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!

Au Pairs volunteering in the USA.

Au Pairs from Go Au Pair volunteered their time and skills at the International Spring Festival on Saturday, 04.16.2016 to make hundreds of kids happy that day.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 8

The Au Pairs had a lot of fun as well. Three Go Au Pair clusters from Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County and NJ got together and met new friends.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

There is a huge cultural diversity in the Au Pair volunteering team: Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, South African Au PairsMexican Au PairsUkrainian Au Pairs and Russian Au Pairs.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 2

The Au Pair explored the unique Festival. The Festival hosted by volunteers in the North Penn area and is celebrating its 25th year and is organized.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 10

Au Pairs were very enthusiastic and motivated to serve others and use their time, talent, skills and voices to help other volunteers and serve the community. It was a great cultural exchange experience, which is a goal of the Au Pair program.

 

Award winners Au Pairs.

Go Au Pair Au Pairs been internationally recognized by the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) many times. The agency had the IAPA winners and finalists in 2015, 2009, 2005 and 2004.

This year Au Pair from Go Au Pair agency, Terri Abbott from South Africa, became the one of three 2015 Au Pair of the Year finalists. Best S. African Au Pair 2015 Terri

According to IAPA, “The Au Pair of the Year Award provides au pairs the recognition and credit they deserve and enhances the public’s awareness of this wonderful cultural exchange programme and the mutual benefit au pairs and families get from it.” The “IAPA Au Pair of the Year” award enhances the public’s awareness of this amazing program.

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Go Au Pair created Au Pair in Excellence Award on based on nominations sent in from Go Au Pair’s Host Families for IAPA Au Pair of the Year to recognize all of our Au Pairs for their hard work and effort in providing quality child care for families.

Meet award-winning au pairs from Go Au Pair 

2015 Au Pair in Excellence Winner – Yidan Ren, China

Yiden is an Au Pair from China and lives with the Mcnally family and their two daughters ages 13 and 11 at Seattle, Washington. The oldest girl,  Jordan submitted the nomination and says, “Yidan is more like an older sister to Reese and I because she treats us like we are her two younger sisters, not like she’s just working like a nanny for two kids. Yidan cares about things that are important to Reese and I.” Read Yidan‘s nomination

Yiden- Au Pair in Excellence Winner

2015 Au Pair in Excellence Runner Up – Demoy Harrison, Au Pair from Jamaica

Demoy arrived to Jersey City in Northern New Jersey to join the Uhrmacher – Doughty family with a 7 year old son who was “insistent that this time he wanted a boy au pair.”

“In Demoy he has found a friend. It is wonderful to see the grin on his face as Demoy holds him upside down by his ankles, or rides him on his shoulders and pretends to be a horse!.”Read Demoy‘s nomination

Congratulations to many outstanding Au Pairs who were nominated for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award and became 2015 Au Pair in Excellence Winners and also past Winners and Finalists of the Au Pair in Excellence Award!

Take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.

You may be tired of a long cold winter and are counting down the days looking forward to a Spring day. Wait no longer, you can enjoy a fantastic Spring or even Summer day this weekend at the Philadelphia Flower Show where everything is blooming.2015pfs_bloom philly

Every year thousands of volunteers and gardening enthusiasts who share a love of plants and people. They help make the largest in the world Philadelphia Flower Show breathtaking.  Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair have chosen to volunteer at the Make and Take Room of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show. They are going to contribute their time and talent and get a unique cultural exchange experience. Volunteering, learning and giving back to the community has become our cluster tradition.

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Go Au Pair team will help you create a piece of art and have fun. Please stop by from 11.30 am till 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Make and Take Room, which is located along the Grand Concourse at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  We will help you take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.Aupairs creation at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Oksana, a new Au Pair from Ukraine

Oksana arrived in her hostamily in the Philadelphia area about 4 weeks ago. She’s 23 years old and our au pair Yoselin is her buddy, who already helped her a bit during her first weeks as an au pair.
Oksana, who grew up in the most beautiful part of Ukraine surronded by the Carpathian mountains,  graduated from University with a master degree in management. But besides her interests in managerical problems she’s interested in other cultures and languages and loves to work with people from different countries.

The main reason why I decided to become an au pair is that I truly love children. I love to see how differently children see the world, and I am happy to be presented with an opportunity to see their development and contribute to it.

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To develop my personality I always tried to do a lot of interesting things. Some of them are traveling, reasing, handcrafting, cookind & baking and learning foreign languages.

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Before my arrival in the States it was an eventful time for me. I graduated from University and the second child in my host family was born. The third thing – my godson started walking!

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Responsible, creative, open-mineded – three words to describe herself.

The only thing I can wish for, in this very tense situation in Ukraine, is peace for my country and its citizens.

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I like to spend my free time with my family and friends. Usually, we go hiking, have BBQ or simply watch our favorite movie together. But one of the most important ways to spend our free time is a volunteer job at the care center for kids with special needs.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. That is why we have to believe in ourselves, vreate our own lives and then live it!

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I am very good at making life brighter and more colorful by doing things that make other people happier.

I’m persuaded of being able to be a good au pair, because I’ve always loved children and I had a chance to gain experience with children in lots of different areas.

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The Au pair program is a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the culture and diversity the United States have to offer. It is an incredible chance to make a difference. To learn and to be able to teach, to experience and share the values.

During her previous trip to the Unites States, she had a great experience visiting New York City, Conneticut and Montana. And this time she believes  Pennsylvania will be the place where she can meet new friends and make some unforgettable memories.

 

Oksana, I welcome you again to our cluster! I’m looking forward to meet you soon! I hope you’ll have a great year in the US and that you can do and see as much as possible.

 

 

Go Au Pair Team Project- helping kids with Autism

Fundraising for Autism Speaks is a special project that Au Pairs from Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ are working on now.  After the Go Au Pair Team is done fundraising they are going to participate in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks on November 2, 2014.

So far, 14 Au Pairs signed up to volunteer on September 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am at Rice’s Market.  Many host families donated items to support our team. All the money we raise during this event will help to change the future of the kids who struggle with Autism.

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We will wear lovely Go Au Pair T-shirts and divide into small international groups.Au Pairs from Go Au Pair 7

The first group of Au Pairs will sell the donated items and collect donations in the special jars.IMG_20140629_215409

The second group will  be occupied with face painting for kids.face paintings with Au Pair
The third group will teach kids to make origami.origami with Go Au Pair

The fourth group of Au Pairs will make ribbon Hershey kiss roses.

The last group will make fork painting crafts with the kids.art-projects-with-kitchen-tools

Please, join Go Au Pair Team and support our fundraising venture. more information visit the  Au Pairs volunteering in the USA  page on facebook .craft

Ling, one of our new Chinese Au Pairs

Ling joined our cluster already two months ago. She’s 24 years old, lives in Bucks County and replaced Adriana. Another Chinese au pair, Hui, offered to be her buddy and to help her during her first weeks in the US.

I’d like to share my life with other au pairs. It’s a honor to be an au pair. I hope I can make more friends and learn more about the American culture.

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One of my favourite things I do in my free time is swimming, doing paper-cut, drawing or cook Chinese food.
Three words to describe herself: confident, positive and brave.
Ling yuuki (2)I want to travel as much as possible during my time as an au pair and see as much places as possible in the US.
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At weekends, she likes to spend her time with reading, swimming, shopping or just meeting some of her friends.
I hope to have a good relationship with my host family and that I can be a responsible and careful au pair for the kids.
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Ling already met a lot of our au pairs during our meeting in August and she went with me and a few other au pairs to the ColorFestival, Philadelphia. Welcome again to our cluster! I am sure you can achieve your goal to improve your English and that you will have a great time here in the US.

Andrea, our new Au Pair form Colombia

After my last post about Cherry, I will introduce Andrea to you today. She arrived in New Jersey, her new home, about 5 weeks ago. Another Colombian au pair, Ana Maria – who lives in the same area, is Andrea’s buddy and helps her during her time here in the US.

I love spending time with children and to learn from them every day. But of course, I hope to improve my English as well. In addition I hope to get a chance to share my culture and learn about a new one.

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I love dancing, listening to music and watching movies, traveling and learning about other cultures and ways of life, meeting new people, talking and sharing experiences, going out with friends or preparing meals with my family/friends.

She describes herself as a kind, funny and friendly person.

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If I had one wish, it would be to learn as many languages as possible.

New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Boston – those are just a few places she wants to see.

During my free time I love to do something with my friends or to read a good book.

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I hope beeing an au pair will be a great experience and I can learn a lot, enjoy every moment and share my memories with others.

Welcome again to our cluster, Andrea! I’m sure you will have a great time here, meet new friends and people and I hope you can see as many new places as possible!

And not to forget: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 😉

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Cherry, one of our awesome South-African Au Pairs.

Cherry is in our cluster since January and she takes care of a little baby-boy in center city, Philadelphia. She’s a happy and funny person, always there for others and it makes so much fun to do something  with her.

I was born in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. I’m very friendly and very optimistic. I’m a huge water and animal lover. I worked in Sunnybank pre-school last year as an assistant Teacher and toured Australia with my family in June/July 2013. I love learning about new languages and cultures. I’d like to study drama, music and Psychology/Criminology.

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I want to be an au pair, because I’m young, I love children and the program is great for work and travel in another country and discover more about yourself.

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I love all the arts (music, dance and drama), reading, swimming, drawing, sports, and trying new things and I’m interested in Psychology.

Smiley, thoughtful…. fish-in-water – that’s how she describes herself.

Cherry would like to see Boston, NYC (again), Miami,Washington D.C., Montreal and Canada in general, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, LA and California in general – basically she’d like to visit as much places as possible.

In my free time I like to travel, do sports (especially swimming), spend time with my friends, watch series or to read a book. 

As an aupair, I expect to have a wonderful experience, full of traveling and new adventures and to have a great relationship with my host family and their beautiful son.

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I think you had a great time here so far and everyone can see that you love Taeghan and enjoy every minute with him! All the best for your remaining time in the US!

photo 3It has been a wonderful experience so far and everyone I’ve met and spent time with, has been awesome.  Thank you!

What Au Pairs can and can’t do?

“What my Au Pair can and can’t do?” is the common question from a new family. There are some rules created by the Department of State to help families and Au Pairs. Please review the Program Rules page on this blog. You may also read The Au Pair Exchange Program – “What you should know” from the Department of State.

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According to Wikipedia” the au pair is intended to become a member of the family, al beit a temporary one, rather than a traditional domestic worker.” The Au pairs are not responsible for housework that does not relate to the children.Au Pair from China

What is an Au Pair’s role in the family?  Au Pairs provide live-in child care for the Host Family children in exchange for room, board and a small weekly stipend.

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Au Pairs are responsible for all the children in their Host Family.

One day in a life of the Au pair from Go Au Pair

Here are also a few links that can help you to understand the Au Pairs program rules Preparing for a new Au Pair
Host family rules
Host family handbook for an aupair
What is an Au Pair’s role in the family?
An Au Pair’s room in the host family home
The Introductory Workshop, First Aid/CPR 
The first weeks with your Au Pair
Host Parents and Au Pair communication korean Au PairAu Pairs CAN work up to 45 hours a week but CAN’T work more than 10 hours a day-please read more about what Au Pairs can and can’t do at Go Au Pair blog. If you have questions about the Au Pair program, please contact me or  Go Au Pair agency.

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