Educational trips for Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County

Cultural Hi-Ways offers many educational trips for the Au Pairs who live in Philadelphia, Bucks County and close NJ area. The trips/classes hold on weekends as well and Au Pairs can earn 45 class hours. Three classroom sessions (Sundays) at Peirce College, Philadelphia  plus a tour to the destination studied allow Au Pairs to earn a certificate of completion for 45 hours or 4.5 CEU’s.aupairs

This Fall Learning Across America Educational Courses started already with the trip to Niagara Falls. This year Cultural Hi-Ways offers a new trip to Boston. The first class will begin at Peirce College on Sunday, October 4 and also on Sunday, October 11 and October 25. The tour date is November 14-15, 2015
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The very interesting trip to Washington, DC will be in October, 2015. Class Dates are on Sunday, October 18, November 1 and November 8, 2015 and the weekend tour to Washington, DC will be on November 21-22, 2015.

Many Au Pairs enjoyed the trips and earned the credits. Ophelia, Au Pair from China, wrote about the trip/ classes with Cultural Hi-Ways.Go Au Pair_Au_Pair

Kiah,  Au Pair from Australia, took this trip recently and shared with others,”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 free attractions. This trip was absolutely once in a lifetime and I could not recommend it enough!” Read more about the trip to Washington, DC from Kiah post.GoAuPair_Kiah5
Don’t wait until the last minute to register if you want to travel and fulfill your educational component. More information about PA Au Pairs Educational Courses you can find here.

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.

Join Go Au Pair Team and support fundraising.

Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster are planning a fundraising event to change the future of the kids who struggle with Autism.  Please join Go Au Pair Team on September 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am at Rice’s Market and support fundraising for Walk Now Autism Speaks!

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Take the first step and donate some items. You will not only raise funds and help kids with Autism, but you will become a part of a fun team of the young, global, active volunteers.

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Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster are not new to volunteering. Our current project is to raise money for Walk Now for Autism Speaks and walk together on November 2, 2014.

We had a few fundraising events and raised some funds already. The first fundraising event was  an Au Pair International Pot-Luck Dinner in June, 2014.

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On August 3, 2014 Au Pairs volunteered in Bucks County- that was a fun fundraising event.  The team hosted a barbecue party in Core Creek Park, Langhorne, PA as a support of  Autism Speaks  Philadelphia.

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Whether this is your first walk or not,  take your very first step – join  Au Pairs volunteering in the USA  page on facebook  for more information and join us on “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” in Philadelphia on November 2, 2014.

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.

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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.

Au Pairs cluster traditions.

There are many ways to establish meaningful Au Pairs traditions that become an important part of our cluster’s life.  Some traditions such as welcoming a new Au Pair on facebook, interviewing a new Au Pair, supporting with Au Pairs buddy’s help and other traditions not only help a new Au Pair to adjust quickly, but create a sense of unity and belonging to the cluster as well.Go Au Pair

Another Philadelphia  and NJ cluster tradition is blogging about excellent Au Pairs from the cluster in a way of honoring them for their outstanding work. There are very many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency were recognized that Go au Pair was rated #1 agency!Go Au Pair #1

Many Au Pairs from Philadelphia and NJ from Go Au Pair agency were nominated and recognized by their host families. Read a press release Au Pairs in Excellence Nomination- Au Pairs stand out.

Every year  Go Au Pair agency recognized many Au Pairs and traditionally there are many Au Pairs from our cluster who went above and beyond their job as Au Pairs.  This year six families from twenty cluster’s host families nominated their Au Pairs for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award for their excellent work as an Au Pair!  Read Go Au Pair blog about Go Au Pair’s Au Pair in Excellence Winners.aupair excellence

Please read a few posts on the blog about our outstanding Au Pairs

Meet the Au Pairs in Excellence from China
 Au Pair in Excellency from Philadelphia.

Bucks County Au Pairs in Excellence

The Au Pair of the Year.

Thank you to our Au Pairs.

Thank you to all outstanding Au Pairs!

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”

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

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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!

Japanese festival with Au Pair friends

Ophelia’s Diary.

My host family lives very close to the Cherry Blossom festival location. I rode my bike early and spent a great time before an Au Pair meeting. Sakura SundayAround 12:00 pm my Local Area Representative Polina and some Au Pairs from Philadelphia , Bucks County and NJ came to the Sakura Sunday event. We were so glad to see each other. Au Pair friends

When we Au Pairs get together we always have so much to say that we can’t get it all out. I am just so happy to meet my dear Au Pair friends and Polina.Sakura Sunday

We took cute pictures together with cosplay girls.Au Pairs Philadelphia

After a quick lunch, we went to see Prettiest Pet in Pink Parade. There were a lot homeless dogs there were waiting for being adopted, I hope this festival can help them find a home soon.

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Then we enjoyed cosplay girls and guy sang Japanese songs. It’s full of power in their voices. After the singing, we enjoyed a great Cosplay Fashion Show. Au Pair friends

It was my first time seeing a show like this.

Summer Blackhurst, the Go Au Pair blog’s author, in her post Childcare and Cultural Exchange talks about cultural exchange and cultural immersion that broaden kids horizons and teaches about another culture lives.Au Pairs Bucks County, NJ, Philly  

The Au Pair program brings the cultural exchange to all Au Pairs and Host Families. I really like Japanese festival at Fairmount park. So far, I attended all the Au Pair activities and I like all of them!

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary

 

Au Pairs Are Going to Visit Japan Without Leaving Philadelphia

If you visit the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia in April, you will find a small piece of Japan in Philly. Au Pair’s cultural event  in April 2014, is a Sakura Sunday at Fairmount Park.

Au Pairs event -Sakura SundaySakura Sunday is part of Cherry Blossom Festival. Au Pairs can experience this charming festival of Japanese music, art, food, and culture without leaving Philadelphia.Au Pairs event,  Sakura Sunday

We are going to celebrate the return of  Spring and beautiful blossom of cherry trees with live musical and dance performances, crafts such as origami and calligraphy and other entertainments and taste amazing food.
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Also, Sakura Sunday held at Fairmount Park’s Horticulture Center, which is home to hundreds of blooming cherry trees  and a few trees  date back to 1926! It is so beautiful place to be.cherry blossom-festival-philadelphia

There are so many interesting events such as

Please join us on April 13, 2014, at 12.00 pm,  for a Family Day Conference, Sakura Sunday, at  Fairmount Park.  If you want to learn about the Au Pair program  and meet the Au Pairs from around the world and host families, you should be there. 

 

 

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

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