A Colombian Au Pair learned from kids to believe in your dreams.

Monica is a 27-year-old Au Pair from Colombia. She is very mature and responsible. Colombian Au Pairs are known as warm, happy, and smiley and Monica is one of the best examples of that. Monica possesses a warm and engaging personality. She is very kind and welcoming, she is always first to welcome a new Au Pair on Facebook and offer a piece of advice. Au Pair from Colombia Monica

She has prepared for the Au Pair program very well and adjusted to her Au Pair life in the US and her host family quite easily. She built very good relationships with her host family and her host child adores her. After living with her host family only one month, her parents said that they feel that she has been living in their house for many years. They already extended the contract with Monica for another year.Au Pair Philadelphia Monica

Monica is very active and likes to try new things and enjoy novel experiences. Recently, Monica and her friend Au Pair from Mexico Annie became Color Runners and completed 5K the race with “Run or Dye” .  Au Pairs Run or Dye

Monica said that she likes to take care of children because they are spontaneous and innocent, and they are always teaching her new things. She also said that she learned from kids to believe in your dreams.

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Monica is a physician, she is highly educated and intelligent. In her  free time, she is studying for tests to her future career – being a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon. Monica is working hard in every way to make her dreams become a reality.

MonicaOne of her dreams, to become an Au Pair and come to the US, has already come true. Monica is following her dreams and does not give them up. She said that becoming an Au Pair is the best decision she has ever made. Monica accomplished a lot in a short time. She took a lot of classes, became an integral member of an American family,  made many new friends, explored the US…. and this is only the beginning.follow

You have a great future ahead, believe in your dreams, Monica! May all your dreams come true!

Meet Monica, Colombian Au Pair from Philadelphia.

There are  many excellent Au Pairs in the Philadelphia and NJ Go Au Pair cluster. They work hard and are very active and enjoy being in the U.S. The Au pairs explore the country, volunteer, and try new things.Run or Dye.

I would like to introduce the outstanding Colombian Au Pair Monica. Last weekend Monica and another Au Pair from Mexico Annie became Color Runners and completed 5K the race with  “Run or Dye”.  Au Pairs Phily Run or Dye.There was an unforgettable festival with music, dancing and massive color throws. “Run or Dye” is known as a color-blasted celebration of life, friendship, health, and happiness.

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Meet Monica. Monica is very active and has participated in many Au Pair’s activities. Monica likes to try new things and enjoy novel experiences.

Au Pairs travel“I am in”, is her usual answer if we are talking about trying something new.

au pairs in TempleMonica said that her favorite Au Pair meeting was volunteering at the Philadelphia Marathon with her Au Pairs friends. She and her friend Annie were the last people to leave the event!

IMG_20131117_132533She likes interacting with Au Pair Sis  on facebook and sharing photos, videos and stories about her experience. Monica even took a photography class because she enjoys taking photos and has hundreds of them.

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She likes to create unforgettable moments for her friends. For example, Monica threw a birthday party for the Au Pair from China Ophelia. Monica has many friends and is always busy doing something with them. She  loves to engage and share her experiences with her Au Pairs friends.

 

Au Pairs from Philadelphia found a way to help the community

Recently, Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency volunteered at the Philadelphia Flower Show. They were wearing lovely Go Au Pair t-shirts and worked as the Go Au Pair team. Volunteering as a team allowed Au Pairs to experience American culture, culture of other countries and have fun. 

The Philadelphia Flower Show

Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au PairEcuadorian Au Pair,  South African Au PairsMexican Au Pair, Ukranian Au Pair worked together in that international team. The Au Pairs have a lot of fun working with others Au Pairs from Go Au Pair the Philadelphia and NJ cluster and making new friends.

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The Au Pairs met new people, while they were helping the show guests make beautiful floral headbands, pins, bracelets, and other fun accessories. It was a great opportunity for cultural exchange, a goal of the Au Pair program. 

Aupairs creation at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Everyone in the Make and Take Room was very creative.

Au Pair made a floral headband

Au Pairs were wearing beautiful Go Au Pair T-shirts and explaining about the Au Pairs program.

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 Cherry and Jackie were the first who welcomed the Show guests.

Au Pairs volunteering

Annie and Joana are very talented. They made very lovely floral headbands and pins. There was a line of the show guests to get their assistance.

Au pair Annie volunteering

Everyone enjoyed volunteering. Karla and Joana were busy cutting the flowers.

Au Pairs  Philadelphia Karla and JoanaFlowers flowers, flowers. Zoe and Adriana were helping to find the right one and made a composition.

Go Au Pair team is volunteering in Philadelphia Show

 Ophelia worked till 8 pm, helped many people, and didn’t want to leave the volunteering place. Adrina was there too.

She also made friends with two ladies.

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It was a valuable cultural exchange experience meeting many people, helping others, learn from others and having fun as well. There were several florist designers that taught how to create the flower arts projects. The creative work, beautiful flowers, and exciting spirit in the “Make and Take” room made everyone happy.Go Au Pair team is volunteering in Philadelphia

The Au Pairs enjoyed the opportunities to volunteer in America. Volunteering with friends is one of the special moments that Au Pairs will remember for a long time.

Read more about volunteering at the Philadelphia Flower Show from Ophelia’s Diary.

Helping the community with my Au Pairs friends.

Au Pairs volunteered for the Philadelphia Flower Show

Exploring the Philadelphia Flower Show.

South African takes the world with help from GO AU PAIR

My name is Phila Sozombile from South Africa, I’m an Au Pair from Go Au Pair in Philadelphia.
 
At one stage I thought I would never survive the feeling of being thousands of miles away from home. For 21years I have lived with my close knit family and the thought of being away from them scared the death out of me. But being passionate about travelling, meeting new people and learning other cultures made me see the world in a whole different perspective.
I always thought that the only family I have are those related to me, people at home. Until I realized that I am a child of the universe, therefore the world is my home. I have been to places that I never thought I would be. In all of those places I’ve met wonderful people, people that make me feel at home.
 
Today I went to celebrate Chinese new year in China town Philadelphia with my friends (Au pairs) from China, Brazil, oGermany, France, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia and of course “ME” from South Africa. There is still more, we’re like the Rainbow Nation.
If I had to count them all it would take me hours. We had lots of fun, as we always do when we are together.
Here we are learning a Chinese New Year Song.
The point is, being away from your relatives doesn’t mean you are away from home/family. It is always home when there’s love. We are all sisters and our LAR Polina is like a mother to us. She has the best interest in our comfort and happiness.
We are family. We are living young, wild and free!!!
Now you tell me, what could possibly top that??? #wink#
Phila

Au Pairs’ Chinese New Year celebration

Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency are going to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown in Philadelphia, which is the nation’s fourth largest Chinatown.

The Chinese New Year is the oldest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4710 begins on Jan. 23, 2012. Read more:

We will observe the Year of the Dragon with delicious foods, music and fun. We are going to learn Chinese heritage, traditions and culture. I may finally learn  how to use chopsticks :-).

The Au Pair program helps Au Pairs to learn the American culture. Au Pairs have many activities in historical and cultural places where they get together, get to know each other better, make friends and have fun.

But here is much more. This amazing program helps Au Pairs also learn about other cultures and celebrate holidays that are unique to Au Pairs countries. For example, an Asian au-pair can bring  the unique Asian culture and host family get to experience the world without leaving their house. :-).

Right now there are Au Pairs from 9 different countries: China, Brazil, Ukraine, Panama, France, Colombia, El Salvador, South Africa, Russia in Go Au Pair’s cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and part of NJ. We will  use the opportunity to celebrate many holidays, make up the events and learn more about different countries.

Our next meeting will be the Brazilian Festival with a costume party, Brazilian food cooking class, costume  and dance competition, Brazilian music and much more. Then we are going to volunteer for children adopted from Russia and learn all about Russian culture, tradition and heritage.

Chinese people say that a celebration of  Chinese New Year attracts prosperity, abundance, success and good fortune  into our life.  Come join us if you need good luck in the New Year!

The Au Pair of the Year Award 2012 to one outstanding Au Pair.

Every year, the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) presents the Au Pair of the Year Award to one outstanding Au Pair. The recipient of this prestigious award is determined by an essay nomination provided by Host Families from around the world. 

Go Au Pair has started to collect such essays from Host Families for IAPA’s 9th Annual Au Pair of the Year Award.

Eligibility

1. The nomination is an essay written by you, the Host Family, describing the characteristics that make your Au Pair exceptional (see tips below). The essay should be from 500 to 850 words (about 1 page single spaced) and written in English
2. Entries must be returned to Go Au Pair no later than December 31, 2011. Only emailed submissions will be accepted. Please email your submission with all related documents and any questions to marketing@goaupair.com.
3. The Au Pair being nominated for the award is or was an Au Pair during the year of 2011.
4. Photos are also required and videos are strongly recommended.
5. All entries MUST be accompanied by a signed media release by the Host Family and Au Pair.

Read the additional information.

The eighth IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award will be presented during the IAPA Annual Conference and Work Experience Travel Market which will take place in Budapest, Hungary, March, 2012. The winning Au Pair will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend the Association’s 17th Annual Conference where he/she will be presented with a token prize and commemorative award.

Last year three families from my cluster nominated their Au Pairs for the “Au Pair of the Year Award 2011″. Thanks so much to Host Families who submitted nominations last year!


Congratulations again to the South African Au Pair Karla, Colombian Au Pair Laura, and Russian Au Pair Irina who were nominated last year. It is a great achievement that you can be proud of and remember for years to come!

An Au Pair means on par or equal to.

People are often confused about the word Au Pair. The Google search for the word “au pair” shows that people often misspell  this world  as “au par”, “au paire”, “opair”, “au per”

Many people think that au pair means a nanny.  An Au Pair doesn’t mean a nanny at all.

The word au pair is a French term, which means “on par” or “equal to, “ denoting living on an equal basis in a reciprocal, caring relationship between the host family and the children. An au pair will typically be a young woman and sometimes a young man from a foreign country who chooses to help look after the children of a host family and provide light housekeeping. The au pair is given room and board and is typically paid a weekly “pocket-money” salary. Au pairs generally stay with their host family for one year.
 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries, and very popular in the USA are Argentine,  Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, French, South Korean, Mexican, Russian, Salvadorian, South African, Thai and Ukrainian Au Pairs.

According to Wikipedia , an au pair (plural: au pairs) is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a small monetary allowance for personal use. Au pair schemes are subject to government restrictions which specify an age range usually from late teens to mid to late twenties.

Every year thousands of young people from all over the world consider becoming au pairs.  These enthusiastic unique individuals come to the United States  leaving behind the familiarity of their homeland, their parents, siblings and close friends. They start a special journey in their young  years and become a part of a host family as an equal member of the family helping with childcare , studying and traveling. Usually it is very far away from their real home.

Which country is the best au pair from?

From an Au Pair mom.

(Anna T., a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pairHow to save money on an au pair programHow to welcome your new au pair.)

Does it matter which country is an au pair from?

 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries, and very popular are Argentine,  Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, French, South Korean, Mexican, Russian, Salvadorian, South African, Thai and Ukrainian Au Pairs.

Faced with so many choices of au pair candidates, it is only natural for a host family to look for a way to narrow the search down. A question many au pair agency staff and local counselors hear from host families is, tell us

which countries the best au pairs come from.

 The real answer is – it depends. The best au pair for one family can be a bad fit for another family. A lot depends on the personality and experience of the individual au pair. But there are also some common traits and cultural values that shape candidates from different countries

Cultural differences, not to be confused with stereotypes, are the result of an upbringing in a different country, with its own culture, religion and values. For example, au pairs from many Latin American countries typically have close family relationships, and are very affectionate and loving with children, and believe in God. Au pairs from Asia take their job extremely seriously, and value education.

There are also differences shaped by the living conditions in a country, that are not cultural. For example, in some Asian countries it might not be common for young women to drive or own a car, so au pairs from those countries might be not very experienced drivers.

In some countries the economic divide between rich and poor is so great, that every middle class family has a maid, so an au pair from such a country might not have a clue about simple domestic tasks (but might be perfectly willing and excited to learn!).

In more prosperous countries it might be easier for a high school graduate to pay for applying to the au pair program, and less lucrative to do so for a college graduate – so the candidate pool from such countries might be considerably younger.

Another factor in family country preference is personal experience, or experience of others.
For experienced host families, their preference for a certain country might be shaped by their personal experience with the au pair program. After an unsuccessful match, it is natural to avoid candidates from the same area of the world, for the next few years, or forever.

Or conversely, after good luck with candidates from a certain country, it is natural to look to repeat the same experience. Ease, difficulty or speed of obtaining au pair visas also varies from country to country. This factor can also dictate country choice for au pair host families.

Au pair agencies keep statistics of the percentage of au pairs from each country who drive, who are under two qualified, who are college graduates, who obtain visas. If a family wants to narrow down the choice of countries, it can be helpful to speak to the agency representative when trying to figure out candidates from which countries might be the best fit for the family childcare needs.

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