Halloween in the US. Cultural differences.

Hey guys, It is Mariia, Ukrainian au pair again. It is my second Au Pair year in Bucks County, PA with my awesome host family I want to share with you today about my Au Pair experience and cultural differences.

Happy Autumn and enjoy the magic of this beautiful season! Fall in the US has two my favorite holidays – the first one is Halloween and the second one is Thanksgivings.  Thanksgiving dinner get together is very important for everyone here.Au Pair from Ukraine Maria 1

So let’s start from Halloween. For me as a person who came from Europe (Ukraine)  Halloween is supposed to be the scariest day of the year. So you have to look as scary as possible. Your costume, your make up  and even a hair style should be very scary. So my expectation about Halloween was really wrong.

For American Halloween is a big exciting day.   Here, in the US,  you  don’t need to be scary and you don’t really need a special make up. It is just a day for dressed up. More like a carnival.

Kids in costumes go from house-to-house asking for treats with the phrase “Trick or treat” and American are happily waiting for kids to give them the sweets.  There are many people outside dressed up. Almost every single house decorate nicely and it’s just cool to watch while you drive at night.  It makes me feel really special and I like it!  Kids are getting as much candies as possible and enjoying  their”treat or tricks” adventure.

Happy Halloween  “Щасливого Хелоуіну”,  Trick-or-Treat “Пригощай або пошкодуєш” 🙂  and you are ready to celebrate Halloween in Ukraine!

 

 

 

 

 

Au Pair education experience in the US

Hi, It is Maria, Au Pair from Bucks County, PA. You may read already that I recently joined  the Au Pair program and I always dream to visit NY . My American education experience also relates to NY.
Au Pair program gives the Au Pairs great opportunities to study in a real american  college and explore American culture! I chose to take my first course as two classes in the college with a trip to New York!  I took two Sundays classes at Peirce college in Philadelphia already. The 3rd Sunday will be the final trip to the Big Apple! I  had very lovely time during my classes, met a lot of new friends from all around the world, learned more about a history of New York.Au Pair classes 1

I had fun with my home work and did absolutely great job with my final project about New York Fashion Week!Au Pair classes 4

The classes were a little long. It took long hours but you don’t really pay attention when you have a great time.Au Pair classes 3

We had a lot of interesting activities, lovely lunch time, watched great American shows, found out about a lot of secret places of NY that I will definitely visit them in future!Au Pair classes 2

Our teacher was great!He was joking  and telling us the stories about a real New Yorker’s life style. It was fun! I was happy to feel like a student again.Au Pair classes

Now I’m looking forward to go to many amazing places in NY next Sunday with very lovely company!

P.S. Enjoy your time to be an au pair and it’s never late to learn something new!❤️  Best regards, Mariia from Ukraine.

Welcome to our great cluster Ana Maria!

October just started and I have great news for you all!!!! Ana Maria is join us, she is 23 years old and she is from Colombia! Ana is so happy to be part of our amazing team! Lets see more about this incredible woman:

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Ana wants to be an Au Pair because she loves her experience with children, either as a teacher or as a nanny. She also mentioned that children are amazing since they are all the time full of energy and ready to play! That’s awesome!

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Anita knows that kids need an example to follow and she would like to be the example for her host kids!She considers that being an Au Pair is also a great opportunity to improve her English and at the same time save some money. That’s great!

“This last month I had the opportunity to meet New York City for the first time, It was amazing”

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Ana loves to travel, to write and to visit museums , further more she enjoy spending time with her friends!she would like to visit the Grand Canyon, San Francisco and natural places in the US! I am sure you will have enough time to travel around this gorgeous country.
“I know, it might sound corny, but if I could wish something I would wish happiness for everyone, I care a lot about people around me so, if everybody its happy I would too”
Ana Maria, welcome once again to this incredible team! This is just a little bit about this interesting woman and if you are interested to know about her, do not doubt to talk to Ana. I am sure she will be glade to talk to you all!

 

 

 

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.

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-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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 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.

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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!:)

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