Welcome Max , Au Pair from China

Please join me in welcoming new Au Pair from China Max. Max or Yuhan Zhao is 21, she arrived in Philadelphia one week ago. Max is taking care of three small kids.
Au pair from ChinaMax already has buddy Venisha, Au Pair from South Africa. She is looking forward to meeting Venisha next weekend. Max said that her favorite way to spend her Saturday is spending time with my friends and go somewhere she wants to go.”If I have one wish, Max said, I want to go to Hollywood because I like the Hollywood movies.” Max has many hobbies -she likes traveling, chatting with friends and eating delicious food. She said that she is good in singing and making friends. Max doesn’t believe that everything happens for a reason.
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Welcome Max, we are looking forward to meeting you at our next meeting on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 12:00 pm at The Village Renaissance Fair.
Everyone at Go Au Pair hopes that you will have an awesome year and we’re looking forward to getting to know you even more!

Cultural exchange tests so good!

Food is a part of country’s culture and promotes cultural exchange. Many of our images of other cultures come from our knowledge of their food.au pairs international food

The food we eat represents the traditions, story and geography and we can learn a lot simply trying different food.

Au Pairs Sis Janine invited Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency to share their dining experiences. and promote cultural exchange. It’s easy! Just talk about your dining experience, take a few pics and share them on Facebook with Janine. You will be entered to win $100 gift card!

Go Au Pair at the International festival Zumba

Au Pairs have a chance to learn about American and other cultures through the food, and also can win $100 gift card! Share your experience!

Step 1: Visit your local eatery that is unique to your state (not a franchise). Take pictures and/or video!
Step 2: Share your photos and videos on Facebook and tag Janine Au Pair Sis with the hashtag #AuPairAmbassadors
Step 3: Write a paragraph about yourself and then answer the 5 questions found below. Send it to the Au Pair Sis in a private message on Facebook at Janine Au Pair Sis OR by email at aupairsis@goaupair.com by May 11th.
Step 4: Follow steps 1-3 again, using a different location, to increase your chances of winning!
Step 5: Check Au Pair Sis-Go Au Pair on May 15th to see who won by a random drawing!

For more information about the contest contact Janine Au Pair Sis by May 11th.au pair eatingTaste the world and inspire others to get out and have new experiences. The cultural exchange tests so good!

Washington, DC – April 18th & 19th

As apart of the Go Au Pair program, an au pair must complete 72 hours of 6 credit unites over the course of their 12 month placement. With this in mind I signed up for the CULTURAL HIGHWAYS education program which includes 3 classroom sessions at Pierce College, (1x Saturday and 2x Sundays) as well as a tour of Washington, DC. The Washington, DC tour was this weekend (April 18th & 19th) and I absolutely had the time of my life and 100% recommend it to everyone!

Ron Dingman was our tour manager and I hope you are lucky enough to have this wonderful man on your tour! He is so funny and nice and will help you with any question no matter how dumb it may be! (I certainly gave him a run for his money on how many dumb questions he could handle in one weekend).

Our tour bus was departing Philadelphia (30th street station) at 10.10am sharp and I wanted to be on time so I caught the 7:45am train from Colmar statio which was expected to arrive at 30th street station at 8:49am. I only needed a 1 way train ticket which was $7.00.

Upon arrival at 30th street station I met some of the other girls on this trip. They brought snacks and drinks for the long bus ride however as I am extremely poor at the moment I chose the cheaper option which was to go IMG_6010[1]without. In the end I did by 1x 500ml bottle of coke zero which cost me $2.69 at ‘Au Bon Pain’.

We got on the bus and the journey began. There were already other au pairs on the bus who were picked up from places such as New York and New Jersey. We were on the bus for an hour before making our first rest stop At this rest stop I brought my lunch which was ‘Pop Eye Chicken’, I ordered a 3x piece chicken combo which included fries, this cost me, $7.89. After this 30 minute rest break we were back on the road and didn’t stop until 2.00pm for our 2nd and final rest stop at Union Station- I did not purchase anything here as I was not hungry from such a huge lunch!

We left here at 2:35pm to set off to our first landmark which was THE WHITE HOUSE! This was definitely my favourite site of the DC trip! After that we left and went to the LINCOLN MEMORIAL & THE REFLECTION POOL. Both of these were absolutely outstanding! From there we went to the NATIONAL MALL and there we saw the World war 1 and 2 memorial as well as the JFK memorial.

So once we’d seen this we headed to the hotel to check in (We stayed at the Hilton Arlington). The Hotel was absolutely magnificent! Stunning design, gorgeous, furniture, friendly staff and comfortable beds, it was abslolutley perfect!

Essentially I walked in and walked out because a friend I made on the tour wanted to go see a band that was playing called ‘Oh Honey’. The band was playing at the Rock and Roll Hotel and public transport was going to take an hour to get there and so we used ‘Uber’ instead of a taxi/ cab as it was cheaper. The Uber ride was roughly 25 minutes and cost us $20 which is certainly cheaper than any taxi! (Especially as it only ended up being $10 each).IMG_6011[1]

Tickets for the show cost $15 so we purchased those and then went inside, only to find out ‘Oh Honey’ wasn’t playing until 10pm. As we weren’t interested in the opening act we decided to get dinner. We ended up at Impala (just across the road from the Rock and Roll hotel) which was a nice little Mexican restaurant. I ordered a steak with fries and vegetables, with a coke. The meal was fantastic and only cost me $17.90. (Something I will definitely miss when I leave the U.S is free refills!)

We headed to the concert at 9.00pm and listened to the opening act ‘Public’ and then obviously the main act ‘Oh Honey’. I had never seen this band before however I had a really good night and I could not recommend them enough !!

We left at midnight after a meet and greet with the band and caught an ‘Uber’ ride back to the hotel. As it was later in the night and rides were in highIMG_5680[1]er demand the total price ended up being $30, and so the two of us split it, spending $15.00 each. The rest of the night I spent with my room mates.

The next morning we got u

p at 8am as the bus was leaving at 9:15am. I got ready as quickly as possible however did not have time for breakfast which was totally disapointing as I was really looking forward to having something from Ihop for the first time.

We departed with our luggage loaded on the bus at 9:15pm and our first stop was the AIR FORCE MEMORIAL. We spent 20 minutes there before being dropped at the National Mall and being given 3 hours of free time. I chose to see the WASHINGTON MONUMENT as well as the HOLOCAUST MUSEUM- both attractions were free.

Before leaving the girls and I got lunch and sat on the grass to eat it. I got McDonalds from a pop up stand as there was nothing else around and this cost me $5.70.

We departed Washington, DC at 2.55pm exactly only making one stop on the way home where I did not purchase anything as I was well and truely broke and wasn’t hungry anyway.

We arrived at 30th street station at 6:40pm and I waited until 7:11pm for my train home to Colmar station where I drove home from.

This trip is well recommended to all au pairs! The cost of the classes and trip in total is $369 which is coverIMG_6004[1]ed by your host family. You make so many friends, irreplaceable memories and have so much fun! Could not recommend it enough!

St Patrick’s Day Parade

As we all know it was just St Patrick’s day and in the past I’ve never been a celebrator for St Patrick’s day its more just bIMG_0829een an excuse to get drunk which is pretty much an Australian tradition no matter the holiday, but this year being in America and everything I thought I’d get into the spirit and attend my first ever St Patrick’s Day parade.

Never the less on Sunday the 15th of March I headed to Philadelphia to watch the parade! Now to paint a little picture for you all, lately the weather has been warming up, and I was staying at a friends on the Saturday night so I didn’t pack my coat because I wanted to pack light. And so on this faithful Sunday morning with a temperature of below 5 degrees Celsius, all I was wearing was leggings, a t-shirt and a denim jacket. I feel safe in my heart in saying, I have never been so cold in my entire life! It was by far the moIMG_0784st painfully, freezing cold I have every experienced!

So anyways, the day was completely amazing! I love meeting new au pairs, there all as crazy as me which is amazing and have the same nerves and fears as me which calms me down and helps me a lot to know that I’m not the only one!   IMG_0729

10 things to know about the Au Pair program to start

Dear future host family and readers!

Welcome to learn about  the Au Pair Program and the Philadelphia and NJ area Go Au Pair’s cluster! Last year, many new families joined the cluster.

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The Au Pair from Philadelphia, Phila Sozombile was chosen as a nominee for Go Au Pair 2013 Au Pair in Excellence Award.aupair excellence

This year, Go Au Pair agency recognized 45 Au Pairs who went above and beyond their job as Au Pairs. Read a press release Au Pairs in Excellence Nomination- Au Pairs stand out. Six families from twenty cluster’s host families nominated their Au Pairs for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award for their excellent work as an Au Pair!  Read Go Au Pair blog about Go Au Pair’s Au Pair in Excellence Winners.

You can find helpful information regarding the Au Pair program in America at j1visa.state.gov website about  J-1 Visa Exchange Visitors Program.Au Pairs

Here is also blog summary of the information links regarding the Au Pair program in America 10 things to know about the Au Pair program to start.

Program Rules

Host Families Requirements for an Au Pair Program

Au Pair Program Cost

Go Au Pair offers many discounts

Save money with Featured Country Au Pairs!

The interview questions

Host Families House Rules.

Different Au Pair programs

Most popular countries Au Pairs come from.

Male Au Pairs or mannies

The Introductory Workshop -Au Pairs First Aid/CPR Co Au Pair

Springtime is a Popular Time to Match!

Go Au Pair Unique Bed and Breakfast Program

Go Au Pair has an unique Bed and Breakfast program.

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The  Bed & Breakfast program offers to Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency the opportunity to find a safe place to sleep for free and have a small breakfast when they are traveling.  Many Host Families and Local Area Representatives joined the Bed and Breakfast program.030613_2124_AuPairstrav4.jpg

Au Pairs can see different parts of  America without paying for expensive hotels. Many areas of the United States have  Bed and Breakfast program participants who volunteer to host an Au Pair in their home.  An Au Pair needs to contact a family at least one month in advance. An Au Pair may not get a private bedroom when she stays in someone’s home, but get  a safe place to spend the night, or more, for free.

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Many Au Pairs choose to travel inexpensively by taking advantage of this program. They usually travel during a 30 day grace period  at the end of the Au Pair program. The grace period takes place at the end of the placement, not between first and second year. Au Pairs are responsible for buying an additional  traveler’s insurance during their 30 days of travel. They are supposed to purchase it as an upgrade from Go Au Pair.Friendship has wings

Keeping kids active and healthy with the Au Pair help.

Here are some ideas what Au pair can do with the host family kids at home instead of watching TV, playing video games or surfing on the computer. You can see summer activities at Go Au Pair blog for amazing list of summer activities.

Summer time brings a lot of opportunities to be active and play outside. And school is out!!!

Here are many activities that Au Pairs can do with the kids outside.

Go to feed fish or birds.kids_feeding_birds

Go camping at at the back yard.
Watch a sunset; watch the sunrise with  kids.
Blow bubbles.
Play hopscotch, hide & seek or freeze-tag.kids playing

Shoot hoops with friends and Au Pair. Play a round of H.O.R.S.E.
Create sidewalk art with chalk.
Au Pair runVisit a park, ride a bike.
Play a game, throw a ball.

Go to the walking trip with picnic.

For more ideas please go to Au Pair Sis pinterest.

Keeping kids active and learning new things.

It is said  that most important lessons in life not learned in classroom:-), but outside of it.

Learning outside a classroom is usually a lot of fun.  Au Pairs have a great opportunity to teach the host family kids about the environment and the local area.

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Here are some learning activities that can help kids learn a new thing when being active.

Learn names of trees and flowers around with a guide book.
Go bird watching and learn the names of local birds.
Take a hike and learn to use a compass.

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Make a trip to the local fire station.
Watch the night sky through the binocular and learn the name of the stars.
Construct a kite and fly it.

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Construct a miniature boat and float it on water.
Investigate the yard with a magnifying glass and learn things that could not see before.
Plant a garden and work in your garden.Au pair kid in the garden

Healthy Active Living Tips- 5, 2, 1, 0 rule.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy life. For most people, adopting healthy behaviors requires a lot of effort. Making healthy lifestyle changes is easier said than done. Even when people are strongly motivated, adopting a new healthy routine can be very difficult. This changes are not easy for kids also. Au Pairs can lead kids to a healthy and active living.healthy food

I’ve recently found an interesting article on healthychildren.org- Healthy Active Living for Families. The author suggests that to lead a healthy active life, families can strive to reach these goals

5 fruits and vegetables a day,
2 hours or less of screen time (TV, computer, video games) per day,
1 hour of physical activity a day, and
0 limit sugar-sweetened drinks.

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Au Pairs definitely can be role models, set a good example, cook healthy meals together with the host family kids, keep kids active and learn new things and  limit all sweetened drinks replacing them with water.

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Au Pairs can plan many family activities and engage  host families kids in fun activities that do not center on television.  For more ideas please go to Au Pair Sis pinterest.

Here are several posts about different activities I am going to post soon.

Screen Time, how to limit it with an Au Pair.

Keeping kids active and learning new things.

Keeping kids active and healthy with the Au Pair help.

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Save money with Featured Country Au Pairs!

Go Au Pair features a country each month.  This month Go Au Pair’s feature country is South Africa. Families who match with an Au Pair from South Africa will receive $100 off the program fees in addition to other discounts available.Au Pair s.africa flag

An Au Pair from South Africa is a great and common choice among Host Families.  Au Pairs from South Africa are taught to be independent from a young age, they grow up quickly and learn to be self-motivated and driven to achieve their goals. They drive from a young age, because of the rural areas here in South Africa, known as Farms. They are social people, love the outdoors, and adore animals, wild life and the ocean.aupairs south africa

American families benefits from South African Au Pairs because they grew up in a country very exposed to western cultures that makes them fit in exceptionally well with American Families, their English skills are very well developed, and South African Au Pairs are able to make the best of every situation and bring positive energy to any household. Read more about South African Au Pairs

I have three Au Pairs from South Africa, all of them are outstanding Au Pairs. This year an Au Pair Phila  from Durbin, S. Africa was nominated by her Host Family from Philadelphia as the Au Pair of the Year for the year of 2012.Phila

In the Au Pair of the Year nomination, Nicole – Host Mom, writes, “Looking back, I know that the day that we matched with Phila was probably one of the luckiest things ever to happen to our family because of the light and love she has brought into our home and for the positive influence she has been on the life and character of my daughters.  As a mother who works very long hours, there is nothing more important in the world to me than to know that, if I can’t be the one to take care of my children during the work week, the person who is taking care of them for me loves them almost as much as I do and is a shining example of grace, courage and character.”Au Pair Phila with her host child

Read more about the amazing experience this family is having with an Au Pair Phila.


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