Ukrainian Au Pair Yuliia found her home away from home in Bucks County, PA

Ukranian Au Pair Yuliia became part of her host family who lives in Bucks County, PA. Yuliia calls her host family “my home away from home.” Please read Yuliia’s story below.

Hi, dear reader! Since you are reading this, you probably know what this is all about. Is it about being an Au Pair? Yes. Is it about challenges or struggles? Yes! Is it about being all by myself and feeling like no one cares about me? No. Why? Because my Host Family was making sure I am feeling good.

This is a story of me and my host family during the hardest time of all. Let’s call it “My life with a Host Family: Quarantine edition”.

It was my 9th month being an Au Pair and taking care of two wonderful girls.Let’s be honest here, I am going to call them “little sisters”. At that time I was not planning to stay for another year, and I was so excited to go home soon. You are probably familiar with a feeling when you miss your family and friends. But I am not going to focus on that.

Nothing foretold troubles. Everyone was going with their lives and was looking forward to summer because it is time for fun and vacations. However, one pandemic decided to come over and change our plans. No one was expecting that“guest” in our lives. No one knew how to treat that “guest”. People were so shocked to come up with a new plan for their lives. And so was I.

I realized that time to go home might be postponed. I was so upset about it so I did not want to do anything. I did not really enjoy my time being in a house. I found no joy taking care of my “little sisters”, especially when the whole family was home. I thought nothing could be worse.

First few weeks, or even first month I was facing such challenges as: new routine for kids, distance learning, cooking, entertaining, staying in the house the whole day, and trying to get used to all people around you. I guess you can relate to this too.

However, this time of craziness and discomfort was the best time to become closer with my Host Family. You wonder why? I am here to tell you, otherwise what is the point for me of writing this and for you of reading it?

First of all, I want to acknowledge the fact that my Host Family set the fair schedule and clear responsibilities for me to do, so I was not too overwhelmed with everything. At first I thought because kids had no school, I had to double my job. However, it did not happen. My lovely Host Family made sure I was doing what I had to do certain amount of time every day and the rest I could spend for myself. I am so thankful for that because it helped me a lot not only to catch up with my studies but also to get some time for my hobbies.

Secondly, I want to talk about one of the most important things for me. When the “guest” came and everything got shut down, I wasn’t really worried about going out to some restaurants or stores. I was worried about my church I serve in every week. I was worried that I would have no chance to go to church during pandemic. Due to all restrictions and requirements, my church became a drive-in church where with all wisdom and following the rules, other people and I were able to attend services. My Host Family trusted me so much so they let me go to drive-in church every single week knowing that I would follow all the rules and would not put them at risk. Can you imagine how big this trust is? Would you ever trust that much a person you knew nothing about and who just came 9 months ago from a different country? When the world was falling apart, my Host Family did not take away from me something that I treasured the most. I believe this trust made our relationships stronger than ever. My Host Family is a big blessing I have being an Au Pair in the USA.

Last but not least, the life of my Host Family and mine became more fun. Since we had a chance to spend a lot of time together, we were looking for fun things to do. In November I met two farmers who live not far from our house. They had a lot of chickens. One day during the quarantine, my Host Family decided to visit the farmers (obviously following social distancing rules). And guess what? We ended up getting two fresh eggs. I guess you are starting to get a point I am going to. The Host Mom decided that itbewould fun and good idea to hatch the eggs. That very day, she found someone on Facebook, who was selling an incubator, and she bought it.It was hard for me to believe that we could have real chicks in a house.Few weeks later, Twitty Bird and Lilly were born. Our family grew. And it kept growing because we got a puppy. We already had the cutest dog Baila, but we got her a friend. Her name is Gigi.

People might say that quarantine ruined their lives. Others might say that it helped them a lot to become a new person, to improve any kind of relationships and just spend time without any rush. I am going to be the person who is going to say that THANK YOU. This pandemic did not make my life any harder. On the contrary, it made it easier. I was ready to help my host family with anything every day, because that what family does: cares, helps and loves. I helped my “little sisters” to finish their school year successfully so they are ready to move on to the next grade. I tried my best to make sure that the parents weren’t having a hard time working from home since the kids were also there. Everyone was doing what they had to do and it was pretty good.

What happened at the end? Now, I am looking forward to spend another year with my Amazing Host Family. I am sure it is going to be unforgettable. They are my “home away from home”. That is why I want to say thankyou, my Host Family, for making me feel like I belong to you, that I am a part of your family and thank you for your love, support and trust.You are the biggest blessing in my life.

I love you, Alla, Michael, Eliana, Mariella, Baila, Gigi, and our chickens.

We are delighted to welcome Au Pair Mary from China to the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster.

We are very delighted to welcome new Au Pair Mary from China as a new member of the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster with Go Au Pair. Mary joined us just two weeks ago. The second year Au Pair from China Jasmine will help Mary to adjust to her new life in the US quickly. Thank you, Jasmine, for your kind offer.

Mary decided to be an Au Pair because she loves kids, wants to experience American culture and improve her English.

Mary likes making crafts, dancing, listening to music and reading the books. We asked Mary a few questions: What three adjectives best describe you? Determined, patient and responsible.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? On Saturdays I like to read books, listen music and shopping.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? I’m very good at craft and handmade.

Mary already attended her first meeting and met many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster. She had fun experience of watching a Glass Blowing Demo in Jim Loewer’s studio and got a unique piece of glass art. This gift will remind Mary about her first Au Pair meeting and that unique experience for a long time.

Welcome to the cluster, Mary!

WHY BE AN AU PAIR?

Nita, our former Au Pair from South Africa wrote a wonderful post and today I will share a little of it with you.

Nita is very active, she volunteered with the Au Pair friends many times, made a lot of friends and became a buddy to a few Au Pairs. She had an exciting year full of adventures and events. She traveled and explored new places and got very many opportunities with being an Au Pair. Nita met and made international friends with Au Pairs from Germany, Australia, Colombia,  etc

Au Pair volunteering at Bucks County

Nita declared a new definition of an Au Pair. According to Nita, “An au pair is a girl, or boy whatever the gender who is not afraid to leave their home and country to travel another country living with a foreign “soon to be your second family” and being on an endless journey.”au pair from S. Africa Tania 4Nita said that  Au Pair means “ADVENTURE, TRAVEL, EXCITEMENT.Why even consider being an Au Pair? Well, I say: “Why not?” This will probably be the most exciting year of your life. I can not think of one reason you should not grasp this opportunity if you have an open window whatsoever. It is a low priced opportunity in not only traveling but to find yourself along the way.”

She also said, “People think you are throwing those years away, negative. You are gaining years, not losing. At first I was terrified that I would lack behind of all my friends, they might move up in life, getting experiences I might never get to witness first hand. But not only did I kick rock bottoms ass, I got a second chance in life and have this journey to thank for making me more wise as a human being.”

Read more why Nita considered being an Au Pair

 

Things to do for Au Pairs in Bucks County, PA

The host mom Sylvia M, created this list of fun activities to do in Bucks County, PA for her Au Pair and kindly allowed me to share it on my blog.
Au Pairs try different things
GO OUT/ MEET AUPAIR AT:
NEWTOWN:
 Starbuck coffee: get a coffee with free wifi
 Corners Bakery: good meals (free wifi?)
YARDLEY:
 Starbuck coffee: get a coffee with free wifi
NEW HOPE : Touristic/ eclectic town with people coming from New York and others.
 Starbuck coffee: get a coffee with free wifi (address: 4-A east bridge Street)
 Dunkin Donuts: inexpensive sandwich, coffee desert (free wifi?)
 McDonald: inexpensive meal (address: 324 W. Bridge Street)
 “C’est La Vie”: French Bakery…few seating outside with view on the River
ALBERTVILLE: city across the New Hope Bridge
WASHINGTON CROSSING:
 “Colonial Farm”: get a coffee outside and eat a good lunch (10.00/meal)
VISIT/ TO SEE:
“Washington Crossing Historic Park” & Museum (America History)…215-493-4076
 “Delaware & Raritan Canal State park” (take a walk or ride bicycle)
 “Old Scenic Train” in New Hope: take picture or take a ride
 “Summer Fireworks” on the river : every Friday at 9:30 PM in New Hope
 “Bowman Hill Tower”: address 1 tower road in New Hope (open seasonally/ Tues to Sun)
 “Buck County Playhouse” (theatre/ play)..215-862-2121 in New Hope
(also theatre in Newtown)
 “The Parry Mansion Museum” in New Hope 215-862-5652
 “Buck County Childrens Museums” in New Hope 215-693-1290
 “Farmstead Museum” in Lambertville ….609-397-2752
 “Howell Farm” in New Hope ( experience farm living a century ago)…609-737-3299
Or get Lost in corn labyrinth, near Titusville
Prallsville Mills (near Stockton city)
“Mercer Museum” concrete castle in Doylestown….www.mercermuseum.org
 Boat ride on Delaware river (advertised in New Hope)
AQUATIC PARK:
 Hirsley Park in PA
CANOES/KAYAKS/RAFTS/TUBING,
Point Pleasant 215-297-5000
BALLOONS RIDE:
Near Rosemont city, 866-800-4FUN
NIGHTS CLUB:
 “Bamboo” in Philadelphia (take train from Yardley)
 “Zee Bar” in Philadelphia (take train from Yardley)
MALL:
 “Oxford Valley mall” in Langhorne (also Train from Yardley)

(Septa bus stop) #127 and #130
GO SEE A MOVIE
At “Oxford Valley Mall”

Do you known any fun things to do, or place to visit, or to meet up with Au Pairs in Newtown, New Hope Yardley or Lambertville? Add them to this list. Go and meet new friends and don’t be bored.Au Pairs Bucks County, New Hope

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