My first Au Pair meeting with Go Au Pair cluster in Bucks County, PA

Please enjoy the guest post My first Au Pair meeting with Co Au Pair cluster in Bucks County, PA by a new Au Pair from South Africa Lisa.

On Sunday, 09.20.2015 we had a meeting with Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair and my Local Area Representative Polina.
We all went to The Village Renaissance Fair in Newtown PA, the entry fee was only $5 to get into the fair.The Village Renaissance Fair, 2015

We all met up there in different cars and paid to get in once in we were all welcomed by Polina.

She showed us where we can go to dress up for free so we can fit in with the renaissance period and take photo’s with friends.The Village Renaissance Fair

We all danced in a circle with the devil and took some photos of group and did introductions for new au pairs.The Village Renaissance Fair 7

After that, we just had a small group discussion then we were free to walk around fair and do our own thing.

The Village Renaissance Fair5

Things to do, there was a lot there to do, the food smelt amazing so many choices, and there were ice cream trucks etc. There was a parade with knights, queen and kings etc thru the fair to entertain us.The Village Renaissance Fair 10Few girls wanted to learn how to belly dance and got a lesson and did a show for us. It was very lovely too take photo’s with new friends we made for memories of the times we shared and there was props and awesome decor and of cause entertainers willing to pose with us for photos.IMG_20150920_145259

So all in all, it’s a very good fair, especially for families, there are lots to do for children like jumping castles, sword fighting etc. There were also lots of games that you could play to win prizes, but for us we all had a fun time meeting all the new and old faces and making new friends.

Cultural exchange Au Pair meeting

Au Pair’s events are cultural exchange meetings which promote cultural awareness, help gain international experience, strengthen interest in other cultures, history and inspire to learn.

Au pair meeting at Village Renaissance Faire

Come join Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsAustralian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pairs, and Au Pairs from other countries at The Village Renaissance Fair, 557 Penns Park Rd, Newtown, PA 18940 on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 12:00 pm.The Village Renaissance Faire

The Village Renaissance Faire is a recreation of a 12th through 16th century village named Penn’s Park and consists of eight stages and various sets: Merchant Squares, Living History Pavilions, Food Courts, Gaming area, Multi-cultural enclaves, Craft Corners, and Kid’s Kingdom.

Please join the Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair. This is a special occasion for a celebration of international friendship and meeting new people which leading to new friendships.

Come to see the arts, the town, and the knights.Y Dress up- you can be part of the show.

The Au Pair Program and the War in Ukraine.

Recently we hosted  Host Family Conference, which is one of the Au Pair Program requirements. There were many Au Pairs from different countries and many Americans families as well.  People around the table had fun and go to experience many cultures in one afternoon. Their participation showed tolerance and respect to different cultures and served as a positive example to the people around the world.Cultural exchange

I mentioned that because one of the Au Pairs in the meeting was from Ukraine. The war in Ukraine brought so many troubles for her family back in Donetsk, the center of the of fighting. People who were neighbours and shared the same value and culture  in the past, share misunderstanding  and disagreements today.ukraine

Looking in the Ukrainian Au Pair sad eyes, who was being very worried of her family’s well being and texting them constantly, I just valued more and more the benefits of the Au Pair program and cultural exchange. The meeting was a place to learn first hand for many Au Pairs about a war and peace and evaluate the difference.

According to R. Ruth, the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, “This (au pair) program is a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the culture and diversity that the United States has to offer.”The Au Pair Program offers an opportunity to learn about other culture and make friends all over the world.

I also hope there will be no war in the future because a new generation will better understand the people around the world and be tolerant to others.

Au Pair Sis blog

Au Pair Sis

The Au Pair Sis program becomes very popular among the Au Pair community and Host Families. The Au Pair Sis has hundreds of friends and thousands” likes” on facebook.

Janine, the Local Area Representative for the New Jersey Au Pairs, became Au Pair Sister to many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency as well.  She created an interactive and fun community for Au Pairs and provides ongoing support and advice.

go-au-pair-at-the-picnic

Janine has very informative Au Pair Sis blog on the Go Au Pair website. The Au Pair Sis constantly answers questions that Au Pairs have. She also helps with the tips that improve their experience with Host Families and gives some advice on how to adjust to a new culture.

welcome to Go Au PaThe Au Pair Sis recorded tons of movies that are very helpful for Au Pairs and Host Families. I personally love to watch the videos about cultural differences. Please watch this interesting video Gifts from Beijing about meaningful gifts that the Au Pair Ophelia from China brought to her host family from Philadelphia.

The Au Pair Sis program enhances the quality of the child care Au Pairs provide for host families. Please check the exclusive Interview with Au Pair Sis on aupairclearinghouse.com

Kids friendly food

I am pleased to host a guest blogger and a personal chef from NJ, Debbie of Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals. Debbie is working to incorporate recipes that help host families and Au Pairs  in teaching us how to create kids friendly and healthy food.

Today Debbie’s Home Cooked Meals is sharing the recipe of Tacos with steamed butternut squash

Tacos with butternut squash

  • 1-2 tbs Olive oil
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (need 1-1 ½ cups)
  • 1 cup frozen cubed Butternut squash
  • 1pkg of Taco seasoning mix
  • Taco shells (18 shells)
  •  1 pkg of Shredded cheddar

Directions.

Au Pairs cook with Chef.

On October 20, 2012  chefs and cooks around the world celebrate their professional holiday.

International Chefs Day was established in 2004 by the initiative of the World Association of Cooks Societies (WACS) which counts over eight million chefs from all over the world as members.

Chefs is one of the most ancient in the world. Who was a first coined cook no one really knows- people used to cook millions of years ago.

Chefs is one of the most popular profession in the world and most needle one. Today Au Pairs and Host Families have a chance to cook with the Chef Debbie from Debbie’s Home Cooking.

Our guest blogger Debbie will teach how to cook her favorite recipe CHICKEN PARMESAN ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

This Chicken Parmesan recipe has great taste but fewer calories than the usual recipe.

Ingredients

TOMATO SAUCE:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion,
  • 3 cloves of  minced garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes,
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

CHICKEN:

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 thin chicken cutlets
  • 2 large egg whites
  • About ½ cup of dry Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

%d bloggers like this: