An Au Pair in Excellence from Philadelphia.

What is the best proof that parents are happy with the quality of their kid’s childcare? I think that the best proof of great child care is the families desire to recognize their Au Pairs by spending time writing very special words about them.

Au pair volunteering at the Philadelphia Flower Show

“Ophelia has been a precious addition to our family”, wrote Ophelia’s host mom in her nomination essay. ” Between her devotion to Theo, her delicious dumplings, her boundless optimism and positivity, and her simple dependability, Ophelia has enriched our lives and enabled us to pursue our dream of having a family during graduate school. Just as Theo is growing up with Ophelia, Ophelia has grown to be an indispensable part of our lives. We cannot express how grateful we are to have her with us”.Au Pair from China with her host child

 The Mintz family, a host family from Philadelphia, nominated their Au Pair Ophelia from China for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award in 2014.

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Many Au Pairs from Philadelphia cluster have brought true richness to their family’s daily lives, went above-and-beyond in their roles, and made a significant difference in the lives of the children for whom they care.  Four Au Pairs from China out of five Chinese Au Pairs from our cluster were awarded this year: the Au Pairs  Ophelia,  Adriana,  Hui and Diana.

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Ophelia is very mature and responsible.  She built very good relationships with her host family and the extended family as well.  She likes to spend time caring for her host child Theo. Recently Theo turned one and  Ophelia dedicated a video to Theo.

Ophelia is very active, she has participated in many Au Pair’s activities, volunteering, and teaching English to seniors.

An Au Pair volunteering

Ophelia has had so many good memories together with her host family, many of which have been memorialized  in Ophelia diary.

Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

Go Au Pair agency believes that Ophelia and other Au Pairs are truly excellent, and their hard work deserve to be recognized. The agency recognized six Au Pairs from our cluster out of 22 Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area. Read a press release Au Pairs in Excellence Nomination- Au Pairs stand out.psb-26

Huge congratulations on being nominated for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award and being recognized as an Au Pair in Excellence, Ophelia! Good Luck with you life journey!

A South African Au Pair is a common choice among Host Families

An Au Pair from South Africa is a common choice among Host Families. Many host families choose  Au Pairs from South Africa  because they are good role models for their kids and a big help for their family. South African Au Pairs are independent,  self-motivated and driven to achieve their goals. Their English skills are very well-developed, and they drive from a young age. They are very positive and social people, love the outdoors and animals. Read more about South African Au Pairs.

Au Pair Phila with her host child

Last year the Au Pair Phila from South Africa became Go Au Pair’s 2013 Au Pair in Excellence Winner. Her Host Family from Philadelphia wrote, “Looking back, I know that the day that we matched with Phila was probably one of the luckiest things ever to happen to our family because of the light and love she has brought into our home and for the positive influence she has been on the life and character of my daughters.”Read more about the amazing experience this family is having with an Au Pair Phila

Another South African Au Pair, Carla Maria available to start working full-time on January 21st, 2014. Carla Maria is 19-year-old college student and  infant qualified, and multiples experienced nanny. She can help out with kids’ laundry, light meal prep, keeping kids’ rooms and play spaces clean, and even driving them to activities or helping with homework!

Karla 1She says of this cultural exchange experience, “I want to be an au pair because being able to combine my love for children and travel is the most amazing opportunity I could ever think of. I have cared for many children in the past few years, and I find lots of joy in having children under my care. I have always found myself interested in cultures other than my own.

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Carla has been described as bubbly, outgoing, reliable, mature and responsibleCarla Maria also says she enjoys dancing, artwork, bicycling, computers, doing hair, shopping, traveling, cooking, camping, watching movies, baking and ice skating.

Au Pair flagGo Au Pair features a country each month.  This month Go Au Pair’s feature country is South Africa and the families who match with Carla Maria or  any other Au Pair from South Africa will receive $100 off the program fees in addition to other discounts available.

Au Pair Sis blog

Au Pair Sis

The Au Pair Sis program becomes very popular among the Au Pair community and Host Families. The Au Pair Sis has hundreds of friends and thousands” likes” on facebook.

Janine, the Local Area Representative for the New Jersey Au Pairs, became Au Pair Sister to many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency as well.  She created an interactive and fun community for Au Pairs and provides ongoing support and advice.


Janine has very informative Au Pair Sis blog on the Go Au Pair website. The Au Pair Sis constantly answers questions that Au Pairs have. She also helps with the tips that improve their experience with Host Families and gives some advice on how to adjust to a new culture.

welcome to Go Au PaThe Au Pair Sis recorded tons of movies that are very helpful for Au Pairs and Host Families. I personally love to watch the videos about cultural differences. Please watch this interesting video Gifts from Beijing about meaningful gifts that the Au Pair Ophelia from China brought to her host family from Philadelphia.

The Au Pair Sis program enhances the quality of the child care Au Pairs provide for host families. Please check the exclusive Interview with Au Pair Sis on

Save money with Featured Country Au Pairs!

Go Au Pair features a country each month.  This month Go Au Pair’s feature country is South Africa. Families who match with an Au Pair from South Africa will receive $100 off the program fees in addition to other discounts available.Au Pair flag

An Au Pair from South Africa is a great and common choice among Host Families.  Au Pairs from South Africa are taught to be independent from a young age, they grow up quickly and learn to be self-motivated and driven to achieve their goals. They drive from a young age, because of the rural areas here in South Africa, known as Farms. They are social people, love the outdoors, and adore animals, wild life and the ocean.aupairs south africa

American families benefits from South African Au Pairs because they grew up in a country very exposed to western cultures that makes them fit in exceptionally well with American Families, their English skills are very well developed, and South African Au Pairs are able to make the best of every situation and bring positive energy to any household. Read more about South African Au Pairs

I have three Au Pairs from South Africa, all of them are outstanding Au Pairs. This year an Au Pair Phila  from Durbin, S. Africa was nominated by her Host Family from Philadelphia as the Au Pair of the Year for the year of 2012.Phila

In the Au Pair of the Year nomination, Nicole – Host Mom, writes, “Looking back, I know that the day that we matched with Phila was probably one of the luckiest things ever to happen to our family because of the light and love she has brought into our home and for the positive influence she has been on the life and character of my daughters.  As a mother who works very long hours, there is nothing more important in the world to me than to know that, if I can’t be the one to take care of my children during the work week, the person who is taking care of them for me loves them almost as much as I do and is a shining example of grace, courage and character.”Au Pair Phila with her host child

Read more about the amazing experience this family is having with an Au Pair Phila.

Things An Au Pair Can’t Live Without

New host families often ask me what they may provide to their Au Pairs in addition to board and stipend. They want to know if there is anything else they may offer to their Au Pair as an appreciation for her/his hard work.

Some host families may choose to provide to the Au Pair a computer and Internet access, a cell phone and use of a car for her/his spare time.  Some families may consider providing a personal computer  and TV in the Au Pair room, a membership to a sport club and a chance to travel with the family for free. It depends on the family’s resources and on what the Au Pair is interested in.

Here are 20 things Americans can’t live without 🙂

I asked Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster from the Philadelphia and NJ area to  name material things they can’t live without (doesn’t include family, friends, etc.)

Dear Au Pair,  What’s on your list?

What are you glad you have in your life or you really need to have as an Au Pair? I believe your host family will be glad to know that. Here is a long list of “an Au Pairs life necessities” I wrote collectively with Au Pairs from my cluster.

Please take your time and vote.

An Au Pair went to Disney World with her Host Family -a dream came true.

Ying, an Au Pair from China had a great trip to Disney World with her amazing host family from Philadelphia. Ying’s dream to visit Disney World with her host family came true.

Ying had a fantastic time with her three host children. She wants to share her experience and photos and thank her family for a special time and memories.

“I am excited to go Disney World with my host family for Christmas. I’m very appreciative for my host family to take me to this trip. We had a wonderful time there.

We went to Disney Epcot and Hollywood Studio. As Disney said, ” Let’s make dream come true.”  This is my dream to have fun in Disney world with my host family. Also this trip is to celebrate one of my host children Tasha’s birthday. She is happy to have her birthday party in Disney.

We came to Disney Brown Derby for dinner and had delicious food there. We all glad to meet every Disney character and I felt like get back to my childhood.

When we get into Disney World, it is really like let’s the memories begin. I enjoy this trip in Orlando especially there is no disney in my hometown.

It was a great experience for me to visit the biggest Disney World in the US with my host family.  Thank you very much!”

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