Being an Au Pair buddy is a special honor.

Many new Au Pairs will join the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster in January and February 2017, so the cluster Au Pairs are looking forward to being a buddy and sharing their experience with them.

The Au Pair Buddy program started in March 2014 and since that time each new Au Pair from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster had an Au Pair Buddy- a supportive  friend.Go Au Pair Team

I asked Au Pair from Germany Cosima why she wanted to be a buddy and she said “Because I know that it’s important to have a helping hand in the beginning. Everything is new to you and you feel kind of lost at some point. And then it’s great to have a person who’s there for you. I’m happy to be that person! And on top it’s an awesome way to gain new friends!”

Au Pairs have tons of things in common and a lot of experiences that they can share. The buddy shows the area around, introduce the new Au Pair to her friends and have fun together.  The buddy can listen the stories and concerns, understand the feelings and worries and give a piece of advice

Thank you to the new buddies
Au Pair from S. Africa Marco for choosing to be a buddy to Maria Jose Gaspar, Au Pair from Peru, who will live in Philadelphia PA

Au Pair from Ecuador Kathy for choosing to be a buddy to Karen Alejandra Tapia Mosquera, Au Pair from Ecuador, who will live in Yardley, Bucks County, PA.

Au Pair from China Christine for choosing to be a buddy to Au Pair Yushan Sun or Catherine, Au Pair from China, who will live in Philadelphia PA

Au Pair from Colombia Lorena and Au Pair from Argentina Juli for choosing to be a buddy to Evelyn Garcia Diaz, Au Pair from Colombia, who will live in Merion Station, PA

Au Pair from Hungary Bianka for choosing to be a buddy to Ana Jazmin Pinzon Merchan, Au Pair from Colombia, who will live in Glenside, PA

 Au Pair from S. Africa Lashey for choosing to be a buddy to Daniela Para Rodrigues, Au Pair  from Colombia, who will live in Philadelphia, PA

Au Pair from France Valentine for choosing to be a buddy to Nadia Souza, Au Pair from Brazil, who will live in New Hope, Bucks County, PA

Being an Au Pair buddy is a special honor.

Thank you, buddies, welcome, new Au Pairs!

Welcome Alina in the cluster!

Alina, 22 year old Au Pair from China, will join the Philadelphia and Bucks County Go Au Pair cluster this month. Enjoy reading about Alina Jiang! 

She wants to have some different experiences and likes to do something new and out of the ordinary. That’s why she wanted to be an au pair. She looks forward to making friends from different countries. She likes spending her Saturday with friends. They can cook different kind of food and round together to chat. She really enjoys it.

She also really likes to stay with the children – they are very innocent, creative and make her happy.Being an au pair is a good way to study different way of education. It can help her to be a good mother in the future. She thinks that’s another reason to join this program.

She is an easy-going and well-disposed person. She likes cooking. swimming and drawing on her free time. Actually, there are many things I wants to try: hiking, riding bikes ,camping, kayaking , white water rafting , rock climbing. She would like to make a list and start checking it off everytime she does something she likes. She hopes, she can travel around  America.

I hope, that Alina will like here! Our cluster is amazing! ♥

Christmas holidays with a host family and friends.

The Holiday season and 2017 year is almost here. Happy holidays

This year the biggest and favorite cluster event – a Holiday Party with a gift exchange will be on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant. The restaurant locates at Peddler’s Village, 5750 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA 18938.  After the party, we will explore Peddler’s Village which turns into a beautiful Christmas VillageDSC_0169

Christmas  is a great opportunity for cultural exchange. Christmas holidays with a host family and your new friends bring a lot of fun!  Many Au Pairs have a great holiday memories. Juliana, Au Pair from Brazil, enjoyed an amazing Christmas and New Year with their Host Families!

Ophelia, Au Pair from China, had her first Christmas in the US with Ice and Snow! Lilla, Au Pair from Hungary, liked  her first Christmas party  in the US with new friends. Aline, Au Pair from Brazil, was very happy to join a  Christmas party  with the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia .2015 Au Pair party

Aline loved the International Potluck Dinner, ” All the Au Pairs brought a traditional dish from their countries and they were delicious.Au Pair Christmas party 18I can’t remember now which one I’m fell in love. There were 8 countries together and the same mission for everyone!Au Pair Christmas party 11
Our Local Area Representative Polina brought us some games, some funny questions about “would you prefer to be…” That was really funny!
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Secret Santa!!!! Yes, we had! We started to exchange our gifts and a lot of pics came after this!Au Pair Christmas party
Thanks cluster, for the amazing year, amazing party!!”

Earn educational credits while traveling.

Every au pair is required to earn educational credits during their year in the United States. Many Au Pairs enjoyed the trips with Cultural Hi-Ways and earned the credits. Ophelia, Au Pair from China, wrote about the trip/ classes with Cultural Hi-Ways. Kiah, Au Pair from Australia, wrote about the trip to Washington, DC.

Cultural Hi-Ways gives Au Pairs an opportunity to study and travel. 99% of Cultural Hi-Ways’ guests are Au Pairs.  Au Pairs can register for an educational course through the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) which will combine classroom learning with a tour to the destination studied.

Education earned per course is 4 CEU’s or 40 hours and the class locates at Peirce College – Philadelphia. Here are two tours are coming soon Niagara Falls and Washington, DC.

Niagara Falls

Class Dates:Sunday, August 28, September 11, September 18.Tour Date: September 30-October 2, 2016
Learn More About Niagara Falls Tour»

Washington, DC
Class Dates:Sunday, October 9, October 16, October 30
Tour Dates: November 12-13, 2016
Learn More About Washington, DC Tour»

Volunteering for the first time.

Nancy, the Au Pair from Newtown, Bucks County volunteered with other Au Pairs at the International Spring Festival on Saturday, 04.16.2016. Nancy Au Pair from China

Nancy is from China and it was the first time in her life being a volunteer.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

I asked Nancy to share with us her feelings and experience.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 1

Nancy said, “I really enjoyed being a volunteer. It’s fun. I met some new friends. We were so happy to do many things together. I learnt how to do a flower  with two kisses candies. I also learnt to how to do a puppy and a hat with the twisted balloons. I also did a flower for the kids.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 6

The activity was so meaningful for me because I learnt lots of things that I never did before. I loved volunteering, even though, I was so tired when it’s done. I  also liked the festival – I liked the countries displays and the dance performances.”Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 4

Volunteering may be a life changing experience for Nancy and other Au Pairs. There were Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, South African Au PairsMexican Au PairsUkrainian Au Pairs and Russian Au Pairs in Go Au Pair team. After they return to their home countries, Au Pairs may spread their experience of volunteering all over the globe. The Au Pair program promotes a cultural exchange experience!

Welcoming Nancy, our new Au Pair from China.

Thank you, Maria, for introducing our new Au Pair from Bucks County Nancy.

Hello, Au Pair Friends! The blog post from today is to introduce you to Ruonan Zheng from China! Her American name is Nancy, she lives in Newtown, Bucks County and she is 20 years old.

Nancy attended to her first meeting which was at Penn Museum the last month, “I was so glad to meet the friends there. I was very enjoying it and so excited. I visited the museum and watched some shows for lion dance and Kungfu etc. What’s more – I found some new friends and took pictures with them right there. I love the meeting very much. So, thanks, everyone” Nancy said about the meeting.Nancy Au Pair from China

We asked some questions to Nancy to have the opportunity of knowing more about her.

Why did you decide to become an Au pair? -Firstly. I really like children. I like to be with children. And I can be in  America, that’s a good thing. The Au Pair program can exercise me so many things. So I wanted to be an Au Pair to complete my dream.

Do you have hobbies? I like playing the piano, reading books, swimming, cooking and so on.

What was the best event/happening during last month? -There was a thing that I think it’s the best event that about the kids can clearly call my name last month.

What three adjectives best describe you? -I think the three adj. is that caring, patient, gentle to best describe me.

What place would you like to visit? -I’d like to visit the ocean.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday-My favorite way to spend my Saturday is go stay with my friends to play or do something together.

Thank you so much for answering the questions, Nancy! We all are looking forward to spending a great time with you! Have an excellent experience!

Au Pair Maria from Mexico

 

Au Pair from China Max

We welcomed many great Au Pairs to the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ in 2015!

You can read about two Au Pairs from Australia Amber and Kiah,   Marce  Au Pair from Mexico,  Lucy Au Pair from South Africa and Aline, Au Pair from  Brazil.

Also,  Au Pair from China Max or Yuhan Zhao arrived in Philadelphia in 2015. Max is taking care of three small boys.
Au pair from ChinaMax likes traveling, chatting with friends and eating delicious food. She said that she is good in singing and making friends. It was a little hard to adjust to the life in the USA because it is very different, but she did it.

Max loves cooking and can make a lot of traditional Chinese food, like dumplings, noodles, fried rice with egg, stir-fried eggs with tomato etc. She likes to invite her friends to enjoy the dishes. She also enjoys handicraft, such as cross-stitch, paper cut, and handwriting shopping.

Max loves her host family and she is enjoying spending time with them. The family is very happy with Max and feels that it has been a good match.

Max is working very hard to improve her English, she takes English classes every Saturday. She is planning to take a class with Cultural Hi-Ways and travel with other Au Pairs.

Max dreams to go to Hollywood because she likes the Hollywood movies. We hope you will see Hollywood and explore many interesting places.

Au Pair from Brazil.

Many great Au Pairs joined the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ in 2015!

We welcomed two Au Pairs from Australia Amber and Kiah.  Then, Marcela, Mexican Au Pair, and Lucy from South Africa joined our cluster. Later, we welcomed Au Pair Aline from Brazil. Aline had a wonderful buddy- Au Pair Lilla from Hungary.

Aline loves to travel, take photos, be with her friends and family, and I also love to make friends. She made a lot of international friends. Aline has an interest in learning other languages.Au Pair Christmas party 8

She said, “My interest is lo learn other languages and travel as much as I can here. I like to match all the things I like, travel, learn, culture and know how is the American way life, and take care of the children is the most important and I love kids. Aline is always ready to share her experience with others, she wrote many posts on this blog.

Aline was nominated for the Au Pair of the Year AWARD by her host family recently.  Aline’s host family said in their nomination essay, “Aline is the ideal Au Pair, she respects our home, family and values; has formed great relationships with our children; and has made lasting friendships.”

 

 

Educational trips for Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County

Cultural Hi-Ways offers many educational trips for the Au Pairs who live in Philadelphia, Bucks County and close NJ area. The trips/classes hold on weekends as well and Au Pairs can earn 45 class hours. Three classroom sessions (Sundays) at Peirce College, Philadelphia  plus a tour to the destination studied allow Au Pairs to earn a certificate of completion for 45 hours or 4.5 CEU’s.aupairs

This Fall Learning Across America Educational Courses started already with the trip to Niagara Falls. This year Cultural Hi-Ways offers a new trip to Boston. The first class will begin at Peirce College on Sunday, October 4 and also on Sunday, October 11 and October 25. The tour date is November 14-15, 2015
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The very interesting trip to Washington, DC will be in October, 2015. Class Dates are on Sunday, October 18, November 1 and November 8, 2015 and the weekend tour to Washington, DC will be on November 21-22, 2015.

Many Au Pairs enjoyed the trips and earned the credits. Ophelia, Au Pair from China, wrote about the trip/ classes with Cultural Hi-Ways.Go Au Pair_Au_Pair

Kiah,  Au Pair from Australia, took this trip recently and shared with others,”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 free attractions. This trip was absolutely once in a lifetime and I could not recommend it enough!” Read more about the trip to Washington, DC from Kiah post.GoAuPair_Kiah5
Don’t wait until the last minute to register if you want to travel and fulfill your educational component. More information about PA Au Pairs Educational Courses you can find here.

Welcome Max , Au Pair from China

Please join me in welcoming new Au Pair from China Max. Max or Yuhan Zhao is 21, she arrived in Philadelphia one week ago. Max is taking care of three small kids.
Au pair from ChinaMax already has buddy Venisha, Au Pair from South Africa. She is looking forward to meeting Venisha next weekend. Max said that her favorite way to spend her Saturday is spending time with my friends and go somewhere she wants to go.”If I have one wish, Max said, I want to go to Hollywood because I like the Hollywood movies.” Max has many hobbies -she likes traveling, chatting with friends and eating delicious food. She said that she is good in singing and making friends. Max doesn’t believe that everything happens for a reason.
Max from CXhina
Welcome Max, we are looking forward to meeting you at our next meeting on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 12:00 pm at The Village Renaissance Fair.
Everyone at Go Au Pair hopes that you will have an awesome year and we’re looking forward to getting to know you even more!

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