Follow my dreams

Please read the beginning of my Au Pair adventure.

I finished all my applications and paperwork and became an Au Pair candidate with Go Au Pair. Then it was probably the hardest time because I don’t like to wait! Thanks God, I didn’t wait for that long and after 10 days host families started to contact me and i started to get the interviews on Skype. I worried a lot, read a lot of blogs, watched the videos of another Au Pairs stories.Au Pair from Ukraine 6

I’m very confident person, but by that time I could not help my emotions. I had few interviews with very nice families, it was so funny because some families spoke Russian language, so it was easier for both sides to communicate.

Go Au Pair has a special Mutual Match process which is the best because I can choose my future host family. After 3 weeks I got a few offers and I should choose my future host family.  It was super hard because all of them were very nice and friendly. Then I decided to listen my heart and I  it was the best decision.  I’m so happy and in love with my host family now!Au Pair from Ukraine 7

After few weeks I had to go to American embassy and get my visa.  It’s another hilarious story…lol.  I got J1 Au Pair visa! and in 15 days I came to the USA as an Au Pair with Go Au Pair !!! I’m here so happy and in love with my host family and this beautiful country.

Au Pair from Ukraine 3Oh yeah,Why that French croissants kind of changed my life :1-because if I wasn’t in that place and didn’t find out about this program from Andreev Andrei I wouldn’t be here!Thank you so much for that!Au Pair from Ukraine 1

2-my flights to USA was :Kiev-Paris, Paris-Philadelphia. Again France and yeah I had another couple of croissants in Paris while waiting for my next flight ))

P.S.Never afraid to try something new, always explore, follow your dreams and have some croissants)

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!

Very happy to have you in our Philadelphia cluster, Valentine from France!

I bet not only me but everyone in our Philadelphia au pair cluster is super excites to meet a new au pair from France Valentine!

We are glad you joined us, Valentine, and personally I have a lot of questions about France, the French language, cuisine and culture – it’s all so interesting! And of course, I hope Valentine’s experience with  Go Au Pair will be really great and unforgettable.

Why do you want to be an Au Pair? I’d like to be an au pair because I love taking care of children, I want to discover and find a job which makes me happy and I think that this opportunity happens once in your life. Plus, I enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds, cultures, who speak different languages and I also like to face new challenges and gain some perspective about my own life when I’m in another country. Also, travelling helps you to make friends and beautiful memories, it’s something really important for me.

-What are your hobbies and interests? During my free time, I like doing sports like volley-ball or a quick running. I am really interested in reading books and in current events. –

What was the best event happening during last month? I had my diploma yay! –

What 3 adjectives best describe you? Kind, happy and faithful.

-If you had one wish what would it be? I would choose a prettier world in which people love each other and are respectful, gentle and calm.

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-What place would you like to visit? Probably Seattle.

Thanks for sharing with us, Valentineand I believe, you can make this world a better place in which people treat each other with respect and love in your host family and among your friends! Good luck in this:)

Hope to see you soon at our next  and to get to know you better!

 

Adoptive families and the Au Pair Program.

More and more adoptive families choose the Au Pair Program because Au Pairs connect better with adopted children than nannies. For adoptive families hosting an au pair fulfills two needs: affordable childcare and exposure to a different culture which is very important if a family adopted a child internationally. i love au pairs
The adopted child sees someone of his/her race/ethnicity every day and may learn the language of his/her birth country. Susan Kibler,  the adoptive parent, said, “Au Pair is proud of their own culture. They will bring a different perspective the American families cannot provide,” said  “For the children placed in US homes, knowing about their own culture builds confidence instead of making them feel different or ashamed of their skin color or background.”

With Au Pair Program a host family hosts someone who gets to know the family and the kids and has a complete interest in being a great childcare provider. He/she loves the children instead of it being a job and become a part of the family. The Au Pair develops a special relationship with the kids and boosts a love to a different culture.

Hosting an au pair is not just childcare—it’s a gift of cultural immersion. An Au Pair can bring a lot with their own customs, traditions, language, talents, cuisine, etc.and the children can learn another language.
A new Host Family may be eligible for up to $1,000.00 in discounts! 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!

 

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!

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!’

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