A Chinese Au Pair – a new and a popular host families’ choice

There are many Chinese Au Pairs  in Go Au Pair Philadelphia and NJ cluster and another Au Pair from China just joined us yesterday .   Hosting a  Chinese Au Pair is relatively new option for host families. According to Wikipedia,  in March 2007, Hongbin Yu of Harbin (north of Beijing) was the first Chinese au pair to arrive in the United States.[1]Ying won a photo contest

Several year ago I met my first Chinese Au Pair – Ying.  She helped a single mom to raise three adopted girls. Ying quickly became a real member of the family. When her host mother ended up in the hospital she was the one who took care of the kids. No doubt, that her host mom nominated her for  the Au Pair of the year award.Au Pair Ying and kids

Her mom said,” Ying has a calm manner that sets a good example for the girls…..  She is a wonderful role model for my girls, and I hope that at least some of her initiative rubs off on them! We are indeed fortunate to have such a wonderful young woman with us!”

Last year Ying received Go Au Pair’s exclusive  Au Pair in Excellence Award.aupair excellence

Au Pairs from China are quickly becoming some of our most popular Au Pairs. They are known to be dependable and hard working Au Pairs, who are able to make a smooth transition to life in the United States.

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In honor of Go Au Pair featured country, families who match with an Au Pair from China in April Go Au Pair agency offered a $100 off the program fees.

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An Au Pair’s room in the host family home.

People frequently misspell  the word Au Pair  as “au par”, “au paire”, “opair”, “au per”,  “au paring” and confuse the meaning. The word “Au Pair” is a French term, which means “on par” or “equal to”, referring to living on an equal basis, so an Au Pair  lives as an equal member of a host family and should feel at home there.

How to make an Au Pair feel at home?  Please read more in the article How to welcome your new au pair.

It is very important to prepare a comfortable and welcoming room for the Au Pair. The adequately sized room is supposed to be clean and properly lighted, has a comfortable bed, a writing desk with a chair, a closet or a wardrobe,  and a cupboard with drawers or shelves. The Au Pair must have easy access to a bathroom or have her own.

A private room gives the Au Pair the perfect place to study for classes without interruption and have personal discussions with her family and friends without feeling as though everyone is listening or watching.

The Au Pair’s room must have a lock on her door because the Au Pair needs privacy.  In changing clothes, an Au Pair will feel more comfortable if she has a place to do these things in private with the door locked. No cameras are allowed in an Au Pair’s room.

To make the Au Pair feel like she is welcomed and loved, put in the Au Pair’s room a small welcome basket on her arrival. The gift basket may contain some bath gels/lotions for her bathroom, empty picture frames, sweets or chocolates, and flowers. The host family may give the Au Pair the freedom to customize her living space on her own, to decorate her room with some pictures and posters.

Host families often ask what additional they may provide to their Au Pairs, do they need to put a TV or a computer in the Au Pair’s room. It depends. I have asked Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and NJ area to  name material things they can’t live without (doesn’t include family, friends, etc.)

Dear Au Pair,  

Please take your time and vote.

It is very important to help the Au Pair feel comfortable and happy in the host family house and her room. The Au Pair will appreciate the efforts and will return the favour with her loving and reliable service.

Au Pairs and students activities

According to The Department of State requirement, every Au Pair must attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post secondary institution( usually Colleges) for not less than six semester hours of academic credit. There are MANY activities available for Au Pairs in Colleges to enjoy and explore during their learning time. Students activities are an important part of students life and usually open to all students.

Colleges  have many students programs, clubs, organizations and the students can find them on their  College’s websites. Every College has a Calendar of Events that offers a wide variety of lectures, exhibits, concerts, performance, and special events that represent different cultures.

A wide variety of organizations are available for students interested in music participation, theater or dance clubs.

There are many sports clubs like baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and much more.

It is important to Au Pairs get involved in student’s life.

Here are top 10 reasons for getting involved in college activities.

10. Take a break from studying and working

9. Get the most out of your Au Pair experience.

8. Explore your interests.

7. Improve your skills.

6. Learn more about your community.

5. Make new friends and connections.

4. Lend a helping hand.

3. Be a better student.

2.  Feed a new interest.

1. HAVE FUN!

Thee best nanny you could ever have.

A mutually matched Au Pair is not necessarily already the best nanny ever, it’s an aupair that has the possibility to be best nanny ever for your family-thee best nanny you could ever have.

According to a consumer information website for Host Families, AuPairClearingHouse.com, who rates, reviews and compares au pair agencies in the United States by conducting host family satisfaction surveys and ratings, the quality of Au Pairs  from Go Au Pair was rated at 100 percent positive.

One of the many things that makes Go Au Pair unique is the Mutual Match system. Go Au Pair exclusive Mutual Match system is based on 20 years of experience matching quality Au Pairs with families across the country. The agency has made the process of choosing an Au Pair that’s right for the family smooth and easy.

Unlike the majority of Au Pair agencies, with Go Au Pair, families aren’t ever limited to the number of Au Pairs  that they can review. Families can view hundreds profiles since Go Au Pair’s goal is to make sure that family matches with the Au Pair that best fits the family’s unique needs.

The families needs and preferences are as different as an Au Pair’s experience, education and personalities.

Many Au Pairs have many years of experience working with different ages, special needs children, and even infants multiples. Many of them have been a daycare teacher and have nannied up to 10 children at once, some of them were nurses,  some volunteered in orphanages, some worked as nannies for years in their home countries.

Many au-pairs are professional teachers, college graduated and have years of  a special education in arts, music and sports.

When making a match, host family should  consider not only family’s needs and Au Pairs experience, but also Au Pair’s expectations and shared interests.

 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries and they all have own culture, religion and values. Read more about which country is the best au pair from?


The following is a comment made by one of host mom from Go Au Pair,”I’ve had a lot of au pairs before but this is the first time I’ve used Go Au Pair and they matched me with Anny, our au pair is one of the best au pairs we have had.” 

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.

Host Families Requirements for an Au Pair Program

The Au Pair Program is a Department of State cultural exchange visitor program under which Au Pairs and Au Pair child care are regulated. Only designated sponsors, like Go Au Pair, can administer the Au Pair Program to legally bring Au Pairs into the U.S. and ensure all rule and regulations are enforced.

To participate in the program, families must:

  • Be willing to comply with U.S. Department of State regulations
  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents fluent in spoken English
  • Provide the au pair with a private bedroom and 3 meals a day for the au pair
  • Limit child care to a maximum of 45 hours per week if participating in the standard au pair; 30 hours per week for the EduCare program.
  • Not exceed 10 hours per day or extend over more than five and a half days.
  • Have adequate financial resources to undertake hosting obligations
  • Pay a weekly minimum stipend based on the program option selected ($195.75 for standard Au Pairs, $146.81 for EduCare Au Pairs) ($195.75  Families and Au Pairs are free to agree upon any amount higher than this minimum.
  • Help an Au Pair to enroll in and attend an accredited post-secondary institution to fulfill here educational requirement.
  • Pay up to $500 toward the cost of the au pair’s required academic course work;
  • Provide a minimum of two weeks paid vacation for each 12 month

Host family has to be committed to cultural exchange and be willing to welcome an au pair as a family member.

Go Au Pair is one of the originally designated Au Pair Agencies and has been administering the program for over 20 years. This year’s survey conducted by the Au Pair Clearinghouse showed Go Au Pair having above average ratings with the majority being highly positive.

Go Au Pair came out on top this year as the best Au Pair agency!

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.

Why Choose Go Au Pair as Your Au Pair Agency?

According to Wikipedia these are the 13 agencies designated by the State Department to administer the au pair program.

Why Choose Go Au Pair as Your Au Pair Agency?

A consumer information website for Host Families, AuPairClearingHouse com, rates, reviews and compares au pair agencies in the United States by conducting host family satisfaction surveys and ratings.

A recent survey conducted by the Au Pair Clearinghouse showed  Go Au Pair came out on top this year as the best Au Pair agency!

Go Au Pair having above average ratings with the majority being highly positive.

Go Au Pair has the best Au Pairs, the quality of Au Pairs was rated at 100 percent positive. Local Area Representatives rated as excellent, all areas of customer service rated positively and and Host Families expressed their satisfaction in the agency fee pricing.

Go Au Pair is one of the original six Au Pair agencies designated by the U.S. Department of State. Created in 1989, Go Au Pair has more than 20 years of experience helping families find quality and affordable child care.

Go Au Pair provides support to Host Families from the time of the initial inquiry, to the departure of the Au Pair with an experienced staff of corporate and local resources. As an Au Pair agency, Go Au Pair rigorously reviews each Au Pair’s background screening, child care experiences and English skills. Go Au Pair also takes care of all travel and visa arrangements for your Au Pair. Local support for you and your Au Pair throughout the year are also an added benefit of Au Pair child care. Plus, Go Au Pair offers some exclusive resources:

Mutual Match

Au Pair Preview

Choose Your Au Pair’s Arrival Dates

Choose Your Own Customizable Au Pair Payment Plan

Read more here

Au Pairs from our agency have been internationally recognized through this 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″. Watch a movie about Laura from Colombia who was one of the nominates.


	

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!

An Au Pair and the Bilingual Advantage for Kids

One of the many benefits Host Families receive from their Au Pair is they bring a new culture and language into the home. In today’s increasingly globalized world and as America’s melting pot continues to become more diverse, knowing more than one language has proven to be beneficial, especially in the job market. 

Recently I came across the article in The New York Times  “The Bilingual Advantage” by  CLAUDIA DREIFUS.  A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind. Her good news: Among other benefits, the regular use of two languages appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Dr. Bialystok, 62, a distinguished research professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, was awarded a $100,000 Killam Prize last year for her contributions to social science.

Ellen Bialystok says that “There are two major reasons people should pass their heritage language onto children. First, it connects children to their ancestors. The second is my research: Bilingualism is good for you. It makes brains stronger. It is brain exercise.”

Hiring an Au Pair who speaks the language of parents choice is a perfect option. Children learn a second language through study & play. They 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.


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