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.

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

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.

You know you’re an Au Pair in the USA when…

…you always introduce yourself with:  ‘Hi! my name is (your name), I’m from (country) and I have (amount of children you are taking care of) children!!’

… you spent all your money at the MALL and you still have nothing to wear

… you think $195 every weekend just for shopping and coffee is too much in your country but not that much here

… one cup of coffee doesn’t make you awake anymore, it just makes you alive

…you only have other Au Pairs as your friends

…you know what a LAR , Host Family and goAUPAIR are

..someone has asked you stupid questions like: ‘do you have cars in your country?’ – ‘You don’t have Valentine’s day?’ – ‘Where is your country?’

…you go to PLAY-DATES

…you hate Dora, The Wiggles and Thomas

…you’ve seen more movies in one month than in your whole life at home

…you cherish moments of silence more than ever before

…you notice yourself saying ‘GOOD JOB’ a hundred times a day

…you wonder why you slept the whole night long so uncomfortable and you notice the next morning, you slept on a barbie, a lollypop, sandtoys etc.

…you are DRIVING to the bus stop to pick up your kids, which is only 200 meters from your house.

… you need to be creative to find new punishments because a time-out doesn’t work anymore 😉

…you start to love Disney movies again and can copy every passage from them

…you’ve learned what it means to be patient

…you know that you should never SHAKE A BABY!!!

…instead of singing song from the radio your singing children songs

…the kids call you mom because you spend too much time with them

…you’re sure you don’t want own kids within the next 100 years 😉 know now exactly how difficult it was for your parents to have little kids and you feel like saying thanks for all you’ve done to your mom and dad every day

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I found these  funny and very truthful.
Lets continue it …

You know you’re an Au Pair in the USA when…

…you became a “pro” in cooking kids meals

…you know not only all your kids friends name, but their parents too

.. you explained at least tens time already who “an Au Pair” is

You know you’re an Au Pair in the USA when…

Help me to continue it.

Why hire an Au Pair?- “To find someone who will truly love my children”.

Recently I interviewed a new Host Family in Philadelphia.  I met a lovely family with two adorable one-year old twin girls. I immediately noticed how these sweet cute girls were adored by their parents. The interview ran fine, we discussed child care while both parents holding one child, playing and kissing them with boundless love.

We came to the questions and I asked, “What made your family decide to host an Au Pair over other childcare options?” The father said, “I don’t want a nanny any more for my kids. The last nanny did a fine job, but she didn’t bond with the children. I am looking for someone who will truly love my children as a family member. I have read several  host families’ reviews about the Au Pair program and goAUPAIR Agency.  And I want to try this program with goAUPAIR .  From your experience, is it possible to find an Au Pair who will truly love my children?”

“I believe YES,” I said. I knew that because just recently one Au Pair mentioned that the kid she takes care of called her ‘mommy’. Another said that their kid accidentally called his mom by his Au Pair name and the whole weekend continuously asked about her.

Some parents feel jealous, but many parents like it, knowing that the children did that because the Au Pairs treated them with all their love.

Many Au Pairs call Host Family kids ‘my kids’.  The conversation between Au Pairs changed to the kids very quickly, usually starting, “my little one is so cute, yesterday he said to me…….,” and ending, “ I don’t know how I can leave my kids when the time is up………?”

That is why I believe that many Au Pairs love host family babies as much as their own kids and children as their siblings.

Host families and Au Pairs, thank you for coming to a Family Day Conference!

Two times a year goAUPAIR’s Families and Au Pairs come together for a  Family Day Conference. This is a great opportunity to meet other Host Families and Au Pairs and have fun together. This Family Day Conference at Peddler’s Village in New Hope, PA  was a very special  time for everyone.

Here is my report for those who couldn’t attend it.

We met at Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center. This is a great place for the whole family with a lot of things to keep children busy.  While children had fun going through as many activities as they could, we had a lot of interesting conversation between families and Au Pairs.  After lunch at the Painted Pony Café we enjoyed the beauty of  Peddler’s Village. The weather was very special, sunny and warm.

There was the 32nd Annual Scarecrow Competition & Display at Peddler’s Village with more than 100 colorful scarecrow designs.  We were surprised with the creativity of all of the participants.

We found the scarecrows “not scary”, but mostly sweet and friendly creations of what I would call “community arts”.

We really enjoyed our Family Day Conference!

Thank you for coming and I look forward to seeing you all in 2011 Philadelphia Book Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway next year!

See you there!

What is an Au Pair?

Au Pair Program Information


"I think I can get along with any child and we'll become good  friends."

"I think I can get along with any child and we'll become good friends."

Iuliia is and 23 year old au pair from the Ukraine. She would like to become an au pair because she wants to improve her English and enjoys  working  with children. Iuliia would like to learn about american culture.

The term “au pair” was originally a French term meaning “equal to” which described the relationship a young woman had with a family. She lived on an equal basis and was treated as a member of the family. Today, “au pair” refers to either young men or young women from foreign countries who live with a Host Family while providing child care services in exchange for the opportunity to live in their country while learning the language and culture. 

In 1989 the U.S. Department of State launched the Au Pair program through six designated agencies.  goAUPAIR was one of these original six.  Today, goAUPAIR represents families across the U.S. and works with agencies in over 50 countries around the world.

Roles of Participants
There are a variety of groups and individuals that participate in the Au Pair program each with different responsibilities. 

The Department of State oversees the Au Pair program  by designated U.S. agencies. Department of State
The Department of State oversees the Au Pair program by designating sponsor agencies and creating the program regulations.
goAUPAIR is one of the designated Au Pair agencies in  the U.S. goAUPAIR
As one of a handful of Au Pair sponsors designated by the U.S. Department of State, we are responsible for ensuring that all of the federally regulated program rules are followed. goAUPAIR is the sponsor of the Au Pair’s visa and is required to ensure that all Au Pairs remain in good standing while under our sponsorship. Each Host Family has a dedicated Placement Coordinator that assists with the matching process and provides support throughout the year.
International Representatives are responsible for  recruiting and screening Au Pairs International Agency
All Au Pairs participating in the program are required to meet certain requirements as outlined by the Department of State. goAUPAIR exceeds the basic requirements by providing additional screening for each applicant. Our International Agencies recruit and screen Au Pairs from around the globe which allows us to bring Au Pairs to the U.S. from a wide variety of countries.
Au Pairs must meet basic requirements as set by the  U.S. Department of State. Au Pairs
All Au Pairs must be between 18-26 years old when they first enter the U.S., have previous child care experience and speak English. In addition, all Au Pairs participating in the goAUPAIR program are required to complete a full application which includes the following: 

  • In-person interview
  • 2 child care references
  • 1 character reference
  • Physician’s report
  • Letter to potential Host Families
  • Clean criminal background check
  • Psychometric test
  • Personality test
  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • 32 hours of training on safety and child development
  • Pictures

Au Pairs can provide up to 45 each week of child care and perform light housekeeping. While in the U.S., Au Pairs must complete 6* credits at an accredited, post-secondary university. Throughout their entire stay, Au Pairs are required to maintain contact with their Local Area Representative and goAUPAIR.

Local Area Representatives will contact Au Pairs and  Host Families each month. Local Area Representative
Our Local Area Representatives provide local support to our Host Families and Au Pairs. Local Area Representatives will perform the initial interview in your home before your Au Pair arrives, the orientation shortly after your Au Pair has arrived and maintain monthly contact throughout your Au Pair’s stay. Local Area Representatives are also responsible for creating Au Pair activities as well as providing Host Family Day Conferences which every Host Family is required to attend at least once each year.
Host Families provide full room and board for their Au  Pair. Host Families
Our Host Families provide full room and board, a weekly stipend and $500* per year towards tuition in exchange for child care and light housekeeping. Host Families must provide their Au Pair with a private room that has a door on it which will be verified by your Local Area Representative during the interview. You will be responsible for interviewing and ultimately selecting your Au Pair.

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