A farewell to an outstanding au pair Yuhan Zhao, or Max.

Our amazing  au-pair from China, Max, is going home soon. But Max believes, she has spent a great year in the USA as an au-pair and wants to share her experience with all of us!13348714_271798103168422_44036816_n

This is what Max says:

‘Time past quickly! Being Au Pair is one of the most precious experiences in my life. My host parents Laura, Bill and my 3 brothers give me lots of love!I love them more than I can say!

The deepest impression place I traveled is Niagara Falls. That’s an amazing and fancy place! For me, it’s the gift of the nature! You should be there!

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During my work day,after work sometimes I go for a walk and have dinner with my friend! And I go to karaoke or go to Chinatown to eat food with my friends on the weekend! Also sometimes I go to New York ,Washington, DC., Atlantic city have fun with my friends!

I enjoyed every au-pair events with our Local Area Representative Polina, with my host parents and the other au-pairs from all around the world! I hope we can have different au-pair events before I leave.

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The most unforgettable experience in the United States is the holiday like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. When Thanksgiving we ate a lot of delicious food and do pray that this is a very unforgettable experience in my life. I’ve got a lot of gifts and saw a lot of beautiful decoration at Christmas…

The Au Pair program helped me learn to be independent, patient, also let me have a very unforgettable experience of American life.

This is a very rare experience I would like to recommend to my friends.Hope that more and more people join  au-pair.Wish everyone to be happy every day!’

Time to say good-bye to a flawless Colombian au pair Lorena

Days go by very quickly, and, unfortunately, it’s about time to say good-bye to a great au-pair from Columbia Lorena Andrea Lopez Nieto.  We asked her some questions to get to know about her experience as an au-pair in the USA better.

Do you like your Au Pair experience with Go Au Pair? 1. Yes, I like because thanks to Go Au Pair I have a great host family.

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What places you visited you like the most? 2. I visited the art museum , the Philadelphia zoo, The wax museum in New York, New Jersey but my favorite place was North Carolina when I went at the beach on Hilton Head Island in North Carolina, it was the vacation with my host family.

What do you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? 3.I liked the different customs , culture and food .

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? 4. I learned the family is the most important and also we should value the little things.

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How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? 5. This experience is the best in my life because I learned so much from a strong and braver woman who adopted 5 amazing children .

What are new things you experienced?  6. That was something different to my real family but I have enjoying all their traditions and I feel great with them . I took the train alone without speaking English very well, I went to the beach for the first time here , I tried some the seafood like oysters, octopus .

What is your favorite Au Pair meeting?  7. My favorite meeting was last Christmas.

Would you recommend being an au pair to others? 8. Of course, it’s really amazing my experience here, we learn a lot being Au Pair so this gives us lessons to our life.

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Thank you for your answers, Lorena, have a safe trip home and share your wonderful au-pair experience!:)

A farewell to a wonderful au pair Maria Paula

Being an au-pair is a great experience, involving a lot of fun, but unfortunately there is a time for every au pair to say goodbye to her/his host family and friends…

A great au pair from Mexico, Maria Paula, is leaving soon – June, 16.

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But before she leaves, we asked her a couple of questions.

  1. Do you like your Au Pair experience with Go Au Pair? – Yes, this experience has been nice and I met amazing people, friends and a new family.
  2. What places you visited you like the most? –  I went to a lot of places but definitely New York, that’s always been my favorite place, but I liked DC, and Annapolis too.
  1. What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? –  With my Mexican friends, that was my favorite part of the week, going shopping, traveling or just laying watching Netflix with them.
  2. What do you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? –  It is a safe place to be in another country, the best way to find a new family and to learn more about yourself.
  3. What has been your best experience living in the US? –  Everything I lived here, was a good experience, I don’t regret anything and I enjoyed every moment, but one of my favorites is when my parents came to visit me!
  4. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you?  – That I am not ready to be mother lol!! I learned a lot about myself, a lot of stuff that I am able to do and I didn’t know it before, I learned to be patient, I learned tolerance and get used to things that I wasn’t used to.

What are new things you experienced? –  My cooking skills got way better, college and be away from home.

How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? –  It was different, but it was awesome, I was lucky to have a good family and it will be hard to say goodbye.

What is your favorite Au Pair meeting? –  The laser tag one, Polina chose a good place, we had a lot of fun and it was cool.

Would you recommend being an au pair to others?  – If they want to have the best experience, yes!!

What are your wishes to your friends, cluster, LAR and Go Au Pair?  – I hope my Au pairs friends have a good experience like mine, that they enjoy and learn a lot, I hope Polina continues being the LAR because she is the best!!!

Maria Paula, thanks for sharing with us and we wish you to have a good safe flight back home and always keep in touch with us – friends from  your Philadelphia cluster.

 

 

 

Ukrainian au pair: the background story and more

Hi, guys! I’m Tania, an au-pair from a beautiful and green country, situated in the heart of Europe – Ukraine. I have a great opportunity to interview new au-pairs from all over the world, joining our Philadelphia cluster! I’m so excited! But let me tell you a little bit about myself, my interests and my motherland.

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If you ever have a chance to travel to Europe, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Ukraine. You’ll never regret it, first of all, because of the really hospitable and open-hearted people, who are polite and ready to help the foreigners. Ukrainians are famous for their welcoming and friendly attitude to everyone.

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Secondly, the cuisine. I cannot even explain how delicious our national dish, called borsch is, just try it and you’ll understand what I mean:)  Borsch is a tasty combination of all the possible vegetables : potatoes, cabbage, beets, carrots, onions, mushrooms, peppers plus some sour cream, meat if you want, parsnip, basil and dill. My mom calls borsch ‘a delicious source of beauty and youth’, and I completely agree with her. Also there are such famous Ukrainian dishes as  varenyky (boiled dumplings with mushrooms, potatoes, cottage cheese, cherries or berries), nalysniky (pancakes with cottage cheese, poppy seeds, mushrooms, caviar or meat) and many many more. Next time we have a picnic together, I’m going to bring one of these amazing Ukrainian national dishes, promise:)

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My country is famous for its beautiful and truly relaxing nature as well as interesting culture, lots of customs and traditions. There are many interesting places to visit, so if you plan going to Ukraine, let me know and I will share the valuable information about all the great sights with you)

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Speaking about myself,well, back in Ukraine I used to be a teacher of English, I really loved it and still do. Now I’m trying to learn Spanish and want to thank my awesome au-pair friends Gene and Kathy for their help and endless patience:)They speak Spanish fluently and help me to get to the same level. You’re the best, bonitas amigas!  My hobbies are reading, cooking  (with my host mom’s support I learn a new recipe every week), playing tennis and spending time with my pets.I like doing different activities with my host kid, especially trying doing something new and exciting.  By the way, I’m really lucky to enjoy the company of my host family’s enormously cute cat, called Thor. Playing with him and petting him is the best thing in the world:)

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I also enjoy traveling, exploring new cultures and making new friends. So, I believe, interviewing new au-pairs will be a great experience as well as a lot of fun for me!

Please feel free to ask me any questions about Ukraine, my interests and hobbies, au-pair life or just anything which may come to your mind. I will be happy if you share some information about your countries, national dishes, traditions too!

 

 

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!

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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!

Unique Benefits Go Au Pair Agency Provides for the Au Pairs.

Go Au Pair agency provides many unique benefits for the Au Pairs. The agency believes that happy Au Pairs will bring a satisfied and comprehensive childcare to the families.10421163_558553510943995_935517026312827935_n
The Au Pair Sis Program, Bed and Breakfast program and an Au Pair Success Coordinator’s assistance, help the Au Pairs learn more about the Au Pair program and get constant support during their program year. That assistance prevents many issues like homesickness, rematches and others.

Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair are friends with Au Pair Sis and with her help they are all connected on Facebook. There are many interesting information and activities posted daily on Au Pair Sis Facebook for the Au Pairs. Au Pair SisJanine, the Local Area Representative for the New Jersey Au Pairs,  is a real person, a big Sister to many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair.  The Au Pair Sis has hundreds of friends and thousands” likes” on Facebook.

Janine has very informative Au Pair Sis blog on the Go Au Pair website.  Janine answers many personal questions and the questions about the Au Pair program and helps Au Pairs learn about American culture.Au Pair internatioanl
The Au Pair Sis constantly helps the Au Pairs to adjust to a new culture. A new Au Pair can contact Au Pair Sis, and  Au Pair even before his/her arriving in the US. A new Au Pair also can prepare for the program and find the answers to their questions by watching many videos about Au Pair experience and cultural différence.Au Pairs from Go Au Pair 7

The unique programs connect new Au Pairs with other Au Pairs in the program and in the area, support them during their Au Pair year and help them to succeed.

A Local Area Representative keeps consistent communication with Au Pairs and helps them to get the best experience using unique benefits Go Au Pair agency provides for the Au Pairs.

Unique Benefits a Go Au Pair LAR offers

A Local Area Representative (LAR) helps local families during their program. The Local Representative assists a host family and Au Pair with any questions related to Go Au Pair services. However, there are much more.Welcome to go au pair Please learn about unique benefits the Philadelphia and NJ area Go Au Pair’s cluster!  Here are some of them:

  • Contacting a new  Au Pair as soon as her visa been approved
  • Welcoming new Au Pairs on facebook (FB)
  • Inviting new Au Pairs to the closed group on facebook
  • Interviewing new Au Pairs
  • Au Pairs Buddy program
  • Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog
  • Valuable cluster traditions
  • Interesting cultural exchange activities.
  • Volunteering with friends
  • Cluster’s Au Pairs blogging and sharing their experience
  • LAR mentoring and counseling which prevents many issues.aupair excellence
We had another successful year and many happy families and Au Pairs. The Philadelphia and NJ cluster has doubled, and many families from this cluster nominated their Au Pairs for the “Au Pair of the Year Award 2014″.
The agency believes that happy Au Pairs are the driving force behind happy kids and families.Joyce (3)

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.

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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!

Celebration a legacy of international friendship.

Please join us on Saturday, April 18th, 2015,  at 11:30 AM for the Au Pair’s cultural event and The International Spring Festival If you want to learn about the Au Pair program and meet the Au Pairs from around the world and their host families, see the unique Parade of Nations and a Fashion Show, worldwide musical and dance performances, and taste amazing food, you should be there.Au Pairs celebration at penn museum

We are looking forward to celebrating the return of Spring, a legacy of international friendship and cultural exchange through music, food and the performing arts. The International Spring Festival brings together people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and promotes friendship.

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The International Spring Festival is the largest diversity event in Pennsylvania. The Festival combines international foods, music, entertainment, a Health Fair, a Fashion Show and tons of children’s activities. There will be a lot of international performances: Classical Indian Dances, Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi, Mexican Dance, African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Chinese Dance and Music, Philippino Dance, and Korean Classical Dance.

It is a Festival of Life, Spring and Friendship. Come join Go Au Pair Team!

 

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

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