2017 Au Pairs Buddy Party

In 2015, we started a new cluster tradition Au Pairs Buddy Party! We are having a great experience with Au Pairs buddy initiative.  Many Au Pairs became great buddies, helped new Au Pairs and made a lot of friends!keep-calm-and-party-with-an-au-pair-buddy

Thank you to many Au Pairs who became awesome buddies and a few 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  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 Hungary Bianka for choosing to be a buddy to Anita Pinzon , 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, 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

 Au Pair from Mexico Daniela Rios  for choosing to be a buddy to Camila Diaz,  Au Pair from Brazil, who will live in Bucks County, PA

Come join our Annual Au Pairs Buddy Appreciation Party, at 1:00 pm on Sunday 03.19.2017, Brunswick Zone XL, 100 E. Street Rd. Feasterville, PA 19053 to THANK your buddy or get THANKS from your friends and meet awesome Au Pairs from ten countries!
We will have a party with a cake, games, competitions and fun. You can also play bowling and many other games with your friends.

On April 22nd, 2017 Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County clusters are going volunteering at The International Spring Festival with other Go Au Pair clusters from Philadelphia and NJ. It will be a great cultural exchange experience at the multicultural festival. Au pairs will spreading the world about the Au Pair Program while making American and international friends, and, of course, meeting people from their countries.

 

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!

Thanksgiving thank you and nominating an Au Pair

Thanksgiving Holiday coincides with the time when Go Au Pair invites you to say “thank you” to your Au Pair by nominating her/him  for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year 2016 Award.  If you feel that you host an outstanding Au Pair, please nominate her for the prestigious Au Pair of the Year Award before Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

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Many host families from Philadelphia, Bucks County, NJ are looking forward to nominating their Au Pairs this year. The Smolarski host family from New Hope, Bucks County is already talking of nominating their Au Pair Kathy from Ecuador for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award.

“She walked into a family with 8 children, including newborn triplets…!  Not only did she make the courageous decision to join our family, but she has been nothing short of AMAZING since she has joined. She works tirelessly to partner with Nichole (mom) to run this very busy household, working very hard and always doing so with a smile and a loving attitude with the children.”

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Thanks to many Au Pairs for being outstanding Au Pairs from many Happy Host families!

Thank you to our Au Pairs.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

…for willingness to come into our lives
…for sharing your adventure with us
…for being an essential member and valued addition to our family
…for your hard work to care for the kids
…for your patience and understanding
…for inspiring and teaching kids every moment
…for being a positive role model for the kids
…for opening kids’ eyes to the world outside of the U.S. and helping them to learn a new language
…for giving us an opportunity to relax, have a date and time for ourselves
…for cooking delicious dishes from your country and sharing with us the secrets
…for willingness to help when we were too timid to ask you
…for capturing the treasured memories and pictures of our family
…for unforgettable cultural experience you brought into our home.Au Pair awardThe International Au Pair Association (IAPA) presents the Au Pair of the Year Award annually to one outstanding Au Pair.  The Au Pair of the Year 2016 Award is now open for entries! Who will be the 2016 winner? It can be your Au Pair, go ahead and nominate her/him for the Au Pair of the Year Award!iapa logo

The Au Pair Bucket List, Share the Fun!

Vanessa, Au Pair from Ecuador, came to the Philadelphia area recently, however, she already created her Bucket List and is ready to explore.

Vanessa likes to travel, explore many places in the USA, experience new things, meet new friends, learn something new, and accomplish the personal goals. There are many things that she would like to achieve during her Au Pair year.Au pair list

I think that creating a bucket list can benefit Au Pairs in several ways- help to stay organized, keep moving, and advance Au Pair life.

Here is Vanessa’s Bucket List.Au pair Equador

Meet most Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster
Take a dance class
Volunteer for a cause or for church
Make international lifetime friends
Visit many malls in the United States
Go shopping with friends
Travel by train to the nearby cities and States
Visit zoos
Eat at the different restaurants to sample a variety of food
Share good time with the other Au pairs’ host families
See a comedy or romance móviles with friends
Cook a favorite meal for my friends
Get to know downtown Philadelphia, (Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Kimmel Center, Market Street
Make snowmen in winter
Go rafting
Go Ice skating
Attend a football game or baseball
Learn another language
Go to the mountains
Attend musicals
Go diving
Enjoy cycling the trails
Go camping in a National Park
Go to the libraries
Rock Climbing with friends

Drink a frozen caramelfrozen_caramel_latte

Creating the bucket list can be fun. Sharing your list with others, inviting other Au Pairs to join the activities. revisiting the list over time, and checking off the experiences as you collect them, helps to enjoy your Au Pair life more.

Thank you very much for sharing your bucket list, Vanessa.  Please, share your bucket list and share the fun with other Au Pairs!

Welcome Ericka from Ecuador!

Aline, the Au Pair from Brazil, kindly offered to be the buddy for Vanessa and also for another Au Pair from Ecuador Ericka. Thank you, Aline. Here is welcoming post from Aline.

I would like to welcome a new member of our cluster, Ericka. Ericka is 26 years old. She will be here in US on August 20 and will live in King of Prussia, PA. She will take care of one girl, 8 years old and she is very excited to arrive here.Au Pair from Ecuador 1

Ericka answered some questions regarding being an aupair. There it go:

Why would you like to be an au pair? “I want to do the Au pair program because I love babies and kids and in the future I want to have my own Kinder Garden in my country Ecuador also I want to improve my English skills and know more about USA culture.”Au Pair from Ecuador 2

What are your hobbies and interests? “These are my hobbies and interests:recycling, animal care (volunteering at an animal shelter), scuba diving, skiing, bungee jumping, painting, creative writing, dancing, fishing,swimming , watching movies, singing/composing music, birdwatching, photography ,reading, collecting dried flowers, yoga, exercising and body building, participating in marathons, martial arts, recipe creation,traveling and exploration .play with my dogs, volunteering, do social work, teach dance to kids, teach special kids, go to the cinema, watch movies and soap opera dramas from Asia but my really favorite hobbies are singing and dancing ballet or another kind of music I studied many years dance I am a professional dancer.”Au Pair from Ecuador 3

If you had one wish what would it be? “If I had one wish it would be to have my own kindergarten and also open a charity to help kids and babies.”

What three adjectives best describe you? “I think these are the three adjectives best describe me kind, humble and  hardworking.”Au Pair from Ecuador

Which places would you like to visit? “One place that I would like to visit is Disney World or something like that a big park with many people, kids, games, and happiness.”Au Pair from Ecuador 4

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? “My favorite way to spend a Saturday is with my family in my house, listening to music, watching a good movie or soap opera , or studying online, cleaning my house, visiting friends, go to the mall, or cook for my family or dancing ballet or go to the zoo, all activities depend in the weather, season and mood.”

I guess everybody is very excited to meet you, Ericka. Have a safe flight and enjoy your family so far. See you soon!

Your buddy Aline and Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia.

Welcoming the Au Pair from Ecuador Vanessa

I would like to welcome Au Pair from Ecuador Vanessa to the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster. Vanessa is 26 years old and she will live with a new host family in Wayne, PA. Aline Franco , the Au Pair from Brazil, who just recently joined our cluster, kindly offered to be the buddy for Vanessa.

Vanessa loves the kids deeply and likes to take care of them. Vanessa enjoys cooking, laughing, talking, listening to music, listening to someone when they have a trouble and give a possible solution, and reading books. She also would like to know other countries, new cultures, learn different languages.Au pair Equador
The three adjectives that best describe Vanessa are sincere, restless and optimistic. Vanessa said that she would like to visit all the tourist attractions in the city of Wayne and also in France and Japan.

Vanessa Au Pair from EquadorWelcome, Vanessa. We hope that you will have an awesome year and we’re looking forward to getting to know you!

Going Bowling for Fernanda’s Farewell Party

Ophelia’s Diary.

The best moment is having new Au Pairs  join us, the saddest moment is having close Au Pairs leaving us. On September 29th, Sunday afternoon, eight Au Pairs came to Fernanda’s Farewell Party. Fernanda is an Au Pair from Brazil, and she is going home next week.

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We created a special T-shirt for Fernanda, that was a sweet moment for all of us. We are Au Pairs from different countries -Spain, El Salvador, Ecuador, China and Germany.

We wrote blessing words for Fernanda in Chinese, German, Spanish, Russian and English.IMG_20130929_165135

Then we went bowling together. For me and some other Au Pairs this was our first time bowling. Au Pair program gives us a lot of chances to explore variety new interesting things. We appreciate it a lot. Even thought this was my first time bowling, I knocked down all ten pins! I was so excited about it.

Everyone had a great time at Fernanda’s farewell party. We will miss her so much. Good luck Fernanda, we love you forever!  Also, wish new Au Pair Sandra has a great time in here with us!

IMG_20130929_155119Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

What are the best countries to search for an Au Pair?

Go Au Pair currently has over 300 Au Pairs available from over 60 different countries. Because of the variety, some host families want to narrow down the choice of countries.

It is obvious that nobody can predict an Au Pair’s personality based upon his/her country of origin.  Many host families are open minded about where the Au Pair is from and mostly concentrate on the qualification of the candidates.

It can be helpful to speak to Go Au Pair’s Placement Coordinator, when trying to figure out the country from which candidates might be the best fit for the family’s childcare needs. Go Au Pair agency keeps statistics of the percentage of au pairs from each country who drive, who are under two qualified, who are college graduates and who obtain visas.

Some countries are more popular than others among the host families. Some families would like their Au Pair to speak particular language.  Today more and more families hire an Au Pair from China.

In Go Au Pair Philadelphia and NJ cluster, there are Au Pairs from many countries throughout the world-  from Brazil, China, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Ukraine, South Africa, El Salvador, and Ecuador.

Today, the largest group of au pairs are available from Eastern Europe and Asia. Thailand is a good example -many college educated young women desire to spend a year in America before they settle into their careers.

Read more about what  the best countries to search for an Au Pair are:

Au Pairs international Dinner in Bucks County, PA

The essential benefits of the Au Pair program are meeting new friends from around the world and exploring different cultures.

On September 29, 2012  Go Au Pair”s cluster met for an International Pot-Luck Dinner in Bucks County, PA.  There were eight Au Pairs and one host family.

Several au pairs just joined the cluster. Everyone had a great time and made new friends.

Everyone brought a dish and explained the eating customs of their countries.

Au Pairs introduced their dishes and then we had dinner together. We learned a lot and had fun.

Au Pairs tasted dishes from South Africa, Ecuador, China, Ukraine, Colombia and Salvador. Most of the names of the dishes were new for me. I had never tasted them before.  Some dishes tasted different, but they were  yummy and delicious.

Go Au Pair International Dinner was truly fun and mix of cultures, cuisines and excitement.  The International Dinner helped open up our eyes to new things and we had an opportunity to to learn more about many cultures that are completely different from our own.

 

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