Congrats to local Au Pair Mariia who is a runner-up of Love My Au Pair Contest!

Our warmest congratulations to Ukrainian Au Pair Mariia Belous and her Host Family- the Gerzon family! They became the runner up of 2018 Love My Au Pair contest with Go Au Pair and won Amazon gift cards, ❤

Mariia, Au Pair from Ukraine, is a local Au Pair who lives in Bucks County.  She came to the US 20 months ago and became a part of the Gerzon family –  single mom with two adorable girls. Alla, the host mom said “Mariia has made our lives richer, easier and more fun and this is why she deserves to get the best au pair award! As the 2nd year of Mariia being with us draws to a close, I’m saddened to think about how my girls will miss her when she leaves.Maria Au Pair from Bucks County We have formed an incredible bond with Mariia that will stay with us for a lifetime.My children, although they are adorable, are not the easiest to take care of because they are so close in age and often “team up against you”. Maria from UkraineMariella is such a picky eater, and Mariia has the patience to make sure Mariella eats a proper meal with enough variety. With Mariia’s help, Mariella grew so much since her arrival because Mariia insists on proper nutrition. I really have to thank Mariia for that because Mariella has always been the smallest in her class, but now she is catching up to the other kids.Au Pair Bucks County PA

 

Mariia also keeps my kids entertained without depending on the TV for entertainment. Some of the things she does to entertain the kids are dance parties, karaoke concerts, and dress up games! She will make up imaginary games and stories. She also does arts and crafts with them, and makes sure they create artwork to give as gifts to me and our relatives. She has organized playdates with local kids and visited a local police station to meet a policeman! Maria au pair from Ukraine

However, it is not all fun and games with Mariia, as she also helps my daughter do homework as well as her Kumon work. With Mariia’s help, Mariella learned to read and does math problems like a pro (for a 1st grader). She taught my kids responsibility like cleaning up after themselves after dinner and an important life lessons like “eat your food before having dessert”, or “homework/work before playtime”.Au Pair from Ukraine

I love to travel, and with Maria by my side, I have been able to take my family on vacations without too much stress for me. Some of my favorite memories with Mariia and my girls was when we went on family vacations together. We have travelled a lot including going to Florida, Mexico and Baltimore/ Washington. Normally I would be the one watching my kids, but this time with Mariia, I got to relax and actually enjoy the vacation. I would never dream of taking vacations as a single parent without help because, it is just too hard to watch two when you are only one. Now with Mariia we can team up and watch the girls with no problem.”love my Au Pairs contest

Congratulations, Mariia, on being nominated for Love my Au Pair contest for the second time and becoming a runner up of Love My Au Pair contest  this year! We wish you the every success.

 

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 Au Pair program – a life changing experience!

The Smolarski family has been with Go Au Pair for 15 years and has a great experience with 10 Au Pairs! It’s really a joy to see how the Smolarski family bonds with their Au Pairs and develops long-term friendships through this program. You may think that there are a lot of responsibilities to take care for many kids and the little triplets and it is hard to find an Au Pair.  Not really- many Au Pairs extended with the Smolarsky family for the second year and said that it was a life changing experience!

“Not even in my best expectations for this program I could possibly imagine how much love could be involved between me and these three kids”,- says Nadia, the second year Au Pair with the Smolarski family.

 

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“I’m already suffering just for thinking about the day I’ll say for the last time as their Au Pair, “good morning guys”, “Julia, you’re my bruxa”, “Ellie girl, you’re my peanut”, “Drew, you’re Nádia’s boy”, “I’ll be your friend forever guys”… And I mean it if they let me, I’ll be there to be anything they need me to, forever!

I know I have a second family for life and it’s good to know that I’ll be welcome to visit my host family in the future. I’ll always be grateful because I’m a better human because of what I’m living here and because of these little human being!”

Thank you to Smolarski family and many host families for welcoming Au Pairs to your home and making them part of your family.

 

Make the Musical Instruments with the Au Pairs.

Join the International Spring Festival this Saturday, April 21, 2018 and the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair will  teach your kids how to create the musical instruments from around the world. We chose – Maracas, originally from Portuguese,  Harmonica, originally from Europe, and Tambourine, originally from Egypt and Israel. Musical instruments

Maracas are integral to Latin American dance bands, and have become increasingly popular in pop groups, percussion ensembles, as well as primary school music education. The simple design and intuitive process of the maracas have made it a familiar favorite around the world. The instrument has a long history of engaging audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Maracas are usually played in pairs, with either one in each hand or two held together in one hand.

Harmonica, also known as a French harp or mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, notably in bluesAmerican folk musicclassical musicjazzcountry, and rock and roll. There are many types of harmonica, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. A harmonica is played by using the mouth (lips and tongue) to direct air into or out of one or more holes along a mouthpiece. Popsicle Stick Harmonica is a nice homemade music instrument for the kids to make and enjoy making music with.

Tambourine, small drum is normally played with the bare hands and often has attached to it jingles, pellet bells, or snares.  Tambourines were played in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome, especially in religious contexts, and they have long been prominent in Middle Eastern folk and religious use. Kids like tambourines because they make a lot of noise.

Please stop near Go Au Pair table this Saturday, April 21, 2018 and create your own Maracas,  Harmonica or Tambourine.  The address is North Penn High School, 1340 S Valley Forge Rd Lansdale, PA 19446 from 11:00 am till 5:00 pm. We are looking forward to entertaining your kids!

 

My lovely hometown in Ukraine.

Hey, It is Mariia again. I hope you read the Ukrainian Au Pair storyFollow my dreams  and about my awesome host family family in the US. Today, I want to tell you about my lovely hometown in Ukraine. I came from Cherkasy, it is a city in Central Ukraine, that has been known since the 13th century, so it’s quite an old place and still you can see a lot of things from the former USSR. My city played a great role in the history of Ukraine.Au Pair Bucks County 1

What reminds me about my city is it is my home sweet home, it is the place when I’m happy, where are all my family and my lovely friends are, and where my cat is.Au Pair Bucks County 4

One of my favorite place in Cherkasy it’s Castle Hill (Hill of Glory). The memorial complex with a monument “Motherland” is standing at the top of the former Castle Hill.Au Pair Bucks County

The view is unbelievable. You can see the beauty of the main river and our main bridge. My city is situated on the Dnipro River, it is huge and beautiful. It is funny but another favorite place of mine in Ukraine is a night club called Manhattan. We even have the bull that is the main symbol of this party place.Au Pair Bucks County 3

The style of people from Cherkasy are so different. People like to dress nice, put on make up  and go to work with happy faces. Compared with Americans, they spend hours to get ready to go to work. Even if you work on the bus, you need to put your eye shadow and your lipstick on! It is funny!Au Pair Bucks County 2Each time when I’m at home it brings a smile to my face. We have so many different restaurants and cafes. Another famous place in Cherkasy is  New York pizza. The food is so yummy.Au Pair Bucks County 5

I love my city! It’s probably not the best place to go in Ukraine but it is so special for me.

The Au Pair Program – How to start.

Go Au Pair is a reliable and cost-effective program for live-in child care needs. The family can register online for free and interview as many candidates as the family likes, with no obligation! We have over 300 available au pairs, with several in-country au pairs. Also, new Host Families are eligible for up to $1,000.00 in discounts!Print

To get started, please review  the U.S. Department of State requirements.

  • Be willing to comply with U.S. Department of State regulations
  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents fluent in spoken English
  • Provide the au pair with a private bedroom and 3 meals a day for the au pair
  • Limit child care to a maximum of 45 hours per week if participating in the standard au pair; 30 hours per week for the EduCare program.
  • Not exceed 10 hours per day or extend over more than five and a half days.
  • Have adequate financial resources to undertake hosting obligations
  • Pay a weekly minimum stipend based on the program option selected ($195.75 for standard Au Pairs, $146.81 for EduCare Au Pairs)
  • Help an Au Pair to enroll in and attend an accredited post-secondary institution to fulfill here educational requirement.
  • Pay up to $500 toward the cost of the au pair’s required academic course work;
  • Provide a minimum of two weeks paid vacation for each 12 months.

For more information please read THE AU PAIR EXCHANGE PROGRAM BROCHURE. After the family reviews the host family qualifications,  the family can register and apply online. Once the family has registered and completed the online application,  Go Au Pair will open the personal portal and the family will get the access to our advance Host Family Community, where the family can view hundreds of au pair profiles.

All Au Pairs are screened, personally interviewed and meet regulatory requirements to qualify for the J1 visa Au Pair program. These regulations include background checks, minimum High School education, minimum hours of childcare experience, verified childcare references and more. All Au Pairs are required to have a minimum number of years of childcare experience.

In addition, Go Au Pair is pleased to welcome new Host Families hosting an out-of-country Au Pair in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area with a “Locals Only” Discount. Those who match with an Au Pair from Go Au Pair within 90 days of applying will be eligible to receive $750 off program fees and pay no application fee!

Ukrainian au pair: the background story and more

Hi, guys! I’m Tania, an au-pair from a beautiful and green country, situated in the heart of Europe – Ukraine. I have a great opportunity to interview new au-pairs from all over the world, joining our Philadelphia cluster! I’m so excited! But let me tell you a little bit about myself, my interests and my motherland.

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If you ever have a chance to travel to Europe, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Ukraine. You’ll never regret it, first of all, because of the really hospitable and open-hearted people, who are polite and ready to help the foreigners. Ukrainians are famous for their welcoming and friendly attitude to everyone.

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Secondly, the cuisine. I cannot even explain how delicious our national dish, called borsch is, just try it and you’ll understand what I mean:)  Borsch is a tasty combination of all the possible vegetables : potatoes, cabbage, beets, carrots, onions, mushrooms, peppers plus some sour cream, meat if you want, parsnip, basil and dill. My mom calls borsch ‘a delicious source of beauty and youth’, and I completely agree with her. Also there are such famous Ukrainian dishes as  varenyky (boiled dumplings with mushrooms, potatoes, cottage cheese, cherries or berries), nalysniky (pancakes with cottage cheese, poppy seeds, mushrooms, caviar or meat) and many many more. Next time we have a picnic together, I’m going to bring one of these amazing Ukrainian national dishes, promise:)

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My country is famous for its beautiful and truly relaxing nature as well as interesting culture, lots of customs and traditions. There are many interesting places to visit, so if you plan going to Ukraine, let me know and I will share the valuable information about all the great sights with you)

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Speaking about myself,well, back in Ukraine I used to be a teacher of English, I really loved it and still do. Now I’m trying to learn Spanish and want to thank my awesome au-pair friends Gene and Kathy for their help and endless patience:)They speak Spanish fluently and help me to get to the same level. You’re the best, bonitas amigas!  My hobbies are reading, cooking  (with my host mom’s support I learn a new recipe every week), playing tennis and spending time with my pets.I like doing different activities with my host kid, especially trying doing something new and exciting.  By the way, I’m really lucky to enjoy the company of my host family’s enormously cute cat, called Thor. Playing with him and petting him is the best thing in the world:)

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I also enjoy traveling, exploring new cultures and making new friends. So, I believe, interviewing new au-pairs will be a great experience as well as a lot of fun for me!

Please feel free to ask me any questions about Ukraine, my interests and hobbies, au-pair life or just anything which may come to your mind. I will be happy if you share some information about your countries, national dishes, traditions too!

 

 

Welcoming the first Argentine Au Pair.

By Tania M, au pair from Ukraine.

We are very excited to meet the first au pair from Argentina Julie! Julie will replace the au pair from Brazil Aline. Aline was an awesome au-pair, she was nominated for au pair of the year award! All the au-pairs from Go Au Pair Philadelphia are looking forward to meeting Julie.13265919_10201790749687686_5968902754672266875_n (2)

Julie’s host kids were so excited to meet her that they even made a special gift for her – a welcoming poster.

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Julie’s host mom made a great present for her  – a handmade lamp, so that she will feel cozy and comfortable in her new  room.

I am really lucky to interview Julie, especially because it’s my first time interviewing an au- pair! So, we asked her a couple of questions to get to know her better.Juli au pair argentina

1.Why do you want to be an au-pair?

I wanted to be and au pair because it’s a great opportunity for cultural exchange…for meeting new people and work with kids…It also gives me the opportunity to study in a college or university, so it’s like a complete package for me.

2. Please tell us something about your hobbies.

My hobbies are cooking, writing and reading. I like to go out with friends but not every weekend…

3. What places would you like to visit?

I’ll like to visit New Orleans, New York again, Chicago, Disney… California… And Philadelphia, o course.

4. What three adjectives best describe you?

I consider myself good with people, I’m studying to be a psychologist, so that it’s kind of a requirement… I’m also a good singer, I think, hahahaha

Wow, I was surprised to find out there’s one more person in our cluster, who’s interested in psychology! We’ll have a lot to discuss when we meet, Julie:)Julis au pair argentina

5.Did you like the NY Au Pair introductory workshop? Why?

I really like the workshop, Patrick was amazing with us and taught everything perfectly. I’ll recommend it. I liked it because it was a very good way to start to know the culture in this country. And because it teaches you a lot of stuff that you need to know before working with kids.

Thank you for the answers, Julie, we are looking forward to seeing you in person and spending time with you, sharing our experience and impressions of being an au-pair.

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!

Unique Benefits a Go Au Pair LAR offers

A Local Area Representative (LAR) helps local families during their program. The Local Representative assists a host family and Au Pair with any questions related to Go Au Pair services. However, there are much more.Welcome to go au pair Please learn about unique benefits the Philadelphia and NJ area Go Au Pair’s cluster!  Here are some of them:

  • Contacting a new  Au Pair as soon as her visa been approved
  • Welcoming new Au Pairs on facebook (FB)
  • Inviting new Au Pairs to the closed group on facebook
  • Interviewing new Au Pairs
  • Au Pairs Buddy program
  • Go Au Pair Philadelphia blog
  • Valuable cluster traditions
  • Interesting cultural exchange activities.
  • Volunteering with friends
  • Cluster’s Au Pairs blogging and sharing their experience
  • LAR mentoring and counseling which prevents many issues.aupair excellence
We had another successful year and many happy families and Au Pairs. The Philadelphia and NJ cluster has doubled, and many families from this cluster nominated their Au Pairs for the “Au Pair of the Year Award 2014″.
The agency believes that happy Au Pairs are the driving force behind happy kids and families.Joyce (3)

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