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!!

Congratulations to Hendry from S. Africa on his second Au Pair year!

One year ago we welcomed Hendry,  male Au Pair from South Africa, into Go Au Pair in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area cluster. Hendry joined the family of a single mother with 4 year old son and two year old twins. Being only twenty, Hendry has already been an au pair in China and has a lot of experience working with kids. Au pairs

We love to interview our Au Pairs. In his first interview Hendry mentioned that the reason he wanted to be an au pair is because children are his passion, he really enjoys spending time with them. Besides that Hendry loves kids, he also likes to travel, meet new people, explore new places and make new memories. And Hendry really traveled a lot, made many friends and became a buddy to a few Au Pairs.Au pairs Go Au Pair

Henry likes his host family and he said, “The right family will make you feel right at home and you wont feel homesick so you can enjoy your time here.”

That was an awesome year full of learning new things, making new friends traveling and exploring the Philadelphia. The kids adore Hendry and Hendry’s host mom extended the offer asking Hendry to continue with the family for another year!

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One year later we are interviewing Hendry again and asking Hendry about his experience of being an Au Pair in the US.Au Pairs from S. Africa.What places you visited you like the most? I liked New York the most.
What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? The city (Philadelphia) is just incredible and I go there over and over again. I spend most of my time traveling, but if i cant travel then I explore the city with my friends.
What is your favorite thing about being an au pair? My favorite thing is how much freedom and resources you have to travel.
What do you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? I like how supportive everybody is.
What has been your best experience living in the US? My best experience was going to the jingle ball concert in New York.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? Be wise how you spend your time. It goes away quicker than money.

What are new things you experienced? Halloween, Hanukkah, 4th of July, philly cheese steak, and cinnobun.Au pairs from South AfricaCongratulations, Hendry!  Good Luck and best wishes for the second Au Pair year!

 

 

Au Pair education experience in the US

Hi, It is Maria, Au Pair from Bucks County, PA. You may read already that I recently joined  the Au Pair program and I always dream to visit NY . My American education experience also relates to NY.
Au Pair program gives the Au Pairs great opportunities to study in a real american  college and explore American culture! I chose to take my first course as two classes in the college with a trip to New York!  I took two Sundays classes at Peirce college in Philadelphia already. The 3rd Sunday will be the final trip to the Big Apple! I  had very lovely time during my classes, met a lot of new friends from all around the world, learned more about a history of New York.Au Pair classes 1

I had fun with my home work and did absolutely great job with my final project about New York Fashion Week!Au Pair classes 4

The classes were a little long. It took long hours but you don’t really pay attention when you have a great time.Au Pair classes 3

We had a lot of interesting activities, lovely lunch time, watched great American shows, found out about a lot of secret places of NY that I will definitely visit them in future!Au Pair classes 2

Our teacher was great!He was joking  and telling us the stories about a real New Yorker’s life style. It was fun! I was happy to feel like a student again.Au Pair classes

Now I’m looking forward to go to many amazing places in NY next Sunday with very lovely company!

P.S. Enjoy your time to be an au pair and it’s never late to learn something new!❤️  Best regards, Mariia from Ukraine.

Let it begin! aupair 2015

Hey guys, bare with me as this is my first ever blog post and I have got absolutely no idea what I’m doing Lol and anyone who knows me knows I am the most technologically challenged person that your ever going to meet!

So anyways, where do I start? I’m Kiah, I’m 19 years old and I’m from Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. (Yano the people that say G’Day and ride kangaroos to school everyday!)  Now I am an Au Pair with Go Au Pair in the US and I’m currently living in Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Today actually marks exactly 2 weeks since I stepped onto the plane embarking on this wonderful journey, leaving my friends, family and reality behind me!

My host family are wonderful, I’m looking after 2 little girls, Brigit who’s 4 and Jacklyn wimageho’s almost 2 and a half. Home sickness is something that rarely crosses my mind thanks t o these girls keeping me so busy I can barely remember what day it is let alone thing about anything else!

I feel so thankful every day and night to be honoured with such a once in a life time opportunity.  I must have done something very right in a past life to be so blessed with everything I’ve been offered this time round. I made my first Au Pairs friends  online and thank you Tania for interviewing me.

So anyways that’s enough out of me so il just leave you with one of my favorite things I’ve learnt so far “In Pennsylvania you can’t buy or sell a car on a Sunday” like what! How is that a thing? LOL!

 

Buddy Appreciation Month

Girls, it’s time to pull out the BUDDY in each and everyone of us. Alright, alright, Christmas is over but Buddy from Elf is still awesome. Buddy’s excitement and plans are basically self explanatory. This is how we should act when we sign up to be another au pairs buddy, since we’re taking responsibility to be that new au pairs ‘best friend’.

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If you still aren’t sure what is means to be a buddy, check out Polina’s article: Au Pairs Buddy or Lilla’s post: Are you a good buddy?

(Also, welcome to the blog Lilla, can’t wait to read more of your articles!)

Okay, so the Au Pair Buddy program started in March 2014 thanks to one of the coolest people I know Cosima Kunz – the Au Pair from Germany, not only is she amazing because she always allows me to have shotgun in her car and makes the funniest faces, but she is a true friend with a heart of gold.

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I asked Cosima why she wanted to be a buddy again to two new Australian au pairs (Kiah and Amber) and here’s her answer: “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!”

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Thank you Cosima. It’s inspiring to see how friendships develop between two or more complete strangers. I remember when I arrived here in the US, everything was still new and frantically, scary. But when I met the rest of the au pairs, they all took me under their wings. Thank each and everyone of you – You girls are AWESOME.

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 -“An awesome friend is everything.”
Ellen J. Barrier

In order of our Buddy Appreciation Month we’ll be having a cluster get-together for all the au pairs/buddies on the 18 January, 1:00 pm @ Thunderbird Lanes, 1130 York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Come be part of the fun!!

Teaching English in the church

Ophelia’s Diary.

In China, I didn’t have a lot of chances to do volunteer work. But as an Au Pair in the US, I get many opportunities to help others. This makes me feel super happy.  A Local Area Representative from Go Au Pair Polina helps us a lot too. She is always trying to help Au Pair near Philadelphia area find ways having great activities in the meantime help others.

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Now I am a volunteer in Chinese Gospel Church helping teaching beginner’s English.

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Even though it’s very simple English, every time I have to prepare it for a long time.

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This helps me learn English too.

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 Most students in the class are seniors. I am deeply moved by their spirit.

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They learn so hard. They are elderly, but they are still eager to learn.

 the Au Pair volunteering

Every time when I look at them, I feel that life is so wonderful, everyone should have a serious attitude toward it.

 In China, it’s so hard for me to get a chance to be a volunteer. I only volunteered half a year in the school for deaf. I asked a lot people to get this chance. People just don’t believe you want to do something for others for free.

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I am glad now I can get a lot chance to do volunteer work. Au Pairs from our cluster will volunteer for the Philadelphia Flower Show soon. I am looking forward to it.

We will work as the Go Au Pair team  and  help make floral headbands, pins, bracelets, and other fun accessories. We will be volunteering at The Flower Show, in the Convention Center, at the Make & Take Room, at 1 pm on Saturday March 1, 2014. You will easily find our team since we will wear lovely Go Au Pair t-shirts.

 Come meet us!

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary

Meeting with the Director of Chinese Au Pair Center

Ophelia’s Diary.
I have been an Au Pair in the US about four months. During this time, I keep on contacting with my Au Pair agent in China.
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I shared a lot of stories about my Au Pair life here. My Chinese agent likes my Au Pair Diary a lot. They even sent an award to my family! My parents are so glad.Chinese Au Pair

Recently the Director of Chinese Au Pair Center came to Philadelphia visit me. Honor letter

She brought this recommendation letter to me.Chinese Au Pair's letter

Here are a few sentences from Recommendation Letter.“As an aupair in the United States of America now, Ophelia performs her responsibilities in a serious way. She earns a good credit from her host family with her caring, patient, and earnest attitude.”
I am so surprised and excited. Thanks Go Au Pair and my Chinese Au Pair agent a lot.
Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

Waiting for a Chinese Au Pair arrival.

This is the second part, read the first part A great match with a Chinese Au Pair.
In July 2012,  a single father with two kids, Gregory invited an Au Pair from China to join his family. The children stayed with his grandparents during the summer. Gregory was very busy preparing for a new life.  Several weeks later, by the time school started,  the new Au Pair Hui arrived to the US.

 

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I would say that Gregory’s family and Hui are a great match.  Hui has a very caring personality and she bonded with her host children quickly. As a Local Area Representative, I noticed right away that Hui is a great addition to Gregory’s family.

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The Au Pair  Hui has a lovely personality and a beautiful smile.  She has many talents, and is always ready to help without asking. She likes traveling and taking many great photos.  Hui has made a lot of friends.

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Hui is very intelligent, attentive and caring person.  She is also a modest person, very nice to others and puts others before her.  Hui became a big sister, a caring family member and the kids will remember her forever.

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During our meeting, the eight year old Henry came close to me and shared that Hui is a very good Au Pair. I believe him.

Stay tuned for a new entry A Chinese Au Pair Hui story.

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