In the beginning there was the plan.

Hello everyone!

This is the start of a new project with my au pair agency Go Au Pair and my Local Area Representative of the Philadelphia, Bucks County, and NJ cluster, Polina. In particular we want to introduce newly arrived au pairs/au pairs who will arrive soon to our readers and I will blog about my life as an au pair.

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So let’s start with me: my name is Cosima, I’m 19 years old and I’m a German au pair, living in Bucks County, PA. As I arrived here two months ago, I already know how it is to be an au pair.

Since my arrival I had the chance to meet some of the other au pairs from my cluster and to explore a lot of places around Philadelphia/New Jersey and even New York City together with them. On top of that I’m lucky to be the first buddy in our cluster for Rikie, my au pair friend from South Africa.

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After I graduated from school last June I worked in a clothing store until I came to the US. Given that my last school was a boarding school, I was in touch with younger kids every day. Besides the work with younger kids at my school, I used to babysit for my neighbor and to work with kids at a summer camp.

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My decision to come to the US and work here as an au pair was a long process, but now I know that it was worth it. I wanted to explore a different culture, meet new people, visit new places and – of course – to work with kids. Now I have the chance to do exactly those things!

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Meet the Au Pair from Germany Cosima.

Cosima joined our Go Au Pair cluster recently. She is very mature for being 19 and adjusted to the Au Pair life in America very fast. Cosima started driving next day after her arriving and already made many friends. Cosima is very active, she explored many places in Bucks County where she lives, Cosima even enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia with other Au Pairs.

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Cosima will be a Buddy for a new Au Pair from South Africa – Rikie.  They are both 19 years old, love sport and live in Doylestown. Cosima is very excited to be Buddies with Rikie.

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Meet the German Au Pair Cosima. Here are three adjectives that best describe her:  strong-minded, reliable, and calm.Au Pair from Germany 1

I’m Cosi from Germany, 19 years old, living in a lovely German-American Family with 3 kids in Doylestown.Au Pair from Bucks County

I came to the US to work with kids and to explore the country and culture.I love to play soccer and tennis or go to the gym.

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Besides sports, I like to be with friends and family.

Aupair from Bucks CountyHere in the US I would like to meet other people, especially during the weekend, to join me in visiting some events or other cities like NY or Washington D.C.

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or just to have fun together.

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What was the best event/happening during last month?
It was my arrival at the Philadelphia airport, where my whole host family picked me up with some sheets of paper the kids made for me.

Thank you for offering help to Rikie!

The Au Pair program cost in the US and outside

Many countries participate in the Au Pair program.  However, the Au Pair program requirement is very different around the world. The International Au Pair Association (IAPA) creates guidelines for au pair exchange programs and protects the rights of Au Pairs and host families from many countries.

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According J-1 Visa exchange visitor program, Au Pairs can” Provide up to 10 hours a day/45 hours a week of childcare” Outside the US,  Au Pairs usually work fewer hours and earn less money than US Au Pairs.

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According to Wikipedia, “In Europe, where the concept originated, au pairs are only supposed to work part-time, and they often also study part-time, generally focusing on the language of the host country, but in the United States, they are permitted to provide full-time childcare. In many countries Au Pairs are also supposed to pay for their classes, pay for their visa and paperwork, tickets and other experiences.”

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For example, in Germany,  Au Pairs provide 30 hours of childcare assistance and light housework for their host families each week. Their stipend is 65 Euros per week. Some families are willing to pay part of the money towards the cost of travel and classes, but it is not a requirement. So, working as  an Au Pair in many countries can be expensive because it will cost money.

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On the contrary, Au Pairs in the US can save a lot of money, because all those expenses American host families pay. In addition,  an Au Pair stipend in the US is usually higher. The Au Pair stipend for a standard program is $3.45 per hour set by the Federal Government and is  $195.75 per week for  45 hours or more than $10,000 per year. ($195.75 is the minimum amount required by the Department of State. Families and Au Pairs are free to agree upon any amount higher than this minimum.)

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Host families in the U.S. pay for Au Pairs J-i Visa and paperwork, classes, Airfare tickets and other expenses like health insurance, etc.. That is why the Au Pair program for the host family in the US costs around $8 per hour and depends on the agency.  With Go Au Pair the cost of the standard Au Pair program is $353 per week or only $7.85 per hour.

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Going Bowling for Fernanda’s Farewell Party

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The best moment is having new Au Pairs  join us, the saddest moment is having close Au Pairs leaving us. On September 29th, Sunday afternoon, eight Au Pairs came to Fernanda’s Farewell Party. Fernanda is an Au Pair from Brazil, and she is going home next week.

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We created a special T-shirt for Fernanda, that was a sweet moment for all of us. We are Au Pairs from different countries -Spain, El Salvador, Ecuador, China and Germany.

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Then we went bowling together. For me and some other Au Pairs this was our first time bowling. Au Pair program gives us a lot of chances to explore variety new interesting things. We appreciate it a lot. Even thought this was my first time bowling, I knocked down all ten pins! I was so excited about it.

Everyone had a great time at Fernanda’s farewell party. We will miss her so much. Good luck Fernanda, we love you forever!  Also, wish new Au Pair Sandra has a great time in here with us!

IMG_20130929_155119Read more stories from Ophelia’s Diary.

Germany – June 2013 Go Au Pair Featured Country

Families who match with an Au Pair from Germany in June get a $100 off the program fees. Take advantage of this discount and find a German Au Pair today!

Recent Host Family from Virginia said, “Our Au Pair assimilated very well to our house – it was almost seamless! Since Jasmin had already spent some time in Canada, we hardly notice any cultural differences. We would definitely choose another Au Pair from Germany!.”German flag

Hosting an Au Pair from Germany would be a great way to bring German culture, value of education and love for sport to your home. The people of Germany love  going to museums, theaters and participating in sports. German Au Pairs are known to be hard working and punctual. They are also very good drivers.  Check an Au Pairs from Germany out today!

Three fun facts about Germany:

1.Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world.
2.There are over 300 kinds of bread and over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
3.Many Autobahn (highway) has no speed limit.

Don’t miss your chance to match with an Au Pair from Germany and receive the Features Country Discount!

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Au Pairs share their smiles.

All people smile in the same language. Proverb.

Go Au Pair agency sponsored the FRUA  Holiday Party. Several Au Pairs from Philadelphia, Bucks County and close NJ and I volunteered for  this event.

They shared their time and smiles with FRUA families and kids adopted from Russian speaking countries.

It was a great cultural experience for Au Pairs, who came from Germany, Brazil, El Salvador and Panama.  Now they live with American families, take care of the kids and learn about American culture. They also have a unique opportunity to learn more about different countries.

The FRUA party was great. It really was. Everyone learned a lot about Russian culture tradition and heritage there.

Russian speaking kids prepared a special concert and then they played together with kids adopted from Russia and former Soviet Union countries.

The families enjoyed delicious Russian food and a huge cake that Go Au Pair agency kindly presented for this special event.

It was a very special time for all of us.  Au Pairs enjoyed painting on children’s face. Several Au Pairs are experienced face painters. Kids loved the face painting that Au Pairs did for them.

Au Pairs were busy helping with preparations for the event, playing with kids, and smiling.

There is a well-known Russian song ” Smile”

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A smile will make a dull day brighter,
A smile will make a rainbow appear in the sky…
Communicate your smile,
And it will come back to you more than once.

Au Pairs volunteered and smiled, smiled and smiled because smiles are contagious!   

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

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