Family Thanks Au Pair Gina for Opening Her Arms and Heart

Congratulation to our outstanding Au Pair from Colombia Gina on completion the first Au Pair year and best wishes on Gina’s extension with her amazing host family!

Gina came into our lives on April 21st, 2019. The initial process of finding an au pair was nerve-wracking and tiring. The thought of having a stranger in our and our children’s lives was not an easy adjustment for our family. My husband I, two daughters and my Mother-in-law live in a small three-bedroom house. We are vegetarians and are of Indian descent living in the US for the last 15 years. Although we have learned and adopted different cultures we are still a very “Indian Family.” Adjusting to and finding an au pair from a different country was going to add a whole new dimension to our family dynamics.

This was the reason we were wary about the decision. We had one strict requirement of having an au pair who is ok to be vegetarian in the house.

After a series of interviews over several months with different candidates, we met Gina for the first time over skype. Right after our first interview both me and my husband felt we had hit the jackpot after several nights of gambling.  Her positive attitude was striking when she answered our question if she had a problem in being vegetarian at home. She immediately answered that she is ok with it as it would be a healthier lifestyle for her. Our first impression of her was that shes a bold, independent, and smart girl. She was working in human resources in Columbia and had a stable job but she had made this conscious decision to try the au pair program and get out of her comfort zone. This set a good impression to me as I do believe that life is precious and every person should take chances and open new doors.

As I stated earlier the jackpot prize changed our lives. Gina was the same person I had imagined her to be during our interview. Bold, independent, ready to take up challenges but at the same time being flexible. She merged into our family like she had always been here. Not only did she turn into a vegetarian she was flexible enough to eat spicy Indian food for each and every meal. Well, today she goes to a restaurant and asks for the spicy dishes, whereas a few months ago she had never put her tongue on fire.Childcare for her has been a breeze too.

My children loved her from day one. She took my infant in her arms when she was one month old and she put her to sleep right away. For all the caregivers out there you will know that’s a tough job as infants can feel the energy right off you and are not easy too sooth. Even though she had minimum experience with childcare which mainly involved her nephew we did not feel a pinch as she was open to learning and adapting. Her calm and patient nature was all that was needed to keep my children happy. Now my infant is 9-month-old and she has become a Gina addict.

Sometimes I fail in putting her to sleep where Gina succeeds. My 6-year-old daughter and Gina are an awesome duo, they treat each other like best friends and it took them maybe a few hours to build that relationship. The constant jumping around, giggling and wrestling with Gina or going for long runs with her during Ginas personal time or constantly being in her room, there are no barriers set for my 6 year old daughter.

I thank and appreciate Gina for opening her arms and heart to my children.

Both I and my husband are working and sometimes are days are long. I am also part of a dance troupe and have been performing several times over the last few months. I would have not been able to follow my passion if it was not for Gina and her help. Being a mother of an infant It was so easy to go back to work knowing that I can fully trust the person who is taking care of my child.

Gina has also been following her goal to learn English while she lives with an Indian family who is mainly talking in “Hindi (Indian language)” around the house.  She has been very patient with us as we keep switching between languages. She has been going to free classes in the library and trying very hard to improve over the last months. This is one thing I love about her. She is focused on her goals and is hard working. Her intention to explore new cultures and learn the language has not changed. I appreciate this attitude of hers and feel good about having such a person in our family. I feel happy that after years we will be able to give her an example to our kids.

She is curious about every aspect of Indian culture and is open to our craziness. She has probably heard our stories from India and our experiences from across the globe repeated several times in several versions from me, my daughter and my mother in law. To date, she shows the same interest in our stories with the same enthusiasm.

To us, having Gina in our house and part of our family has helped us to grow to be better human beings.

Over the last year, we have realized how our initial apprehensive feeling of having a stranger living in our house was pointless. Gina made life simple for us. I have also found a friend in Gina. We have spent hours talking about life, food, travel, plants, boys, kids and so on. As a working mother with two kids I feel I do find some sanity in those long conversations and I am glad that I have a friend (to boss around ) living with us.

Many of my friends tell me. “You make parenting look so easy.” Well, I always tell them I have a magic wand. I ask for help and Gina the Genie appears. Wooooooooshhhh!!!!!!

Au Pair Tati became a genuine friend and member of her host family.

Many Au Pairs turned out to be all what that the host families were looking for: playmate, sister, daughter, teacher, helper, friend and much more. Many host families love their Au Pairs and nominate them to #LoveMyAuPair Contest with Go Au Pair to share their amazing experience.

Au Pair from Colombia Tatiana Andrea Matiz Calderon (Tati) joined her host family in the Philadelphia area only four months ago. However, her host family wrote already in their nomination that, “Tati has quickly become a genuine friend and member of our family. I think that is one of the greatest things about having an Au Pair: having that real person to person connection.”

“Tati is a very dedicated worker, and very dependable. She has a very adaptable/flexible personality and view on her role as a caretaker for our children. She has been teaching our children Spanish; our youngest (18 months) can now count the steps as she goes up and down the stairs in both English and Spanish. We try to keep to a schedule as best we can, but inevitably, things often come up that require us to change things on the fly, or some other plan arises midweek for which we must accommodate, and in all cases, Tati has always been there for us when those changes arise, and always with the same wonderful attitude about things.

The most striking thing about Tati is that she is just a wonderful, kind person. She is a joy to be around, and she truly loves our children. Her general way of being has made it so that we are very comfortable with her with our children, and we always know that she is there for our family. We consider her to be a member of our family, and we are so fortunate to have found her.”

Many families participate in Love My Au Pair contest with Go Au Pair for a reason to thank and recognize the Au Pairs for all the wonderful things the Au Pairs do for the host families. 

Welcome Valeria!!!

Hello my friends 🙂

My name is Gina, I am an Au Pair from Colombia and now I live in Philadelphia with my host family. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Valeria Torres, Au Pair from Ecuador. I want to share with you her interview so that you can know more about Valeria.

Why do you want to be an Au Pair?

I want to be au pair because it is a great opportunity to improve my English and learn more about  American culture and have a chance to see another country and beautiful places.

What are your hobbies and interests?

My hobbies are reading mystery books, listening to all kinds of music, doing sports. I really like football,  and swimming too. I also like to go out to see several places with friends and go to the movies.

What was the best event/happening during last month?

Last month we celebrated with my family, at my aunts wedding and the christening of my cousins. We danced, played games, ate delicious food and everything was very beautiful.

What three adjectives best describe you?

I am very cheerful, kind and persevering person.

If you had one wish what would it be?

Travel around the world, see many places.

What place would you like to visit?

I would like to know all the possible places from the smallest to the largest, see all the beautiful things in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

Go for a walk somewhere with my family or my friends, share moments, enjoy the beautiful weather. I also like to be at home and do some activities like play, read, paint or cook.

What was the best compliment you have ever received?

The best gift they I got was when my grandmother gave me a rosary for my first communion.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?

 I consider myself very good in sports or physical activities and in cooking.

Thank you Valeria, by sharing with us a part of your life. We are so happy that you are now a part of this great community. We wish you a lot of success in the Au Pair program.

Welcoming Isa, an Au Pair from Colombia!

Zuly is an Au Pair from Colombia and she lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with an amazing host family with three lovey boys. Zuly has been an Au Pair in the US for almost 6 months and the post below is her first post on this blog!

Hi guys, My name is Zuly. I am very excited that summer is here… the weather is hot and everyone is gearing up for a great summer season. Let’s enjoy festivals, beach days and more!!

I also very happy to introduce to you our newest member, Isa Machado, who is also from Colombia. Isa joined the Go Au Pair Philadelphia cluster recently. Isa was able to answer some questions about what she hopes will be an amazing adventure as an Au Pair in the US. She is very excited to make new friends in our wonderful cluster. Isa also says, “I want to be an Au Pair because it is a great opportunity in my life. I want to work with children, know another culture and learn another language.”

Here are some of her responses to the questions: What are your hobbies and interests? My hobbies are going to the movies, to the gym, reading, walking and cooking.

What was the best event/happening during last month? Last month I went to an island with my dad in Santa Marta, Colombia. It was a beautiful experience.

What three adjectives best describe you? I describe myself as a sociable, funny and collaborative person.

If you had one wish what would it be? My wish is to know the whole world. What place would you like to visit? I would like to know America. Starting with the United States and museums of the twin towers.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? My perfect way to spend a Saturday is watching movies and eating pizza, sometimes hanging out with my friends and my brother.

Thank you Isa for your time and your responses!!!!! Welcome to this amazing and unique cluster! We look forward to meeting and getting to know you!!

First Au Pair in 2019 Scarlet from Mexico.

I would like to welcome new Au Pair in 2019 to Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area Scarlet from Mexico! Scarlet came on 01.03.2019. She joined the family of 6 and lives in Bucks County, PA. Scarlet is 22 years old, has a lot of hobbies and talents.  Second year Au Pair Melissa from Colombia will be her buddy and help Scarlet  to adjust here.scarlet

Scarlet, we are very happy to have you in our au-pair family!

Here is our little interview with Scarlet and we’re looking forward to meeting Scarlet in person and find out more.

Why do you want to be an Au Pair? I took that decision because I like working with kids since I was 14, and I also like the opportunity of improve my English, travel and make friends from around the world.

What are your hobbies and interests? I really enjoy to do makeup, and spend time on outdoors with family/friends.

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What was the best event/happening during last month? Definitely, when I did match with my host family, I start realizing a part of my dreams came true.

What three adjectives best describe you? Dedicated, organized, and cheerful.

If you had one wish what would it be? Become the best makeup artist.

What place would you like to visit? Thailand 🇹🇭

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? Go out to new places, try new food, do road trips.scarlet 2
What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? Doing makeup, getting organize, invest my time on productive activities.

Happy New Year, everyone! This year may we continue to share the genuine friendship and to make even more friends that adds happiness and warmth.

2017 Au Pair in Excellence.

Go Au Pair  recognizes outstanding Au Pairs through the agency Love MY Au Pair Contest. The host families can submit their nominations for Love MY Au Pair Contest. The winner, two Runners Up  as well as their families will get a special prizes.Love my Au pairsGo Au Pair just announced 2017 Au Pair in Excellence Winners and the Winners are
Winner: Gina Torres, Au Pair from Colombia
Runner-Up #1: Desiree Velasquez, Au pair from Ecuador
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Runner-Up #2: Tatiana Blanco, Au pair from Colombia
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To view the full album and read all of the nominations, you can visit the Go Au Pair Facebook page

In addition, Go Au Pair will  enter three (3) eligible Au Pairs for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to IAPA’s 2018 Conference, held on March 17-19, 2018, in Seville, Spain, where one Au Pair will be officially recognized as the 2017 Au Pair of the Year and presented with a token prize and commemorative award.
Gina’s host family said, ” In the spring, Gina took a digital animation course at a local university and created a cartoon for our two kids, Aili (3 at the time) and Bo (1 at the time). Every week after making them breakfast, she takes them to swimming lessons and the zoo on Mondays, to the Science Museum on Tuesdays, to see a kids band on Wednesdays, to the Children’s Museum on Thursdays and to gymnastics and storytime in Spanish at the library on Fridays. In the afternoons, she gives daily reading time, music time and art time at home. All the while, she only speaks to them in Spanish, and they are now both fluent..……..we are so grateful for the light and warmth Gina brings to our family and teaches our children (and us).”

The Au Pair Program offers amazing opportunities for cultural childcare.
In addition, there is a New Year present for the Philadelphia & Bucks County Residents, they can save $1,000!

 

 

Au Pair Holiday Party at Peddler Village, Bucks County

Just a few days left till our annual Holiday party! This year, we will have a Holiday Party with a gift exchange again at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant, located at Peddler’s Village, at New Hope, Bucks County, PA.  Last year Au Pairs had a lot of fun at the cluster’s annual Christmas party there. keep-calm-your-christmas-party-is-coming-soon-2

In the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster we have Au Pairs from many countries-Au Pairs from Brazil, China, Ecuador, Colombia, South Africa, El Salvador, Spain, Argentina, Ukraine. Many Au Pairs will be experiencing the holidays in the US and join the Au Pair party for the first time. The Holiday Party is a great chance to spend quality time together with au pairs from different countries far away from home and learn american holiday traditions.

I am looking forward to spending time with the Au Pairs! We will have a great Holiday party with Au Pairs from other clusters and with fun, laugh, delicious food and presents in a very special place that everyone will remember.

I am grateful for the amazing host family I have.

Arminda, Au Pair from El Salvador, who joined Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia only a few months ago said that her host family changed her life.  Thank you for sharing with us about your amazing family, Mindy.Be our Au Pair

I am grateful for the amazing family that I have here even we do not have the same blood, they treat me as a real member of their family – with love and respect all the time. We spend a lot time together and we enjoy discovering new things from each other.Au Pair from Philly 4

Let me tell you that before I came to the US they asked what I wanted to study and they helped me to find the course that I was looking for in the Montgomery College (English Grammar course.)  After two weeks of my arrival I was taking the course there. That is awesome! Even though they were busy with three boys and their jobs, they still had time for me before I came.Au Pair and host family

I would like to mention that my host dad works at home in his office, at noon we have lunch together, he takes a couple of breaks to play with us in the playing room- so they boys and I have fun! I can not forget to say that my host family makes me feel comfortable with them and with myself, I am not afraid to say what I like and what I do not like in any particular conversation. Well, during the week after dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays we watch movies or we play board game (The Settlers of Catan it is our favorite game) eating popcorn or ice cream and drinking soda and the boys asleep.Au Pair from Philly 1

My family is not only nice with me but also with my best friend Anita from Colombia, she is an au pair too and she lives close to my house in Glenside. Anita likes to spend weekends in my home with my family. They say she is always welcome to stay with us. Most of the time after dinner we play cards or board games with my host parents; definitely we have a good time when we are together.Au Pair from Philly 5

If could wish something I would like the others au pairs have a family like mine that support, that listen and the most important thing is that they see me as a member of their family!Au Pair from Philly 2

I remember at the beginning of July we were going to travel to Manassas and in the road they would drop me at my uncle’s house who lives in Woodbridge but at the end they had many things running at the same time and they could not do it, so they cancelled the trip and as a surprise they bought me the tickets! I was so happy and blessed for having a family like them.Au Pair from Philly 3

Mindy said,”They made me feel at home since the first day I came to their house”

Thanks to Mindy’s host family who made Mindy a part of their family!

International picnic with the dishes from twelve countries!

The next Au Pair meeting of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area – international food picnic – will be on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Independence National Historical Park, 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. All Au Pairs will bring a dish from their countries! There will be dishes from 12 countries in our Sunday picnic menu or maybe even more because many Au Pairs planed to bring their friends. We will test variety of dishes from China, Colombia, South Africa and Ecuador -since we have many Au Pairs from those countries. Also, we will have an opportunity to try dishes from Hungary, El Salvador, Brazil, Ukraine, Peru, France, Germany and Argentina!

The Au Pair program is a cultural exchange program. Go Au Pair cluster meetings give the Au Pairs chance to meet other Au Pairs from around the world and learn/share their unique culture. We will enjoy the Au Pair international cuisine- the food represents the traditions, stories, and geography and we learned a lot simply trying different food.Au Pair farewell picnic Independence National Historical Park 2

There is also a great opportunity to learn about American history and culture because  we will have the picnic right across the Independence National Historical Hall in the center city of Philadelphia. The Independence Hall is known as the birthplace of the United States. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were signed there. Our international Au Pair team will enjoy the historical Landmark and great company of friends.
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Au Pairs will have fun sharing the experience, taking many photos and creating new memories. After the meeting, they will visit many historical places together.

Au Pair meeting in the Masonic Temple

February cluster meeting for Au Pairs from Go Au Pair in the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area is a tour to the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. We are going to have an interesting tour as a group on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1.30 pm.  It will be also a great opportunity to meet all new Au Pairs who joined the cluster recently -Au Pair from Peru  Majo , Au Pair from Ecuador Alejandra, Au Pairs from China Catherine, Alina and Candy,  Au Pairs from Colombia Anita and Dani and Au Pair from Brazil Nadia100_2080This special tour is very educational and a great cultural experience. The Masonic Temple is a one of a kind architectural wonder in the heart of modern Philadelphia. I like that Au Pairs will have an opportunity to explore this place from the inside because when you step inside this building, you will find yourself in another time and place. This is not only the National Landmark , but also “a secret place” full of history and mystery.Au Pairs at the Masonic Temple

We will explore many room/halls with different styles and different architecture.  According to Wikipedia, “The Masonic Temple serves as the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons. The Temple receives thousands of visitors every year to view the ornate structure, which includes seven lodge rooms, where today a number of Philadelphia lodges and the Grand Lodge conduct their meetings.”philadelphia_masonic_temple

The Temple is one of the more magnificent buildings in Philadelphia. I took the Masonic Temple tour many times with the Au Pairs and they really liked the tour.
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If you never been in the Masonic Temple,  you need to experience it yourself. Come join the Au Pairs from around the world and visit this National Landmark and “a secret place” with us.

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