Walking tour with Free and Friendly Tours in Philadelphia

On Saturday,  11.07.2015 we had an Au Pair meeting in the Center City of Philadelphia.  Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster and their friends took a walking tour “The Billy Penn” in Philadelphia. We had a fantastic experience with Free and Friendly Tours and our guide Mark. We enjoyed the informative and fun tour, the lovely places in Philly and the beautiful fall. We will definitely take another tour.Au Pairs walking tour 3Please enjoy the guest post by Au Pair Aline from Brazil

Last Saturday, all the au pairs met for an interesting walking tour in Philadelphia. There were more than 20 Au Pairs- Chinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs, Ecuadorian Au PairsAustralian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pairs, and Au Pairs from other countries and their friends.Au pairs on the tour 1The weather was pretty good, kind of cold, but nice to walk and take pictures.Au Pairs walking tour

We had a fun tour guide, his name is Mark. He was so smart telling usall the things behind the history and he put fun inside his history – such a good time Mark, thank you for our tour.Au pairs on the tour 2

All the girls couldn’t fell in love with the fall and special places in Philadelphia.Au pairs on the tour 6

Everybody took a lot of pics! Let’s share the moment with you.Au Pairs walking tour 1

Cultural exchange Au Pair meeting

Au Pair’s events are cultural exchange meetings which promote cultural awareness, help gain international experience, strengthen interest in other cultures, history and inspire to learn.

Au pair meeting at Village Renaissance Faire

Come join Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsAustralian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pairs, and Au Pairs from other countries at The Village Renaissance Fair, 557 Penns Park Rd, Newtown, PA 18940 on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 12:00 pm.The Village Renaissance Faire

The Village Renaissance Faire is a recreation of a 12th through 16th century village named Penn’s Park and consists of eight stages and various sets: Merchant Squares, Living History Pavilions, Food Courts, Gaming area, Multi-cultural enclaves, Craft Corners, and Kid’s Kingdom.

Please join the Au Pairs and Host Families from Go Au Pair. This is a special occasion for a celebration of international friendship and meeting new people which leading to new friendships.

Come to see the arts, the town, and the knights.Y Dress up- you can be part of the show.

Au Pairs cultural exchange meeting.

Au Pair’s meetings increase interest in other cultures, arts, religions and inspire to learn. Our next event, the Tour at Glencairn museum, is all about a discovery and learning new things. Glencairn Museum is a museum of religious art and history, a member of the Bryn Athyn Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.English: The exterior of the Glencairn Museum ...

The museum has a unique art collections, including ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and American Indian. Also, Pitcairn’s collection of medieval stained glass and sculpture is considered to be one of the country’s finest. The museum even has the exhibition of Marc Chagall arts. There are a lot to explore!

We also will explore Bryn Athyn Cathedral

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After the tour, we will have a farewell picnic. This is a special occasion to wish a safe trip home to the Au Pairs who are leaving, welcome new Au Pairs and celebrate international friendship.
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Please, come on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm and join Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County as we celebrate an international friendship and cultural exchange.

Meet Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, Australian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pairs, and Au Pairs from other countries, read about cultural exchange your family can get when joining the program.

Joining the program can be a life-changing experience for your family.

Climbing up with the Au Pair friends.

The Au Pair program’s mission is to build friendships, learn other cultures and gain new experience. The Philadelphia,  Bucks County Go Au Pair cluster has many activities where Au Pairs get to know each other better, meet the Local Area Representative (me), have fun, learn something new and make friends.Go Au Pair at the International festival Zumba

The Au Pairs would like to try something new and they are looking for a unique adventure and challenges. The rock climbing often helps to overcome the own fear and  learn to master many challenges. A few Au pairs tried climbing at the Rock Gym and love this experience. They asked to have our next meeting an adventure rock climbing with friends.Rock Gym

On Saturday,  May 30, 2015  at 3:00 pm many Au Pairs are going to the Doylestown indoor rock climbing gym and adventure facility in the north Philadelphia area and Bucks County. Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, Australian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pair, Ukrainian Au Pair will make an international team and climb up together.

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If you’re craving adventure and excitement, looking forward to meeting new people and a great workout, then come join us at the Rock Gym. Climb up to build new skills and new connections!

 

Amber, our new Australian Au Pair

Our second Australian Au Pair Amber joined our cluster in January. She is actually our first Australian Au Pair ever in our cluster! She’s 20 years old and I am very pleased to be her buddy. Amber lives with her host family in Bucks County and takes care of three kids.

 

As an Au Pair I am able to fulfill two of my greatest passions: caring for children and learning about different cultures.
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I love to be outdoors, in Australia I spent most of my weekends camping, fishing, or riding the quad bikes. If I’m not doing that I am usually at the beach or somewhere quite reading a book or listening to music.
I have had a lot of amazing experiences since moving to the US however the best event in the past month happened just before I left Australia when I got to meet my baby cousin for the first time.
Three adjectives to describe Amber: loyal, adventurous, committed.
One place I’d like to visit is Texas.
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One of the best complements I have ever received was as n elder in a native community I lived in, in Australia, told me he felt I had become a part of their community. This was a huge deal for me as I loved their culture however given the history between Aboriginies and white Australians I wasn’t sure if I would ever be fully accepted in the community.
My favorite part of being an Au Pair is to be fully immersed in American culture.
The special thing about our Philadelphia area is that I am so close to an area where I can learn so much about American history.

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My best experience so far where in New York, where our orientation guide took us to an amazing restaurant called Ellen’s Stardust – as a musical theatre fan I had the time of my life there. I also really enjoyed learning to ski in Vermont and making my first snow angel.
I already met Amber twice and tomorrow we are going to volunteer for the Flower Show in Philadelphia. I’m looking forward to our activities together in the US and wish you all the best for your year!

Buddy Appreciation Month

Girls, it’s time to pull out the BUDDY in each and everyone of us. Alright, alright, Christmas is over but Buddy from Elf is still awesome. Buddy’s excitement and plans are basically self explanatory. This is how we should act when we sign up to be another au pairs buddy, since we’re taking responsibility to be that new au pairs ‘best friend’.

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If you still aren’t sure what is means to be a buddy, check out Polina’s article: Au Pairs Buddy or Lilla’s post: Are you a good buddy?

(Also, welcome to the blog Lilla, can’t wait to read more of your articles!)

Okay, so the Au Pair Buddy program started in March 2014 thanks to one of the coolest people I know Cosima Kunz – the Au Pair from Germany, not only is she amazing because she always allows me to have shotgun in her car and makes the funniest faces, but she is a true friend with a heart of gold.

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I asked Cosima why she wanted to be a buddy again to two new Australian au pairs (Kiah and Amber) and here’s her answer: “Because I know that it’s important to have a helping hand in the beginning. Everything is new to you and you feel kind of lost at some point. And then it’s great to have a person who’s there for you. I’m happy to be that person! And on top it’s an awesome way to gain new friends!”

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Thank you Cosima. It’s inspiring to see how friendships develop between two or more complete strangers. I remember when I arrived here in the US, everything was still new and frantically, scary. But when I met the rest of the au pairs, they all took me under their wings. Thank each and everyone of you – You girls are AWESOME.

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 -“An awesome friend is everything.”
Ellen J. Barrier

In order of our Buddy Appreciation Month we’ll be having a cluster get-together for all the au pairs/buddies on the 18 January, 1:00 pm @ Thunderbird Lanes, 1130 York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Come be part of the fun!!

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