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.

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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.

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!

Welcoming a new Au Pair from Colombia

We are looking forward to meeting the newest member of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area Karen. Karen is a 25-year-old Au Pair from Colombia. She will live with a loving host family with a little boy in Philadelphia.Au Pair from Colombia Karen 2 Karen will be replacing a wonderful Au Pair Cherry who is going home after two amazing Au Pair years with her forever family in the USA.

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Karen considers herself a very happy and active person, as well as a responsible person dedicated to work. Karen obtained her degree in Marketing & International Business two years ago and worked at the marketing departments of some of the most prestigious companies in Colombia. Au Pair from Colombia Karen

Karen decided to become an Au Pair because she likes children, wants to improve her English and to learn about American culture. Kim, Au Pair from South Africa kindly offered to be Karen buddy,  her help and support. Thank you, Kim.

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Here are the questions we asked Karen.

What are your talents, hobbies and interests? I´m a good dancer, especially I like to dance latin music like salsa and merengue. My hobbies are traveling, preaching and shopping.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?
I consider myself extremely joyful and I have a good sense of humor. I am very active and curious and I like to do different things always.

What place would you like to visit?
I would like to visit NY city, California and the Florida Parks, Universal studios, Busch Garden and Disney parks. Also, I would like to know the snow and learn to ski.

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Welcome, Karen! We had the first snow! Goog Luck with all your  plans and dreams!

Colombian Au Pair Paula Elena

I am happy to welcome a new Au Pair from Colombia Paula Elena. Paula Elena is 26 and will live with her host family in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA.  Alejandra, Au Pair from Mexico, kindly offered to be the buddy for Paula Elena.
Paula Elena is coming right before Christmas- the perfect time to enjoy the Holidays in the USA and spend quality time together with her host family. She is a great photographer, look on her photos! I am thrilled to share Paula Elena’s interview with you.Au pair from Colombia Pa

What are your hobbies and interests? Photography and illustration are my biggest hobbies, I also like to read and share with people.Au pair from Colombia P

What three adjectives best describe you? Sweet, creative and funny.Au pair from Colombia Paula

If I had one wish what would it be? Travel and see places in the world with a camera to record every memory.Au pair from Colombia Pau

What place would you like to visit? I would like to visit for art museums anywhere in the world places.Au pair from Colombia Paula LWhat is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? sometimes I like to be at home resting or sharing with friends to go to movies or shopping.Au pair from Colombia Paul

Welcome Paula Elena, we are looking forward to meeting you! Everyone in Go Au Pair is excited to see your new photos. Have a safe trip.

Welcome Maria, the Au Pair from Mexico.

I’d like to welcome a new Au Pair to our cluster, Maria from Mexico. Maria is currently living in King of Prussia, the Philadelphia area. Maria is 19, she is very active and has a lot of friends in Mexico. Ale Au Pair from Mexico

Maria already made a lot of friends with the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster on facebook. She has a buddy Lorena, Au Pair from Colombia, who lives in Buck County and takes care of five kids

We asked Maria a few questions about herself, just to get to know her a little better.Ale Au Pair from Mexico 1

What three adjectives best describe you? -Out-going, happy and a good friend.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? -Traveling, knowing a new place, shopping, hang out with friends or go to the movies.

Do you believe everything happens for a reason? – Yes of course! Even if we don’t understand why, they happen for a reason.
If you had one wish what would it be? -Eat without gaining weight!! Hahah
What place would you like to visit? Europe, but here in US Boston.Ale from Mexico
We are looking forward to meeting you next Saturday and going together to Billy Penn tour.

Host family from Bucks County is looking forward to welcoming an Au Pair from Mexico.

A new Au Pair from Mexico Alejandra will join the K. host family in New Hope on Monday. The K family had the Au Pairs from China, Korea, Mexico and built the solid bonds in their hearts. The K family loves the Au Pair program, hosted many Au Pairs events, volunteered with our cluster and opened their home to many Au Pairs.The K family is very excited and ready to welcome a new Au Pair Alejandra from Mexico to their family.mexico flag

Alejandra is 22 and she recently graduated from college where she studied animation. She has 2 brothers and a little sister. She said that her hobbies are traveling, learning new things and cultures, making new friends and spending time with them. She already lived in Germany.Al Au Pair from Mexico 1

Alejandra has a buddy Lorena, Au Pair from Colombia, who lives with her host family in Bucks County and takes care of three kids. Alejandra made a lot of friends on facebook with the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster.Alej Au Pair from Mexico 1

We are looking forward to meeting you soon, Alejandra.  Have a safe trip.

Friends Become our Chosen Family

Friends are a family you choose for yourself. ~Author Unknown
All current Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster-have Au Pair buddies. Many Au Pairs are looking forward to becoming a buddy, opening their heart and sharing their experience with new Au Pairs. Au Pairs buddies help a new Au Pair to adjust to a new life in the US quickly. Buddies have special connections and often become more than friends. The buddy program  creates a sense of unity, belonging to a cluster family and a circle of friends. frienship
Becoming a buddy to a new Au Pair is a great way to make new friends.  It  also makes an Au Pair buddy feel good because a new friend really appreciates her support and help.
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Cosima, the Au Pair from Germany, said “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!”thank you buddy
Being a buddy is a great project that we created and hopefully it will be something that we will keep doing with the cluster in the future.
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Thank you to all new buddies, Marcela- Au Pair from Mexico, Lorena -Au Pair from Colombia, Venisha -Au Pair from S. Africa,  Aline – Au Pair from Brazil, Amber – Au Pair from Australia, Joyce – Au Pair from China.

The Au Pair Experience in the USA

The summer is the busiest time for the Go Au Pair agency, it is the time when many families bring new Au Pairs and many Au pairs complete the program and go home.  During the Au Pair year the Au Pairs are working, studying, exploring American culture, and doing many exciting things.Au Pairs  Bucks County FundraisngMany Au Pairs from the Bucks County and Philadelphia area cluster chose to volunteer and help the community while being Au pairs with Go Au Pair. Volunteering in many countries is not common, so for many Au Pairs it was a first-time experience. Go Au Pair Team

Last year a group of the Au Pairs from China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, South Africa, Mexico, Ukraine volunteered four times.

Au Pairs  Bucks County FundraisngThe former Au Pair from China Ophelia said, “One of the best memory for my first Au Pair year is volunteering! Even though I just been here less than one year, I already volunteered four times” Au Pair Philadelphia

Welcoming new Au Pair from Colombia Carolina.

We are looking forward to meeting the newest member of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area Carolina. Carolina is 25-year-old Au Pair from Colombia. She will live with a loving host family with two little boys at Spring House, PA near Philadelphia.carol_1393808521355_n

Carolina has two brothers and two sisters and this is her first time leaving far away from her family. Carolina always dreams to travel. She said, ” I would like visit all special places in Philadelphia, taste typical American dishes and learn a lot about American culture.” 

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Carolina loves kids and she is working on her Master degree in educational psychology. Carolina said, “My greatest desire is to be a professional in education and I dream to have a house myself.”
IMG_2238 (1)Carolina likes sport, running, bowling, go to the movies. She likes ice cream 🙂

Welcome, Carolina! We’re all looking forward to eating ice cream together and getting to know you better!

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