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. ♥


Very happy to have you in our Philadelphia cluster, Valentine from France!

I bet not only me but everyone in our Philadelphia au pair cluster is super excites to meet a new au pair from France Valentine!

We are glad you joined us, Valentine, and personally I have a lot of questions about France, the French language, cuisine and culture – it’s all so interesting! And of course, I hope Valentine’s experience with  Go Au Pair will be really great and unforgettable.

Why do you want to be an Au Pair? I’d like to be an au pair because I love taking care of children, I want to discover and find a job which makes me happy and I think that this opportunity happens once in your life. Plus, I enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds, cultures, who speak different languages and I also like to face new challenges and gain some perspective about my own life when I’m in another country. Also, travelling helps you to make friends and beautiful memories, it’s something really important for me.

-What are your hobbies and interests? During my free time, I like doing sports like volley-ball or a quick running. I am really interested in reading books and in current events. –

What was the best event happening during last month? I had my diploma yay! –

What 3 adjectives best describe you? Kind, happy and faithful.

-If you had one wish what would it be? I would choose a prettier world in which people love each other and are respectful, gentle and calm.


-What place would you like to visit? Probably Seattle.

Thanks for sharing with us, Valentineand I believe, you can make this world a better place in which people treat each other with respect and love in your host family and among your friends! Good luck in this:)

Hope to see you soon at our next  and to get to know you better!


Welcome to the cluster, Moriana!

Great news this week – an awesome new au-pair from Argentine Moriana Aparicio is joining our friendly Philadelphia cluster! We are very happy to have you in our au-pair family, Moriana, glad you came!

Here is our little interview with Moriana, of course it’s not all the information about her, so we’re really looking forward to meeting you in person and find out more:)

Why do you want to be an Au Pair? I want to be Au pair because I think it’s a way to know the culture of the United States, to exchange culture with family, learn about the country, work, study and meet new friends. To teach my family about my life in Argentina too, my habits my lifestyle.

What three adjectives best describe you? It is difficult to answer this question haha, if I have to choose three adjectives I think Friendly; Funny and Reliable.

What place would you like to visit? I would like to know the Grand Canyon, Disney, Chicago, California, Washington, New York and Philadelphia … of course.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? I think Saturday is a day to spend with good people and the best way. With family or friends, always in the best way possible. 5-What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? I consider good at two

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? I consider good at two things. In sports, I like to the run (I can not be a day without running out haha) go to the gym, swimming, volleyball. And on issues on “Education” I think it is fundamental to our society and to build a better future.


Moriana, we hope your au-pair year will be unforgettable and you’ll love every minute of it! See you soon at one of our cluster meetings!


Saying goodbye to an amazing au pair Lisa Jean Cloete

It’s always difficult to say good-bye, especially to really friendly, kind,fun and flawless au pair from South Africa Lisa Jean Cloete.


We hope Lisa’s au pair experience was awesome, and she will take only the best warm memories home to South Africa! But before she leaves, we would like to share her opinion about her au pair year with all of you. Here is what Lisa said :

“My experience with Go Au pair was very good, no real complaints everyone was helpful from every department.

I Loved Niagara falls and Poconos family beach house, also enjoyed Atlantic City NJ. Usually I loves spending my free time by hanging with my friends especially the ones I met in Connecticut as we would do bonfires and they showed me everything enjoyable:) I also loved spending time making new friends or meet ups with Au pairs. If I stayed home I loved NETFLIX who doesn’t lol.

I loved the experience of meeting different people from different cultures. Our Philadelphia au pair  cluster was triple the size if not more than my previous cluster. So was nice meeting all the ladies and gents. Definitely a big group of South Africans felt like home lol.  My best experience living in the US? I loved doing the travel courses like Niagara Falls etc meeting other Au pairs at courses and making new friends. I loved the feeling of being on the campus.


My au pair experience taught me to have lots of patience but I knew that coming into this that I would need that and to be very independent. I loved this experience, Love the culture and small traditions that American families have. Love the BBQ and learning to do a BBQ etc.  I learnt to shovel snow and a lot of it, I learnt how to BBQ and how to paddle board and Kayaking.

My favorite Au pair meeting was the Christmas party as we all came together did the secret Santa and made yummy dishes from our countries. Plus most of the group was there that day, so met a whole lot of new faces.  I would recommend being an au pair but I recommend it to people that are at least 21 and up so they have more childcare experience and have some driving experience which you need.  I hope all the Au pairs in the cluster and Polina have a lovely year further and may you all have some fun meetings ahead. Don’t forget to have fun and travel. Go Au pair keep up the great work. Thank you all for being amazing xoxo” LISA


Have a safe trip back home, Lisa, and thanks a lot for sharing with us!


Welcome to the cluster, Bianka!

Our Philadelphia au-pair cluster is always happy to welcome new amazing au-pairs from all over the world! This week we are very excited for the arrival of Bianka Munkás from Hungary!


Bianka is crazy about books and reading. She likes to broaden her knowledge and learn something new. In her free time she usually does yoga, watches movies, especially horror, drama or fantasy. Bianka spends a lot of time with her little brother and friends of course: they like to ride a bike or just sit down somewhere in the nature while eating and chatting.


Bianka is affectionate, brave, self-conscious so she can completely enjoy every bit of life. She loves animals, nature and the human body. She’s interested in blood, birth and death, which others find odd. She actually takes interest in human feelings,relationships (between mother and child for example), non-verbal behavior. She’s supersensitive, so she can understand people, their reactions that’s why she can give them advice or a shoulder to cry on if it’s needed. Plus, she can solve problems and find the best solution. She doesn’t have plans what to visit and she’s open for everything. Bianka likes the programes with adrenalin and nature.


Bianka, we wish you to experience an unforgettable year as an au-pair and enjoy every moment of it! Hope to met you soon at one of our Philadelphia cluster meetings!

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!


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.


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 Colombia 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


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:)


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 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 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 pair eatingTaste the world and inspire others to get out and have new experiences. The cultural exchange tests so good!

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