2017 Au Pair in Excellence- Valentine, Au Pair from Bucks County, PA

Meet Valentine from France, 2017 Au Pair in Excellence! Read why her host family in Doleystown, Bucks County, PA nominated Valentine for an Au Pair of the Year award and how much of an impact she’s had on her family!Au pair Bucks County

“Valentine has touched our hearts forever and I honestly do not know how we could have gotten through these last few months without her in our lives. We want to nominate her for Au Pair of the Year!!!

I am a single, self-employed grandmother who has had custody of my two granddaughters- now 10 and 3 – for going on two years. I was almost forced to put them in foster care because I just did not think I could do it by myself anymore.

Then Valentine’s letter came-she was a 17 year old girl from France looking to become an Au pair in the US after she graduated and turned 18. We worked together with Go Au Pair, her parents and some of my supporting clients and were able to make it happen very quickly this past September. She has become our godsend.Valntine the best Au Pair of the year
My granddaughters love Valentine like a big sister. She is patient and kind and has taken on the role of big sister so well. She even helps do laundry, keeps me organized by putting together the outfits for a very opinionated 3 year old and is always doing fun things with the girls. Fun things like every Saturday taking a walk up to the local Farmers Market for home baked cookies and then to a friend’s restaurant for his natural juice concoctions.

Valentine helped me potty train the 3 year old and is my 10 year old’s best buddy who helps her with homework every night and is teaching her great study skills and organizational habits. She comes to the teacher conferences so she can be aware of what goes on in school. Sometimes she bakes goodies from France and shares the food from France that her parents send (we love the cheese and her grandmother’s home baked cookies)—her food always “tastes better” than what I prepare for the kids because it is Valentine’s special touch!

Valentine is my” fitbit” challenger—now that I can actually take time to exercise again—we have our little competition going—staying fit is important to both of us—ALL of us are constantly getting “our steps in”.

Valentine even came with us to Florida for her 1st US Thanksgiving and helped surprise my mom with a special 85th birthday party and keep the kids busy so we could make the surprise happen.cooking_together Valntine the best Au Pair of the year
Valentine made Christmas very special. She came up with the brilliant idea to take the 10 year old to her first concert—something I would not do (too old here)—but now my 10 year old granddaughter will be seeing Ariana Grande soon and is SO EXCITED-we wrapped the ticket in a box! Valentine has fit right in with all our little Christmas traditions—like baking a gazillion cookies (eating a lot too)- decorating the house, the tree, wrapping the gifts-and she shared some of her traditions with us, too. We did LOTS of shopping together—her family even sent a care package here for all of us. My family and friends have taken on Valentine like part of my family– BECAUSE SHE IS!Valentine is also a very independent and an awesome role model— she started college courses a week after she arrived, she has gone to NY on her own, down to Philadelphia and soon her entire family will be here to visit us. They plan to see Washington DC together and they will experience their first American barbeque here with all “our” friends and family-2 families and countries bonding together!!

We feel like Valentine has always been in our lives and she will ALWAYS be a part of our family—she is “THE BEST” and is truly deserving of being awarded Au Pair of the Year—she is definitely our Au Pair of the year for our little family. Having an Au Pair has made a BIG, positive difference in our lives!!”

Australian Au Pair Amber.

In January 2015, we welcomed Au Pair from Australia Amber. We have never had Au Pairs from Australia in our Au Pair cluster before,  so it was an exciting and new experience.

Amber  lives with her loving host family in Bucks County, PA.  Her Host Family had many Au Pairs from around the world and loves the Au Pair program.image1

Amber said that as an Au Pair she is able to fulfill two of her greatest passions: caring for children (she worked in a daycare before coming to the USA) and learning about different cultures. “I want to be an AU PAIR as it is an amazing way to combine my love of children with my desire to travel!”

And she does. Amber is taking care of three school-age kids of a very active host family. She is traveling a lot with her family this year, visiting many places and learning  many “first time things”.  Amber met a lot of international friends. Au pairs at Rock Gym 7

Amber is not only a great Au Pair, she is also a great buddy for Au Pair Kathy from Ecuador. She was often with Kathy to help, drive and make a company. Amber’s buddy Cosima, Au Pair from Germany, helped Amber a lot when Amber joined the cluster, so she knows first hand what is a great buddy means.

Amber has great baking  and art skills – look on these fantastic cookies.Au Pair amber cookies

She loves her host family and the kids and plans to come back as a tourist and to see her host kids. Amber is also made a lot of international friends and she is excited to go all over the world and visit them.Au Pair Christmas party 4

Times flies and her year almost finished. Amber said that she had a great Au Pair year and she is looking forward to working in a childcare center and spending time with her family and friends after she comes home.

 

2015 Au Pairs Christmas Party.

Enjoy the post which wrote by Au Pair from Brazil Aline. Thank you for sharing, Aline!Au Pair Christmas party 8
Last Saturday, December 12, 2015, we had our Christmas party and most of the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia were together.2015 Au Pair party
We went to Au Pair Alejandra host family in Bucks County, PA. Thanks to the Kelly family for hosting out party! Thanks to Alejandra for decorating and preparing the party, assisting and entertaining us!Au Pair Christmas party 14
All the Au Pairs brought a traditional dish from their countries and they were delicious.Au Pair Christmas party 18 I can’t remember now which one I’m fell in love. There were 8 countries together and the same mission for everyone!Au Pair Christmas party 11
Our Local Area Representative Polina brought us some games, some funny questions about “would you prefer to be…” That was really funny!
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Secret Santa!!!! Yes, we had! We started to exchange our gifts and a lot of pics came after this!Au Pair Christmas party
Thanks cluster, for the amazing year, amazing party!!! Let’s get ready for next year and I wish a happy holiday for everyone!!! Merry Christmas!

Host family from Bucks County is looking forward to welcoming an Au Pair from Mexico.

A new Au Pair from Mexico Alejandra will join the K. host family in New Hope on Monday. The K family had the Au Pairs from China, Korea, Mexico and built the solid bonds in their hearts. The K family loves the Au Pair program, hosted many Au Pairs events, volunteered with our cluster and opened their home to many Au Pairs.The K family is very excited and ready to welcome a new Au Pair Alejandra from Mexico to their family.mexico flag

Alejandra is 22 and she recently graduated from college where she studied animation. She has 2 brothers and a little sister. She said that her hobbies are traveling, learning new things and cultures, making new friends and spending time with them. She already lived in Germany.Al Au Pair from Mexico 1

Alejandra has a buddy Lorena, Au Pair from Colombia, who lives with her host family in Bucks County and takes care of three kids. Alejandra made a lot of friends on facebook with the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia cluster.Alej Au Pair from Mexico 1

We are looking forward to meeting you soon, Alejandra.  Have a safe trip.

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