Welcome to our friendly cluster, Liping

A new awesome au-pair from China Liping or Liz has joined our Philadelphia cluster! We were very glad to meet Liping at our meeting, talk to her and get to know her better. She is a cool girl and has many interests and  hobbies. Liping is 22 and her buddy is Christine.

Here is our interview with Liping:

1.What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to travel, enjoy to make friends. I also like sports, especially outdoor sports. I love to be close to nature. Now I want to challenge bungee jumping.

2.What three adjectives best describe you?
I’m a happy, friendly and helpful girl.

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3.What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
I want to play and go shopping with my friends on Saturday.

4.What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?
I’m good at is making yogurt, sushi and laugh.

5. What place would you like to visit?
Now I would like to go to the place is Seattle, it is very beautiful in the movie.

6.Why do you want to be an Au Pair?
I love kids. There is happy when I play with them. I would like to experience different cultures. I love to make friends from different areas. And I like American education child’s way, I want to learn it. And education my children in the future.

Good luck to you in your au pair career, Liping , and we wish you to have the time of your life in the USA:)

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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Ana Maria, our transition Au Pair from Colombia

It’s time for a new interview!

Ana Maria has already been in the US for 10 months, but she just joined our cluster a few weeks ago as a transition au pair like Yoselin. For her first months she lived in Washington State, now she’s at home in New Jersey. Ana answered my questions to introduced herself to our cluster – like Jenny, Yoselin and Nicole did before.

I decided to come to the US as an au pair, because I think it’s the best way to get in touch with the culture and language of another country.

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She discribes herself as a person with inner strength, patience and loyalty.

In my free time I like to travel, play soccer, exercise or just listen to music. I also enjoy to be together with my family and friends and share the time during a movie, festivals or a nice evening.

One of her biggest wishes is peace for her country.

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A place, I would love to visit is Paris, France.

I think everything happens for a reason,  YES, because you have to learn something or teach someone, help or being helped. Life is perfect!

 

Thanks Ana for answering the questions! I had already the chance to meet you and it was a pleasure. I think we’ll have a great time together here in the US. Enjoy your au pair adventure!

Yoselin, our transition Au Pair from El Salvador

Now my Au Pair mission goes on with a new interview.
Around six weeks ago a new Au Pair joined our cluster. Her name is Yoselin and she’s a transition Au Pair, who moved from the New Jersey cluster. Like all new Au Pairs in our cluster, she answered me some questions about herself and her life as an Au Pair in the States.

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I decided to be an Au Pair to have an international experience. Since that makes you grow as an individual. You can enjoy the time with the kids paricipating their activities and still explore a lot in the US.

She loves singing, reading, shopping, doing sports like swimming and going to the gym. Additionally she likes to spend time with friends.

My best experience during the last months was my move to my new host family in Pennsylvania.

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Yoselin characterizes herself as patient, friendly and tolerant.

A big wish of her is getting a degree in Canada.

In my free time I like to travel. Some places, I want to go are some other states in the US, e.g. Washington and California. I’ve already been to Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

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Things, I think I’m really good at are singing and languages.

From the time as an Au Pair here in the United States, I expect to have a lot of fun, make good memories and study. Furthermore I would like to  make new friends and to visit more unknown places – especially now in my new cluster around Philadelphia.

Yoselin, I wish you a great time at your new family and say again: Welcome to our cluster in Philadelphia! Have a great time!

 

Go Au Pair’s Family Day Conference in the NJ area

Time flies very fast, and  October is here.  On Sunday, October 13, 2013 we are meeting for a Family Day Conference at  Grounds for Sculpture.  We will meet at the Rat’s restaurant entrance of the Ground for sculpture, which is located at 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619.

There is a pretty oval court yard outside the Rat’s restaurant .  The oval court yard of the Rat’s restaurant is located outside the park. Here is the photo of the place where we will meet.Rat's restaurants

According to Wikipedia, Grounds for Sculpture “is a 35-acre (140,000 m2sculpture park and museum located in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New JerseyUnited States, on the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds.

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Founded in 1992 by John Seward Johnson II, the venue was intended to be dedicated to promoting an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture by organizing exhibitions, publishing catalogues, and offering a variety of educational programs and special community events.”

This year we are going to 9th Annual Guild for Early Music that will held at  Grounds for Sculpture from 12:30 till 5:30pm. The Guild for Early Music features Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early American music sung and played by our finest regional ensembles and concludes with a “petting zoo” of historical instruments for you to touch and play.Grounds for sculpture

The event is free with park admission. According to  Grounds for Sculpture announcement, “this year’s theme, “Journeys,” features a medieval instrument demo, a youth orchestral prelude, and performances on harpsichord, viola da gamba, recorder, harp, flute, Baroque strings, sackbut, cornetto, percussion, and more, and includes themed “Journeys” sculpture tours of the park.” 
That will be a great  music performance of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early American eras before 18 century and also  an opportunity to meet Host Families,  Au Pairs  in the area and a Local Area Representative.  It is an opportunity to share their experiences and get to know each other better, gain cultural and social experiences and make new friends from different cultures.

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The Family Day Conference is required by the Department of State and Host Families are obligated to attend at least one while hosting an Au Pair. It is also a favorite activity for my Au Pairs and Host Families.  Attending the Family Day Conference is valuable and  fun experience. Host Families and Au Pairs leave the event with unforgettable memories.
 The prospective Host Families can learn about the Au Pair program first hand. Au Pairs from Go Au Pair and their friends, Au Pairs from other agencies are welcome too!  Please check  other our activities.

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Please bring friends -everyone is welcome to join us! See you in the park!

The Allure of Using an Au Pair.

I would like to introduce today our special guest blogger Stephanie who is one of the writers for houstonnanny.com 

When it comes to the care of your child, you want to make sure that the person you hired is right for your family dynamic. Although using a nanny from a service can provide a peace of mind as most of them have been screened before hire, the Au Pair could be a logical choice. Au Pairs are screened just as well, if not better, than some nanny services. Why should you consider an Au Pair instead of a traditional nanny?

1. Cheaper – For the most part, an Au Pair is much cheaper to maintain than a nanny who requires a paycheck. Essentially, this person becomes a kind of extended family member who helps out around the house and lives under your roof. While they require an “allowance” and room and board, the cost of an Au Pair can still be considerably less than what you would spend on a nanny.Save_Money

2. Connections – For a nanny, the job is purely professional. Many refuse to become attached to families and treat the experience as more of an employer-employee relationship. For many families, this is a logical practice. However, children are more likely to respond to a person that can relate to them on an emotional level. It is easier to build a connection with an Au Pair simply for the fact that they are not in your home for a paycheck.
I like my aupair 3. Cultural Exposure – For many Au Pairs, living in your location is a new experience. You are able to show her how your culture interacts with the world. In turn, she can expose her culture to your family – which can lead to an insight to understanding her people. Sharing knowledge can go a long way to understanding each other and seeing situations through a different perspective can benefit in peaceful interaction.

4. Live In – Although there are some nannies that will live in the home of a client family, Au Pairs have no choice. You are opening your home to these individuals giving you a peace of mind that your home is cared for. Although the Au Pair’s responsibilities are less than what a contracted nanny would be, this person can help out in ways you may have never thought of previously.
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5. Satisfying – An Au Pair is simply more than a live-in care provider for your children. She is learning about the area you live in. You are essentially helping yourself by helping her learn more about your culture. When it is time for your Au Pair to move on, you can feel satisfied that you are helping someone learn what it means to be a part of your own culture. Although Au Pairs usually only stay in a single locale for 12-months, a great deal can be accomplished. The hardest thing will be to let go of the positive influence she could have infused the family with.

The Au Pair is not a servant or a regular employee. It is more akin to inviting a cousin to live with you for a year in order to help around the house if your life is hectic. If you would invite your cousin to go out to dinner with the family or on a vacation during the summer, you should do so with the Au Pair. She is there to help and learn, not wait on you hand and foot.

Author Bio:

Stephanie has many years of experience as a nanny. She has always loved children and has continuously been involved in childcare activities. Currently she is one of the writers for houstonnanny.com. If you want to get in touch with her, you can email her at stephanie. Houstonnanny @ gmail. com.

Join us for a Family Day Conference.

This year we are going to Grounds for Sculpture  for a Family Day Conference on October 13, 2013. 

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A portion one sculpture (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grounds for Sculpture is located at 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619. We explore this park every year and it became a favorite place for my Au Pairs and Host Families to visit.  Attending the Family Day Conference is valuable and  fun experience. Host Families and Au Pairs leave the event with unforgettable memories.

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When Host Families,  Au Pairs and a Local Area Representative from Go Au Pair agency meet for a Family Day Conference they have an opportunity to meet other Host Families and Au Pairs in the area, share their experiences and get to know the Local Area Representative better. The Family Day Conference gives parents and children the chance to meet and interact with Au Pairs from other countries – there are Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au PairsEcuadorian Au PairsPanamanian Au PairsSouth African Au Pairs, Cameroonian Au Pairs in my cluster.

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It is fun and enjoyable experience and chance to meet new friends. I like  the Family Day Conference  because the social atmosphere is very relaxed and everybody is so open and fun to be with. In addition, it is an opportunity to gain cultural and social experiences and make new friends from different cultures.
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The Family Day Conference is required by the Department of State and Host Families are obligated to attend at least one while hosting an Au Pair. It is also a favorite activity:  Au Pairs, host families and the  kids have lots of fun while making lasting friendships and unforgettable memories.
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 The prospective Host Families are welcome to join. Au Pairs from Go Au Pair and their friends, Au Pairs from other agencies are welcome too!  Please check  other our activities. I hope you are able to join us.
 
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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
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volunteer with Au Pair friends

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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

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explore ShadyBrook farm and watch the light showShady brook

meet au pairs from the cluster

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Au Pairs winter projects.

International Thank You Day is coming.  An Au Pair can do some projects together with the kids for the Host Family!

Here are several projects to create. Have fun with the kids during the cold winter time!

au pair new xmasThe Au Pair Sis has many craft ideas on Pinterest. If you need any fresh ideas, please check Go Au Pair blog or follow the Au Pair Sis on Pinterest. You can view many crafts on the  Crafts for Kids Board.

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You can master a candy box.

The Au Pair Sis invites Au Pairs and Host Families to join her for a craft challenge. Au Pair sis

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