My Au Pair Journey, my new home at Langhorne, Bucks County, PA

Hi, my name is Juliana and…Wow!
That’s pretty much the best word to describe these 2 weeks since I got to Langhorne at Bucks county, PA.
After almost 12 hours flying from Sao Paulo, Brazil to New York, Washington and – finally- Pennsylvania I arrived at my house for the next year, The Zacconis residence.
Now I am an Au Pair from Go Au Pair  and here my journey began.

I was welcomed by my host mother (and new shopping partner) Allison, my host father Shawn and their wonderful family.


I spend most of the time with Olivia, who is two and is a cutie.
Joey, her brother, is six years old. He is my evening buddy.
We usually spend some time at the basement and playing Wii (I’m not very good at that), baseball (I try) and soccer (Hey, I’m from Brazil) and we have lots of fun.
I wasn’t just welcomed by the humans in the family, though…their dog, Diesel, connected to me immediately. I wake up everyday with him lying by my feet. His love came in a perfect time once I left my 11 year-old dog Coco at home.
Unfortunately, Coco passed away last Saturday. Diesel is helping me cope…

Stay tuned for my next entry: A trip to Philly

Go Au Pair offers many discounts.

Go Au Pair agency is highly affordable and significantly less expensive than both daycare and nannies. The cost of an Au Pair is approximately $353 per week or$7.75 per hour regardless of how many children family has. And with many discounts available right now, the cost is much lower.

Go Au Pair agency has very competitive cost in the Au Pair field. Now application fee $250 waived and any family can begin an Au Pair search without a financial obligation.

In addition, Go Au  Pair offers  many discounts for both new and repeat host families. Go Au Pair special discounts are a great way to save money.

Right now the special discount off $100 is being offered only for Philadelphia and NJ area!  

There are many other discounts available.

Every month Go Au Pair features Au Pairs from a select country. Families who match with an Au Pair from our featured country during the month it is highlighted are eligible for $100 discount.

Every month Go Au Pair is pleased to feature our available Au Pairs from different countries. Families who match with an Au Pair from that country receive $100 off the program fees

Host Families who choose a male Au Pair are eligible for our Male Au Pair discount of $100.
Go Au Pair also offers a Pre-Match discount.  Families who find their own out of country Au Pair not currently available at Go Au Pair (pre-match) are eligible for this $250 discount. The Au Pair must meet all of the Go Au Pair screening and training requirements.

Go Au Pair offers a variety of discounts to help make Au Pair child care an affordable solution for Host Families. Eligible families may qualify for one or more discounts  that bring the cost even lower.

Male Au Pairs or mannies

Go Au Pair has been rapidly increasing its pool of well-trained and screened Au Pair candidates, including many male Au Pairs from all over the world.

There are many benefits for choosing male Aupairs.  Some families find that Male Au Pairs (or ‘mannies,’ as they are frequently called) are easier to deal with than female Aupairs.

Mannies

  • tend to be happier with simpler accommodations
  • are willing to do more of the housework without complaint
  • are more flexible and practical
  • help with children sports practice
  • are creative with game and activities
  •  are becoming male role model for kids
  • don’t get emotional and weepy.

In 2009, Go Au Pair’s male Au Pair Daniel, from South Africa was recognized as one of the 6 international finalists for the Au Pair of the Year Award. Daniel was nominated by his Host Family who said that he “exemplifies the qualities of an excellent Au Pair!” Daniel arrived in the U.S. in March of 2008, and began providing care for two boys, aged 12 and 2. In December 2008, the youngest child was diagnosed with a developmental delay in speech, and Daniel began working with him each day to help develop and improve his language skills.

Although female Au Pairs still ‘dominate the field,’ more and more families are turning to males. Male Au Pairs are becoming especially popular among single moms, who appreciate having male role models for their children.

Host an Au Pair and get to experience the world without leaving the house

Many repeat host families like to host a new Au Pair from a different country every year. They get to experience the world without leaving their house. 🙂

It is not so hard since Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries. Right now I have  an Argentine Au Pairs, Brazilian Au Pairs, Chinese Au Pairs, Colombian Au Pairs, El Salvadorian Au Pairs, Russian Au Pairs, South African Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs in my cluster.

They come from all over the world to live with host families and to provide child care and a cultural exchange. It is like having a big sister or cousin from another country who comes for a long visit and loves children unconditionally.

Argentine Au Pairs

Spanish is the official language of Argentina. Argentine Au Pairs usually speak good English and a third language, which is often French or Portuguese. College education is very important in Argentina so most of our Au Pairs from Argentina are either students or plan to enroll in college after their time as an Au Pair in the U.S.

Brazilian Au Pairs

Brazilian Au Pairs usually help care for their siblings and it is common gaining child care experience through daycare, babysitting and volunteer work. The average age of our Au Pairs from Brazil when they enter the U.S. is 22. Many of our Brazilian Au Pairs are either pursuing a college degree or have already graduated. Au Pairs from Brazil tend to be very active in  sports.

Ukrainian Au Pairs.

90 percent of our Ukrainian Au Pairs placed in the U.S. either have a college degree or were enrolled in college prior to starting their Au Pair program. Au Pairs from Ukraine speak Ukrainian, Russian and English. It is common to find Ukrainian Au Pairs who also speak a fourth language, which is typically German. While about half of our Ukrainian Au Pairs in the U.S. have experience with infants, all of these Au Pairs have experience with children in the 5-10 year age group.

An Au Pair is so much more than just a nanny. She introduces a new language and culture to the children .  Kids can learn a new language for free with native speakers, while broadening their perspectives and world knowledge; which in today’s world is considered to be priceless.

May all our children grow healthy, happy, open minds and hearts to other cultures and responsible citizens of the world!

Welcome party for new Au Pair Phila!

A new Au Pair Phila from South Africa joined Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County and close NJ cluster last week.

Her host parents Burke and Nicole, who are with Go Au Pair seven years already, hosted a huge welcome party for Phila.

They invited a whole family, neighbors and Au Pairs from Phila’s cluster.

The welcome party was really welcoming and warm with a lot of smiles and wishes. Nicole, the host mom, cooked delicious homemade dishes and ordered a yummy cake for Phila.

The family had Au pairs from many countries, five Au Pairs were from Thailand. Now they welcome to their house a new Au Pair from South Africa. Their two kids loved Phila right away and the whole family is looking forward to a new family member and a friend for life!

Welcome to the family and to the cluster!

The Au Pair program is a wonderful cultural exchange experience for the host families and an affordable, flexible live-in childcare option.

Go Au Pair at the FRUA picnic

Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster from Philadelphia, Bucks County and close NJ recently volunteered for adoptive families at the FRUA picnic, at Limerick Community Park,  PA. 

The adopted children of FRUA‘s families come from all former Soviet bloc countries and republics, including Russia, Ukraine and many more.  FRUA believes that every child deserves a forever family and celebrates the rich heritage of our children’s birth countries.

Several Au Pairs were from Russia and Ukraine. Au Pairs  entertained the children, played games, taught them words in Russian, made crafts and had fun together.  We brought Russian toys and a lot of Russian food. Everyone asked questions about Russian culture and heritage. Although many children forgot their native Russian language, they were thrill to learn several words again,  like “Thank you” – “Spasibo”, or “See you later “- ” Poka”.

Go Au Pair helped make this picnic very special. The agency sent Au Pairs very  pretty T-shirts with their logo. All the Au Pairs were thrilled to wear this  fancy T-shirt and they looked amazing in it. The Agency also gave a huge $1000 discount off  the program fees for any family who had attended this picnic.

Volunteering is a great way to help the community around us. It also has many positive benefits for Au Pairs! They got a chance to meet new people, made friends and got to know American life better through volunteering.

This picnic was a great success, Au Pairs made many children and parents very happy at FRUA picnic!  The FRUA families were so glad to have us. They said to us again and again:” Thank you very much for coming,  you made this day very special. Please, come again, we are looking forward to seeing you at our Christmas party!”

“Thank you.”  “See you later”.  

SPASIBO! POKA!

Go Au Pair -Number One Agency

Go Au Pair rated #1 agency for 2011 by Au Pair Clearinghouse. Go Au Pair came out on top this year as the best Au Pair agency!

This year’s survey conducted by the Au Pair Clearinghouse showed Go Au Pair having above average ratings with the majority being highly positive.

The quality of Au Pairs was rated at 100 percent positive. Customer service was rated highly in every area and Host Families expressed their satisfaction in the agency fee pricing. It seems to make sense since Go Au Pair’s goal is to provide its Host Families with convenient, dependable, flexible and affordable child care. Read more on the Go Au Pair blog

According to the Au Pair Clearinghouse   this year’s survey, three-quarters [75%] of host parents give highly-favorable ratings [“very good” – “excellent”] to goAuPair’s overall customer serviceAmong the consistently high customer service scores are positive evaluations of:

  • quality of au pairs [100% favorable],
  • time it took to match [75% favorable],
  • goAuPair counselors [75% top-ratings of excellent].
  • All areas of customer service are rated positively and no individual survey items are problematic.
  • agency fees – when evaluating agency fees, none of the host parents [0%] think agency fees are too expensive for what you get.

Go Au Pair is providing to Host Families affordable childcare more than 20 years from qualified Au Pairs. Au Pairs from our agency have been internationally recognized through IAPA award in 2009, 2005 and 2004.

This year three families from Philadelphia and NJ area nominated their Au Pairs for the “Au Pair of the Year Award 2011″

The following is a comment made by one of host mom from Go Au Pair Philadelphia cluster: “I am extremely impressed both with the service offered and with my au pair. Not only she is fantastic with my children, she is also lots of fun to have around. It feels as if she has always been part of our family”

This can be a life-changing experience for your family too!

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.

Is changing Au Pairs bad for my kids?

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.)

Is changing caregivers every year bad for my children?

Children need constants in their life. Caring parents and the family environment provide such permanence. Most forms of childcare naturally expose children to changing caregivers often – in school, every year there is a new teacher; in an institutional daycare, every year, in a new age group, there is a new teacher.
Creating and maintaining relationships with many loving adults can be an enriching experience for children.

If a host family desires more continuity of care, they can match with an au pair who plans to extend her stay after the first year. Au pair program offers options of extension for 6, 9 or 12 months; so it is possible to host the same au pair for up to two years. Another way to provide more continuity for children is to host au pairs from the same country, exposing them to the same culture and second language.

I have found that there are advantages to having a new au pair every year. As children grow, their needs change, and so do my requirements of a caregiver. When my children are young, I need someone loving and affectionate, and driving skills are not very important. With school aged children, I need a caregiver who is more authoritative, organized, whose English and education are good enough to help them with homework, and an experienced driver. Au pair program provides a natural way to select the best kind of au pair for the stage of your children’s growth.

An important and unique facet of the au pair program, is that it creates lasting relationships for your children around the world. When an au pair leaves, she doesn’t really leave your family – your family gains another member in a different country. With each new au pair, the children are exposed to a different culture. They can travel to visit their au pairs in their home countries, and their lives become enriched in a myriad of ways.

Over 10.000 total views on Go Au Pair blog

This is the post number 65 and yesterday my cluster’s  Go Au Pair blog covering Philadelphia, Bucks & Montgomery and part of NJ reached over 10,000 total page views .  10,000 views of my blog is a milestone in the past 9 months of blogging. I also had my best  day with 358  views in one day.  Here are a STATS from this blog.

  • 10,028 views all-time
  • 49 views yesterday
  • 358 views on your busiest day, January 14, 2011
  • 65 posts
  • 27 pages
  • 500 comments

Here are the most popular pages pages that have received over 49 hits during my first nine months of running the Go Au Pair blog. These are not 100% accurate since some people read everything from the home page, but I hope that you find this interesting.
Title Views
Home page 2,850
Nomination 2,042
go AU PAIR Philadelphia Amateur Photo Contest “Au Pairs Having Fun” 690
A New Family? 434
About 219
My Au Pair Year 180
Photo Contest 166
Events 163
Welcome! 135
Go Au Pair in Philadelphia and close NJ. Welcome to our world! 117
Video game addiction, is it real? 106
Cookie class 96
From an Au Pair mom 96
No doubt that nanny cost has almost doubled. Lets talk about childcare cost. 89
Au Pair Activity Schedule 83
Being a great Au Pair 79
My Au Pair journey begins. 79
My happy and sad Christmas. 79
AU PAIR’s 2011 RESOLUTIONS. 75
Party Time! 69
New Au Pair Event 69
A fairy-tale story or an Au Pair from Russia. 66
Maybe in distance, but never in heart. 65
I am glad I have an Au Pair. 62
You know you’re an Au Pair in the USA when… 61
My Au Pair work 61
Why hire an Au Pair?- “To find someone who will truly love my children”. 61
An Au Pair for a single parent. 60
Lets speak Russian 59
Au Pairs from Philadelphia and NJ from goAUPAIR blog. Please vote! 59
An Au Pair and the educational requirements. 58
Classes 57
Bonding with the children. 54
The Best Au Pairs! 54
Go Ahead and Ask 52
Asking your future Au Pair the right questions. 50
Host family rules 49

Who are reading the blog? 60% of the readers are  from the USA, mostly from

Pennsylvania (PA) 683
New Jersey (NJ) 240
Utah (UT) 151
Delaware (DE) 138
California (CA) 134
Virginia (VA) 101
New York (NY) 76

From how many countries are my readers? They are from 85 countries! mostly from

 Colombia (CO) 272
 Russian Federation (RU) 102
 South Africa (ZA) 73
 United Kingdom (GB) 72
 Germany (DE) 49
 Brazil (BR) 45
 Canada (CA) 41
 India (IN) 38
 Australia (AU) 36
 Mexico (MX) 35
 Poland (PL) 33
 Spain (ES) 26
 Ukraine (UA) 22

As you reading this blog you probably know that I enjoy working as a LAR for Go Au Pair. This is my second job, but I insist it not a job but a pleasure. 🙂 As Confucius once said: Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day in your life.

I like to meet new people and promote this amazing program that benefit both host families and au pairs in many ways.  I like writing a blog and I hope that my blog is sometimes helpful and that you enjoy reading it. As my cluster expanded very fast, I believe, this blog helped many families to get to know me better and make the decision to join to my cluster as host family.

I just want to say thanks for checking out my blog, reading posts and leaving comments. I appreciate you stopping by 🙂

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