Being a buddy to a new Au Pair

Many Au Pairs are looking forward to being a buddy and giving their experience away.

Unique Benefits Go Au Pair Agency Provides for the Au Pairs.

Go Au Pair agency provides many unique benefits for the Au Pairs. The agency believes that happy Au Pairs will bring a satisfied and comprehensive childcare to the families.10421163_558553510943995_935517026312827935_n
The Au Pair Sis Program, Bed and Breakfast program and an Au Pair Success Coordinator’s assistance, help the Au Pairs learn more about the Au Pair program and get constant support during their program year. That assistance prevents many issues like homesickness, rematches and others.

Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair are friends with Au Pair Sis and with her help they are all connected on Facebook. There are many interesting information and activities posted daily on Au Pair Sis Facebook for the Au Pairs. Au Pair SisJanine, the Local Area Representative for the New Jersey Au Pairs,  is a real person, a big Sister to many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair.  The Au Pair Sis has hundreds of friends and thousands” likes” on Facebook.

Janine has very informative Au Pair Sis blog on the Go Au Pair website.  Janine answers many personal questions and the questions about the Au Pair program and helps Au Pairs learn about American culture.Au Pair internatioanl
The Au Pair Sis constantly helps the Au Pairs to adjust to a new culture. A new Au Pair can contact Au Pair Sis, and  Au Pair even before his/her arriving in the US. A new Au Pair also can prepare for the program and find the answers to their questions by watching many videos about Au Pair experience and cultural différence.Au Pairs from Go Au Pair 7

The unique programs connect new Au Pairs with other Au Pairs in the program and in the area, support them during their Au Pair year and help them to succeed.

A Local Area Representative keeps consistent communication with Au Pairs and helps them to get the best experience using unique benefits Go Au Pair agency provides for the Au Pairs.

Unique Benefits a Go Au Pair LAR offers

A Local Area Representative (LAR) helps local families during their program. The Local Representative assists a host family and Au Pair with any questions related to Go Au Pair services. However, there are much more.Welcome to go au pair Please learn about unique benefits the Philadelphia and NJ area Go Au Pair’s cluster!  Here are some of them:

  • Contacting a new  Au Pair as soon as her visa been approved
  • Welcoming new Au Pairs on facebook (FB)
  • Inviting new Au Pairs to the closed group on facebook
  • Interviewing new Au Pairs
  • Au Pairs Buddy program
  • Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog
  • Valuable cluster traditions
  • Interesting cultural exchange activities.
  • Volunteering with friends
  • Cluster’s Au Pairs blogging and sharing their experience
  • LAR mentoring and counseling which prevents many issues.aupair excellence
We had another successful year and many happy families and Au Pairs. The Philadelphia and NJ cluster has doubled, and many families from this cluster nominated their Au Pairs for the “Au Pair of the Year Award 2014″.
The agency believes that happy Au Pairs are the driving force behind happy kids and families.Joyce (3)

Washington, DC – April 18th & 19th

As apart of the Go Au Pair program, an au pair must complete 72 hours of 6 credit unites over the course of their 12 month placement. With this in mind I signed up for the CULTURAL HIGHWAYS education program which includes 3 classroom sessions at Pierce College, (1x Saturday and 2x Sundays) as well as a tour of Washington, DC. The Washington, DC tour was this weekend (April 18th & 19th) and I absolutely had the time of my life and 100% recommend it to everyone!

Ron Dingman was our tour manager and I hope you are lucky enough to have this wonderful man on your tour! He is so funny and nice and will help you with any question no matter how dumb it may be! (I certainly gave him a run for his money on how many dumb questions he could handle in one weekend).

Our tour bus was departing Philadelphia (30th street station) at 10.10am sharp and I wanted to be on time so I caught the 7:45am train from Colmar statio which was expected to arrive at 30th street station at 8:49am. I only needed a 1 way train ticket which was $7.00.

Upon arrival at 30th street station I met some of the other girls on this trip. They brought snacks and drinks for the long bus ride however as I am extremely poor at the moment I chose the cheaper option which was to go IMG_6010[1]without. In the end I did by 1x 500ml bottle of coke zero which cost me $2.69 at ‘Au Bon Pain’.

We got on the bus and the journey began. There were already other au pairs on the bus who were picked up from places such as New York and New Jersey. We were on the bus for an hour before making our first rest stop At this rest stop I brought my lunch which was ‘Pop Eye Chicken’, I ordered a 3x piece chicken combo which included fries, this cost me, $7.89. After this 30 minute rest break we were back on the road and didn’t stop until 2.00pm for our 2nd and final rest stop at Union Station- I did not purchase anything here as I was not hungry from such a huge lunch!

We left here at 2:35pm to set off to our first landmark which was THE WHITE HOUSE! This was definitely my favourite site of the DC trip! After that we left and went to the LINCOLN MEMORIAL & THE REFLECTION POOL. Both of these were absolutely outstanding! From there we went to the NATIONAL MALL and there we saw the World war 1 and 2 memorial as well as the JFK memorial.

So once we’d seen this we headed to the hotel to check in (We stayed at the Hilton Arlington). The Hotel was absolutely magnificent! Stunning design, gorgeous, furniture, friendly staff and comfortable beds, it was abslolutley perfect!

Essentially I walked in and walked out because a friend I made on the tour wanted to go see a band that was playing called ‘Oh Honey’. The band was playing at the Rock and Roll Hotel and public transport was going to take an hour to get there and so we used ‘Uber’ instead of a taxi/ cab as it was cheaper. The Uber ride was roughly 25 minutes and cost us $20 which is certainly cheaper than any taxi! (Especially as it only ended up being $10 each).IMG_6011[1]

Tickets for the show cost $15 so we purchased those and then went inside, only to find out ‘Oh Honey’ wasn’t playing until 10pm. As we weren’t interested in the opening act we decided to get dinner. We ended up at Impala (just across the road from the Rock and Roll hotel) which was a nice little Mexican restaurant. I ordered a steak with fries and vegetables, with a coke. The meal was fantastic and only cost me $17.90. (Something I will definitely miss when I leave the U.S is free refills!)

We headed to the concert at 9.00pm and listened to the opening act ‘Public’ and then obviously the main act ‘Oh Honey’. I had never seen this band before however I had a really good night and I could not recommend them enough !!

We left at midnight after a meet and greet with the band and caught an ‘Uber’ ride back to the hotel. As it was later in the night and rides were in highIMG_5680[1]er demand the total price ended up being $30, and so the two of us split it, spending $15.00 each. The rest of the night I spent with my room mates.

The next morning we got u

p at 8am as the bus was leaving at 9:15am. I got ready as quickly as possible however did not have time for breakfast which was totally disapointing as I was really looking forward to having something from Ihop for the first time.

We departed with our luggage loaded on the bus at 9:15pm and 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 attractions were free.

Before leaving the girls and I got lunch and sat on the grass to eat it. I got McDonalds from a pop up stand as there was nothing else around and this cost me $5.70.

We departed Washington, DC at 2.55pm exactly only making one stop on the way home where I did not purchase anything as I was well and truely broke and wasn’t hungry anyway.

We arrived at 30th street station at 6:40pm and I waited until 7:11pm for my train home to Colmar station where I drove home from.

This trip is well recommended to all au pairs! The cost of the classes and trip in total is $369 which is coverIMG_6004[1]ed by your host family. You make so many friends, irreplaceable memories and have so much fun! Could not recommend it enough!

The Au Pair Mission

The Au Pair Mission is to provide quality childcare for American families while participating in cultural exchange. The program is regulated by the U.S. Department of State and promotes international understanding and cultural exchange.

According to Go Au Pair agency,”The Au Pair Program is an amazing opportunity to introduce a cultural childcare experience. ” The Au Pair Mission is to

Provide quality childcare

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Enrich the lives of American childrenfaicepainting with au pair AndreaActively participate as a member of the familyIMG_2569Be an ambassador of their home country at Penn MuseumShare their Au Pair experience after leaving the USAu pair and kids

Enhance their own lives through the Au Pair experienceGo Au Pair Team

Au Pairs represent their home countries and are eager to share their culture, traditions and create lasting friendship throughout the program year. The Au Pair Mission is to enhance understanding and improve the way to communicate with people of different countries through cultural exchange.

Mission of the Au Pair Program

According to Go Au Pair agency,”The Au Pair Program is an amazing opportunity to introduce a cultural childcare experience to your family “Heart Au Pairs

Many host families welcome the life-enriching experiences that are tied to cultural exchange. The program’s mission is to build friendships, learn other cultures and better understand other people. The Host Family Mission is to

  • Positively represent the United States
  • Include the Au Pair as a member of the family
  • Assist and encourage their Au Pair to experience American life
  • Understand that they are the Au Pair’s family while she is in the US
  • Guide the Au Pair through completing her Au Pair program

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I like a very positive and encouraging statement that Summer Blackhurst, the author of Go Au Pair blog, wrote in her post, “The Au Pair program is a life changing experience and, while it doesn’t come without its share of challenges, the attachments, cultural benefits, and even losses are all worth it. Being an Au Pair or having an Au Pair changes people for the better.”

I think that Summer posted the best explanation of the Au Pair program mission, ” a life changing experience that changes people for the better.”

 

 

Lilla, our Au Pair from Hungary

Our new Au Pair Lilla belongs to our cluster for about 8 weeks already. She’s 23 years old and lives with her host family in Ardmore – after working with another host family in Florida. Our Au Pair Brenda kindly offered to be her buddy – thanks Brenda.

Lilla decided to be an Au Pair, because it’s a perfect way to see America, work with kids and experience a cultural exchange.

I am a very positive and happy person, I like to travel and experience new things such as a new culture, languages, food, music and people from all over the world.

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Lilla has already some experience living abroad – she spent 2 years on her own in London, UK.

I like to spend my free time active with sport activities, yoga or dancing, exploring new areas and things, meeting new people.

Caring, happy and ambitious – that’s how she describes herself.

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I would like to spend my aupair year active and use every opportunity well, see and do as much as possible.

Lilla

I would love to see New York and Washington while I’m here.

Welcome again to our cluster, Lilla! I’m sure you’ll have a great time here!

Welcome, Stacy!

Anastasia Molchanova or Stacy (22) is a new Au Pair from Ukraine that joined our cluster a month ago. Thanks to Au Pair Monica from Colombia that volunteered to be her buddy.

Au Pair from Ukraine

Stacy graduated from the Medical University in Ukraine and her brother is currently a high school student in the US. She loves being a big sister and she enjoyed helping her mom raise her little brother.

 ”I always liked to be with children, any other work does not bring me so much satisfaction. So I decided to be a doctor/pediatrician in the future. I volunteered in a baby house, where I looked after the children, helped nurses with babies’ examination, and played developing games with children.”

Au Pair from Ukraine  with her brother

Stacy also wants to be an Au Pair so that she could improve her English and meet new people. A better knowledge of English will allow her to improve and develop faster as a pediatrician.

Stacy’s hobbies include traveling, doing sports like skating, swimming, running, dancing and she enjoys cooking.

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Stacy describes herself as patient, goal-oriented and reliable. She would like to visit China, Argentina and India.

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I hope that you will have a great time here as an Au Pair Stacy and also that you will be a great pediatrician in the future 🙂

10 things to know about the Au Pair program for a new family

Being prepared to the Au Pairs program is the best way for a new family to start the program successfully.Welcome to go au pair

To begin, I suggest starting with reading the basic What is Au Pair Child Care?

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Here is a digest of the 10 posts  that will help new host families learn more about the program.

The Au Pair program rules

What is an Au Pair’s role in the family?

Host family handbook for an aupair

Preparing for a new Au Pair
An Au Pair’s room in the host family home

How to welcome your new Au Pair.

An Au Pair and the educational requirements.

The first weeks with your Au Pair

Host Parents and Au Pair communication

What Au Pairs can and can’t doimportant

To read more how to be a successful host family, check out the blog of Au Pair Expert for Go Au Pair Summer Blackhurst.  Summer  has interviewed more than one hundred families and Au Pairs to find out what are important things to know about the Au Pair program.

Welcome to  email  me with your questions.

All of the Au Pairs are invited!

The Au Pair program provides the Au Pairs with various cultural exchange opportunities. They can immerse in American life, explore the country, attend classes in an American college, volunteer, and even play soccer with an American team. Many Au Pairs played in the Philadelphia Flames Soccer Club womens team in past years.Au Pairs Philadelphia

Recently, Thomas Maegerle, the Coach of Philadelphia Flames SC, invited all  of the Au Pairs from Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ to join the Philadelphia Flames Soccer Club womens team.

The Flames SC  team is a womens amateur program, and have no age limits.  The team plays year-round, with outdoor leagues in Fall, Spring and Summer, and indoor in Winter.  In the Fall and Spring, the team plays in the United Soccer League, which is the most competitive league in the region.  Matches are on Sunday afternoons at either 12noon or 2:30pm, and our schedule presently runs into December, and then March to May.  Home field is in Riverside, NJ.  Schedule and information can be found on Flames SC  website.Au Pairs playing soccer

The team will have numerous indoor leagues in the Winter, with venues in King of Prussia PA, Mount Laurel NJ, and Philadelphia PA.  The team may also play in an indoor league in Pitman NJ.  During the Summer, the Flames SC women’s team has an 8v8 league on Wednesday nights, and a league that plays Sunday 6pm matches.

The Au Pair program is full of cultural exchange opportunities and fun with friends. Many Au Pairs will enjoy playing with the Philadelphia Flames SC women’s team.

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