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!

 

Our new Au Pair Jenny from Germany

It’s time for the first interview of my blog Au Pair mission: Philadelphia, PA.
Around two weeks ago one of our new Au Pairs arrived in Philadelphia: Jenny from Germany. Her buddy is Carmen from South Africa. She will help Jenny with her first steps in the US. As every new Au Pair Jenny answered some questions in an interview for us.

Hi, I’m Jenny, 24 years old and come from the black forest in southern Germany.

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I want to be an Au Pair to explore another culture and to develop my personality.
In my free time I love to play soccer and hang out with my friends.

The best event during the last month was the women soccer game Germany vs. Slovakia, which I watched with a friend of mine in Mannheim. After the game two national players came to us and we talked and took pictures.

Adjectives, which describe me the best are happy and kind.

If I had one free wish it would be a life without war and illness.

Besides the US I would like to visit New Zealand, Canada and Sweden.

Two good things I can do quite good are being a good friend/listener and drawing.

I expect to learn new things about other cultures  as an Au Pair here in the States and I see it as a “life experiment”. On top of that I hope to have a great relationship with my hos family and to meet new friends.

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Thanks Jenny for answering all the questions! I think it’s gonna be a great year for you. It’s your first time in the US, so enjoy the life here, I really enjoyed my time so far.

I’m looking forward to meeting you soon – in person!

The last day of 2013 and the last post in 2013!

Wishing Happy New 2014 Year to the Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair agency, friends and my blog readers.

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This is the last post in 2013 and an annual blog summary post.

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Here is my 2013 in blogging.

This blog had more than 20,000 views in 2013.  There were 112 new posts,  growing the total archive of this blog to 225 posts. The busiest day of the year was December 20 with 274 views. The most popular post that day was Go Au Pair 2013 Photo Contest!

In September 20013 the Au Pair from Philadelphia Ophelia started writing her Au Pair Diary. Ophelia’s Diary became the most popular page among the readers since that.  Ophelia’s Diary has the most views even thought this is a new project, which started only four months ago.  There are 18 posts already! From Ophelia’s Diary page you can read all entries about her Au Pair journey. Happy reading!

These are five posts that got the most views in 2013.

1.  Ophelia’s Diary
2.  Host Family handbook for an Au Pair 
3. An Au Pair and the educational requirements.
4. Which country is the best au pair from?
5. Asking your future Au Pair the right questions.

The top referring sites in 2013 were:

facebook.com
craigslist.org
goaupair.com

Where did the readers come from?

That’s 142 countries in all! Most visitors came from the United States. The United Kingdom & Brazil were not far behind.

My best wishes to all my Host Families and Au Pairs, wherever in the world they may be!  See you at 2014!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

My dear Host FamiliesAu Pairs from Go Au Pair agency, and friends!

Happy Holidays! Wishing you a beautiful Holiday Season and a year of joy to follow!

Happy-New-Year 2014Christmas is the time to touch every heart with love and care. Christmas is the time to breathe the magic in the air. May the winds of love and joy visit your homes this Christmas and live with you and your family.

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2014 Chinese horoscopes for 12 Chinese zodiac signs in the year of Horse. According to www.chinesefortunecalendar.com 2014 is a year of speedy success.

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Horse is one of Chinese favorite animals. Horse provides a good and quick transportation for people before automobiles. Horse can give people a ride to their destination. Therefore, horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speedy success.

Wishing you and your family Happy and Successful 2014 Year!

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Au Pairs Holiday party and a fun photo contest!

Time flies and the Holiday season is almost here. Happy holidaysOn Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm is a Holiday Party in Peddlers Village, Lahaska, Bucks County, PA.  
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Party’s schedule: exploring Peddler’s Village, dining at Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant, and eating dessert at the host family house nearby with a gift exchange, games, contests and fun. 

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Optional: Explore Peddlers Village at night to enjoy the Christmas decorations and lights for more fun.

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I am also planning to start a photo contest for an Au Pairs.  Take as many photos as you can during the party. The information about the contest is following.

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Meeting with the Director of Chinese Au Pair Center

Ophelia’s Diary.
I have been an Au Pair in the US about four months. During this time, I keep on contacting with my Au Pair agent in China.
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I shared a lot of stories about my Au Pair life here. My Chinese agent likes my Au Pair Diary a lot. They even sent an award to my family! My parents are so glad.Chinese Au Pair

Recently the Director of Chinese Au Pair Center came to Philadelphia visit me. Honor letter

She brought this recommendation letter to me.Chinese Au Pair's letter

Here are a few sentences from Recommendation Letter.“As an aupair in the United States of America now, Ophelia performs her responsibilities in a serious way. She earns a good credit from her host family with her caring, patient, and earnest attitude.”
I am so surprised and excited. Thanks Go Au Pair and my Chinese Au Pair agent a lot.
Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

English Class Presentation “Go Au Pair – a Cultural Child Care Experience”

Ophelia’s Diary.

For my English class at International House of Philadelphia, every student prepared a presentation as a final summary for this class.

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My presentation was about  an Au Pair. Please read Ophelia’s Presentation “Go Au Pair -A Cultural Child Care Experience

In my presentation, I introduced the Au Pair program in four parts. The first part was about “who is Au Pair”.  The Au Pairs are a group of young,  fun people who love children, enjoy meeting new people, like traveling and want to improve English or study in the US.

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The second part was about young people who are doing Au Pair jobs in China. Since 2010, we began to have Au pairs in Qingdao, China. In the third part, I introduced Chinese Au Pairs’ life in America.The last part was about my Au Pair Diary.
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For some of my classmates, this was their first time hearing about an Au Pair. I am glad to have this chance to introduce the Au Pair program to my class. The Au Pair program was very interesting to them.

I am happy to share my Au Pair experience with everyone. Please read more stories from my Diary.

Au Pairs volunteering at the Philadelphia Marathon

Ophelia’s Diary.

In the beautiful Sunday morning,  a big group of the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair volunteered with the American Cancer Society at the Philadelphia Marathon.IMG_20131117_102357 (2)

This was a great event, 160 k people attended the Philadelphia Marathon!

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We helped with food serving at the finished line. Distributing the  bags of snacks to every participant. When I handed a bag to them, I smiled to them too.au pair Ophelia at the Marathon

Every time, when I heard them said “Thank you” to me, my heart felt so warm.IMG_20131117_124615

My Au pairs friends and I were so proud of being volunteers at the Marathon.

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We helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society and had a great opportunity to interact with many participants from different counties.with ophelia at the Marathon

Also, Thanks our dear Local Area Representative Polina so much. She helped us contact with the Marathon organizers. Then we had this great chance to experience this cultural exchange event.

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

Travels in Atlantic City with the Au Pair Adriana.

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One of the benefits of being an Au Pair is that we have a lot of vacations. Go Au Pair even provides a Bed & Breakfast program for Au Pairs when they travel in the States. Our agency Go Au Pair is so nice.

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In the middle of September, my friend Au Pair Adriana and I went to Atlantic City together. This was my second time went there, I showed Adriana around just like I was a tour guide.

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The beach there was nice. It reminded me of the beach in my country.  But the seagulls in China would never be so naughty!

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Do you know what these birds did? They stole my cake! Well, on the other hand, I was somewhat happy about this. Even birds liked the cake I made.

We saw the Miss America parade later. This year’s theme was shoes. There was a giant silver shoe with glitter. It looked just like Cinderella’s crystal shoe.  It was magical.

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After the parade, Adriana and I went to the casino. Casinos are illegal in China, but in China some game rooms look just like mini casinos. The difference is people will lose more money in casinos. It’s good for us to explore the new places here. I may go to Las Vegas sometime, but I don’t like gambling.

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Young hearts will never stop the pace of traveling, Adriana and I will go to explore more places together!

Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

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!

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