Welcome to our cluster Dani Rosales !!!

We are officially in our second day of Spring! This weather is helping us to get ready for the summer! Today let me welcome our new member Dannii Rosales from Mexico. Dani is 24 years old and she just arrived a couple of days ago to Philadelphia. Let me tell you more about her:

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  •  Why do you want to be an Au Pair? I decided to be an aupair because I love kids and being an au pair will also provide me the opportunity to live in a different country.
  • What are your hobbies and interests?My hobbies are watching movies or series, drawing, going outside and swimming.
  • What three adjectives best describe you?Generous, patient and responsible.
  • If you had one wish what would it be?I wish I could open my animal shelter.
  • What place would you like to visit? I would like to visit London.
  • What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?I like spending time with my family and some friends!

The cold weather is almost gone, once again we are excited to welcome Dani to this amazing city and cluster. See you next meeting dear Dani!

 

Au Pair from Brazil.

Many great Au Pairs joined the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ in 2015!

We welcomed two Au Pairs from Australia Amber and Kiah.  Then, Marcela, Mexican Au Pair, and Lucy from South Africa joined our cluster. Later, we welcomed Au Pair Aline from Brazil. Aline had a wonderful buddy- Au Pair Lilla from Hungary.

Aline loves to travel, take photos, be with her friends and family, and I also love to make friends. She made a lot of international friends. Aline has an interest in learning other languages.Au Pair Christmas party 8

She said, “My interest is lo learn other languages and travel as much as I can here. I like to match all the things I like, travel, learn, culture and know how is the American way life, and take care of the children is the most important and I love kids. Aline is always ready to share her experience with others, she wrote many posts on this blog.

Aline was nominated for the Au Pair of the Year AWARD by her host family recently.  Aline’s host family said in their nomination essay, “Aline is the ideal Au Pair, she respects our home, family and values; has formed great relationships with our children; and has made lasting friendships.”

 

 

Mexican and South African Au Pairs.

We welcomed many great Au Pairs to the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ in 2015!

In 2015, we welcomed two Au Pairs from Australia- Amber and Kiah. Then, Marcela, Mexican Au Pair, joined our cluster.10846636_10154971358330651_2045025847_n

Marce loves outdoors, cooking, exercising, exploring new places and cultures. She also loves studying and she took a lot of different classes and polished her English. Marce loves her host family and extended for another year. She has been a great buddy to many Au Pairs!  Thank you, Marce.

We also welcome Botle Mpiti (Lucy) from South Africa. Lucy said, “I wanted to be an au pair because I love working with children as I would love to pursue my teaching career. I find children so inspiring.”  IMG_20150920_145259

Lucy is taking care of two lovely boys who are three and six years old. She really loves kids and always happy and smiling. Lucy also loves singing, swimming, reading, painting, and shopping. She is also open to learning new things and has a wide range of interests and hobbies.

Lucy loves her host kids and host family and recently decided to extend with her family for six months. We glad to hear that you are staying with us longer, Lucy!

 

Meet the Au Pair from Mexico Annie.

Today our blog post’s guest is the Mexican Au Pair Annie.

Annie  (her real name is Anahi is a second year Au Pair from Mexico. She joined the Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and NJ area almost one year ago.  Annie lives in NJ with her host family and two girls.
She worked as an English teacher in an Elementary school in Mexico. Annie’s hobby is making Musical Theater, and not only acting, but also being backstage.
Please, meet Annie!


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What three adjectives best describe you?

Three adjectives are helpful, patient and affectionate.

What are your hobbies and interests?I love theatre but the backstage part of it and sightseeingAu Pair Mexico

What was the best event/happening during last month?

I went with my friend Monica,  an Au Pair from Colombia,  to Run or Dye and it was super fun.  We went to the Magic Gardens in Philly and. That place is surreal.

If you had one wish what would it be?Au Pairs Run and Dye

My wish would be to live in NY and work for a Broadway show.

What place would you like to visit?

I would like to visit Asia all of those countries or Australia.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday. I like to go sightseeing around. Pennsylvania or JerseyAu Pair from Mexico

Do you believe everything happens for a reason?

Yes everything happens for a reason no doubt.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at?

I’m very good at solving a problem under pressure that helps me a lot in shows that I work for because you have to be quick and fix stuff during the performance.

In the next post Annie is sharing her Au Pairs experience, do not miss it!

 

Au Pairs from Philadelphia found a way to help the community

Recently, Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency volunteered at the Philadelphia Flower Show. They were wearing lovely Go Au Pair t-shirts and worked as the Go Au Pair team. Volunteering as a team allowed Au Pairs to experience American culture, culture of other countries and have fun. 

The Philadelphia Flower Show

Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au PairEcuadorian Au Pair,  South African Au PairsMexican Au Pair, Ukranian Au Pair worked together in that international team. The Au Pairs have a lot of fun working with others Au Pairs from Go Au Pair the Philadelphia and NJ cluster and making new friends.

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The Au Pairs met new people, while they were helping the show guests make beautiful floral headbands, pins, bracelets, and other fun accessories. It was a great opportunity for cultural exchange, a goal of the Au Pair program. 

Aupairs creation at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Everyone in the Make and Take Room was very creative.

Au Pair made a floral headband

Au Pairs were wearing beautiful Go Au Pair T-shirts and explaining about the Au Pairs program.

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 Cherry and Jackie were the first who welcomed the Show guests.

Au Pairs volunteering

Annie and Joana are very talented. They made very lovely floral headbands and pins. There was a line of the show guests to get their assistance.

Au pair Annie volunteering

Everyone enjoyed volunteering. Karla and Joana were busy cutting the flowers.

Au Pairs  Philadelphia Karla and JoanaFlowers flowers, flowers. Zoe and Adriana were helping to find the right one and made a composition.

Go Au Pair team is volunteering in Philadelphia Show

 Ophelia worked till 8 pm, helped many people, and didn’t want to leave the volunteering place. Adrina was there too.

She also made friends with two ladies.

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It was a valuable cultural exchange experience meeting many people, helping others, learn from others and having fun as well. There were several florist designers that taught how to create the flower arts projects. The creative work, beautiful flowers, and exciting spirit in the “Make and Take” room made everyone happy.Go Au Pair team is volunteering in Philadelphia

The Au Pairs enjoyed the opportunities to volunteer in America. Volunteering with friends is one of the special moments that Au Pairs will remember for a long time.

Read more about volunteering at the Philadelphia Flower Show from Ophelia’s Diary.

Helping the community with my Au Pairs friends.

Au Pairs volunteered for the Philadelphia Flower Show

Exploring the Philadelphia Flower Show.

An Au Pair means on par or equal to.

People are often confused about the word Au Pair. The Google search for the word “au pair” shows that people often misspell  this world  as “au par”, “au paire”, “opair”, “au per”

Many people think that au pair means a nanny.  An Au Pair doesn’t mean a nanny at all.

The word au pair is a French term, which means “on par” or “equal to, “ denoting living on an equal basis in a reciprocal, caring relationship between the host family and the children. An au pair will typically be a young woman and sometimes a young man from a foreign country who chooses to help look after the children of a host family and provide light housekeeping. The au pair is given room and board and is typically paid a weekly “pocket-money” salary. Au pairs generally stay with their host family for one year.
 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries, and very popular in the USA are Argentine,  Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, French, South Korean, Mexican, Russian, Salvadorian, South African, Thai and Ukrainian Au Pairs.

According to Wikipedia , an au pair (plural: au pairs) is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a small monetary allowance for personal use. Au pair schemes are subject to government restrictions which specify an age range usually from late teens to mid to late twenties.

Every year thousands of young people from all over the world consider becoming au pairs.  These enthusiastic unique individuals come to the United States  leaving behind the familiarity of their homeland, their parents, siblings and close friends. They start a special journey in their young  years and become a part of a host family as an equal member of the family helping with childcare , studying and traveling. Usually it is very far away from their real home.

A Chinese Au Pair is a great childcare choice.

Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries,  and recently  Chinese Au Pairs have become very common choice among host families from Philadelphia, Bucks County and close NJ.

A Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, French, Mexican or Russian Au Pair?  Which country is the best au pair from?

The best au pair for one family can be a bad fit for another family. A lot depends on the personality and experience of the individual au pair. Please read the post From an Au Pair mom.

Besides a cultural differences there is also a language preference. Many parents understand that having the ability to speak a second language gives their children an advantage in the global marketplace. Mandarin is now the most popular languages in the world.

As my host mom explained to me, Mandarin language was her reason to match with a Chinese Au Pair who will provide child care and at the same time can introduce a new language to her son.

If the family matched with an Au Pair from China, parents don’t have to pay for an expensive lessons. Chinese Au Pair can help children learn Mandarin through study and play.

Many  Chinese Au Pairs have strong English skills and teaching experience. Working as a teacher is a very typical career choice in China before becoming an Au Pair. They love playing with kids, making origami or crafts, having fun and giving piano lessons.

Chinese Au Pairs are family oriented and willing to help with house chores and to cook a delicious and healthy meals. Read the top ten reasons to consider an Au Pair from China

Since Mandarin is becoming the fastest growing languages being learned in schools in the United States, more and more host families now considering a Chinese Au Pair.

Which country is the best au pair from?

From an Au Pair mom.

(Anna T., a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pairHow to save money on an au pair programHow to welcome your new au pair.)

Does it matter which country is an au pair from?

 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries, and very popular are Argentine,  Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, French, South Korean, Mexican, Russian, Salvadorian, South African, Thai and Ukrainian Au Pairs.

Faced with so many choices of au pair candidates, it is only natural for a host family to look for a way to narrow the search down. A question many au pair agency staff and local counselors hear from host families is, tell us

which countries the best au pairs come from.

 The real answer is – it depends. The best au pair for one family can be a bad fit for another family. A lot depends on the personality and experience of the individual au pair. But there are also some common traits and cultural values that shape candidates from different countries

Cultural differences, not to be confused with stereotypes, are the result of an upbringing in a different country, with its own culture, religion and values. For example, au pairs from many Latin American countries typically have close family relationships, and are very affectionate and loving with children, and believe in God. Au pairs from Asia take their job extremely seriously, and value education.

There are also differences shaped by the living conditions in a country, that are not cultural. For example, in some Asian countries it might not be common for young women to drive or own a car, so au pairs from those countries might be not very experienced drivers.

In some countries the economic divide between rich and poor is so great, that every middle class family has a maid, so an au pair from such a country might not have a clue about simple domestic tasks (but might be perfectly willing and excited to learn!).

In more prosperous countries it might be easier for a high school graduate to pay for applying to the au pair program, and less lucrative to do so for a college graduate – so the candidate pool from such countries might be considerably younger.

Another factor in family country preference is personal experience, or experience of others.
For experienced host families, their preference for a certain country might be shaped by their personal experience with the au pair program. After an unsuccessful match, it is natural to avoid candidates from the same area of the world, for the next few years, or forever.

Or conversely, after good luck with candidates from a certain country, it is natural to look to repeat the same experience. Ease, difficulty or speed of obtaining au pair visas also varies from country to country. This factor can also dictate country choice for au pair host families.

Au pair agencies keep statistics of the percentage of au pairs from each country who drive, who are under two qualified, who are college graduates, who obtain visas. If a family wants to narrow down the choice of countries, it can be helpful to speak to the agency representative when trying to figure out candidates from which countries might be the best fit for the family childcare needs.

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