Follow my dreams

Please read the beginning of my Au Pair adventure.

I finished all my applications and paperwork and became an Au Pair candidate with Go Au Pair. Then it was probably the hardest time because I don’t like to wait! Thanks God, I didn’t wait for that long and after 10 days host families started to contact me and i started to get the interviews on Skype. I worried a lot, read a lot of blogs, watched the videos of another Au Pairs stories.Au Pair from Ukraine 6

I’m very confident person, but by that time I could not help my emotions. I had few interviews with very nice families, it was so funny because some families spoke Russian language, so it was easier for both sides to communicate.

Go Au Pair has a special Mutual Match process which is the best because I can choose my future host family. After 3 weeks I got a few offers and I should choose my future host family.  It was super hard because all of them were very nice and friendly. Then I decided to listen my heart and I  it was the best decision.  I’m so happy and in love with my host family now!Au Pair from Ukraine 7

After few weeks I had to go to American embassy and get my visa.  It’s another hilarious story…lol.  I got J1 Au Pair visa! and in 15 days I came to the USA as an Au Pair with Go Au Pair !!! I’m here so happy and in love with my host family and this beautiful country.

Au Pair from Ukraine 3Oh yeah,Why that French croissants kind of changed my life :1-because if I wasn’t in that place and didn’t find out about this program from Andreev Andrei I wouldn’t be here!Thank you so much for that!Au Pair from Ukraine 1

2-my flights to USA was :Kiev-Paris, Paris-Philadelphia. Again France and yeah I had another couple of croissants in Paris while waiting for my next flight ))

P.S.Never afraid to try something new, always explore, follow your dreams and have some croissants)

Au Pair’s trip to Washington DC

Ophelia’s Diary.

I took the Washington DC Educational Trip class  for the Au Pairs which included three classes and a tour. The final project for the class was designing your own Monument and then we had the tour to Washington DC with Cultural Hi-Ways. I just came back from a two days trip to Washington DC and look forward to sharing about the trip.

Au Pair Philadelphia

I met a lot Au Pairs from different countries, which was so awesome!Au Pair from Go Au pair

There are so many great things to seen DC, two days just too short for us. All my Au Pair friends love DC so much, we don’t want to come back at all.


On Saturday afternoon, we visited the World War ⅡMemorial, the Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial.

Au Pair from Go Au pair

Also, we took a lot pictures at the Capitol Building and White House.aupairs

I always seeing these famous places in TV show.IMG_5268

I am so glad I could see them in person now.Au Pair from Go Au pair

My Au pairs friends and I were just so happy.

Au Pairs from Go Au pair

As we already learnt the history about DC in our class, it helped us enjoy this tour a lot.Au Pair from Go Au pair
On Sunday, we visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Institution.Au Pairs from Go Au pair

I just can’t wait to share more details with you!

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary

Au Pairs can travel to Niagara Falls and earn educational credits.

Cultural Hi-Ways offers an educational tour (earning 45 class hours) to Niagara Falls for  the Au Pairs  who live close to Philadelphia. The  educational trip includes attending 3 classes at Villanova University, Philadelphia and a three-day trip to Niagara Falls.Au Pair in Canada

Niagara Falls are one of the most exciting places in the world.  During the trip au-pairs will  explore one of the most amazing wonders of the nature and learn the history, geography, landmarks, arts and customs of Niagara Falls as well.  The Au Pairs will learn about fascinating cultures and locales through classroom lectures, films, articles and discussions while improving their English comprehension skills. It is a great opportunity to explore one of the most amazing places in the US,  and also make new friends, take hundred of photos and build unforgettable memories.

Class Dates: – SUNDAY August 25, SATURDAY September 7, and SUNDAY September 22, 2013

Tour Dates: – Friday September 27 to Sunday September 29, 2013aupairs niagara trip

After Au Pairs complete the three-day class sessions, they will participate in a weekend tour to Niagara Falls. The cost is $419 (includes classroom sessions + tour + travel to and hotel in Niagara Falls). Au Pairs who completed the course (including the tour) will obtain a CERTIFICATE stating they have earned 45 class hours.

Au Pair Niagara

Enjoy your trip to a beautiful Niagara Falls and complete your education!

My au pair life in the USA

This is the last part, read the first part A great match with a Chinese Au Pair , the second part Waiting for a Chinese Au Pair arrival and the third A Chinese Au Pair story.

The Au Pair from China Hui continue her story.

by the Chinese Au Pair Hui

My sister visited us and spend Chinese new year with us. She is always welcome, kids like her!

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Amazing!We are watching the NBA game live Rockets vs Brooklyn! This is my host dad’s present for us for our birthday!Au Pair Hui China 4

At the beginning, Au pair has a lot of things to figure out, but don’t worry too much, you are not alone!Au Pair Hui China 5

For the new life, I need to figure out a lot of stuff, like open a bank account,  get a social security number, find my classes, get a driving license…my host family help me a lot. Right now I got my driver license. And I’m taking a fine arts classes and  English class. I really enjoy my classes and enjoy everything here. Thanks!

My last words:  The kids love Hui, Gregory gave Hui the offer to continue with the family for another year. Hui is always busy taking care of the kids, teaching them and having fun together. The kids love Hui, she became the big sister and the family member.

Also, Gregory and kids have become a great family for Hui, they help her to adjust to the life here, to improve her English, they include her in all activities. Gregory helped Hui to start driving in the USA.  An iPad 5, Gregory’s present Hui when she arrived in the US,  became one of her favorite things. Gregory and kids are always ready the help Hui and her twin sister.

A Chinese Au Pair story.

This is the third part, read the first part A great match with a Chinese Au Pair and the second part Waiting for a Chinese Au Pair arrival.

The Au Pair from China Hui is sharing her story after being an Au Pair 7 months in the USA with a single father Gregory and his two kids.

By the Au Pair Hui.

Time goes by so fast, it is already half of the year since I came here. I still remember after Au Pair training, in New York,  my host dad drove me from New York home. We got home and waited kids from a school bus. That was my first time really see them.

They really look more cute and beautiful than on Skype : ) !Look, Nina almost as same tall as me.

Au Pair Hui

Awesome! This is my first time for Halloween!

Au Pair Hui China.

They were writing Chinese calligraphy. Every Sunday we go Chinese school together, and I also help the kids learn Chinese at home.Au Pair Hui China3

Do something funny. Ha, Ha, Ha!Au Pair Hui China7

They like dumping so much! We tried to make dumping by ourselves. We were successful! They look great and delicious,  right?Au Pair Hui China 8

My host dad always drives me to the station while I go to visit my sister. Every time he and kids wait for the train with me and until I get on the train.Au Pair Hui China2

Waiting for a Chinese Au Pair arrival.

This is the second part, read the first part A great match with a Chinese Au Pair.
In July 2012,  a single father with two kids, Gregory invited an Au Pair from China to join his family. The children stayed with his grandparents during the summer. Gregory was very busy preparing for a new life.  Several weeks later, by the time school started,  the new Au Pair Hui arrived to the US.


Chinese Au Pair with kids

I would say that Gregory’s family and Hui are a great match.  Hui has a very caring personality and she bonded with her host children quickly. As a Local Area Representative, I noticed right away that Hui is a great addition to Gregory’s family.

Chinese Au Pair life

The Au Pair  Hui has a lovely personality and a beautiful smile.  She has many talents, and is always ready to help without asking. She likes traveling and taking many great photos.  Hui has made a lot of friends.


Hui is very intelligent, attentive and caring person.  She is also a modest person, very nice to others and puts others before her.  Hui became a big sister, a caring family member and the kids will remember her forever.

Chinese Au Pair, children.

During our meeting, the eight year old Henry came close to me and shared that Hui is a very good Au Pair. I believe him.

Stay tuned for a new entry A Chinese Au Pair Hui story.

Au Pairs traveling and studying


Cultural Hi-Ways gives Au Pairs an opportunity to study and travel. 99% of Cultural Hi-Ways’ guests are Au Pairs. Au Pairs can sign up to join any of the weekend tours and have a great time.

Cultural Hi-Ways is a partner with the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), it means that Au Pairs can add an educational element to their weekend tours.  Au Pairs can earn educational credit in a fun, creative environment. They can study in the classroom then learn from personal experience by visiting the destination you have studied! 

Included in the tuition price:

  • 2 or 3 classroom sessions (depending on the course you choose to sign up for) held at Villanova University, in the Philadelphia area
  • A weekend tour to the destination studied – provided by Cultural Hi-Ways
  • Upon successful completion of the classroom sessions, homework assignments and the tour, a certificate of completion will be awarded for either 3.5 CEU’s (35 hours) or 4.5 CEU’s (45 hours).  The number of hours/CEU’s earned will depend on the course you sign up for

If Au Pairs need to earn educational credit, they can select course listings at BMCC website , (under Personal Development select Learning Across America) and sign up for one of the Learning Across America courses offered in Philadelphia. If they don’t need to earn education but would like a fun weekend away with a great group of au pairs, they can sign up for just the tour on the Cultural Hi-Ways website

Upcoming courses/tours available to Philadelphia Au Pairs:

Montreal, Canada

May 9-12, 2013
Tuition Price paid to BMCC (tour is included): $469
First class begins Sunday, March 17
Tour only price if you don’t need education (sign up on the Cultural Hi-Ways website) $329

Niagara Falls

June 14-16, 2013
First class begins Sunday, April 28

Tuition Price paid to BMCC (tour is included): $419
Tour only price if you don’t need education (sign up on the Cultural Hi-Ways website): $279

Au Pairs and winter colds.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that Americans catch one billion colds per year and as many as 20% of Americans get the flu. Moreover, 7 in 10 Americans use over-the-counter medicines to treat cold, cough and flu symptoms.

Many Au Pairs become sick when they are taking care of sick kids. I advise my Au-Pairs to get a flu shot at a local pharmacy before the flu season,  preferably in the fall. Aupair flushot

All Au Pairs have travel insurance that is designed for emergency situations. Using the Au Pair insurance for non-emergency situation,  may cost an Au Pair more than paying with cash.  Au Pair’s insurance covers just a part of the care which often depends on many factors.

aupair with flu

If you have cold symptoms, you can always ask a pharmacist for an advice. Pharmacists are trained experts in the use of medicines. The pharmacist can also recommend when you should see a physician or seek other medical care based on your symptoms.  Many Walgreens take care clinics and CVS minute clinics in Philadelphia open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and on weekends from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, where everyone can get treatment without appointment and get the medication right away.

Aupair having flu

Always ask about the cost of the treatment  before scheduling an appointment. Some doctors offer discounts for patients without comprehensive insurance.  If you find that you need medical help constantly, you can upgrade your insurance policy anytime and I can help you with it. Read more about what Au Pair can do if illness strikes.Au-Pair Flu-Season

If you have a cold, you can care for yourself by using some traditional methods, drinking warm beverages like tea and hot apple cider, wrapped in a quilt or wearing a warm pajamas and socks after a steaming hot bath or shower, and getting rest.

Prevention off illness is always the best remedy.

Read about 7 tips to avoid a flu.

7 ways to avoid the flu for the Au Pairs

Many Au Pairs become sick every year. Here are some of my favorite tips for  flu prevention.

Get a flu shot. Go to Target, CVS, Walgreens, or your local health clinic to get a flu shot. One of the best first-lines of defense from flu is to have a flu shot, preferably in the fall.Au Pair flu shot

Wear warm clothes. I noticed that many Au Pairs who came from “warm” countries, don’t wear appropriate cold weather clothes and boots. Wearing warm coats and boots keep our immune system stay strong.

Shady brook

Eat fruits and vegetables – A Berlin 2011 study reports that a dietary supplement from fruits and vegetables provided a “20% reduction of moderate or severe common cold symptom days.” Eat garlic and onions. Garlic is also known as Russian Penicillin. Eat orange, red and yellow bell peppers, slice them up and eat them as snacks all the time. They are loaded with vitamin C and other vitamins.

healthy food

Take Vitamins and supplements – Colds and flu strike harder in winter because limited sunlight deprives us of Vitamin D and other vitamins and supplements. Kids usually take vitamins, buy some vitamins and take them too. Vitamin D also can be found in fortified milk and orange juice, fatty fish, and other food products.Au pair fighting Flu

Drink a lot of water – drink, drink, drink. Keep your body hydrated with 8-10 glasses of H2O daily.  Water strengthens the immune system by transporting oxygen to cells, moving nutrients to our tissues and organs, and flushing out toxic impurities.Au-pair drinking-water

Wash your and kids hand and  don’t infect your face.  Wash your hands frequently, make sure the children you care for wash theirs, carry a bag of clean tissues and use a hand sanitizer.  Do this especially before and after cooking, school pickups, and visits to crowded places. Our eyes are the most susceptible at absorbing viral particles, shut your eyes and move quickly away if someone sneezes or coughs near you.  Don’t touch your face.

Au Pair Wash-Your-Hands

Walk and play in the sun. Walk , run or play with kids outside especially when bright sunshine glance through the winter. Solar radiation in sunshine delivers flu-and-cold-combating Vitamin A to our bodies and make as strong and feel happy.

Au Pair new year

Au Pair’s trip to Washington DC

Cultural Hi-Ways offers educational tour( earning 35 class hours) to Washington DC for Au Pairs that includes attending 2 classes in Philadelphia and the trip to Washington DC.

Class Dates:Sunday, February 24 & Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Villanova University. The aupairs will learn about American culture through classroom lectures, films, articles and discussions while improving their English comprehension skills.

After Au Pairs complete  two day class session, they will join a weekend tour to Washington, DC

Tour days: March 23-24, 2013 During the trip au-pairs will learn the history, landmarks, arts and customs of Washington, DC , make new friends, take hundred of photos and explore new places. In the journey Au Pairs will visit the Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial and World War II Memorial, stop to see the Capitol Building and White House and many other interesting places.
The cost is $319 (includes classes & the tour)white-house-lg

Au Pairs who completed the course (including the tour) will obtain a CERTIFICATE stating they have earned 35 class hours.

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