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!

 

 

 

 

 

The family for ten Au Pairs

Many families from the Philadelphia and Bucks County Cluster of Go Au Pair have a great experience with the Au Pair program. The Veale family nominated their Au Pairs for the Au Pair of the year Award.  They had nine female Au Pairs and last year the family invited male Au Pair from Brazil Lucas.au-pair-farewell-picnic-independence-national-historical-park-lucas

The Veale family hosted ten au pairs with Go Au Pair during ten years. The Veale family has five kids and they also open their hearts  for ten Au Pairs from around the world. Many Au Pairs became part of their family.  The former Au Pairs still visit the family. This summer the Veale family and their new Au Pair made a trip to Germany to visit their former Au Pair Valerie from Germany.

Please read a post from the former Au Pair Karla. ” I am Karla Endres, a South African Au Pair who lived with a very special family; The Veale Family. What makes this family so special is the 2 loving parents, the 2 puppies, a few fish and of course the 5 kids who makes this house a home.The parents were very welcoming and they truly care about their Au Pairs and will make each new Au Pair feel special and part of the family…..

In my year as an Au Pair I got to travel from the east to the west of America. I made three live long friends that I will never forget. We can truly support and help each other and this is what will bond us for live! I also met a lot of other Au Pairs’ from all over the world and learned about their cultures.

Go Au Pair agency was always there when I had any questions or needed help. My cluster group was blessed with a Local Area Representative (LAR) who truly cared and who arranged fun group activities for us. So thank you for all the places you took us to.

So one year later I leave with a lot more knowledge about the world, about myself and about love. The family showed me it’s easier to laugh when you’d rather want to yell, to smile when you feel like crying and to love even when you’re scared of losing!

It’s good to know I will always have a family in America and The Veale Family will always have a place in my heart!

Hey, Marco! Welcome to the cluster!

Let me share Marco Van Vuuren’s short message with you! He comes in a week from South Africa!  He is my “buddy”, I am excited! I like him very much! I love his humor! So let’s see!

“I want to be an au pair, because I love working kids. I worked with kids at a school before I had started au pairing.
My hobbies are making food,gardening,cycling and just to have fun with my friends and family.
The three best adjectives that describes me are crazy,outgoing and a great friend. I would wish to have the best time of my life in the US and to talk about it back home.
I would like to visit Hollywood and just spend time there.
My favorite way to spend a Saturday is to go out and do something fun at a fun park or so. I consider myself good with children,making friends and listening to others.”
 I have no doubt, that Marco will totally enjoy his year here! ♥

Forever sisters by heart.

This is a surprise farewell post for Au Pair Botle Mpiti (Lucy) from South Africa and this post has been written by Lucy’s friend au pair from S. Africa Kim.her smile always brightens up.jpg

To start with this post, let me say a few words as a Go Au Pair Local Area Representative. In March 2015 we welcomed Lucy to the Philadelphia and Bucks County Go Au Pair cluster. Another South African Au Pair Tania interviewed Lucy in March 2015 and asked her, ” What is the best thing about being an au pair in Philly?, and Lucy said,“Best thing about being an aupair in Philly is that the cluster is huge as to the number of au pairs…meeting my country girls is just so great, knowing other girls from different sides of this world is just too good wouldn’t trade these moments for anything in this world.”Voluntering with Au Pair from Go Au Pair.

Times flies so fast, especially when you’re having fun with friends. Tomorrow is Lucy’s last day with the cluster.  Lucy is very caring and her smile always brightens up the day. Lucy made many friends and had a great experience with the Au Pair program. Thank you for being a great Au Pair and friend, Lucy! We love you and miss you already. Good Luck with your future journey!v 1

Enjoy many photos and a farewell post of Lucy’s friend and forever sisters by heart Kim.

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We are all very fortunate to have met you and experienced your craziness cuz girrrrrl you are CRAZY! (The good kind of crazy, of course)with Au Pair from Go Au Pair l
Wherever you go, we can all be certain that you are going to create sunshine where there are only clouds and pave a way where there seems to be no possible way. Voluntering with Au Pair from Go Au Pair

In the short 18 months that you have been here, you have touched our hearts and forever engraved your name on our souls. You have created so many memories that won’t ever be forgotten.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

You will be dearly missed (SO so much) but I can stand firm in saying that you definitely won’t be forgotten! v 3
Forever sisters by heart ❤️

The best Au Pair that the family can imagine available

Kim, the outstanding South African Au Pair who lives in Philadelphia, PA. She was nominated to the Au Pair in the Year Award by her host family and became an Au Pair in Excellence. Her host family said,  “Kim truly is the best Au Pair that we can imagine”.

“Kim is an incredible young woman who has won our hearts and become an integral member of our family over the past year.”

Kim said, “I have been experiencing the American culture and caring for two amazing little kids Arya (age 3) and Arthur (age 1) for the past year a half. I arrived whilst Arthur was still “baking in the oven” and not yet born and have had the privilege of seeing him grow and experience many different and wonderful growing phases with him. I have always had a love for children and knew that I wanted to experience something life changing with them. I became “mommy’s little helper” at a very young age when my younger siblings were born, and learnt a lot about childcare through them. I became a babysitter for many family friends and friends of friends and volunteered at a nursery school prior to coming to the States.Au Pair s. Africa Kim

I (and many of my friends and family who know me) would describe me as fun-loving creative, spontaneous, open and responsible and am a big advocate for hands-on play, definitely not afraid to get down on my knees.I have my South African driver’s license and an American learners license, I have experience in driving as I was responsible for driving Arya to school and back. I love the outdoors and most of my hobbies would include being outdoors and staying active. I am well-educated and fluent in English, I see myself as academic and love putting my brain to work whether it be solving something hard or giving a helping hand (or in this case, a helping brain) with kids homework. I love new challenges as they are big part of learning.

 

WHY BE AN AU PAIR?

Nita, our former Au Pair from South Africa wrote a wonderful post and today I will share a little of it with you.

Nita is very active, she volunteered with the Au Pair friends many times, made a lot of friends and became a buddy to a few Au Pairs. She had an exciting year full of adventures and events. She traveled and explored new places and got very many opportunities with being an Au Pair. Nita met and made international friends with Au Pairs from Germany, Australia, Colombia,  etc

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Nita declared a new definition of an Au Pair. According to Nita, “An au pair is a girl, or boy whatever the gender who is not afraid to leave their home and country to travel another country living with a foreign “soon to be your second family” and being on an endless journey.”au pair from S. Africa Tania 4Nita said that  Au Pair means “ADVENTURE, TRAVEL, EXCITEMENT.Why even consider being an Au Pair? Well, I say: “Why not?” This will probably be the most exciting year of your life. I can not think of one reason you should not grasp this opportunity if you have an open window whatsoever. It is a low priced opportunity in not only traveling but to find yourself along the way.”

She also said, “People think you are throwing those years away, negative. You are gaining years, not losing. At first I was terrified that I would lack behind of all my friends, they might move up in life, getting experiences I might never get to witness first hand. But not only did I kick rock bottoms ass, I got a second chance in life and have this journey to thank for making me more wise as a human being.”

Read more why Nita considered being an Au Pair

 

Welcoming a South African Au Pair.

Happy New 2016 Year!

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A New Year will bring a lot of new Au Pairs to Go Au Pair cluster in Bucks County and Philadelphia and  many new host families!  Many Au Pairs are coming in January!  Please join me in welcoming new Au Pair from S. Africa Alea.

South african Au PairAlea is 23, she will live in Bryn Mawr, PA with a new host family. A special thank goes out to Lisa, an Au Pair from S. Africa, for being Alea’s buddy.

Alea loves playing board games, completing word search puzzles, watching comedy movies and volunteering at orphanage centers! She said that three adjectives that best describe her are simple, playful and warm.

Alea’s one wish would be to play a game of cards while listening to jazz with my father – who is late. We asked Alea what her favorite way to spend a Saturday was and she said, ” Spending my Saturday with great company, good food and the works is priceless!”

Alea said that she is good at problem-solving tasks and I’m a good listener too. Best compliment has to be when I was told that I’m gentle and good-hearted and shouldn’t change.

“I have always dreamt of visiting New York and it looks like my dream came sooner than I had anticipated. I cannot wait!”Au Pair Ophelia New York

Welcome Alea, we are looking forward to meeting you very soon. Your dream of  visiting NY comes true very soon!

Welcome Gina!

Gina (23) is our new au pair from Colombia will be replacing Jacqueline and she will be living in New Hope. Nita is Gina’s buddy – good luck holding out with a crazy (but awesome) South African Au Pair, Gina 😉
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What Gina wanted in her life was to be able to learn and enjoy new cultures and to become an au pair would provide her with that, also to improve her English. Gina’s hobbies include traveling, watching movies, listening to music and reading.
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The best adjectives to describe Gina would be, tolerance, happiness and being funny. She likes to help people and considers herself to be a good friend. We also asked her if she had one wish what would it be and she answered: “To be able to teleport” – I feel you Gina, I think all of us would love to do that!
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Gina lived in the Maryland for 3 months, where she got to see some places in the US like Washington DC, Arlington and Baltimore. She would like to visit Vegas, Chicago and Orlando.
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Our cluster had the privilege to meet Gina and spend time with her and her host family and it was great! We are looking forward to getting to know you better Gina! 🙂

Who stressed more, me or my suitcase?

Okay girls, so we all know how the clothes situation went when we had to start packing for the big day. I mean, when the agency, Go Au Pair, read the list of clothes that we can take, back in South Africa on training day (where we discussed everything about the au pair program), all the girls in the room, including me, almost had a heart attack! I could see the expressions on their faces and it was yelling: “HOW WILL WE SURVIVE WITH SO FEW CLOTHES??”

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So there I was, dragging my suitcase out of my room (I thought I had it all figured out when I started packing things away earlier the year into it – but boy, was I wrong!!), the thing was so heavy, it felt like I’ve stored a baby elephant in it!  So, when I opened it to start packing (with my eyes closed of course) the clothes peeled out and I realized how long the night was going to be sorting through everything!

By the time I was done, my suitcase was probably thinking that I wanted to murder it with clothes! Poor thing! But I weighted it on the scale and it was under 23kg /50lb which was the weight limit, so I pretty much felt at rest about that.

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The next day was the big day, it was a Sunday (17 August) and my grandfather and brother had to drag my suitcase and hand luggage around in the airport and we went to go wrap them. After they’ve been wrapped, I went to go weigh them on the scales in the airport before you check in, and suddenly it was 3kg /6lb over the weight limit!

See what I meant with the baby elephant. So there I was, taking the wrap off of my bags and taking extra things (a pack of tissues,  a book and some few South African sweets) out of my bag. So I went to go weigh it again and suddenly it dropped to 21kg /46lb. HOW on earth did that happen?

Anyway, after landing in France, 10 hours later, I had both my hand luggage to drag behind me and my laptop and camera was SO heavy in my hand luggage that the wheels didn’t want to work and I was going crazy trying to pull it behind me.

When we changed planes to fly to JFK New York, I waited and waited for my bag and it just did’nt show up (a girls worst nightmare!). So after freaking out a bit, my bag somehow ended up wayyy on the other side of the lane, but both the handles and the wheels on my suitcase had broken. So there I was, trying to pull the both the suitcase and my hand luggage which refused to work. After a while, I started to kick my bags so that it would work, and I’m 100% sure i looked like such an idiot!

BUT I struggled with both broken bags all the way from the airport to the hotel, then on the day we left New York, I somehow carried and struggled with those bags through the airport, from the airport to the train, through the train station and on the train until I got off at Philadelphia.

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I was extremely happy when I  arrived at my host family’s house, mainly because I got the chance to get rid of my damn suitcase!

If you have any funny suitcase stories, let me know 🙂

Au Pair memories

Blogging about Au Pairs experience is another Philadelphia and  NJ cluster tradition. Sharing with others about great experience became a part of our cluster’s life. If some Au Pairs couldn’t attend the meeting, they can read about the Au Pair meeting on the blog.

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There are also many posts, journals and diaries from former Au Pairs on this blog.

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Au Pair Cosima from Germany started her writing project Au Pair Mission recently. Cosima interviewed many Au Pairs already and made a lot of friends. She is working with many prospective Au Pairs on their interviews. Cosima is also a buddy to new Au Pair Nita who lives in New Hope, Bucks County and Au Pair Rikie who lives in NJ.Au Pair Ophelia life

Please read  Ophelia Diary about Chinese Au Pair experience of living as an Au Pair in Philadelphia. Ophelia recently extended with the host family and moved to Las Vegas to a new experience.

Au Pair Journal  is the memories that Brazilian Au Pair Juliana left. She was an Au Pair in Bucks County.

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South African Au Pair Lala shared with us her Au Pair Diary. She was an Au Pair in Philadelphia.
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Those Au Pairs chose to share their experience with Au Pairs from the cluster and others. It may help new Au Pairs learn from Au Pairs that are currently in the program or that have completed the Au Pair Program.

This tradition of writing on the blog is also important because help create writing memories that may last much longer this way. In fact, the memories never go away.au pairs in Temple

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