An Au Pair and children activities- I need your helping hand

Lend me your hand,  I need your help.

If your host children are small or not craft lovers, these fun and easy holiday craft projects are for them. http://www.craftjr.com/handprint-keepsake-thanksgiving-plate-craft/

Kids will want to lend a helping hand with this hand print turkey project!

An Au  Pair with children may also create a beautiful decoration peace for  Thanksgiving .

A  turkey plate makes a wonderful souvenir that Au Pairs and Host Family will cherish for years to come.

Have Fun!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Host Families, Au Pairs and everyone!

I love Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday.  People travel thousands of miles to be with their family. It is time to say thank you for good things that we are grateful for.

Most of All

Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
we appreciate you.

By Joanna Fuchs

http://www.poemsource.com/thanksgiving-poems.html

Happy Thanksgiving Host Families, Au Pairs , my family,  friends and everyone!

Thank you for being all year through here for me and  make my live extra special.

You know you’re an Au Pair in the USA when…

…you always introduce yourself with:  ‘Hi! my name is (your name), I’m from (country) and I have (amount of children you are taking care of) children!!’

… you spent all your money at the MALL and you still have nothing to wear

… you think $195 every weekend just for shopping and coffee is too much in your country but not that much here

… one cup of coffee doesn’t make you awake anymore, it just makes you alive

…you only have other Au Pairs as your friends

…you know what a LAR , Host Family and goAUPAIR are

..someone has asked you stupid questions like: ‘do you have cars in your country?’ – ‘You don’t have Valentine’s day?’ – ‘Where is your country?’

…you go to PLAY-DATES

…you hate Dora, The Wiggles and Thomas

…you’ve seen more movies in one month than in your whole life at home

…you cherish moments of silence more than ever before

…you notice yourself saying ‘GOOD JOB’ a hundred times a day

…you wonder why you slept the whole night long so uncomfortable and you notice the next morning, you slept on a barbie, a lollypop, sandtoys etc.

…you are DRIVING to the bus stop to pick up your kids, which is only 200 meters from your house.

… you need to be creative to find new punishments because a time-out doesn’t work anymore 😉

…you start to love Disney movies again and can copy every passage from them

…you’ve learned what it means to be patient

…you know that you should never SHAKE A BABY!!!

…instead of singing song from the radio your singing children songs

…the kids call you mom because you spend too much time with them

…you’re sure you don’t want own kids within the next 100 years 😉

..you know now exactly how difficult it was for your parents to have little kids and you feel like saying thanks for all you’ve done to your mom and dad every day

in my redaction from http://gloriagracia.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!72B7C14D6ED271C6!1783.entry

I found these  funny and very truthful.
Lets continue it …

You know you’re an Au Pair in the USA when…

…you became a “pro” in cooking kids meals

…you know not only all your kids friends name, but their parents too

.. you explained at least tens time already who “an Au Pair” is

You know you’re an Au Pair in the USA when…

Help me to continue it.

No doubt that nanny cost has almost doubled. Lets talk about childcare cost.

What should I be paying my nanny?

Yesterday I came across this link on Craigslist  “What should I be paying my nanny?” It said,

“This is a rough guideline of what you should be paying your nanny, based on the age of your nanny and how many children they care for.

17-19 (in high school)   $10/hr for one child + $1/hr for every additional child

20-22 (in college)   $12/hr for one child + $2/hr for every additional child

23+ (college graduate) $14/hr for one child + $2/hr for every additional child

This means, if you have two children being taken care of by a college aged nanny, you should be paying them $14/hr,”

and if you have three or more – $16/hr +.   Nannies wages vary by the location, and could be much more than that.

The cost of an Au Pair is only $7.58 per hour or $341 for 45 hours of childcare a week regardless of how many children you have or your location.  This amount comes from the Au Pair’s stipend and agency program fees.

goAUPAIR currently has over 300 Au Pairs available.  All Au Pairs are screened, personally interviewed and meet regulatory requirements to qualify for the J1 visa Au Pair program. These regulations include background checks, minimum High School education, minimum hours of childcare experience, verified childcare references and more.  As a fact, 81% of our Available Au Pairs are over 21-years-old, 65% have completed some college or are college graduates and 42% have prior tutoring or teaching experience.  Au Pairs usually take care of two or three children.

No doubt that nanny cost has almost doubled.

But, why is there such a big difference in the cost of a nanny and a Au Pair?

Some nannies are professional childcare workers with substantial childcare experience compared to Au Pairs.  Many Au Pairs are not, but all Au Pairs have had childcare training before they start work as an Au Pair and they all have childcare related work experience working as a tutor, a nanny or a babysitter for their own siblings or children in their native country.

A nanny is considered an employee of the family while an Au Pair is considered a part of the family. Nannies receive a salary for a living,  while Au Pairs receive a stipend – pocket money.

Nannies often don’t have medical insurance. All Au Pairs have medical insurance during their work time. goAUPAIR provides medical insurance, which is a requirements for J1 visa participants and  includes in the program fees.

Why should you be paying a nanny? Why pay double?

At a cost that is less than a nanny, you could have flexible hours of childcare, full support of our agency, and a cultural and rewarding experience for your whole family.

Available for a limited time only, for even LESS goAUPAIR has a $700 savings off the program fee that includes a special discount only for Host Families from the Philadelphia area.  Please email me if you would like more details on the Au Pair program and save money.

Your call is very important to us!

Many agencies advertise that they are a leading agency but how does that transfer to be beneficial for the customer?

It reminds me a huge store with hundreds of products with no one there to help me find the right one and to answer the questions I have. They are too busy making a profit.

Or speaking with the answering machine every time I call. “Your call is very important to us!” Really?

I personally like a medium size store with a selection of quality products at the decent price and friendly customer service that is always there and ready to help. Poor customer service means that the company doesn’t respect the customers. Who doesn’t want to be treated well?

My new Au Pair – Viviana, who recently came with “the Au Pair again program” said that she left the “leading” Au Pair Agency because she did not feel that she got personal attention.  Her counselor, who had about 25-30 Au Pairs, didn’t even know her name at the end of her first year in the USA.

The first time I contacted Viviana she was in Colombia. I sent her an email with our scheduled meetings, the Au Pairs cluster list and the listing of her education options before she came to the USA. When she arrived, I sent her email address to all my Au Pairs and they welcomed her warmly. She made friends the first week she came to the USA. Viviana we love you!

goAUPAIR is a medium size Au Pair agency, not a leading agency, but goAUPAIR is committed to providing families with high quality and affordable childcare as well as excellent customer service. goAUPAIR  has been providing Host Families with affordable childcare more than 20 years.  Au Pairs from our agency have been internationally recognized in 2009, 2005 and 2004. Why Choose goAUPAIR as Your Au Pair Agency?

We are not the biggest agency in the field, but we are proud to have hundreds of satisfied families who appreciate a high quality service the goAUPAIR’s team provides. You can read the comments of our host families on company’s testimonial page. “We stay with goAUPAIR because of the personality testing that they provide …”

Please email me  if you would like more details on the Au Pair program or call us (888) 287 2471.

goAUPAIR staff are always waiting for your call and would like to talk to you because your call is very important to us!

We’ll definitely be back.

goAUPAIR believes that activities can often make the difference between a good experience for the Au Pairs or a bad one. Good experiences mean happy Au Pairs, and happy Au Pairs can mean happier host families! We had many activities this year and our favorite activities  were a Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm, The Philadelphia Flower Show and a meeting at the Grounds for Sculpture.

Our meeting at the Grounds for Sculpture was especially enjoyable. Dining at the Rat’s Restaurant was the perfect way to begin our visit to the Grounds For Sculpture. This French restaurant offers a magical and unforgettable atmosphere for dining.  We loved the delicious food that was cooked by a team led by the executive chef at Rat’s Restaurant who was named the winner of season 7 “Top Chef: D.C.” the same week airing on the Bravo TV channel.

Most of all we enjoyed the company of each other. The round table somehow represented a world globe, Au Pairs from different countries. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know each other.

During the yummy Lunch in the French restaurant each Au Pair shared her past story, current experience and dreams for the future. There were Questions and Answers, Laugh and Smiles, Warm Words and Best Wishes, Encouragement and Support, Excitement and Happiness. Sorry Rat’s, if we were too loud!

Then we explored the park, which is full of sculpture and landscaping involving water and trees. This unique place combines the beauty of art and nature. The park is amazing, very peaceful even with hundreds of people there. The weather was perfect. We had a lot of fun at the park and took many pictures. It was a perfect place to create lifelong memories.

Thanks to goAUPAIR for a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better and make friends at Rat’s Restaurant. See you next time at Peddler’s Village in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


What is an Au Pair?

Au Pair Program Information

 

"I think I can get along with any child and we'll become good  friends."

"I think I can get along with any child and we'll become good friends."

Iuliia is and 23 year old au pair from the Ukraine. She would like to become an au pair because she wants to improve her English and enjoys  working  with children. Iuliia would like to learn about american culture.

The term “au pair” was originally a French term meaning “equal to” which described the relationship a young woman had with a family. She lived on an equal basis and was treated as a member of the family. Today, “au pair” refers to either young men or young women from foreign countries who live with a Host Family while providing child care services in exchange for the opportunity to live in their country while learning the language and culture. 

In 1989 the U.S. Department of State launched the Au Pair program through six designated agencies.  goAUPAIR was one of these original six.  Today, goAUPAIR represents families across the U.S. and works with agencies in over 50 countries around the world.

Roles of Participants
There are a variety of groups and individuals that participate in the Au Pair program each with different responsibilities. 

The Department of State oversees the Au Pair program  by designated U.S. agencies. Department of State
The Department of State oversees the Au Pair program by designating sponsor agencies and creating the program regulations.
goAUPAIR is one of the designated Au Pair agencies in  the U.S. goAUPAIR
As one of a handful of Au Pair sponsors designated by the U.S. Department of State, we are responsible for ensuring that all of the federally regulated program rules are followed. goAUPAIR is the sponsor of the Au Pair’s visa and is required to ensure that all Au Pairs remain in good standing while under our sponsorship. Each Host Family has a dedicated Placement Coordinator that assists with the matching process and provides support throughout the year.
International Representatives are responsible for  recruiting and screening Au Pairs International Agency
All Au Pairs participating in the program are required to meet certain requirements as outlined by the Department of State. goAUPAIR exceeds the basic requirements by providing additional screening for each applicant. Our International Agencies recruit and screen Au Pairs from around the globe which allows us to bring Au Pairs to the U.S. from a wide variety of countries.
Au Pairs must meet basic requirements as set by the  U.S. Department of State. Au Pairs
All Au Pairs must be between 18-26 years old when they first enter the U.S., have previous child care experience and speak English. In addition, all Au Pairs participating in the goAUPAIR program are required to complete a full application which includes the following: 

  • In-person interview
  • 2 child care references
  • 1 character reference
  • Physician’s report
  • Letter to potential Host Families
  • Clean criminal background check
  • Psychometric test
  • Personality test
  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • 32 hours of training on safety and child development
  • Pictures

Au Pairs can provide up to 45 each week of child care and perform light housekeeping. While in the U.S., Au Pairs must complete 6* credits at an accredited, post-secondary university. Throughout their entire stay, Au Pairs are required to maintain contact with their Local Area Representative and goAUPAIR.

Local Area Representatives will contact Au Pairs and  Host Families each month. Local Area Representative
Our Local Area Representatives provide local support to our Host Families and Au Pairs. Local Area Representatives will perform the initial interview in your home before your Au Pair arrives, the orientation shortly after your Au Pair has arrived and maintain monthly contact throughout your Au Pair’s stay. Local Area Representatives are also responsible for creating Au Pair activities as well as providing Host Family Day Conferences which every Host Family is required to attend at least once each year.
Host Families provide full room and board for their Au  Pair. Host Families
Our Host Families provide full room and board, a weekly stipend and $500* per year towards tuition in exchange for child care and light housekeeping. Host Families must provide their Au Pair with a private room that has a door on it which will be verified by your Local Area Representative during the interview. You will be responsible for interviewing and ultimately selecting your Au Pair.

Go Au Pair in Philadelphia and close NJ. Welcome to our world!

Welcome to the Go Au Pair Philadelphia’s cluster world!


Each year over 20,000 American families welcome international nannies who are looking to live and work with an American family.Go Au Pair helps connect hundreds of American host families with Au Pairs from all over the world!

Go Au Pair currently has over 300 Au Pairs available and you can review their profiles for free. http://www.goaupair.com/index.html
I’d be happy to tell you more about any Au Pair who might interest you.

The special discount is being offered right now only for Philadelphia and NJ area!

Please email me if you would like more details on the Au Pair program or call us (888) 287 2471

Au Pair is a cultural exchange program and families love the international scent that an Au Pair brings into family life. Children pick up a new language and become more open-minded about other cultures. It’s really a joy to see how some families bond with their Au Pairs and develop long-term friendships through this program.

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

Come join us!  Welcome to our world!

I look forward to getting to know your family!

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