International picnic with the dishes from twelve countries!

The next Au Pair meeting of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area – international food picnic – will be on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Independence National Historical Park, 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. All Au Pairs will bring a dish from their countries! There will be dishes from 12 countries in our Sunday picnic menu or maybe even more because many Au Pairs planed to bring their friends. We will test variety of dishes from China, Colombia, South Africa and Ecuador -since we have many Au Pairs from those countries. Also, we will have an opportunity to try dishes from Hungary, El Salvador, Brazil, Ukraine, Peru, France, Germany and Argentina!

The Au Pair program is a cultural exchange program. Go Au Pair cluster meetings give the Au Pairs chance to meet other Au Pairs from around the world and learn/share their unique culture. We will enjoy the Au Pair international cuisine- the food represents the traditions, stories, and geography and we learned a lot simply trying different food.Au Pair farewell picnic Independence National Historical Park 2

There is also a great opportunity to learn about American history and culture because  we will have the picnic right across the Independence National Historical Hall in the center city of Philadelphia. The Independence Hall is known as the birthplace of the United States. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were signed there. Our international Au Pair team will enjoy the historical Landmark and great company of friends.
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Au Pairs will have fun sharing the experience, taking many photos and creating new memories. After the meeting, they will visit many historical places together.

Welcome to the cluster, Arminda!

Soledad Araujos (Arminda) is from El Salvador, joining our cluster in a couple days, which is great for several reasons:

  1. We did not have a new au pair in a while. 
  2. She is going to the au pair of my Host Mom‘s brother! This is very exciting!

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She wanted to be an au pair, because she thinks, that taking care of children is one of her passions, so that could make her and other people happy!

She likes going to the beach and listening to music. Sometimes she goes to the gym and to the lake close to her grandma’s house! She is interested in improving her English, getting to know more about the culture in the US and of course to make friends from different countries!

Her friends says, she is responsible, patient and honest. She, also thinks, that she is good at teaching English.18318035_1873037526267643_251446801_o.jpg

Arminda would like to travel around the World with her little sister, that way they could visit Paris to see the Eiffel Tower.

On the weekends, she likes to go to her grandma’s house and swim the entire evening with her cousins and old friends. They talk about their plans  and experiences they had during the week.18280767_1873038532934209_1443411727_n
I hope she is going to enjoy her year with her amazing Host Family! I am looking forward to meet her soon! ♥

 

Welcome our new au pair: Alejandra

Alejandra Tapia Mosquera is from Ecuador and arriving today! I was wondering, how nice and high-hearted au pairs we will have…It is amazing! Let’s see what I was talking about: 

She likes volunteering at animal shelters, but she also likes to do other things like jogging in the morning at the gym, swimming and playing basketball, or she usually stays with her mom and go shopping.

She loves singing and dancing and going out with her friends to travel and visit new places.

She says, she is a positive, charitable and happy person.

If she had a wish, she would have a shelter and a hospital for stray animals, victims of abuse. (I love that idea! )15967145_10209649904016847_188315849_o

She would like to visit the Greek Islands.

On the weekends, she likes to go out in the morning for a walk, then cook a rich meal with her  family and after that going out to stroll a place that has not visited before.

She says, that she considers herself as a good  singer. She also could be the best person to talk to, if anybody needs help.

I am very happy that such a good person is joining to our cluster! Have a wonderful year! ♥

Welcome Alina in the cluster!

Alina, 22 year old Au Pair from China, will join the Philadelphia and Bucks County Go Au Pair cluster this month. Enjoy reading about Alina Jiang! 

She wants to have some different experiences and likes to do something new and out of the ordinary. That’s why she wanted to be an au pair. She looks forward to making friends from different countries. She likes spending her Saturday with friends. They can cook different kind of food and round together to chat. She really enjoys it.

She also really likes to stay with the children – they are very innocent, creative and make her happy.Being an au pair is a good way to study different way of education. It can help her to be a good mother in the future. She thinks that’s another reason to join this program.

She is an easy-going and well-disposed person. She likes cooking. swimming and drawing on her free time. Actually, there are many things I wants to try: hiking, riding bikes ,camping, kayaking , white water rafting , rock climbing. She would like to make a list and start checking it off everytime she does something she likes. She hopes, she can travel around  America.

I hope, that Alina will like here! Our cluster is amazing! ♥

Summer and fall festivals in Hungary

This is the last part of my blog series about the Hungarian festivals from May to October. You can read the previous ones about the upcoming and spring festivals.

  • 1st May, our Labor Day: We celebrate it as a national holiday, with open-air festivities and fairs all over the country. There are carnivals with many-many funny games (e.g.: roller coaster) and food like cotton candy, popcorn..
    • Also men set up a kind of Maypole (we call it May-tree). It is the symbol of the nature’s rebirth in Europe. In Hungary, when a girl get a tree in front of her house, that means, that a man loves her and wants to date her.Sometimes they still do this tradition (when my mom was a girl, she got a tree as well).

       

  • the 1st Sunday of MayMother’s Day
  • 50 days after EasterPentecoste: The descending of the Holy Spirit. (No school or work)
  • 20th August: Our National Day in memoriam of our first king Saint Stephen (Szent István). We can watch fireworks and have a kind of carnival.
  • 23rd October: The memorial day of the Revolution (Uprising) in 1956 against  the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies.

     

    As you could see, Hungary has an enormous, dark past and history. I would share more information with you about that…Maybe in an other post…♥

Happy Birthday to the most amazing Host Mom ever!!

Today is the Birthday of Laura. She is my Host Mom. I would like to wish her a beautiful day today with this post as well. 

She has a heart of gold and a unique sense of humor. Both of these things remind me of my mom and my former English teacher.

I can not tell her over and over again, how unique she is (THEY are) for me. I would like to emphasize it in any kind of way I can!

I can not express how lucky I feel, that I can live with her (with THEM) and taking care of her three smart and marvelous children. I am incredibly thankful.

I do not want to  write anything about the emotional situations we were in before, I think this is not the appropriate place for that. BUT:

  • She brought me a pink (which is my favorite color) blanket, pillow cases and a pink toothbrush before I came here. She asked me:

“I was just wondering, what is your favorite color?”

  • She really takes care of me and my family at home. She (THEY) really want(s) me to feel that I belong here.
  • She helps me straight away, when I ask her. I feel, that it is not a must to her. She wants to help. She (THEY) want(s) me to feel comfortable here.
  • I can read her books!!! ♥

I could write many-many pages about her! Haha  She is special.

I felt feelingly a lot of times, since I am here. I experienced a lot of things with her (THEIR) help, because of her (THEIR) real openness. Thank you. My mom and dad are thankful as well, that I am in a good and caring place with a huge and kind family. 

“Home is where the heart is.”

Spring festivals in Hungary

Last week, you could read the first part about many upcoming Hungarian festivals. This is the time, to write you more about the festivals from February to April.

  • 14th FebruaryValentine’s Day: I do not need to explain this. I used to give little a chocolate to my friends too on Valentine’s Day.
  • 8th March, Women’s Day: This is a special day for little girls, teens, women and ladies. Men give flowers, chocolate or nice greetings to women.I used to have a classmate. Each year on this day, he used to give all of the girls in my class a beautiful yellow rose. I loved it!
  • 15th March: In 1848 a war of independence and revolution breaks out in Hungary, lasts until 1849. This is one of the most significant festivals in my country. Later I will write a post about it…1848-marc-15
  • mainly in March, sometimes in April, Easter: The bunny comes and hides chocolate bunnys and sometimes other presents for the kids.
    • Easter Monday is the day when boys and men visit young girls at their houses. They used to come with a huge (or two) pail full with water, asked for the girl to come out and poured the water on her in return for painted eggs. This is an old folk habit. Nowadays, this habit is about to die out (unfortunately)..Men and boys come only with smelly cologne and parfume…
  • 1st AprilFool’s Day

 

Next time, I am going to finish this blog series, so you will be able to read the last part! I hope, you will enjoy it! ♥

Upcoming festivals in Hungary

As you knew,  I am from Hungary. I promised you, that I will share more information about my country and me. Now, I am going to share with you five upcoming festivals in Hungary. 

  • Here in America, people have Halloween today. What we have at home is All Soul’s Day(1st November) People go to the graveyards with flowers or stay at home and light candles there in memoriam of their loved ones, who passed away. izuizu
  • 6th December:  Saint Nicholas comes and leaves chocolate, mandarins and peanuts in the children’s boots.
  • 24th December, Christmas: little Jesus or the Angels come with ringing bells and leave presents under the Christmas tree. You spend this day with your close family. 25th and 26th of December are for the distant family (cousins ect..) I am going to write more about that around Christmas.
  • 31st DecemberNew Year’s Eve: people go out with friends and family to celebrate this day. At midnight people sing our National Anthem and watch the fireworks all over the country.
  • 1st January: after getting up in the afternoon and recovering from the party you had the day before, you should eat lentil, eggs, pork to be rich and to maintain your luck for the new year!

I hope you enjoyed my post! Next time, I will write about the other festivals we have during the first part of the year! ♥

 

The Host Family Day Conference

Every year  Host Families and Au Pairs and the LAR from Go Au Pair agency meet for a Family Day Conference  to get to know each other better. This year we got together at Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

It was an absolutely amazing day. We had a great time meeting each other and having fun together. There were live shows, great music and entertainment for all ages.

The Faire was full of musicians, magicians and artists of other unique entertainers to keep everyone busy.

We saw a lot of street performances, craft demonstrations, battling pirates, and different shows.

We tasted the medieval food, and it was delicious. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the special renascence spirit, amazing music, and endless talents.

We took many photos, movies, made new friends and built unforgettable memories. 

An Au Pair – bilingual childcare provider

Au Pairs provide child care and at the same time can introduce a new language to the children.

Besides being a flexible and most importantly, an affordable option for child care, Au Pairs offer what other forms of child care can’t: cultural exchange. Children can learn a new language for free with native speakers, while broadening their perspectives and world knowledge; which in today’s world is considered to be priceless.

Hiring an Au Pair who speaks the language of the family’s choice is a perfect option. An Au Pair helps children learn a second language through study & play.

Au Pair Child Care is a popular option  used by parents to help their children learn a second language. Since Au Pairs are constantly with children, they give them the opportunity to practice their second language. An Au Pair not only motivates children to learn the language, but she teaches them the language with native pronunciation and grammar.

A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind says that “There are two major reasons people should pass their heritage language onto children. First, it connects children to their ancestors. The second is my research: Bilingualism is good for you. It makes brains stronger. It is brain exercise.”

Having your child learn a second language gives a child a distinct educational advantage that will last a lifetime .

Watch the movie Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language.

You may create a bilingual learning environment for your children with an Au Pair childcare too.

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