Ukrainian Au Pair story.

My story began from a French croissant…Au Pair from Ukraine 3

Hey, it’s me, Ukrainian Au Pair Maria Bilous. My adventure started when I had French croissants with my Ukrainian friend Andrei! You will get the point why a French croissant was so important in my story! Lol… By that time

Last Spring I came back from Turkey – I used to work there for last 3 amazing years. I was about to change something in my life – well completely to change! I was looking for new emotions, new faces, new adventure. I needed to go somewhere and do something new what makes me feel happy! It doesn’t mean I wasn’t happy by that time because my life in Turkey was so colorful – I used to work as part of entertainment in one of the coolest place in this world Liberty hotels Lykia!Au Pair from Ukraine

So my friend and I were telling to each other how our lives are going and what happened for last few years and shared French croissants. Suddenly, he looked on me enjoying the croissant and said,” Maria!I think you should try cultural exchange program Au pair because you like to spend time with kids and you always want to go somewhere and explore some new things!” He said it will be very interesting for me! I came back home and checked google what Au pair program is.

There are a lot of information about the Au Pair program and I really found it very cool. Next morning I visited ”Пять континентов” it’s one of Ukrainian agency by Go Au Pair in Cherkassy and found all the details about it. I am the person who is like I want something I get it!!!So I started to get ready all my documents, reviews and read more about USA and American childcare. Au Pair from Ukraine 5

To be honest,  there were a lot of things  scary for me like: what if I can’t do it? or what if the kids will not like me? or what if it be very lonely there ?or Oh My God! I have to cross not just the countries -I had to cross the continent! Which is fine! We all human too nervous about something important and, especially, if you are a girl. Au Pair from Ukraine 2

Now I’m so proud of myself and happy to be in the USA ! Thank you to the Au Pair program for the opportunity and Go Au Pair for helping me to find my lovely host family! Read the second part of my amazing story.

Welcome to our friendly cluster, Liping

A new awesome au-pair from China Liping or Liz has joined our Philadelphia cluster! We were very glad to meet Liping at our meeting, talk to her and get to know her better. She is a cool girl and has many interests and  hobbies. Liping is 22 and her buddy is Christine.

Here is our interview with Liping:

1.What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to travel, enjoy to make friends. I also like sports, especially outdoor sports. I love to be close to nature. Now I want to challenge bungee jumping.

2.What three adjectives best describe you?
I’m a happy, friendly and helpful girl.

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3.What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
I want to play and go shopping with my friends on Saturday.

4.What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?
I’m good at is making yogurt, sushi and laugh.

5. What place would you like to visit?
Now I would like to go to the place is Seattle, it is very beautiful in the movie.

6.Why do you want to be an Au Pair?
I love kids. There is happy when I play with them. I would like to experience different cultures. I love to make friends from different areas. And I like American education child’s way, I want to learn it. And education my children in the future.

Good luck to you in your au pair career, Liping , and we wish you to have the time of your life in the USA:)

Enjoying the interview with our experienced au pair Adriana Evechis

Today we all get a great chance to learn a lot about our new awesome and experienced au pair from Ecuador Adriana!

What was the best event/happening during last month? The best thing I’ve lived here was definitely my birthday, but this happened the last day in June. My host family in California organized a mini surprise to me and bought me a small cake with very nice candles, balloons, flowers, and gifts. We also ate Mexican food together. I really got great and beautiful memories with them!

 

 

What are your hobbies and interests? I really love to take photos of everything around me! I also like read and walking out, I enjoy discover new things alone and with others! I’d like to meet new people and share good moments with people all over the world. My principal goal is put in practice my skills to care for children, study and get this opportunity to grow as a person.

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What three adjectives best describe you? Life has taught me to be adaptable, moreover, many people think I’m reliable and I definitely think I’m very respectful of others.

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What places you visited you like the most? In California, I loved The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, and Griffith Park, especially the Observatory! Definitely, I love nature and science! I could take many pictures there!

Welcome to the cluster, Adriana! See you soon at our upcoming au pair Philadelphia cluster meeting!

Welcome to the cluster, Moriana!

Great news this week – an awesome new au-pair from Argentine Moriana Aparicio is joining our friendly Philadelphia cluster! We are very happy to have you in our au-pair family, Moriana, glad you came!

Here is our little interview with Moriana, of course it’s not all the information about her, so we’re really looking forward to meeting you in person and find out more:)

Why do you want to be an Au Pair? I want to be Au pair because I think it’s a way to know the culture of the United States, to exchange culture with family, learn about the country, work, study and meet new friends. To teach my family about my life in Argentina too, my habits my lifestyle.

What three adjectives best describe you? It is difficult to answer this question haha, if I have to choose three adjectives I think Friendly; Funny and Reliable.

What place would you like to visit? I would like to know the Grand Canyon, Disney, Chicago, California, Washington, New York and Philadelphia … of course.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? I think Saturday is a day to spend with good people and the best way. With family or friends, always in the best way possible. 5-What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? I consider good at two

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? I consider good at two things. In sports, I like to the run (I can not be a day without running out haha) go to the gym, swimming, volleyball. And on issues on “Education” I think it is fundamental to our society and to build a better future.

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Moriana, we hope your au-pair year will be unforgettable and you’ll love every minute of it! See you soon at one of our cluster meetings!

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Welcome to Phildadelphia, Lashey Freese!

It’s always great to meet and welcome new  au pairs to our Philadelphia cluster! Lashey Freese, an Au Pair from South Africa is joining us and we all are very excited to meet her! We asked Lashey some questions in order to get to know her better.

 

  1.  Why do you want to be an Au Pair?
  2. What are your hobbies and interests?
  3. What was the best event/happening during last month?
  4. What three adjectives best describe you?
  5. If you had one wish what would it be?
  6. What place would you like to visit?
  7. What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
  8. What was the best compliment you have ever received?
  9. What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?

Here are her answers:

“I wanted to be an Au pair because I really enjoying spending time with kids, also to experience a different culture, meeting new people, and being independent.”

“My hobbies and interests are running, taking walks, sight seeing, watching movies, going out.”

“The best event that happened last month, was my brother and my sister both expected babies one week apart.”

“I would describe myself as hardworking, friendly, and playful.”

“I’d wish to achieve all my goals in life.”

“I’d love to visit Paris someday.”

“On Saturday, I love hanging out with friends, having some drinks with lunch or dinner.”

“The nicest compliment, I’ve ever received, was that ‘I’m not only beautiful, but I have a heart of gold.'”

“I’m really good at hair and makeup, as well as art.”

I hope your au pair experience will be great, Lashey, and you will enjoy it! See you soon at our closest au pair meeting!

 

Saying goodbye to an amazing au pair Lisa Jean Cloete

It’s always difficult to say good-bye, especially to really friendly, kind,fun and flawless au pair from South Africa Lisa Jean Cloete.

 

We hope Lisa’s au pair experience was awesome, and she will take only the best warm memories home to South Africa! But before she leaves, we would like to share her opinion about her au pair year with all of you. Here is what Lisa said :

“My experience with Go Au pair was very good, no real complaints everyone was helpful from every department.

I Loved Niagara falls and Poconos family beach house, also enjoyed Atlantic City NJ. Usually I loves spending my free time by hanging with my friends especially the ones I met in Connecticut as we would do bonfires and they showed me everything enjoyable:) I also loved spending time making new friends or meet ups with Au pairs. If I stayed home I loved NETFLIX who doesn’t lol.

I loved the experience of meeting different people from different cultures. Our Philadelphia au pair  cluster was triple the size if not more than my previous cluster. So was nice meeting all the ladies and gents. Definitely a big group of South Africans felt like home lol.  My best experience living in the US? I loved doing the travel courses like Niagara Falls etc meeting other Au pairs at courses and making new friends. I loved the feeling of being on the campus.

 

My au pair experience taught me to have lots of patience but I knew that coming into this that I would need that and to be very independent. I loved this experience, Love the culture and small traditions that American families have. Love the BBQ and learning to do a BBQ etc.  I learnt to shovel snow and a lot of it, I learnt how to BBQ and how to paddle board and Kayaking.

My favorite Au pair meeting was the Christmas party as we all came together did the secret Santa and made yummy dishes from our countries. Plus most of the group was there that day, so met a whole lot of new faces.  I would recommend being an au pair but I recommend it to people that are at least 21 and up so they have more childcare experience and have some driving experience which you need.  I hope all the Au pairs in the cluster and Polina have a lovely year further and may you all have some fun meetings ahead. Don’t forget to have fun and travel. Go Au pair keep up the great work. Thank you all for being amazing xoxo” LISA

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Have a safe trip back home, Lisa, and thanks a lot for sharing with us!

 

Welcome to the cluster, Bianka!

Our Philadelphia au-pair cluster is always happy to welcome new amazing au-pairs from all over the world! This week we are very excited for the arrival of Bianka Munkás from Hungary!

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Bianka is crazy about books and reading. She likes to broaden her knowledge and learn something new. In her free time she usually does yoga, watches movies, especially horror, drama or fantasy. Bianka spends a lot of time with her little brother and friends of course: they like to ride a bike or just sit down somewhere in the nature while eating and chatting.

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Bianka is affectionate, brave, self-conscious so she can completely enjoy every bit of life. She loves animals, nature and the human body. She’s interested in blood, birth and death, which others find odd. She actually takes interest in human feelings,relationships (between mother and child for example), non-verbal behavior. She’s supersensitive, so she can understand people, their reactions that’s why she can give them advice or a shoulder to cry on if it’s needed. Plus, she can solve problems and find the best solution. She doesn’t have plans what to visit and she’s open for everything. Bianka likes the programes with adrenalin and nature.

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Bianka, we wish you to experience an unforgettable year as an au-pair and enjoy every moment of it! Hope to met you soon at one of our Philadelphia cluster meetings!

Welcome, the first Argentine au pair!

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 an -pair of the year! 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  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.

A farewell to an outstanding au pair Yuhan Zhao, or Max.

Our amazing  au-pair from China, Max, is going home soon. But Max believes, she has spent a great year in the USA as an au-pair and wants to share her experience with all of us!13348714_271798103168422_44036816_n

This is what Max says:

‘Time past quickly! Being Au Pair is one of the most precious experiences in my life. My host parents Laura, Bill and my 3 brothers give me lots of love!I love them more than I can say!

The deepest impression place I traveled is Niagara Falls. That’s an amazing and fancy place! For me, it’s the gift of the nature! You should be there!

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During my work day,after work sometimes I go for a walk and have dinner with my friend! And I go to karaoke or go to Chinatown to eat food with my friends on the weekend! Also sometimes I go to New York ,Washington, DC., Atlantic city have fun with my friends!

I enjoyed every au-pair events with our Local Area Representative Polina, with my host parents and the other au-pairs from all around the world! I hope we can have different au-pair events before I leave.

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The most unforgettable experience in the United States is the holiday like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. When Thanksgiving we ate a lot of delicious food and do pray that this is a very unforgettable experience in my life. I’ve got a lot of gifts and saw a lot of beautiful decoration at Christmas…

The Au Pair program helped me learn to be independent, patient, also let me have a very unforgettable experience of American life.

This is a very rare experience I would like to recommend to my friends.Hope that more and more people join  au-pair.Wish everyone to be happy every day!’

Time to say good-bye to a flawless Colombian au pair Lorena

Days go by very quickly, and, unfortunately, it’s about time to say good-bye to a great au-pair from Colombia Lorena Andrea Lopez Nieto.  We asked her some questions to get to know about her experience as an au-pair in the USA better.

Do you like your Au Pair experience with Go Au Pair? 1. Yes, I like because thanks to Go Au Pair I have a great host family.

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What places you visited you like the most? 2. I visited the art museum , the Philadelphia zoo, The wax museum in New York, New Jersey but my favorite place was North Carolina when I went at the beach on Hilton Head Island in North Carolina, it was the vacation with my host family.

What do you like about being an au pair in America, with Go Au Pair and the Philadelphia cluster? 3.I liked the different customs , culture and food .

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? 4. I learned the family is the most important and also we should value the little things.

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How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? 5. This experience is the best in my life because I learned so much from a strong and braver woman who adopted 5 amazing children .

What are new things you experienced?  6. That was something different to my real family but I have enjoying all their traditions and I feel great with them . I took the train alone without speaking English very well, I went to the beach for the first time here , I tried some the seafood like oysters, octopus .

What is your favorite Au Pair meeting?  7. My favorite meeting was last Christmas.

Would you recommend being an au pair to others? 8. Of course, it’s really amazing my experience here, we learn a lot being Au Pair so this gives us lessons to our life.

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Thank you for your answers, Lorena, have a safe trip home and share your wonderful au-pair experience!:)

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