The International Au Pair Day is almost here.

Au Pairs make host family life less stressful and more fun, bring loving and devoted childcare to families home, share their passion and culture with their host families.

Managing the kids and invisible load of housework and child related tasks can be very overwhelming and tough. For Au Pairs it is important to know that their hard work is noticed and appreciated. The International Au Pair Day is a great opportunity to recognise your Au Pair for a job well done everyday and to say thank you.

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On  Sunday, November 24, 2019, the Philadelphia Bucks County cluster of Go Au Pair is going to celebrate the International Au Pair Day at Bowlero Feasterville  for the first time in history. Go Au Pair agency will sponsor the event, so it will be free for our cluster Au Pairs

The celebration of this Day with new friends and the host family is very important! If you are not sure how to celebrate the International Au Pair Day with your Au Pair,  International Au Pair Association (IAPA) recommends host families:

  • Surprise your au pair with a thank you note or video
  • Organise a surprise celebration for him/her
  • Take your au pair somewhere nice
  • Show your appreciation with a small gift
  • Give him/her a day off to have a fun day with other au pairs.

Our Au Pairs deserved to be recognized and the International Au Pair Day is another occasion to say thank you and celebrate. We will celebrate the International Au Pair Day with former and present Au Pairs, host families, and friends of the Au Pair program for the first time in history!

Please join the Philadelphia Bucks County cluster of Go Au Pair in celebrating the International Au Pair Day at Bowlero Feasterville on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 3:00 pm. Mention Go Au Pair to get a group discount.

The Au Pair International Day is a day to celebrate cultural exchange!

The International Au Pair Day, November 24, 2019, marks the beginning of a yearly celebration of Au Pairs. Celebrating the International Au Pair Day can be a unique opportunity to facilitate cultural exchange between host families and Au Pairs. 

Through the Au Pair program, Au Pairs and host families take part in a mutually rewarding, cultural exchange experience. Au Pairs get firsthand experience living in American family and explore American culture, they also make international friends and learn from a huge cultural diversity around them.  

The host family can expose to another culture without ever having to leave home! The host kids get a cultural childcare with kindness and respect for different cultures. The Au Pair Program helps a new generation better understand the people around the world, be tolerant to others and make the world a more welcoming, understanding, and open place. 

The celebration of this Day with the host family is very important!   International Au Pair Association (IAPA) recommends host families:

  • Surprise your au pair with a thank you note or video
  • Organise a surprise celebration for him/her
  • Take your au pair somewhere nice
  • Show your appreciation with a small gift
  • Give him/her a day off to have a fun day with other au pairs

Go Au Pair recommends the Au Pairs

  • Surprise their Host Families with a thank you note.
  • Create a video or photo album of their favorite Au Pair moments.
  • Invite their Host Families to a fun activity, like ice skating or a hay ride

Celebrating the International Au Pair Day can be a great opportunity to spread the word about the Au Pair program and the power of cultural exchange. 

Happy International Au Pair Day: Why and How to Celebrate. 

With Thanksgiving approaching, it is the perfect time to say thanks to the Au Pairs, and celebrate their hard work and dedication to host families. There is also a new Au Pair recognition Day – the International Au Pair Day that fall in November 24. In addition, this year’s celebration marks the beginning of a yearly celebration of Au Pairs, so it makes this day very special.

A social recognition is important and a little appreciation makes a world of difference! Get in touch with former Au Pairs. Consider reaching out and letting your Au Pairs, your friends, family, and people around, know how your Au Pairs affect your family life and your children’s future. 

Ask your kids to help recognise your Au Pair/ former Au Pairs. See if they can get creative, maybe by drawing a picture, creating and designing a personal card or writing a poem expressing their gratitude. Let them count the blessings the Au Pair brings every day to their lives, and ask them to take a moment and write what they are most thankful for. All their attention and efforts will be meaningful and make the Au Pair feel special.

If you are not sure how to express your appreciation and how to celebrate the International Au Pair Day with your Au Pair,  International Au Pair Association (IAPA) recommends host families to

  • Surprise the Au Pair with a thank-you note or video
  • Organise a surprise celebration for Au Pairs
  • Take the Au Pair somewhere nice
  • Show appreciation with a small gift
  • Give them a day off to have a fun day with other Au Pairs

The Au Pairs deserve to be recognized for what they are, what they do and what they achieved.

Thanksgiving thank you and nominating an Au Pair

Thanksgiving Holiday coincides with the time when Go Au Pair invites you to say “thank you” to your Au Pair by nominating her/him  for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year 2016 Award.  If you feel that you host an outstanding Au Pair, please nominate her for the prestigious Au Pair of the Year Award before Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

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Many host families from Philadelphia, Bucks County, NJ are looking forward to nominating their Au Pairs this year. The Smolarski host family from New Hope, Bucks County is already talking of nominating their Au Pair Kathy from Ecuador for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award.

“She walked into a family with 8 children, including newborn triplets…!  Not only did she make the courageous decision to join our family, but she has been nothing short of AMAZING since she has joined. She works tirelessly to partner with Nichole (mom) to run this very busy household, working very hard and always doing so with a smile and a loving attitude with the children.”

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Thanks to many Au Pairs for being outstanding Au Pairs from many Happy Host families!

Thank you to our Au Pairs.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

…for willingness to come into our lives
…for sharing your adventure with us
…for being an essential member and valued addition to our family
…for your hard work to care for the kids
…for your patience and understanding
…for inspiring and teaching kids every moment
…for being a positive role model for the kids
…for opening kids’ eyes to the world outside of the U.S. and helping them to learn a new language
…for giving us an opportunity to relax, have a date and time for ourselves
…for cooking delicious dishes from your country and sharing with us the secrets
…for willingness to help when we were too timid to ask you
…for capturing the treasured memories and pictures of our family
…for unforgettable cultural experience you brought into our home.Au Pair awardThe International Au Pair Association (IAPA) presents the Au Pair of the Year Award annually to one outstanding Au Pair.  The Au Pair of the Year 2016 Award is now open for entries! Who will be the 2016 winner? It can be your Au Pair, go ahead and nominate her/him for the Au Pair of the Year Award!iapa logo

Go Au Pair Abroad

Do you know that if you are young and a U.S. citizen, you can participate in Go Au Pair Abroad and live with a Host Family, learn about another country, culture and language while providing child care.Mother and Daughter Reading Together

Go Au Pair agency currently sends Au Pairs to the following countries:

Not all countries have official Au Pair programs. An Au Pair can still travel to such countries and be an Au Pair if a host family is available as a sponsor.

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The International Au Pair Association (IAPA)  protects the rights of au pairs and host families from many countries. IAPA promotes Au Pairs program and helps with information Au Pairs and host families,” IAPA is the leading global trade association for organisations active in all aspects of au pair and cultural exchange programs. IAPA has more than 170 member organisations active in 45 countries worldwide.”

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If you love children and would like to travel,
if you want to get out of your comfort zone and live a more exciting life,
if you dream to experience another culture in full and learn another language,
and if you are looking forward to gaining once in a lifetime experiencesGo Au Pair Abroad,au-pair-living-in-germany

The Au Pair program cost in the US and outside

Many countries participate in the Au Pair program.  However, the Au Pair program requirement is very different around the world. The International Au Pair Association (IAPA) creates guidelines for au pair exchange programs and protects the rights of Au Pairs and host families from many countries.

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According J-1 Visa exchange visitor program, Au Pairs can” Provide up to 10 hours a day/45 hours a week of childcare” Outside the US,  Au Pairs usually work fewer hours and earn less money than US Au Pairs.

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According to Wikipedia, “In Europe, where the concept originated, au pairs are only supposed to work part-time, and they often also study part-time, generally focusing on the language of the host country, but in the United States, they are permitted to provide full-time childcare. In many countries Au Pairs are also supposed to pay for their classes, pay for their visa and paperwork, tickets and other experiences.”

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For example, in Germany,  Au Pairs provide 30 hours of childcare assistance and light housework for their host families each week. Their stipend is 65 Euros per week. Some families are willing to pay part of the money towards the cost of travel and classes, but it is not a requirement. So, working as  an Au Pair in many countries can be expensive because it will cost money.

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On the contrary, Au Pairs in the US can save a lot of money, because all those expenses American host families pay. In addition,  an Au Pair stipend in the US is usually higher. The Au Pair stipend for a standard program is $3.45 per hour set by the Federal Government and is  $195.75 per week for  45 hours or more than $10,000 per year. ($195.75 is the minimum amount required by the Department of State. Families and Au Pairs are free to agree upon any amount higher than this minimum.)

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Host families in the U.S. pay for Au Pairs J-i Visa and paperwork, classes, Airfare tickets and other expenses like health insurance, etc.. That is why the Au Pair program for the host family in the US costs around $8 per hour and depends on the agency.  With Go Au Pair the cost of the standard Au Pair program is $353 per week or only $7.85 per hour.

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2013 Au Pair of the Year Award.

This year four Host  Families from the Philadelphia and NJ area are going to nominate their Au Pairs for the IAPA Au Pair of the Year Award.iapa logo

Congratulations to

Sharon Lizcano Tellez, the Au Pair from Colombia,

Phila Sozombile , the Au Pair from South Africa,

Wenjie Xiang, the Au Pair from China,

Maria de los Angeles Rodriguez Menjivar, the Au Pair from El Salvador.

Wishing you Best of Luck and Victory!

The winning Au Pair will receive an all expense paid trip to attend the IAPA’s 2013 Conference, held in Rome, Italy, where they will be officially recognized and presented with a token prize and commemorative award.
Au Pair of the Year 2005 Mariela Poveda (Go Au Pair)

Last year, the Au Pair from Philadelphia Ying Song  received Go Au Pair’s exclusive Au Pair in Excellence Award.

 

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Thanks so much to Host Families who submitted nominations, and congratulations to Au Pairs who were nominated in 2013.

Being nominated by your host family for the Au Pair of the Year is an honor in itself. It is great achievement you can be proud of and remember for years to come. Regardless of whether you win the official title or not, you are the best Au Pairs already. You are all winners already in the eyes of your families!

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