Farewell to our dear friend Dani Parra!

At the beginning for November, when the trees leaves are colorful and winter is right in the corner; we have to say good bye to our dear friend Dani. This young woman just left the country the first week of November. We are glad Dani is at her home enjoying with her family and friends . We interviewed her regarding her time as an au pair in the US and here we have some of her answers:

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  1. What places did you visite and which one you like the most? Well, I visited Cape code in Massachusetts and Venice in Florida!
  2. What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? I really like to walk and explore different places, so i used to spend my  free time walking around the city and usually going to restaurants to eat something new. 
  3. What is your favorite thing about being an au pair? My favorite thing is the knowledge that I got from my host family and my host kids.45483016_183652995872386_7267950500174102528_n
  4. What did you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? The most that I like  is that I have the opportunity to meet amazing people in the cluster’s meetings. 
  5. What was your best experience living in the US? I did skydiving. That was amazing!
  6. What is the most valuable lesson you learned when being an au pair?To be tolerant and understand that there are different ways to educated children. Not all the time  the way  we think is the right one  and we need to accent different points of view.
  7. How do you like the experience being a part of an American family?It has been amazing! I am glad that I was able to live with an incredible and lovely family.
  8. What are new things you experienced? Honestly, I tried different kinds of food from different countries.
  9. Would you recommend being an au pair to others? I’d definitely recommend becoming an au pair and live this experience.45384748_1761880830589048_8827240872362901504_n
  10. What are your wishes to your friends, cluster, LAR and Go Au Pair?  I wish to all them good luck, positive vibes and have fun guys! Don’t forget to enjoy every single day of your life.

Dani, we appreciate your time for answering our questions, we wish you the best back home!

 

 

Farewell to our dear friend Anita!

It is the middle of the summer and sadly but at the same time happily we have to say good bye to Anita Pinzon! She came at the end of January 2017 and after all this time she is leaving with a big smile and good memories with her family back in Colombia! Lets see what she said in our short but interesting interview!

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What places did you visit and which one you like the most? Well, I had the opportunity to visit some states around the country like Michigan, California and Miami and some others but honestly I don’t have a favorite cause in most of them I had fun!

What was your favorite way to spend your time in the USA? Since I didn’t work on weekends most of the time I traveled with my friends in order to have fun and try new things!

Whats your favorite thing of being a au pair? I can say that I had the chance to live and share memories with an amazing host family, I was able to improve my English skills and of course enjoy my time with my host kids.

 

How do you like the experience  being a part of an American Family? I really like this experience cause I was involved in the culture by speaking their language, trying their food and of course their life style in a real environment.

 

Finally, Anita said that she wishes us all the best in our lives (including the cluster, LAR and Go Au Pair), and that she will keep us in her hearth forever!

Thank you so much for your words Anita, we wish you the best! We are sure that your family in your country can not wait to see you! We hope you had a great time with us and keep it up my friend!

Bye-bye Karen!

Karen is going home soon. Karen had a great Au Pair experience, she took a lot of classes, traveled  and made many international friends. Karen considers her host family as the best host family she could imagine. Let me share her interview with you: 

What places you visited you like the most?

My favorite place was Chicago, Illinois. I think this is the most beautiful city in the US, the famous pizza is very good and places like Navy Pier, sky Deck and millennium park are amazing.

What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA?

The best way to spend my free time was travelling. I had the chance to visit 12 states during my year  and amazing places during the summer to practice extreme sports like the Five lakes fingers in the north of NY state, hiking in the North Carolina Mountains and the gorgeous Niagara fall. I went to the beach in Florida and New Jersey many times. I have visited NY city 6 times, Washington DC twice, Boston and the most famous universities in the world (Harvard and MIT), and more places. I tried to travel at least twice a month.

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What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you?

The most valuable lesson is, that I have to work hard to achieve my goals and my dreams because nobody else will do that for me. I love my host family and my baby but living with another people taught me to value my family and my home, my privacy and my own rules. I have learned being more independent, mature and thankfull. I love my host family, because they have allowed me this experience what I have always dreamt of.

How do you like the experience being a part of an American family?

I consider my host family as the best host family I could imagine. I love my baby with all my heart and I always give thanks to God for him. He is the sweetest boy ever and he is the most special person in US. I´ll miss him very much. Also my Host Parents are the best. They have been very patient with me and the language. They respect my believes, my culture and my free time. I love them very much!

What are your wishes to your friends, cluster, LAR and Go Au Pair?

I wish the best things to my friends and the other au pairs. I have to say the time is going by so fast and you can´t notice it. Live each day as the last because this experience is the best you could live. Do not hesitate to achieve your goals and make your dreams come true as soon as possible, because it is likely, that  you won´t have enough time later.16357568_10154332313426169_1682052490_oThank you, Karen! ♥

Farewell to Kim, an Au Pair in Excellence

I am incredibly glad, that I have a chance to write about Kim. I met her in person twice and I really liked her presence… 

She was very fortunate to be able to visit many different places not only in the States but also internationally with her host family. She visited South Carolina, Connecticut, New England, New Hampshire, Maine, Niagra Falls, California and Switzerland. She loved every single one of these places for all different reasons as they were all so lovely and different.

She loved spending her  free time researching about different areas in the USA that she hopes to visit one day. She liked anging out with her newly made international friends as well as exploring and discovering new local hotspots to hangout and/or learn new experiences and gain more knowledge.

“Being able to know when you need to stand up for yourself when you are not being treated fairly but also being able to know when to take a step back and realize that your job is also to make life easier for your host family.”

She learnt let some things go if they were not worth fussing and worrying over.

SHE LOVED the experience overall even though it was hard getting used to living with another family (she got a new family after the first year). She was lucky to get such an open and welcoming family who saw her as a big sister to their kids and treated her like another family member and made an effort to include her in family activities but also making sure she get enough free time away from the family.

She  experienced many different foods (turkey bacon, mashed sweet potato with marshmallows, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits etc), travelling to many different States and experiencing different people in different cultures. She also experienced having to drive on the other side of the road and driving an automatic car.

She would recommend being an Au Pair to others ONLY if you are open-minded and love kids, as this is how most of your time will be spent.

She wishes all her new and life-long friends that they will gain so much knowledge and experience from the cluster and all the best with whatever their future plans are.

These answers were really mature, they made me tear up. You can feel, that she did love, what she was doing. Thank you for the kind words, I wish you the best as well! ♥

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