Goodbyes are never easy!

Having a lot of Au Pairs and friends in the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ cluster of Go Au Pair is great –the difficult part is that we have to say goodbye a lot. In addition, the fact that we have many outstanding Au Pairs in our cluster, makes saying goodbye even more difficult.

We just said goodbye to three amazing Au Pairs who recently finished the program and who were nominated by their host families for Love My Au Pair Contest 2019. Thank you Maria Bilous from Ukraine

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Mindy Araujo from El Salvador

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Yue Lu from China

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for being outstanding Au Pairs and great friends and making your host families very happy!

Mariia , Mindy and Yue had been the cluster au pairs during two years and got great experience with their amazing host families in addition to traveling and exploring new places, attending American universities, making many international friends and  having a lot of fun with them in the US.

This month, we should say goodbye to three great Au Pairs: Au Pairs Pamela and Jaquelinne from Brazil and Au Pair Carin from South Africa.

Pamela and Jaquelinne spent two years and Carin one year, with their host families, got a second family away from home, and immersed into American life. They had the opportunity to learn about American culture and traditions, improve their English skills and gain valuable international work experience. They met new people, made new friends, and became more independent and mature.

I would like to thank the host families for joining the Au Pair Program and Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area, opening their homes and hearts and helping the young international people get amazing experience. Without your support and encouragement, it wouldn’t have been possible.

The Au Pair program was designed for only one or two years. Unfortunately, there is a time for every au pair to say goodbye for her/his host family and friends and goodbyes are never easy.2019 Au Pairs meeting in Philadelphia library

Thank you so much for being great Au Pairs, working hard, taking a great care of the kids, and being wonderful role models and friends to them!

Congratulations to Hendry from S. Africa on his second Au Pair year!

One year ago we welcomed Hendry,  male Au Pair from South Africa, into Go Au Pair in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area cluster. Hendry joined the family of a single mother with 4 year old son and two year old twins. Being only twenty, Hendry has already been an au pair in China and has a lot of experience working with kids. Au pairs

We love to interview our Au Pairs. In his first interview Hendry mentioned that the reason he wanted to be an au pair is because children are his passion, he really enjoys spending time with them. Besides that Hendry loves kids, he also likes to travel, meet new people, explore new places and make new memories. And Hendry really traveled a lot, made many friends and became a buddy to a few Au Pairs.Au pairs Go Au Pair

Henry likes his host family and he said, “The right family will make you feel right at home and you wont feel homesick so you can enjoy your time here.”

That was an awesome year full of learning new things, making new friends traveling and exploring the Philadelphia. The kids adore Hendry and Hendry’s host mom extended the offer asking Hendry to continue with the family for another year!

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One year later we are interviewing Hendry again and asking Hendry about his experience of being an Au Pair in the US.Au Pairs from S. Africa.What places you visited you like the most? I liked New York the most.
What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? The city (Philadelphia) is just incredible and I go there over and over again. I spend most of my time traveling, but if i cant travel then I explore the city with my friends.
What is your favorite thing about being an au pair? My favorite thing is how much freedom and resources you have to travel.
What do you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? I like how supportive everybody is.
What has been your best experience living in the US? My best experience was going to the jingle ball concert in New York.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? Be wise how you spend your time. It goes away quicker than money.

What are new things you experienced? Halloween, Hanukkah, 4th of July, philly cheese steak, and cinnobun.Au pairs from South AfricaCongratulations, Hendry!  Good Luck and best wishes for the second Au Pair year!

 

 

First Au Pair in 2019 Scarlet from Mexico.

I would like to welcome new Au Pair in 2019 to Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area Scarlet from Mexico! Scarlet came on 01.03.2019. She joined the family of 6 and lives in Bucks County, PA. Scarlet is 22 years old, has a lot of hobbies and talents.  Second year Au Pair Melissa from Colombia will be her buddy and help Scarlet  to adjust here.scarlet

Scarlet, we are very happy to have you in our au-pair family!

Here is our little interview with Scarlet and we’re looking forward to meeting Scarlet in person and find out more.

Why do you want to be an Au Pair? I took that decision because I like working with kids since I was 14, and I also like the opportunity of improve my English, travel and make friends from around the world.

What are your hobbies and interests? I really enjoy to do makeup, and spend time on outdoors with family/friends.

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What was the best event/happening during last month? Definitely, when I did match with my host family, I start realizing a part of my dreams came true.

What three adjectives best describe you? Dedicated, organized, and cheerful.

If you had one wish what would it be? Become the best makeup artist.

What place would you like to visit? Thailand 🇹🇭

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? Go out to new places, try new food, do road trips.scarlet 2
What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? Doing makeup, getting organize, invest my time on productive activities.

Happy New Year, everyone! This year may we continue to share the genuine friendship and to make even more friends that adds happiness and warmth.

Love My Au Pair Contest 2019

Every year many Host Families from Go Au Pair participate in Love My Au Pair Contest and love to share their experience with their truly amazing Au Pairs.

The winners is determined by an essay nomination provided by Host Families and they all get recognition and prizes. In addition, top 3 eligible Au Pairs will be entered to win the worldwide Au Pair of the Year Award and FREE trip to Luxembourg! The International Au Pair Association (IAPA) will present the Au Pair of the Year Award to one outstanding Au Pair in March 2019 during Work Exchange Travel Market and IAPA Annual Conference.

This year five Go Au Pair Host Families from the Philadelphia and Bucks County area  nominated their outstanding Au Pairs for the 2019 Love My Au Pair Contest.

They all feel that their Au Pairs are “the world’s best au pairs and they deserve to win the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award!” That recognition makes each Au Pair a winner already!

Thank you for nominating extraordinary, exceptional Au Pairs

Maria Bilous from Ukraine

the best au pair of the year award mariaMindy Araujo from El Salvadorthe best au pair of the year award mindy

Yue Lu from China

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Lore Nichele from Argentina

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Luz Adriana Sierra from Colombia

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I am very proud that we have many outstanding Au Pairs in the cluster and want to thank you the host families for sharing their inspiring stories about their amazing experience with their Au Pairs and the Au Pair Program!

 

The 25th International Spring Festival

The Lansdale International Spring Festival is the largest FREE diversity event in the Philadelphia region. This year the Festival is celebrating its 25th year and is organized and hosted by volunteers.  Au Pairs from Go Au Pair will  also volunteer and offer free face painting, balloon twisting, making crafts and playing games with children.intwernational festival.png

The Festival will be indoor and outdoor and offer:

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES – Multicultural art projects – Food tasting from around the world – Try on cultural/ceremonial costumes – Passport Program – Play instruments from around the world

ENTERTAINMENT – Ethnic dance troupes – Music from around the world – Free raffles and prizes – Audience participation – New outdoor activities HEALTH FAIR – Free health screenings – Healthcare exhibits – Entertainer Sterlen Barr – Interactive exercises – Prevention education

INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT Over fifteen ethnic cuisines are available for purchase at the Festival’s food court.

NATIONALITY AND VENDORS’ EXHIBITS Travel the world in a day and view exhibits in the Main Gym area.

STUDENT AFFAIRS WorldQwest Interactive Scavenger Hunt for young adults and etc.

Go Au Pair  will have two tables at the festival: for volunteering and representing Go Au Pair agency.  A lot of Au Pairs choose volunteering face painting for the kids. A few Au Pairs will do balloons twisting and making crafts/play with the kids.  Some Au Pairs desided fundraising for Make a Difference Foundation.
Participating country’s for the 2016  Festival include France, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Lebanon, India, Japan, Bangladesh, China, Brazil, Cambodia, South Korea, Poland, Italy, Egypt & Jordan. The mission of the International Spring Festival is to promote diversity and inclusion in the region through hosting the one-day cultural festival and through community outreach throughout the year.
Come join us on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the North Penn High School, 1340 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA 19446.

 

 

Welcoming a South African Au Pair.

Happy New 2016 Year!

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A New Year will bring a lot of new Au Pairs to Go Au Pair cluster in Bucks County and Philadelphia and  many new host families!  Many Au Pairs are coming in January!  Please join me in welcoming new Au Pair from S. Africa Alea.

South african Au PairAlea is 23, she will live in Bryn Mawr, PA with a new host family. A special thank goes out to Lisa, an Au Pair from S. Africa, for being Alea’s buddy.

Alea loves playing board games, completing word search puzzles, watching comedy movies and volunteering at orphanage centers! She said that three adjectives that best describe her are simple, playful and warm.

Alea’s one wish would be to play a game of cards while listening to jazz with my father – who is late. We asked Alea what her favorite way to spend a Saturday was and she said, ” Spending my Saturday with great company, good food and the works is priceless!”

Alea said that she is good at problem-solving tasks and I’m a good listener too. Best compliment has to be when I was told that I’m gentle and good-hearted and shouldn’t change.

“I have always dreamt of visiting New York and it looks like my dream came sooner than I had anticipated. I cannot wait!”Au Pair Ophelia New York

Welcome Alea, we are looking forward to meeting you very soon. Your dream of  visiting NY comes true very soon!

Au Pair Christmas Party is coming.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2016!  Yes, 2016! Time flies and a New 2016 Year with the Holiday season is almost here.  Many Au Pairs from the Philadelphia and Bucks County cluster are looking forward to the Au Pair Christmas Party!

Keep calm, this Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 1:00 pm is the Au Pair Christmas party- the biggest and favorite cluster event.keep-calm-your-christmas-party-is-coming-soon-2

This year we will have the Au Pair Christmas Party with a gift exchange and an International Pot-Luck Dinner at the host family home in New Hope, Bucks County, PA. Thank you for hosting Au Pairs from our cluster again to the K-y family.

There are many activities, games and contests with the presents planned. Each Au Pair will bring her favorite dish from their home country. We will taste dishes from 8 countries. Thank you, everyone, for making a traditional cultural meal. Thank you, Alejandra, Maria and Lisa for helping to organize the party!

We are ready for Christmas celebration, making new international friends, having a happy time, taking tons of photos and creating unforgettable memories! The annual Au Pair Christmas party is a special party with fun, laugh, joy and, of course, with the presents that everyone will remember. After the party, the Au Pairs usually can’t say goodbye and  go to Peddler’s Village to continue the fun.

Stay tuned for the next entry about our Christmas party.

I am proud that I am Ukrainian!

Go Au Pair features a country each month. This month Go Au Pair’s feature country is Ukraine.

We have a few Ukrainian Au Pairs in the Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County cluster. Stacey, Au Pair from Ukraine, is this blog guest today. Stacey has been in the USA almost one year and has a great experience. She extended for another year with her host family.the Au Pair from Ukraine

I am a resident of an amazingly beautiful country, Ukraine. Golden wheat fields and cloudless blue sky began its eternal symbols. Versatile nature can not leave indifferent any guest and resident of this country. Ukraine is one of the largest countries of Eastern Europe. It occupies an area of 603 700 km2. Its territory stretches for 893 kilometres from north to south and for 1316 kilometers from east to west. It has state borders with Russia, Belarus and Moldova. It also borders on Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. In the south, it is washed by the Black and the Azov Seas. The major rivers are the Dnepr. The major part of Ukraine is flat and only 5% of it is mountainous. The two mountainous areas in Ukraine are the Carpathians and the Crimean Mountains.ukraine
The population of Ukraine is about 43 million people. The biggest cities are Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa and Lviv. Ukraine has an ancient history. It has its own original culture and arts. Ukraine is my homeland, and I am proud that I am Ukrainian. I love it’s fields, rivers, forests and mountains. The Ukrainian people are very emotional, smart, kind, talented and understanding people. I advise everyone to visit my homeland and feel all the power and the beauty of my country from the inside.
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PS. Perhaps, you may invite a Ukrainian Au Pair to join your family first and learn more about this beautiful country. Families who match with an Au Pair from Ukraine will receive $100 off the program fees in addition to other discounts available.

Au Pairs cultural exchange meeting.

Au Pair’s meetings increase interest in other cultures, arts, religions and inspire to learn. Our next event, the Tour at Glencairn museum, is all about a discovery and learning new things. Glencairn Museum is a museum of religious art and history, a member of the Bryn Athyn Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.English: The exterior of the Glencairn Museum ...

The museum has a unique art collections, including ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and American Indian. Also, Pitcairn’s collection of medieval stained glass and sculpture is considered to be one of the country’s finest. The museum even has the exhibition of Marc Chagall arts. There are a lot to explore!

We also will explore Bryn Athyn Cathedral

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After the tour, we will have a farewell picnic. This is a special occasion to wish a safe trip home to the Au Pairs who are leaving, welcome new Au Pairs and celebrate international friendship.
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Please, come on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm and join Au Pairs from Philadelphia and Bucks County as we celebrate an international friendship and cultural exchange.

Meet Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, Australian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican Au Pairs, and Au Pairs from other countries, read about cultural exchange your family can get when joining the program.

Joining the program can be a life-changing experience for your family.

Welcoming new Au Pair from Colombia Carolina.

We are looking forward to meeting the newest member of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area Carolina. Carolina is 25-year-old Au Pair from Colombia. She will live with a loving host family with two little boys at Spring House, PA near Philadelphia.carol_1393808521355_n

Carolina has two brothers and two sisters and this is her first time leaving far away from her family. Carolina always dreams to travel. She said, ” I would like visit all special places in Philadelphia, taste typical American dishes and learn a lot about American culture.” 

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Carolina loves kids and she is working on her Master degree in educational psychology. Carolina said, “My greatest desire is to be a professional in education and I dream to have a house myself.”
IMG_2238 (1)Carolina likes sport, running, bowling, go to the movies. She likes ice cream 🙂

Welcome, Carolina! We’re all looking forward to eating ice cream together and getting to know you better!

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