Volunteering for the International Spring Festival. 

Many 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. This year we are going to volunteer again for the International Spring Festival. au pair volunteering with ISFFor many Au Pairs volunteering in the USA will be a first-time experience. Au Pairs are very enthusiastic and motivated to make a difference in another’s life.  Instead of taking the easy roads, spending time for their pleasure, many Au Pairs had chosen to volunteer their time.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

This year Au Pairs are volunteering face painting, twisting balloons,  making crafts with kids, and etc.  They are looking forward to entertaining the kids.  However, the festival is interesting for the entire family. The address is North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, 19446, and the hours are from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm If you want to meet other families and learn about the Au Pair program from their experience, please come to the Go Au Pair table at 12:00 pm. The event is free.

Please join the International Spring Festival and a Host Family Day Conference on Saturday, April 21, 2018! 

Au Pairs education.

A Fall semester is just around the corner and it is the time for the Au Pairs to think about classes. If you haven’t found your class yet, choose your class as soon as possible.

Every Au Pair must register and attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and complete six semester hours (12 for educare program), or the equivalent.10382975_1009454645737095_2211206795615233843_nAu Pairs must take classes in the classroom, not online. In order to enroll the Au Pairs may need to take the Placement Test to be eligible for college courses. Continuing Education, Non-credit classes,  Adult Education and Lifelong Learning classes are the most affordable options for Au Pairs.

The colleges listed here are the most popular and affordable choices for the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area.

Bucks County Community College 

Newtown, PA (215) 968-8000,
Upper County Campus, Perkasie, PA (215) 258-7700
Bristol Center/Lower Bucks Campus, Bristol, PA (215) 781-3939
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-credit , Continuing Education Department offers extensive and affordable classes.

Delaware County Community College

Media, PA (610) 359-5050 , (610) 359-5333 for non-credit courses,
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-credit

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell, PA ,(215) 641-6300
West Campus located in Pottstown, PA
Day, Evening, Weekend
Credit, Non-creditBlue Bell, PA ,(215) 641-6300

Harcum College

Bryn Mawr, PA (610) 526-6116
Day , Credit, Non-credit

Princeton Universityt

4 Mercer street Princeton NJ08542, (609) 258-0202 – E-mail: PUCAP@princeton.edu
Day, Evening, Weekend, Non-credit

According to the Department of State requirement, host families have to reimburse tuition costs and costs of related materials  up to $500  and $1000 for EduCare. Au Pairs responsible for all payments for tuition, fees, books and materials that exceed $500 or $1000.

Educational institutions must be accredited by approved accrediting agencies to be acceptable. The Department of Education has a list of approved accrediting agencies on their website.  If you are unsure or have questions, you can contact Go Au Pair corporate office.

Please, plan ahead, speak with your host family and don’t wait until the last minute to register for your class.

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.

Au Pairs fundraising in Bucks County.

Last week the Au Pairs from the Bucks County and Philadelphia cluster hosted a big fundraising event to support the Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Many Au Pairs, and Host families got together at Core Creek Park in Bucks County for BBQ, fun and fundraising.

There were a lot of kids and many Au Pairs to take care of them, so parents could relax and have fun as well.Au Pairs in Bucks County

The goal of that event was to have fun and to fundraise. We succeeded in both. The Core Creek park was the a perfect location, the weather was excellent, and the most important – there was an excitement in the air. Maybe it’s because the Au Pairs and Host families made the event special.  Au Pairs  Bucks County Fundraisng

Many families brought tasty food and we had a BBQ.  There were many games for the kids and adults. We had so much fun together, played many games with the coins that went to fundraising after that. We raised a lot of money, more than a previous time. Every penny was counted.

There was a lot of excitement at the event. Everyone had a lot of fun, earned prizes and great memories. Special thanks to  Au Pairs Monica,  Cosima and Nita who led the games.

Au Pairs Bucks County Fundraisng

We are going to fundraise one more time before the“Walk Now for Autism Speaks” in Philadelphia on November 2, 2014. Au Pairs are going to be fundraising at the Rice’s market in Bucks County in September.autism bear

Please also join Go Au Pair team on November, 2 2014 at that annual Autism Walk and check out and join the facebook page for Au Pairs volunteering in the USA.

Pair with the Go Au Pair Team in Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Please pair with the Go Au Pair team in”Walk Now for Autism Speaks” to change the future of the kids with Autism.

 There are two ways to pair:  walk on and raise money.Autism walk with Go Au Pair

 There are no registration fees, please encourage your friends and family for support.

Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster created a committee to organize the walk and raise money.support Autism

All the gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Autism Speaks is a registered 501(c)3 organization.  Our tax ID number is 20-2329938.walk for autism

According to CBS news , Autism rates rise 30 percent in two-year span. We would like to raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the necessity to combat this complex disorder.The Au pairs will walk  to change the future for all who struggle with autism.autism and au pair

Please pair with Go Au Pair team and join “Walk Now for Autism Speaks”

The Au Pair from Bucks County Adriana

Adriana Zhang, the Au Pair from Newtown, Bucks County is about to finish her first Au Pair year. She is  a 2014 Au Pair in Excellence Nominee. Adriana and other Au Pair from Bucks County get noticed for their help to a community.Au pairs in the Philadelphia Flowe Show

Adriana is an Au Pair from China, she lives with a family in  Bucks County, and she is taking care of four children under the age of six. Adriana’s host family appreciates her help. Adriana’s host mom wrote about her: “Adriana has been a tremendous asset to our family. She is hard working and has a wonderful attitude and work ethic. ”

Aupair frpm China at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Adriana said about her child care experience: “Every day I prepare the food for kids, feed them and give kids classes.  I help them take a bath, do homework, read a story, sing a song and pray with them.  We have a lot of activities: play outside, do some crafts, and decorate our house before the holidays.  I teach kids Chinese song, Chinese poem and Mandarin. I have a lot of fun with my host kids.”

Peddler's villlage with Adriana's hostAdriana is very thankful to Go Au Pair, she said in her review ,”There are many beautiful memories in my life. I love my au pair life here. Thank you Go Au Pair!”

 Au Pairs volunteers
“I’m so glad I have this chance to know more about west culture. I have a lot of fun and got a lot of childcare experiences during my au pair life.” Au pair party

Adriana is very active,  she is always the first to volunteer and help new Au Pairs . She volunteered at church and helped people learn English. Adriana made a lot of friends and got a new family. Her host kids will always remember her.

Adriana left a lot of great memories too. This weekend her host family throws a farewell party for Adriana. We will miss you, Adriana.

Go Au Pair team will walk to change the future of the kids with Autism.

I would like to invite you to join the Go Au Pair cluster Philadelphia & NJ on November 2, 2014 at  Citizens Bank Park of Philly. That day the Go Au Pair team will walk  to change the future for all who struggle with autism. Please join us and “Walk Now for Autism Speaks

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Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S.- 1 in 68 children is diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD)prevlance autism

“Behind each of these numbers is a person living with autism,” said Autism Speaks President Liz Feld. autism kidsAutism prevalence raises along race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic lines and access to care continue to be an issue. “Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or socio-economic boundaries,” Ms. Feld

walk for autism

We will walk as the Go Au Pair team to raise funds for the Autism care.  We also will walk to raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder. We will share the Autism Speaks message and spread the world.

Please walk with us to change the future of the kids with Autism.  The Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster organized a committee to create the team and raise money. autism Move one step closer to changing the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorder. Every step counts!  

Please pair with the Go Au Pair team!

Helping the community with my Au Pairs friends.

Ophelia’s Diary.

My Au Pairs friends and I love to volunteer and help the community. In China, I didn’t have many opportunities to volunteer. As an Au Pair in America, I enjoy the opportunities to help others. My friend Adriana and I are volunteering in Chinese Gospel Church and helping to teach beginner’s English every Sunday. I also love to volunteer with my Au Pairs friends as a team,  it is even more fun.

Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

On March 1, 2014, 11 Au Pairs from Go Au Pair volunteered for the Philadelphia Flower Show. The Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area had so much fun together! I can’t wait to share all of them with you.
Au pairs in the PhiladelphiaFlowe Show

In the afternoon, all the Au Pairs got into the Convention Center, this is a huge and beautiful place. We had an Au Pair meeting first. We welcomed three new Au Pairs and each Au Pair shared their own experience.Au Pairs Go Au Pair volunteering

It was so nice meeting so many Au Pair friends here.Au Pair from  Philadelphia Karla

Our Local Area Representative Polina brought sweets for us. It was so delicious. Thank you so much Polina. Also, Polina helped us took a lot photos.Go Au Pair team volunteered Philadelphia Flowe Show

We always have so much fun during the Au Pair meetings. This time all Au Pairs were wearing lovely Go Au Pair T-shirts.

 Au Pairs volunteers

After this meeting, we went to Make and Take room to volunteer.

Make and take room

This volunteering experience was even greater! Stay tuned for my next entry- Au Pairs volunteered for the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary

Bucks County Au Pairs in Excellence

This month, Go Au Pair agency recognized 45 Au Pairs who went above and beyond their job as Au Pairs. Read a press release Au Pairs in Excellence Nomination- Au Pairs stand out.

There are two outstanding Au Pairs from Bucks County who were nominated by their Host Families for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award in 2014.

Chinese Au Pair Hui

Hui Han, an Au Pair from China, lives in Yardley, Bucks County.  She had a challenging task to join the host family with two kids who recently lost their mom. The kids’ father spent many hours looking for the right Au Pair candidate.

The host father with two kids shared his story. You can read his posts: Why consider an Au Pair?   Looking forward to having a Chinese Au PairWelcoming a Chinese Au Pair to our family. Time flies very fast, and  one year and a half went since the Au Pair Hui joined the family.

Chinese Au Pair with kids

Her host father nominated the Au Pair Hui for Au Pair of the Year Award and shared his great experience”We were also fortunate to have the kind support of our Local Area Representative, who is great with organizing the Au Pairs in her cluster.  She too could see that Hui was mature and good for the children.  As the days passed by, I could tell that the children we happier at school and at home.  While no one was going to replace their mother, we had built a new family structure.  Having Hui there for them and helping out on their Chinese assignments was a source of stability in our household.”

Au Pair Hui China 5

Hui is very reliable, mature and trustworthy Au Pair.  She is also very active and has many friends. I think that she traveled more than any Au Pair I know. She has been to New York City, New Hampshire, Boston, California, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and visited friends in Idaho to name a few places. Hui took art class at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and then a class at Princeton University She also loves volunteering, skiing and skating with her friends and her twin sister.

Au Pairs Yardley Bucks County

In a few months Hui will leave the family. Her host father says,”I know she will take her independence and maturity on to the next phase of life. I hope we will appreciate her as much as she deserves, even after she has gone.”Au Pair Hui  China 6 Congratulation, Hui! Your name is written among other nominees of Au Pairs in Excellence on Go Au Pair website and also in your host kids hearts!

Read  Go Au Pair blog about Go Au Pair’s Au Pair in Excellence Winners.

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