My first Au Pair Meeting!

Hey, hello! How is it going?

August 18th was a special day. I went to my first meeting with other Au Pairs. I was so excited to meet new people and spend time with them. It also was a great opportunity for me to find new friends.

However, it was not just a meeting to say “hi” to each other. Our amazing coordinator, Polina, invited us to a Glass Blowing Demo in Jim Loewer’s studio.

For those who don’t have an idea what a Glass Blowing is, I am providing a simple explanation here. A Glass Blowing is the art of shaping a mass of glass that has been softened by heat by blowing air into it through a tube.

We had a chance to experience the process of a glass blowing and that was exciting. Even though the glass blowing is a kind of dangerous art, some of us were lucky to help the artist Jim in squeezing red-hot glass.

Jim has been doing the glass blowing for 15 years. Isn’t it amazing? He truly loves his job. In case you want to know more about Jim and what he does, go and check out his website.

Thank Jim, Polina and Go Au Pair for unforgettable experience!

One more amazing au pair joining us in October! Welcome, Jessica!

A new great au pair is joining our friendly Philadelphia au pair cluster –  Jessica Rocha from Brazil. She is 22 and she will live in Pennsylvania. In order to get to know her better, we asked her a couple of questions.

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Why do you want to be an Au Pair?

-I decided to be an au pair because I’ve always enjoyed being around kids. I like the way they see things and I believe we have a lot to learn with them.

What are your hobbies and interests?

-I enjoy reading, watching tv shows and surfing on the internet as much as I love walking my dog, swimming and traveling!

What was the best event/happening during last month?

-Definitely, the day my visa was approved!

What place would you like to visit?

-I would love to visit New York!

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

-I like to spend my Saturdays eating out, shopping or going to the movies.

What was the best compliment you have ever received?

-For me, the best compliment someone can receive is to have his or her work appreciated. It’s very gratifying.

We hope, Jessica’s au pair experience will be unforgettably cool and she will have a lot of great memories about her au pair year in the USA!

See you soon at our upcoming au pair cluster meeting, Jessica!

Nanny costs in Philadelphia and NJ

What is the current pay rate for nannies near Philadelphia area?

According to the Philadelphia Nanny Network average salaries for nannies in Philadelphia are $12,5-20 per hour  and mostly depend on the nanny’s level of education, child care experience and numbers of children.

While the salaries of nannies in Philadelphia can vary greatly, according to the International Nanny Association’s 2010 Nanny Salary and Benefits Survey nannies in Philadelphia earn on average $15.55 per hour.   

The cost of an Au Pair is approximately $7.58 per hour regardless of how many children parents have.  65% of Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency have completed some college or are college graduates.

Most Au Pairs have specialty skills such as infant qualified with at least 200 hours of documented experience caring for children under the age of 2 and CPR and First Aid certified. Some of Au Pairs have experience caring for children with special needs, post-secondary education in a child care related field, professional or technical training in a child care, educational or medical related field and prior Au Pair experience either in the U.S. or abroad.

Au Pairs are screened, personally interviewed and  meet regulatory requirements that include background checks, verified child care references and more. Go Au Pair is providing to Host Families affordable childcare more than 20 years from qualified Au Pairs and Au Pairs from our agency have been internationally recognized through this award in 2009, 2005 and 2004. Our Flexible Choice Program offers families a variety of options regarding payments to allow the program to be more accessible and affordable to all host families, including a customized payment plan.

So, why pay double?

At a cost that is two times  less than a nanny cost, parents can have reliable and flexible childcare while exposing the kids to another language and culture.

An Au Pair for a single parent.

Have you ever watched the movie TRADING MOM?

The movie is about a single mom, who is raising three kids alone and makes a serious effort to balance love and discipline. Her three  children, Elizabeth, Jeremy and Harry, commit  the riot act by their hard-working mom. The movie has a happy end but we see how struggle single mom alone  with three energetic kids. What is definitely not easy!

According the Census more than a quarter of America’s children live with one parent.

Many single families choose hosting an Au Pair because they need the second adult in the house, the mature partner who they can trust. Together they are working as a team raising children and having  fun as a family.

Being an Au Pair for a single parent is much different.  Since one parent is missing,  the Au Pair turns out to be an integral member of the family.

The Au pair becomes a responsible adult and a positive role model for the kids. She inspires and teaches  kids through her continual positive attitude and actions every moment – when she is working or having fun with the family.

An Au Pair gives parent some free time away from the kids knowing they are with someone they are safe and comfortable. They have an opportunity to relax, have a date and free time to go to the gym.

Here what is a single mom from my group said:

“My Au pair became a valued addition to my family. It is not easy to be a single parent, but with my Au Pair’s help, I feel more confident and secure.  I continue to repeat again and again to my Au Pair- thank you for being part of my family.”

Please take a look at Go Au Pair Agency new website.  We have a new logo, new colors, and a new name spelling!


Happy Women’s Day!

Today is March, the 8th and it’s Women’s  Day!

Dear  Host Moms, Au Pairs, Go Au Pair staff  and women readers!

Wishing you a whole lot of happiness,

Today and all through the year…

Happy Women’s Day!

Many people in the  world celebrate  this special day in honor of women.  And this year it is celebrating it’s 100th birthday.

According Wikipedia, International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.

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In Italy, to celebrate the day, men give yellow mimosas to women. Yellow mimosas and chocolate are also one of the most common March 8 presents in Russia and Albania.

In many countries, such as in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia, the custom of giving women flowers still prevails. Women also sometimes get gifts from their employers. Schoolchildren often bring gifts for their teachers, too.

In countries like Portugal groups of women usually celebrate on the night of 8 March in “women-only” dinners and parties.

Fortunately, today, women are having an important and decisive role in the social, economic and politic context of every country in the world. In many regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and St Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy the movie and have a fun-filled and enjoyable Women’s Day!

Go Au Pair prepared a big surprise for everyone: new re-branding, new website and new self service feature.

The agency name is now Go Au Pair and no longer goAUPAIR.  A new website www.goaupair.com looks better than it ever has. Go Au Pair has a new logo.

Go Au Pair Host Family Portal has a new feature- Self Service. This feature allows Host Families to add Au Pairs to their portal themselves, which means they can do their own search and instantly view the Au Pairs any time, day or night!

Please take your time to see our new website.

Au Pairs from Philadelphia and NJ from goAUPAIR blog. Please vote!

Dear Readers,

goAUPAIR Philadelphia blog is participating in the third annual Top 100 International Exchange and Experience Blogs 2011 (IX11) competition.

If you like goAUPAIR Philadelphia blog,

please vote!

search for goAUPAIR Philadelphia Au Pairs and Host Families

IX11 is about giving visibility to the bloggers who live an international experience, be it a high-school exchange, a student exchange, as an Au-Pair, a social year abroad, as an expat, as a host family, traveling around the world etc.

Please come back and read about the Au Pairs and Host Families from goAUPAIR agency in Philadelphia, our events, an Au Pair’s 2011 resolutions, Au Pair Year Diary as well as watch movies about Aupairs classes and nomination. Three goAUPAIR Host Families from Philadelphia nominated their Au Pairs for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award. Even though we don’t know who will win in nomination yet, all three our nominators, Karla Endres from South Africa, Laura Merchan from Colombia, and Irina Kopylova from Russia have already won  by admiration and appreciation that their their families and friends felt and wrote in the comments.

We are all happy to share our amazing experience of being part of goAUPAIR family! Welcome to our world!

An Au Pair, a long lost cousin from another country.

The new Au Pair is coming to the first time Host Family in NJ. It is an exciting moment. The host mom had emailed me several times with her questions and asked me how she can help her new Au Pair, Maria, adjust quickly to her new life, find college classes and make friends.
First three days an Au Par usually spends with other Au Pairs in goAUPAIR’s free workshop in NYC. The workshop includes 32 hours of training on safety and child development and guided tour of New York City.

When an Au Pair gets to her Host Family, everything will be absolutely new for her. She is a very long way from home, where she probably had a very different lifestyle, sleeping cycles, eating patterns, and daily activities. Here, she will have no friends, language difficulties and cultural shock.  She will have to get used to her new place, host family members, lifestyle, culture and food.

My advice would be to give her some time. Be patient. Patience and understanding will help your Au Pair to adjust.  Giving her positive feedback, support, and praise when she gets things right, will also aid in the transition. It is important to treat your Au Pair like a family member, remember and respect her cultural differences. If she feels like a valued family member, she will want to contribute to the family and try hard to do her very best.

In order to assure a smooth transition, it might be helpful to encourage your Au Pair to spend time with host family in her free time, and not to hurry to her room to call, skype or email home. Also, encourage her to make a connections with other Au Pairs, attend Au Pair meetings, get started with college classes and other activities in the States.

I am proud to say that my new host family mentioned that they are going to treat Maria like “a long lost cousin from another country and to make her happy in their family”.

Happy Au Pairs means happy children and happy families!
Go AU PAIR, a great program for your live-in childcare needs!

Thank you to the Au Pair for the love and commitment to the kids and much more…

Dear Au Pair,
In this week of Thanksgiving, here are many reasons –  that the Host Families are thankful for.

Our special Thanks for all your love and commitment to our children.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

…for willingness to come into our lives

…for sharing your adventure with us

…for being an essential member and valued addition to our family

…for your hard work to care for the kids

…for your patience and understanding

…for inspiring and teaching kids every moment

…for being a positive role model for the kids

…for opening kids’ eyes to the world outside of the U.S. and helping them to learn a new language

…for giving us an opportunity to relax, have a date and time for ourselves

…for cooking delicious dishes from your country and sharing with us the secrets 🙂

…for willingness to help when we were too timid to ask you

…for  capturing the treasured memories and pictures of our family 🙂

…for unforgettable cultural experience you brought into our home

Thank you for what you have given to our family!

Thank you for being outstanding an Au Pair 🙂

Thank you again, and again, we love you……… and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Would you also like to say thank your Au Pair for something??  Come join.

An Au Pair and children activities- I need your helping hand

Lend me your hand,  I need your help.

If your host children are small or not craft lovers, these fun and easy holiday craft projects are for them. http://www.craftjr.com/handprint-keepsake-thanksgiving-plate-craft/

Kids will want to lend a helping hand with this hand print turkey project!

An Au  Pair with children may also create a beautiful decoration peace for  Thanksgiving .

A  turkey plate makes a wonderful souvenir that Au Pairs and Host Family will cherish for years to come.

Have Fun!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Host Families, Au Pairs and everyone!

I love Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday.  People travel thousands of miles to be with their family. It is time to say thank you for good things that we are grateful for.

Most of All

Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
we appreciate you.

By Joanna Fuchs

http://www.poemsource.com/thanksgiving-poems.html

Happy Thanksgiving Host Families, Au Pairs , my family,  friends and everyone!

Thank you for being all year through here for me and  make my live extra special.

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