The Au Pair meeting in the Masonic Temple, Philadelphia

Enjoy reading the post of Au Pair Christine from China.au-pair-chinaI am Christine from China. To be honest, I am so blessed for being an Au Pair with Go Au Pair agency and my host family. Not only I can experience American and various cultures, but also I can learn how to be independent and mature. I think everyone has their own thoughts about being an aupair, in spite of that, this tremendous experience won’t let us down.go-au-pair-philadelphiaWhen it comes the fancy activities which held each month for Au Pairs from Go Au Pair in the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area, it is another experience and adventure.masonic-templeLast Saturday we went to the Masonic Temple together with Aupair folks. The building is fantastic and was built 150 years ago. I couldn’t remember the names of prestigious architects and designers and history of the amazing artworks inside the building, but I do clearly remember every Au Pair I met on that day.masonic-temple-2I am sort of bad at remembering people’s name. However, I can speak up the name of most of my new Au Pairs friends after last meeting. I met Au Pairs from Argentina, S. Africa, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Germany, Ukraine and, of course, from China.masonic-temple-3What also made me impressed was Au Pair Dani from Colombia who just arrived in Philadelphia a few days ago, perhaps she was still having a jet-lag problem, but she came to the meeting with us showing her enthusiasm!au-pair-philadelphia

In a few words, I  learned something new from the meeting and  made many international friends as well. That is why I never miss out the meeting. It also why I am looking forward to meeting you guys next time on March 19, 2017 at Brunswick Zone XL!

Multilingual kids with the Au Pair help.

 

Many parents  would like to teach their children extra skills or a language to prepare them better for their professional life. People who fluently speak more than one language are more likely to be considered for a job and more likely to earn a higher wage than monolingual speakers. Kids who speak two languages also develop the ability to multitask. Having your child learn a second language gives a child a distinct educational advantage that will last a lifetimemost-popular-languge

What languages are other people trying to learn? There are a lot of languages and cultures to choose- a bilingual family member, friend, neighbor, or caretaker who can spend time with your child  and speak to your child in the target language. Go Au Pair hires Au Pairs from 60 countries -Au Pairs from Australia, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Colombia, Ukraine, S. Korea, France, Russia, El Salvador, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary and many more

Hiring an Au Pair who speaks the language of the family’s choice is an excellent option. Host families choose an Au Pair from a specific country because they are able to teach the language naturally through study and play. Speaking another language or two will open many doors for children.

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Host family from Bucks County is looking forward to welcoming an Au Pair from Mexico.

A new Au Pair from Mexico Alejandra will join the K. host family in New Hope on Monday. The K family had the Au Pairs from China, Korea, Mexico and built the solid bonds in their hearts. The K family loves the Au Pair program, hosted many Au Pairs events, volunteered with our cluster and opened their home to many Au Pairs.The K family is very excited and ready to welcome a new Au Pair Alejandra from Mexico to their family.mexico flag

Alejandra is 22 and she recently graduated from college where she studied animation. She has 2 brothers and a little sister. She said that her hobbies are traveling, learning new things and cultures, making new friends and spending time with them. She already lived in Germany.Al Au Pair from Mexico 1

Alejandra has a buddy Lorena, Au Pair from Colombia, who lives with her host family in Bucks County and takes care of three kids. Alejandra made a lot of friends on facebook with the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster.Alej Au Pair from Mexico 1

We are looking forward to meeting you soon, Alejandra.  Have a safe trip.

The Au Pair Experience in the USA

The summer is the busiest time for the Go Au Pair agency, it is the time when many families bring new Au Pairs and many Au pairs complete the program and go home.  During the Au Pair year the Au Pairs are working, studying, exploring American culture, and doing many exciting things.Au Pairs  Bucks County FundraisngMany 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. Volunteering in many countries is not common, so for many Au Pairs it was a first-time experience. Go Au Pair Team

Last year a group of the Au Pairs from China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, South Africa, Mexico, Ukraine volunteered four times.

Au Pairs  Bucks County FundraisngThe former Au Pair from China Ophelia said, “One of the best memory for my first Au Pair year is volunteering! Even though I just been here less than one year, I already volunteered four times” Au Pair Philadelphia

We are forever Grateful.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks recently granted a Certificate of Appreciation to the Go Au Pair team.  There are the words that really touched me “We are forever Grateful.”Au Pair certificate

The Certificate of Appreciation for Go Au Pair team expresses the thanks from thousands of individuals with Autism and their families for volunteers kindness and efforts saying  “We are forever Grateful.”

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The Au pairs from many different countries joined to raise more than $700 for an Autism Speaks walk in Pennsylvania. They held three fundraisers before the day of the event and surpassed their goal of $500 by $250.

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Then, on November 2, 2014 Go Au Pair Team walked with Janine Au Pair Sis to raise awareness, advocacy and funds for research and the families for the autism community.

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Au Pairs from China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, South Africa, Mexico, Ukraine chose to volunteer, fundraise and walk with Go Au Pair Team to change the future for all who struggle with Autism. Walk Now for Autism Speaks truly appreciates what these young international people has done in helping others.

Au Pairs volunteering in Newtown, Bucks County.

National Volunteer Week is coming up – April 6 to 12 – and we are going to celebrate it… by volunteering again.

Yes, we are going to volunteer once again. The Au Pairs love to volunteer very much and asked me to volunteer again. Since not everyone had this opportunity, I added an additional meeting and we will volunteer on May 4, 2014, at Welcome Day Arts Festival, in Newtown PA.IMG_20131117_102357 (2)

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things and I would like to recognize outstanding Au Pairs volunteers in your cluster

Annie Santelices, an Au Pair from Mexico.
Monica Hinestroza, Joana Munarand, and Elena Bautista– Au Pairs from Colombia
Adriana Zhang, Hui Han, Jacqueline Ji, Ophelia He, and  Diana Zhu, the Au Pairs from China
Karla Hernandez, an Au Pair from El Salvador
Cherry Grace Arthur, an Au Pair from South AfricaGo Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

These Au Pairs volunteered at the Philadelphia Marathon for  the American Cancer Society and the Philadelphia Flower Show . Au Pairs had a lot of fun working as the Go Au Pair team. It was a rich cultural exchange experience for Au Pairs and they helped a community.Volunteer AuPair Philadelphia

“Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.”– Mahatma Gandhi

Many Au Pairs are very enthusiastic and motivated to serve others. The first step is around the corner. Join other volunteers at the art festival, use your time, talent, skills and voice to create community change.  Become a volunteer!

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.
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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.

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

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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

An International Volunteer Day 2013: YOUNG.GLOBAL.ACTIVE.

December 5 was designated as an International Volunteer Day (IVD) by the United Nations in 1985 to celebrate the power of volunteering.  An International Volunteer Day has been celebrated around the world. The slogan of the International Volunteer Day 2013 is Young. Global. Active. tagline_ENG

According to VOLUNTEER ACTION COUNTS campaign, ” On International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2013, we not only celebrate and recognize volunteerism in all its facets – but pay special tribute to the contribution of youth volunteers in global peace and sustainable human development. For IVD 2013 we celebrate globally that young people act as the agents of change in their communities. On 5 December, 2013 join us in recognizing all volunteers’ commitment and applaud hundreds of millions of people who volunteer to make the world a better place.”

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There’s no better way to celebrate the power of volunteering than to volunteer! Two weeks ago a group of the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair volunteered at the Philadelphia Marathon and helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

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“Young. Global. Active.” was the best description of our volunteering team- the group of the passionate and energetic Au Pairs from Brazil, China, Colombia, Salvador, Ecuador, Germany, Panama, South Africa, Mexic0, France, Spain and Cameroon. Go Au Pair agency helps the Au Pairs have the best cultural exchange experience during the Au Pair program. Many Au Pairs are very enthusiastic and motivated to change the world for the better. The marathon was where the Au Pairs had an opportunity to start.

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Monica, an Au Pair from Colombia, shared her volunteer experience, “It’s unbelievable how you give a little bit of your time to others, and they can give you so much energy and so much happiness.”

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VOLUNTEER ACTION COUNTS  invite all volunteers—present, past and future to show the world- volunteering matters.

Please share your stories – Your action counts.

A Family Day Conference.

Please enjoy the post written by an Au Pair from Go Au Pair, from the Philadelphia cluster, Adriana Zhang. Thank you for sharing with us, Adriana.

Hi everyone. I’m Adriana, and I came from China. This is my first time to write on the blog about my au pair life. I think this is my fourth au pairs meeting. But this time it was really different than others. Because this time host families joined us. So I met other au pairs’ host families.Adriana au pair from China

Their kids were so cute. They played together, and had fun. We are really a big group. And also we have 6 au pairs from China. And we were happy to meet each other. We talked about our work, our school, and also we took pictures together. We wanted to keep the memory for this special time.IMG_20131013_133550

We met each other at Rat’s restaurant of Grounds for Sculpture Park. Our Local Area Representative—Polina was really nice, she prepared some gifts for everyone. Thank her so much.chinese Au Pairs

That’s really a beautiful park. There were so many different sculptures, and we took pictures. Also, the park had a special music event and had some people who wore special clothes and sang in the park. That song was beautiful.

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And then we had the lunch together. I had fun with au pairs’ family. They are really nice and enthusiastic. It is an opportunity to share the experience and get to know each other better, gain cultural and social experience and make new friends from a different culture. And I also met some new friends.

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On November 17, 2013  many Au Pairs from the Philadelphia and NJ area and I are going to volunteer for the Philadelphia Marathon for  the American Cancer Society and raise funds to create a world with more birthdays and less cancer!

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I hope to see them again at November’s Marathon. Come join us. See you there.

Connect with Au Pair Sis.

The Au Pair Sis is looking forward to organizing fun activities to do together with her. If you are still not connected with Janine Au Pair Sis, just send her a request on facebook.

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Au Pair Sis  is doing many interesting activities. She has her personal very informative Au Pair Sis blog on the Go Au Pair website. The Au Pairs can Join the Book Club and participate at Book of the Month Event on Facebook.

The Au Pair Sis is also a former personal trainer and helps Au Pairs to explore the world of fitness. Au Pairs can exercise alone, with friends, or kids. The Au Pair Sis often posts new challenges on Fitness for Au Pairs and Fitness for Kids.  If Au Pairs want to try new challenges from China or Ecuador, they can check Foreign Fitness.

There are so many international Games and Crafts  that Au Pairs Sis updates on her blog and Au Pairs can also can learn new games, crafts, and new recipes from Pinterest.

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Au Pairs can learn about Au Pair Experiences from watching  videos. Host families and Au Pairs like to watch movies about Cultural Differences.

My personal favorite is learning to cook international dishes. There are so very many recipes that Au Pairs from Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Perú, China, Mexico, Germany, Filipines, and Poland shared with the Au Pair community at Go Au Pair Cookbook.Colombian Au Pair recipe

The Au Pair Sis also recorded many educational movies,  please check out her tutorials.

Make a new friend with Au Pair Sister on Facebook.  You can have fun together with the Au Pair Sis and her hundreds of Au Pairs friends.

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