Rainbows, Flowers and all things Pretty

Considering it’s been like a bajillion years since my last blog It would be next to impossible for me to blog about every single adventure I’ve been on in the last few weeks, so I thought I’d chose one of my favourites!

On the 1st of March I finally worked up the courage to leave the safe confides of my room for pretty much the first weekend since I arrived here, and joined all the au pairs in the Bucks County cluster at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

As I’ve only been here a month I was quite nervous to meet everyone but once I met the loving, friendly faces of all the girls my nerves soon disappeared!

Much to my dismay I was still the baby of the group, with my being 19 and one girl being 29 years old I felt like I should have a parental guardian with me or something! LOLIMG_20150301_114640

The flower show was loads of fun! We were each paired up and working in individual stalls which was a great way to interact with the community along with making it easier to really get to know a fellow au pair.

My stall was the very first booth which meant my job was to welcome, greet and explain the process of the day.IMG_2293Overall I had so much fun! All the girls were so nice, the flower show was absolutely breath taking and the day was so much fun! IMG_2281I 100% definitely recommend it to everyone!IMG_2285

Thank you so much to Polina, our Local Area Representative, and GO AU PAIR for organising such a wonderful day.IMG_2277I know I can speak for everyone when I say that it was an unbelievable experience, one none of us will soon forget!

Amber, our new Australian Au Pair

Our second Australian Au Pair Amber joined our cluster in January. She is actually our first Australian Au Pair ever in our cluster! She’s 20 years old and I am very pleased to be her buddy. Amber lives with her host family in Bucks County and takes care of three kids.

 

As an Au Pair I am able to fulfill two of my greatest passions: caring for children and learning about different cultures.
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I love to be outdoors, in Australia I spent most of my weekends camping, fishing, or riding the quad bikes. If I’m not doing that I am usually at the beach or somewhere quite reading a book or listening to music.
I have had a lot of amazing experiences since moving to the US however the best event in the past month happened just before I left Australia when I got to meet my baby cousin for the first time.
Three adjectives to describe Amber: loyal, adventurous, committed.
One place I’d like to visit is Texas.
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One of the best complements I have ever received was as n elder in a native community I lived in, in Australia, told me he felt I had become a part of their community. This was a huge deal for me as I loved their culture however given the history between Aboriginies and white Australians I wasn’t sure if I would ever be fully accepted in the community.
My favorite part of being an Au Pair is to be fully immersed in American culture.
The special thing about our Philadelphia area is that I am so close to an area where I can learn so much about American history.

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My best experience so far where in New York, where our orientation guide took us to an amazing restaurant called Ellen’s Stardust – as a musical theatre fan I had the time of my life there. I also really enjoyed learning to ski in Vermont and making my first snow angel.
I already met Amber twice and tomorrow we are going to volunteer for the Flower Show in Philadelphia. I’m looking forward to our activities together in the US and wish you all the best for your year!

Take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.

You may be tired of a long cold winter and are counting down the days looking forward to a Spring day. Wait no longer, you can enjoy a fantastic Spring or even Summer day this weekend at the Philadelphia Flower Show where everything is blooming.2015pfs_bloom philly

Every year thousands of volunteers and gardening enthusiasts who share a love of plants and people. They help make the largest in the world Philadelphia Flower Show breathtaking.  Many Au Pairs from Go Au Pair have chosen to volunteer at the Make and Take Room of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show. They are going to contribute their time and talent and get a unique cultural exchange experience. Volunteering, learning and giving back to the community has become our cluster tradition.

Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

Go Au Pair team will help you create a piece of art and have fun. Please stop by from 11.30 am till 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Make and Take Room, which is located along the Grand Concourse at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  We will help you take home a piece of the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.Aupairs creation at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Exploring the Philadelphia Flower Show with my Au Pair Friend.

Ophelia’s Diary.

Most my Au Pairs friends left the Flower Show around 5 or 6pm because they live far away. But my friend Adriana and I didn’t leave until 8:30pm. We enjoyed helping others at Make and Take room so much. Au Pairs volunteer

We didn’t want to leave at all. Even after I was done with my volunteering work, an Indian family still came to me look for help. I was so glad I could help them.

Adriana and I left the Make and Take room around 8pm, we use the last half an hour walked around the show. There were so many amazing things to see.

 Au Pairs volunteer

We were so glad as we could see so many interesting things.

 Au Pairs volunteered in Philadelphia

We also invited our friends came to the show.Au Pairs with friends

They liked it a lot too. Au Pairs volunteered

On March 8th, I will start my second Au Pair vacation.

 Au Pairs volunteered During my vacation, the first thing I will do is volunteering again for Flower Show! This time is special volunteering for butterflies. I am so excited about this.

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Au Pairs volunteered for the Philadelphia Flower Show

Ophelia’s Diary.

After the Au Pair meeting, our Go Au Pair team volunteered at Make and Take Room together.

Au Pair in Philadelphia

We helped people make beautiful flower hats and other fun headbands.Aupair's work at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Everyone in the Make and Take Room was so happy.Go Au Pair team is volunteering in Philadelphia Show

I helped a lot people with their projects.

Au Pair Philadelphia

First, I helped a very kind couple, we talked a lot. I also shared my Au Pair stories with them.

Au Pair Philadelphia

Then I helped several ladies.When I heard they called out, “ Ophelia, come here! I need your help! “ I felt so warm inside. Needed by others is the best feeling forever. I would like to try my best help others. I also made friends with two ladies. They were so kind to me. Please watch the movie.

At the end of volunteering, I decided to make a hat for myself. These two ladies helped my with my hat.

Au Pair Philadelphia

I made some headbands for my host mom as well.I made for Sophie

After I got home, I showed Theo my beautiful hat, he really liked it.

Au pairs in the Philadelphia Flowe Show

 Stay tuned for my next entry – Exploring the Flower Show with my Au Pair Friend.

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Helping the community with my Au Pairs friends.

Ophelia’s Diary.

My Au Pairs friends and I love to volunteer and help the community. In China, I didn’t have many opportunities to volunteer. As an Au Pair in America, I enjoy the opportunities to help others. My friend Adriana and I are volunteering in Chinese Gospel Church and helping to teach beginner’s English every Sunday. I also love to volunteer with my Au Pairs friends as a team,  it is even more fun.

Go Au Pair team volunteered in Philadelphia

On March 1, 2014, 11 Au Pairs from Go Au Pair volunteered for the Philadelphia Flower Show. The Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area had so much fun together! I can’t wait to share all of them with you.
Au pairs in the PhiladelphiaFlowe Show

In the afternoon, all the Au Pairs got into the Convention Center, this is a huge and beautiful place. We had an Au Pair meeting first. We welcomed three new Au Pairs and each Au Pair shared their own experience.Au Pairs Go Au Pair volunteering

It was so nice meeting so many Au Pair friends here.Au Pair from  Philadelphia Karla

Our Local Area Representative Polina brought sweets for us. It was so delicious. Thank you so much Polina. Also, Polina helped us took a lot photos.Go Au Pair team volunteered Philadelphia Flowe Show

We always have so much fun during the Au Pair meetings. This time all Au Pairs were wearing lovely Go Au Pair T-shirts.

 Au Pairs volunteers

After this meeting, we went to Make and Take room to volunteer.

Make and take room

This volunteering experience was even greater! Stay tuned for my next entry- Au Pairs volunteered for the Philadelphia Flower Show.

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