to meeting you soon, Alejandra.  Have a safe trip.

My first Au Pair meeting with Go Au Pair cluster in Bucks County, PA

Please enjoy the guest post My first Au Pair meeting with Co Au Pair cluster in Bucks County, PA by a new Au Pair from South Africa Lisa.

On Sunday, 09.20.2015 we had a meeting with Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair and my Local Area Representative Polina.
We all went to The Village Renaissance Fair in Newtown PA, the entry fee was only $5 to get into the fair.The Village Renaissance Fair, 2015

We all met up there in different cars and paid to get in once in we were all welcomed by Polina.

She showed us where we can go to dress up for free so we can fit in with the renaissance period and take photo’s with friends.The Village Renaissance Fair

We all danced in a circle with the devil and took some photos of group and did introductions for new au pairs.The Village Renaissance Fair 7

After that, we just had a small group discussion then we were free to walk around fair and do our own thing.

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Things to do, there was a lot there to do, the food smelt amazing so many choices, and there were ice cream trucks etc. There was a parade with knights, queen and kings etc thru the fair to entertain us.The Village Renaissance Fair 10Few girls wanted to learn how to belly dance and got a lesson and did a show for us. It was very lovely too take photo’s with new friends we made for memories of the times we shared and there was props and awesome decor and of cause entertainers willing to pose with us for photos.IMG_20150920_145259

So all in all, it’s a very good fair, especially for families, there are lots to do for children like jumping castles, sword fighting etc. There were also lots of games that you could play to win prizes, but for us we all had a fun time meeting all the new and old faces and making new friends.

Weekend Au Pairs classes

According the Department of State requirement, standard Au Pairs must complete 6 credit hours and EduCare Au Pairs must complete 12 credits.  6 credit hours equate to 72 classroom hours. Au Pairs must take classes in the classroom, not online.

You can also choose the weekend classes now. The Department of State is now accepting weekend courses as long as they are at accredited institutions. Here are a few options.

CW POST – LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

One weekend course is worth 3 credits and costs from $300 to $ 350, depending on if you are communiting there every day (Friday afternoon through Sunday) or staying there over night.

Courses offered at CW Post:

  • American Culture
    Take any two of the following courses and receive a certificate in American Culture.

    • Women, Gender and Power
    • The Role of Government  in American Society
    • Cultural Dynamics
    • Exploring the American States
    • Music that Made America
    • Fashion through the Decades
    • Celebration of Holidays
    • Organized Sports in America
    • Growing up in America

    Business Marketing
    Take any two of the following courses and receive a certificate in Business Marketing.

    • Enhancing your Digital Lifestyle
    • Marketing and Social Media
    • Business in America {Coming soon}

    English Study
    Take any two of the following courses and receive a certificate in English Study.

    • TOEFL/English Preparation
    • Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama
    • Critical Reading and Expository Writing

    Child Development
    Take the following courses and receive a certificate in Child Development.

    • Physical, Cognitive & Psychosocial Development
    • An In-depth Look at Diverse Learners

SILVER BAY, THE COLLEGE OF ST. ROSE, ALBANY, NY

Silver Bay Au Pair Courses, LLC

Each weekend  Silver Bay offers different programs. Au pairs decide on the evening of their arrival at the Silver Bay Campus, which sessions they will attend during the weekend. The fee is $ 275 for one weekend and 3 credits.

Class offered:
  • History of Albany: America’s Oldest Chartered City
  • Personal Financial Responsibility and Basic Business Principles
  • Are Leaders Born or Made? A study of leaders and leadership through time
  • American Holidays: Comparison of Cultural Traditions and Customs
  • Media Literacy in Film
  • Digital Photography: Basic Techniques and Creative Ideas
  • Fostering Developmental Exercises for Adolescents
  • Write On! Proper Writing Skills and Technique
  • Breaking Down Social Barriers for Children through Active Enrichment
  • American Slang
  • Nutrition and Exercise: How to Maintain Physical and Mental Fitness
  • Fostering Community Involvement
  • American Politics
  • What You Do Now Impacts Your Future Career
  • Lake George
  • American Social Life
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • Problem Solving
  • Deconstructing Personalities and Understanding Networking Styles
  • What Should I Eat?
  • Eating Healthy in a Busy World
  • Living Life Stress-Free
  • The Development of Social Media Networks
  • Spontaneous Melodrama: American Culture Through Dramatics and Theatre
  • Traveling the USA
  • How Twitter Toppled a Government

Au Pairs need to complete 6 or 12 credits in order to complete the au pair program successfully. If you plan to stay a 2nd year you need to finish your credits by the end of your 10th month.

The Au Pairs meeting.

Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County had a great Au Pairs meeting at Bryn Athyn. We started with exploring Bryn Athyn Cathedral, then we had a tour at Glencairn museum, and enjoyed a farewell picnic.English: The exterior of the Glencairn Museum ...

The tour was very interesting, the museum has unique collections.Bucks County Au Pair meeting

We had very knowledgeable and funny tour guide Chris, we learned a lot  about Glencairn museum and enjoyed a special view from the top of the castle. Bucks County Au Pairs meetingThen we had a lovely picnic and fun time with friends. It was a special time making great memories, meeting new au pairs, making new friends, sharing the experience, eating international food. After the meeting, we had a hard time to say goodbye to many Au Pairs who are leaving. We stayed for a long time and couldn’t leave after the picnic.Au Pair meeting Bucks County

We will miss you, ladies. Thank you for being outstanding Au Pairs and great friends,

Au Pairs cultural exchange meeting.

Au Pair’s meetings increase interest in other cultures, arts, religions and inspire to learn. Our next event, the Tour at Glencairn museum, is all about a discovery and learning new things. Glencairn Museum is a museum of religious art and history, a member of the Bryn Athyn Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.English: The exterior of the Glencairn Museum ...

The museum has a unique art collections, including ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and American Indian. Also, Pitcairn’s collection of medieval stained glass and sculpture is considered to be one of the country’s finest. The museum even has the exhibition of Marc Chagall arts. There are a lot to explore!

We also will explore Bryn Athyn Cathedral

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After the tour, we will have a farewell picnic. This is a special occasion to wish a safe trip home to the Au Pairs who are leaving, welcome new Au Pairs and celebrate international friendship.
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Please, come on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm and join Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County as we celebrate an international friendship and cultural exchange.

Meet Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, Australian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pairs, and Au Pairs from other countries, read about cultural exchange your family can get when joining the program.

Joining the program can be a life-changing experience for your family.

The Au Pair Experience in the USA

The summer is the busiest time for the Go Au Pair agency, it is the time when many families bring new Au Pairs and many Au pairs complete the program and go home.  During the Au Pair year the Au Pairs are working, studying, exploring American culture, and doing many exciting things.Au Pairs  Bucks County FundraisngMany Au Pairs from the Bucks County and Philadelphia area cluster chose to volunteer and help the community while being Au pairs with Go Au Pair. Volunteering in many countries is not common, so for many Au Pairs it was a first-time experience. Go Au Pair Team

Last year a group of the Au Pairs from China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, South Africa, Mexico, Ukraine volunteered four times.

Au Pairs  Bucks County FundraisngThe former Au Pair from China Ophelia said, “One of the best memory for my first Au Pair year is volunteering! Even though I just been here less than one year, I already volunteered four times” Au Pair Philadelphia

We are forever Grateful.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks recently granted a Certificate of Appreciation to the Go Au Pair team.  There are the words that really touched me “We are forever Grateful.”Au Pair certificate

The Certificate of Appreciation for Go Au Pair team expresses the thanks from thousands of individuals with Autism and their families for volunteers kindness and efforts saying  “We are forever Grateful.”

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The Au pairs from many different countries joined to raise more than $700 for an Autism Speaks walk in Pennsylvania. They held three fundraisers before the day of the event and surpassed their goal of $500 by $250.

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Then, on November 2, 2014 Go Au Pair Team walked with Janine Au Pair Sis to raise awareness, advocacy and funds for research and the families for the autism community.

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Au Pairs from China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, South Africa, Mexico, Ukraine chose to volunteer, fundraise and walk with Go Au Pair Team to change the future for all who struggle with Autism. Walk Now for Autism Speaks truly appreciates what these young international people has done in helping others.

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