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.

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!

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

The Au Pair Mission

The Au Pair Mission is to provide quality childcare for American families while participating in cultural exchange. The program is regulated by the U.S. Department of State and promotes international understanding and cultural exchange.

According to Go Au Pair agency,”The Au Pair Program is an amazing opportunity to introduce a cultural childcare experience. ” The Au Pair Mission is to

Provide quality childcare

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Enrich the lives of American childrenfaicepainting with au pair AndreaActively participate as a member of the familyIMG_2569Be an ambassador of their home country at Penn MuseumShare their Au Pair experience after leaving the USAu pair and kids

Enhance their own lives through the Au Pair experienceGo Au Pair Team

Au Pairs represent their home countries and are eager to share their culture, traditions and create lasting friendship throughout the program year. The Au Pair Mission is to enhance understanding and improve the way to communicate with people of different countries through cultural exchange.

Merry Christmas!

Ho-Ho-Ho!

Merry Christmas to all of the Au Pairs and our LAR’S.

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Ok, the beginning was a little cheesy, but come on, what would Christmas be without any Ho-Ho-Ho’s?!

I hope each and everyone of you had a lovely day with your host families. I know this holiday is difficult without your friends and families around you. I for one was on Skype with my parents for 3 hours this morning. I’m was never away from home, and now being with a different family was different, but just as fun!

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The one thing I really enjoyed about this Christmas was the children’s faces when they were opening their gifts. I’ve never seen so much love and excitement in one room. It makes me wish that I could be a child again. Am I right that most Au Pairs feel that way?

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Oh, and guess what my gift was from my awesome host family… Suitcases!! Yeah, exactly what I needed! (In case you don’t know why I’m so excited about my gift, read it here.)

I’ll leave you with my favorite Christmas quote:  “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”  ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Welcome, Stacy!

Anastasia Molchanova or Stacy (22) is a new Au Pair from Ukraine that joined our cluster a month ago. Thanks to Au Pair Monica from Colombia that volunteered to be her buddy.

Au Pair from Ukraine

Stacy graduated from the Medical University in Ukraine and her brother is currently a high school student in the US. She loves being a big sister and she enjoyed helping her mom raise her little brother.

 ”I always liked to be with children, any other work does not bring me so much satisfaction. So I decided to be a doctor/pediatrician in the future. I volunteered in a baby house, where I looked after the children, helped nurses with babies’ examination, and played developing games with children.”

Au Pair from Ukraine  with her brother

Stacy also wants to be an Au Pair so that she could improve her English and meet new people. A better knowledge of English will allow her to improve and develop faster as a pediatrician.

Stacy’s hobbies include traveling, doing sports like skating, swimming, running, dancing and she enjoys cooking.

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Stacy describes herself as patient, goal-oriented and reliable. She would like to visit China, Argentina and India.

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I hope that you will have a great time here as an Au Pair Stacy and also that you will be a great pediatrician in the future :)

Autism speaks- the puzzle pieces

The puzzle piece represents Autism and was designed to raise awareness about autism. autism1I think the puzzle also symbolizes our community, and the pieces symbolize the people who get together and piece by piece create the unity and support.autism and au pair
Many Au Pairs from Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ joined Go Au Pair Team and helped fundraise for Autism Speaks.  Together we can do a lot of good things.Au Pair volunteering at Bucks CountyAu Pairs from our Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster came from many countries and they are much more than just nannies. They are young, active, love children and want to change the future of the kids, this time the future of the kids who struggle with Autism.Au pair team in Bucks CountyThe team hosted three fundraising events for Autism Speaks in Philadelphia, Langhorne and New Hope and raised more than$700.Au Pairs team.Volunteering for Autism Speaks is a special opportunity to make a difference in kids life. That is also a life changing experience for the Au Pairs. Go Au Pair agency helps their Au Pairs have the best cultural exchange experience during the Au Pair program.autism-puzzleMany Au Pairs may become ambassadors when return back home. They spread their experience of volunteering and all together we may solve the Puzzle of Autism.

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