Welcome to our cluster Leidy Duran!

The end of November is coming and we are happy to welcome our new member! Her name is Leidy, this young woman is 25 years old and she is from Colombia. This Colombian girl was able to answer some questions regarding this amazing adventure as an au pair in the US. Lets see some of her answers:

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  1. Why did you decide to be an au pair? Well, I honestly love kids from the bottom of my hearth and I consider the au pair program provide the opportunity to spend time with kids and at the same time  practice English. 
  2. What are some of your hobbies and interests? I enjoy visiting new places such as parks, the beach and some others. I basically spend my time walking around and exploring new areas where I can have fun with my friends.                                                                    42939526_2238356929784927_3393151861807644672_n.jpg
  3. What do you like to do in your free time? I like to spend time with my friends and love ones.
  4. What was the best event/happening during last month? Before I left the country, my  ex coworkers and I decided to have a picnic. It was amazing, I had so much fun!42999686_2110503502302269_153415591862992896_n
  5. Can you please tell us three adjectives that describe you? I describe myself as a very respectful, friendly and honest person.

  6. If you had one wish what would it be?  I am into practice my English, so I wish I could improve my English soon. 

Leidy, once again welcome to our cluster! We are entirely sure that you will improve your English. 

Welcome to our cluster Janet Duma!

By the end of this getting we are getting great news! There are new au pairs coming and that is so excited. Let me introduce you to Janet Duma, she is from South Africa and she is 24 years old. She loves listening to music and going to the gym, that sounds good!

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Janet loves to spend her time with kids, and besides this she would like to improve her English skills, you can do it!

Adjectives best describe her are: helpful, thoughtful and loving.

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Furthermore, she likes to spend her time reading and helping other, that is what makes her happy, its good to know Janet!

Janet also mentioned the best event that happened to her last month was her first Thanks Giving holiday because she had the chance to eat and try new food, that sounds delicious!

Janet would like to visit Miami

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As you can see, Janet is a young and interesting woman ready to make new friends! Be kind and nice, so lets talk to her!

Once again, Welcome to our amazing cluster Janet Duma!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet new cultures, meet new people, meet the new YOU

Two weeks ago, I had my first au pair event. It was a picnic near the Liberty Bell. The weather was perfect for us and so everything. 

There were a lot of new au pairs. Miguel came with his Host Family. It was really interesting to meet them there.

We had fun together, ate delicious dishes from different cultures… The two of us: Valentine and me had baked something (I would share the recipe with you, but it is a secret family recipe.) We also had muffins, chicken, etc.

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We also played a game to know each other better. I learnt new information so far.

Something important: you have to experience yourself by getting know others better to meet the new you. Hard, but it is worth it!

Our next meeting will be at (the awesome) Polina’s house. We will make sushi and something else, as we have two chefs in the cluster! I am looking forward to meeting these guys again! See you there! ♥

Our new Au Pair Jenny from Germany

It’s time for the first interview of my blog Au Pair mission: Philadelphia, PA.
Around two weeks ago one of our new Au Pairs arrived in Philadelphia: Jenny from Germany. Her buddy is Carmen from South Africa. She will help Jenny with her first steps in the US. As every new Au Pair Jenny answered some questions in an interview for us.

Hi, I’m Jenny, 24 years old and come from the black forest in southern Germany.

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I want to be an Au Pair to explore another culture and to develop my personality.
In my free time I love to play soccer and hang out with my friends.

The best event during the last month was the women soccer game Germany vs. Slovakia, which I watched with a friend of mine in Mannheim. After the game two national players came to us and we talked and took pictures.

Adjectives, which describe me the best are happy and kind.

If I had one free wish it would be a life without war and illness.

Besides the US I would like to visit New Zealand, Canada and Sweden.

Two good things I can do quite good are being a good friend/listener and drawing.

I expect to learn new things about other cultures  as an Au Pair here in the States and I see it as a “life experiment”. On top of that I hope to have a great relationship with my hos family and to meet new friends.

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Thanks Jenny for answering all the questions! I think it’s gonna be a great year for you. It’s your first time in the US, so enjoy the life here, I really enjoyed my time so far.

I’m looking forward to meeting you soon – in person!

2013 Year Au Pair Activities Review

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In 2013, the Au Pairs from Go Au Pair in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County and close NJ joined many activities where Au Pairs get to know each other better, meet the Local Area Representative( me), have fun and make new friends. Go Au Pair requires all Au Pairs to attend at least 4 meetings for each 12 month program year.

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The 2013 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.100_1398 Explore the Center City of Philadelphia, tour at Kimmel Center.Au Paiirs goaupair
The Devon Horse Show, Devon , PA Family Day ConferenceDevon Show

The Peddlers VillageAu Pairs Bucks County, New Hope
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 Bryn Athyn Cathedral, the tour at Glencairn museum

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and picnic.

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Fernanda’s farewell partyIMG_20130929_170742

Grounds for Sculpture, Family Day ConferenceIMG_20131013_131641

Volunteering for the Philadelphia Marathon for the American Cancer Society,IMG_20131117_102357 (2) and have a very special experienceIMG_20131117_132717
Holiday Party, Peddlers Village, Lahaska, dining at Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant,IMG_20131214_152247

and gift exchange,

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Volunteering…. So much good energy coming to you!!!

By the Au Pair from Go Au Pair, the Philadelphia cluster, Monica.

My name is Monica Hinestroza and I’m from Colombia. I’ve been here in US as an Au Pair for 5 months already. So far this adventure has been amazing!Au Pair Philadelphia Monica

Today, I wanted to share with you guys the great experience that I had as a volunteer in the 20th Philadelphia Marathon on November 17th.IMG_20131117_132533

This marathon helped to raise money to support some associations, like the American Cancer Society which, for me, is amazing itself. Thanks to Polina Kravets, our Local Area Representative, several Au Pair friends from Go Au Pair and I were volunteers in this event. For most of us, the only motivation was to do something different and help someone else, but at the end of that day, I realized that being a volunteer is so much more than that.IMG_20131117_132717

On a beautiful, sunny and warm Sunday in November, we worked as a team, and we made thousands of bags with some snacks for the runners. Then, we gave them those bags, hand-to-hand, and there the magic moment stared……IMG_20131117_132610

Because for each bag that we gave them, they gave us back smiles, thanks, blessings and a lot of good energy. Didn’t matter how tired they were or we were in that moment, everybody… runners, volunteers and fans were so happy and so excited and for a couple of hours just being happy and positive was allowed.IMG_20131117_132349

It’s unbelievable how you give a little bit of your time to others, and they can give you so much energy and so much happiness.IMG_20131117_140458

This was my first time as a volunteer, and I can say, without a doubt, that I would love to do it again because being a volunteer you can feel the real power of the good energy coming to you. See you guys in the next adventure….!!!

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.

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