Helpful Tips for Au Pairs

Below are the tips that may be useful during an Au Pair Journey, check them out and post your own advice below!

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  • Open Your Mind. You can learn a lot from your host family, your Au Pairs friends from different countries and the people around you.  Just listen and enjoy the encounters with people from a different culture. Get out of your comfort zone and enjoy the unknown.
  • RespectLearn to respect your family’s ways.   Different cultures and families have their own reasons and ways of doing things. Just because the children are raised differently than you were or will raise your children, does not make it wrong.  Respect and follow the host family’s house rules.
  • Trust. To get the most out of your experience, open up to those who are around you. Your host parents  may become trusted mentors that you can easily confide in. Your Local Area Representative, Au Pair Sis and your Au Pairs friends are part of the supported network, you can relay on.
  • Speak up. You need to tell your host family if something is wrong because otherwise they have no way of finding out.  If you don’t know something, ask!  No question is a bad question. Your host family is your main resource for any questions and problems you have while living  together.
  • Have fun. Find out your kids interests and what they like to do.  Plan many activities and have fun together. This will make your job very rewarding and easy. Go out with your host family and friends, Explore new places, go to museums, cultural events, shows,  and concerts. Plan your time ahead, make a list of your favorite place to visit.  Stay connected with other Au Pairs and Au Pair Sis on facebook. Stay positive, outgoing, and enthusiastic.

  • Enjoy your Au Pair Year!

 

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Au Pairs living in the NJ area.

People said that it is better one time to see than 100 times to hear. Here is you can  see what the  Au Pairs from the NJ area favorite activities are.

Au Pairs living in NJ area have the opportunity to enjoy the shore.Au Pair in the shore

 They also like visiting parks – Grounds for Sculpture park
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 going to many festivals

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 waking on Steel Pier, Atlantic CitySteel Pier - Atlantic City

partying with Au PairsAu Pairs party Bucks County

experiencing Halloween in the USA

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helping out Go Au Pair volunteering at FRUA-15-2

bowling with friendsAu Pairs bouling

meeting au pairs from the cluster

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Au Pairs living at Bucks County, PA

Bucks County is located in the U.S. state (commonwealth) of Pennsylvania, and is part of the Delaware Valley area. Bucks County is named after the English county of Buckinghamshire.

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Map of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States Public School Districts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bucks  County well known for beautiful natural scenery, farmland, and colonial history.  Au Pairs, who live at Bucks County,  have opportunities to visit many parks,  tourist places and attractions.

Enjoy the water park Sesame Place at LanghorneSesame Place, Langhorne au pairs

Visit Bryn Athyn  CathedralBryn Athyn Cafedral 025

Or Peddlers Village at LahaskaAu Pairs Bucks County, New Hope

go to the theater
Au pairs and Host Family
volunteer with Au Pair friends

Go Au Pair volunteering for FRUA.

have fun with Au PairsAu Pairs at Peddlers village

have a picnic with Au Pairs
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celebrate a holiday with their friends

Aupairs party

explore ShadyBrook farm and watch the light showShady brook

meet au pairs from the cluster

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Au Pairs living in Philadelphia

Philadelphia /ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə/ is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States. Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The cheesesteak and soft pretzel are emblematic of Philadelphia cuisine, which is shaped by the city’s ethnic mix.

Aupairs PhiladelphiaAccording to wikipedia Philadelphia  has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city.  The Au Pairs from Philadelphia can visit many historical places- there are 67 National Historic Landmarks within the Philadelphia area.100_2080

Find your country ….

au pair lala1Visit a palace of arts
Au pairs at Kimmel

 try Philly’s famous cheesesteakAu Pair  try Cheesesteak

run with your friendsAu Pairs at the racejpg

visit a famous Philadelphia Flower show100_1398

Enjoy Devon Horse Show

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participate in Chinese New Year parade

Chinese New year

celebrate Chinese New YearPhila at Go Au Pair party

go to prison 🙂

Prison PhiladelphiaMeet au pairs from your cluster

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Germany – June 2013 Go Au Pair Featured Country

Families who match with an Au Pair from Germany in June get a $100 off the program fees. Take advantage of this discount and find a German Au Pair today!

Recent Host Family from Virginia said, “Our Au Pair assimilated very well to our house – it was almost seamless! Since Jasmin had already spent some time in Canada, we hardly notice any cultural differences. We would definitely choose another Au Pair from Germany!.”German flag

Hosting an Au Pair from Germany would be a great way to bring German culture, value of education and love for sport to your home. The people of Germany love  going to museums, theaters and participating in sports. German Au Pairs are known to be hard working and punctual. They are also very good drivers.  Check an Au Pairs from Germany out today!

Three fun facts about Germany:

1.Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world.
2.There are over 300 kinds of bread and over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
3.Many Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.

Don’t miss your chance to match with an Au Pair from Germany and receive the Features Country Discount!

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An Au Pair’s room in the host family home.

People frequently misspell  the word Au Pair  as “au par”, “au paire”, “opair”, “au per”,  “au paring” and confuse the meaning. The word “Au Pair” is a French term, which means “on par” or “equal to”, referring to living on an equal basis, so an Au Pair  lives as an equal member of a host family and should feel at home there.

How to make an Au Pair feel at home?  Please read more in the article How to welcome your new au pair.

It is very important to prepare a comfortable and welcoming room for the Au Pair. The adequately sized room is supposed to be clean and properly lighted, has a comfortable bed, a writing desk with a chair, a closet or a wardrobe,  and a cupboard with drawers or shelves. The Au Pair must have easy access to a bathroom or have her own.

A private room gives the Au Pair the perfect place to study for classes without interruption and have personal discussions with her family and friends without feeling as though everyone is listening or watching.

The Au Pair’s room must have a lock on her door because the Au Pair needs privacy.  In changing clothes, an Au Pair will feel more comfortable if she has a place to do these things in private with the door locked. No cameras are allowed in an Au Pair’s room.

To make the Au Pair feel like she is welcomed and loved, put in the Au Pair’s room a small welcome basket on her arrival. The gift basket may contain some bath gels/lotions for her bathroom, empty picture frames, sweets or chocolates, and flowers. The host family may give the Au Pair the freedom to customize her living space on her own, to decorate her room with some pictures and posters.

Host families often ask what additional they may provide to their Au Pairs, do they need to put a TV or a computer in the Au Pair’s room. It depends. I have asked Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and NJ area to  name material things they can’t live without (doesn’t include family, friends, etc.)

Dear Au Pair,  

Please take your time and vote.

It is very important to help the Au Pair feel comfortable and happy in the host family house and her room. The Au Pair will appreciate the efforts and will return the favour with her loving and reliable service.

An Au Pair means on par or equal to.

People are often confused about the word Au Pair. The Google search for the word “au pair” shows that people often misspell  this world  as “au par”, “au paire”, “opair”, “au per”

Many people think that au pair means a nanny.  An Au Pair doesn’t mean a nanny at all.

The word au pair is a French term, which means “on par” or “equal to, “ denoting living on an equal basis in a reciprocal, caring relationship between the host family and the children. An au pair will typically be a young woman and sometimes a young man from a foreign country who chooses to help look after the children of a host family and provide light housekeeping. The au pair is given room and board and is typically paid a weekly “pocket-money” salary. Au pairs generally stay with their host family for one year.
 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries, and very popular in the USA are Argentine,  Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, French, South Korean, Mexican, Russian, Salvadorian, South African, Thai and Ukrainian Au Pairs.

According to Wikipedia , an au pair (plural: au pairs) is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a small monetary allowance for personal use. Au pair schemes are subject to government restrictions which specify an age range usually from late teens to mid to late twenties.

Every year thousands of young people from all over the world consider becoming au pairs.  These enthusiastic unique individuals come to the United States  leaving behind the familiarity of their homeland, their parents, siblings and close friends. They start a special journey in their young  years and become a part of a host family as an equal member of the family helping with childcare , studying and traveling. Usually it is very far away from their real home.

Go Au Pair at the FRUA picnic

Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster from Philadelphia, Bucks County and close NJ recently volunteered for adoptive families at the FRUA picnic, at Limerick Community Park,  PA. 

The adopted children of FRUA‘s families come from all former Soviet bloc countries and republics, including Russia, Ukraine and many more.  FRUA believes that every child deserves a forever family and celebrates the rich heritage of our children’s birth countries.

Several Au Pairs were from Russia and Ukraine. Au Pairs  entertained the children, played games, taught them words in Russian, made crafts and had fun together.  We brought Russian toys and a lot of Russian food. Everyone asked questions about Russian culture and heritage. Although many children forgot their native Russian language, they were thrill to learn several words again,  like “Thank you” – “Spasibo”, or “See you later “- ” Poka”.

Go Au Pair helped make this picnic very special. The agency sent Au Pairs very  pretty T-shirts with their logo. All the Au Pairs were thrilled to wear this  fancy T-shirt and they looked amazing in it. The Agency also gave a huge $1000 discount off  the program fees for any family who had attended this picnic.

Volunteering is a great way to help the community around us. It also has many positive benefits for Au Pairs! They got a chance to meet new people, made friends and got to know American life better through volunteering.

This picnic was a great success, Au Pairs made many children and parents very happy at FRUA picnic!  The FRUA families were so glad to have us. They said to us again and again:” Thank you very much for coming,  you made this day very special. Please, come again, we are looking forward to seeing you at our Christmas party!”

“Thank you.”  “See you later”.  

SPASIBO! POKA!

An Au Pair is more than a nanny.

Many of  host families  from Go Au Pair found the program because they were looking for a better child care option.

An Au Pair is so much more than just a nanny. It is like having a big sister or cousin available that loves children unconditionally. They come from all over the world to live with the family and provide child care and a cultural exchange. They can help with laundry, meal preparation, car pooling, and light housekeeping for children.

But they would love to do much more:

~> arts & craft, coloring, puzzles,
~>reading, dancing, singing,
~>going to parks, zoos, museums,
~>playing lots of sports,
~>teaching  their language,
~>introducing their culture,
~>preparing  the home country’s dishes for the whole family.

Au pairs can be less expensive than nannies. Live-in Au Pairs are also a more flexible option for busy parents. Parents set the schedule with the Au Pair, so it’s much easier to handle last-minute child care needs. Au pairs live as a member of the family, so parents also get the peace of mind knowing that kids are at home with a qualified, trusted “family member”.

Many au pairs are professional teachers, and have years of early childhood education, pedagogical education, and experience with babies, groups of children and babies, even infant multiples. I’ve seen au pair applications of young women who were nurses in NICU, who were daycare teachers handling ten babies alone all day, who were college graduate licensed kindergarten teachers with several years of work experience, and women who worked as nannies for years in their home countries. 

Au Pairs are mature, enthusiastic, unique individuals who choose to come to the United States to caring for children. Au Pairs are more than care providers; they are role models, mentors, teachers, coaches, cheerleaders, big brothers, big sisters and friends.

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