International picnic with the dishes from twelve countries!

The next Au Pair meeting of Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area – international food picnic – will be on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Independence National Historical Park, 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. All Au Pairs will bring a dish from their countries! There will be dishes from 12 countries in our Sunday picnic menu or maybe even more because many Au Pairs planed to bring their friends. We will test variety of dishes from China, Colombia, South Africa and Ecuador -since we have many Au Pairs from those countries. Also, we will have an opportunity to try dishes from Hungary, El Salvador, Brazil, Ukraine, Peru, France, Germany and Argentina!

The Au Pair program is a cultural exchange program. Go Au Pair cluster meetings give the Au Pairs chance to meet other Au Pairs from around the world and learn/share their unique culture. We will enjoy the Au Pair international cuisine- the food represents the traditions, stories, and geography and we learned a lot simply trying different food.Au Pair farewell picnic Independence National Historical Park 2

There is also a great opportunity to learn about American history and culture because  we will have the picnic right across the Independence National Historical Hall in the center city of Philadelphia. The Independence Hall is known as the birthplace of the United States. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were signed there. Our international Au Pair team will enjoy the historical Landmark and great company of friends.
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Au Pairs will have fun sharing the experience, taking many photos and creating new memories. After the meeting, they will visit many historical places together.

Saying goodbye to Au Pair Lucas from Brazil.

Last year one of the Go Au Pair host families invited a male Au Pair to join their family with five kids. They had nine female Au Pairs before. Lucas is the first male Au Pair that family has had. Lucas built special connections with all four boys and especially, with the youngest twins. The boys accepted Lucas as a big brother! Thank you so much for being a great Au Pair and being a wonderful role model for the boys!au-pair-bucks-county-bowling-5

Lucas also learned a lot through the Au Pair program, explored the USA, made many friends and even became a buddy for Jessica. 

I can’t believe that Lucas is leaving next week. As you may know we interview our Au Pairs when they arrive and before they leave the Au Pair Program. Here is Lucas interview.au-pair-farewell-picnic-independence-national-historical-park-lucas

What places you visited you like the most? Chicago.
What was your favorite way to spend your free time in the USA? Playing Basketball and Football 
What is your favorite thing about being an au pair? Knowing another culture. 
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned that being an au pair has taught you? Being more responsible and independent. 
How do you like the experience being a part of an American family? I learned many things from them 
What are new things you experienced? Halloween

Lucas would like to recommend the Au Pair Program to others! It is one of the most rewarding experiences because Au Pairs can learn a lot and live very special moments.  He plans to continue his education in Brazil. We wish Lucas good luck  with his study.

 

J Day- a day that celebrates cultural exchange!

August 1, 2016 is J Day, a day that celebrates all things cultural exchange!  Au Pairs,  J-1 Visa owners,  the International exchange participants and other people are celebrating all across the country.CollageJDAY

According to Alliance for International exchange, “J Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of international exchange. International exchange participants will come together with their American hosts to “eat, play, and give” — to share cultural diversity and American customs, to give back to their communities, and to have some fun.

J Day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) and spread the word about the power and breadth of cultural exchange.Through the Au Pair program, participants and host families take part in a mutually rewarding, intercultural opportunity.

There are many locations where people come together to eat, play and make new international friends.

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Au Pairs volunteering in the USA.

Au Pairs from Go Au Pair volunteered their time and skills at the International Spring Festival on Saturday, 04.16.2016 to make hundreds of kids happy that day.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 8

The Au Pairs had a lot of fun as well. Three Go Au Pair clusters from Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County and NJ got together and met new friends.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

There is a huge cultural diversity in the Au Pair volunteering team: Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, South African Au PairsMexican Au PairsUkrainian Au Pairs and Russian Au Pairs.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 2

The Au Pair explored the unique Festival. The Festival hosted by volunteers in the North Penn area and is celebrating its 25th year and is organized.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 10

Au Pairs were very enthusiastic and motivated to serve others and use their time, talent, skills and voices to help other volunteers and serve the community. It was a great cultural exchange experience, which is a goal of the Au Pair program.

 

Can an au pair care for a child with special needs?

Au Pairs are allowed to care for special needs children if the Au Pair has specifically identified their prior experience, skills or training in the care of special needs children. Some Au Pairs have previous experience working with special needs kids, early childhood education and pediatric nursing in their countries. Many Au Pairs volunteered at orphanages, hospitals and other places that required a special care experience.

There are usually a few Au Pairs who are working with the families with special needs child/children in the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ. Those Au Pairs have previous documented experience caring for special needs children.Xiao

Also, the host family must sign an agreement indicating that they both recognize and accept the Au Pair’s level of experience.

We have  Au Pair Plus program and  Premiere Au Pair program that give more options to the parents who are looking for a very experienced Au Pair. Many of our available Au Pairs have broad experiences and are interested in caring for children with special needs.

 

 

Why do young adults want to become Au Pairs?

Another common question many new host families ask is, “Why do young adults want to become Au Pairs and leave behind their families, friends and sometimes a good job?”

Au Pairs participate in the Au Pair program for professional and personal reasons.  All of them came to the USA as the Au Pairs because they love kids and want to be part of their life.

Many Au Pairs are looking for a valuable experience for their future career in a child care related field. They want to experience life in the American family, learn a new culture and share own culture with others.  follow

A common reason of  participating in the Au Pair program is the opportunity to improve their English skills. Many of au pairs are looking to fulfill a dream of living the U.S. and attending an American College. The Au Pair Amber from Australia took classes in Princeton University.

Many Au Pairs from the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ said that they wanted to get away from home, live independently, see the world, get to know different lifestyles and meet new people. I found that many Au Pairs love to travel and they visit many new places when they are here.Au pair list

Some Au Pairs choose the Au Pair program because that they want to escape bad economic and social situations in their countries, save up some money and send home some money to help their families.

I think  most of them become the Au Pairs because they love kids and also are hungry for adventure.

Chinese New Year Celebration

 

2016 Chinese New Year falls on February 8, and it is the Year of the Monkey according to Chinese zodiac. Chinese New Year celebration is the most important annual event for Chinese people and has more than 4,000 years of history.  Since we have many Chinese Au Pairs in our cluster we are looking forward to celebrate Chinese New Year with them.Happy new year

We are going to get together and join Chinese New Year celebration at Penn Museum in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 12:00 pm. It will be a great chance to experience the traditional Chinese customs and meet new Au Pairs.

The Penn Museum has a Chinese New Year celebration every year. It is a special show that held in the China Gallery and throughout the international galleries of Museum.Au Pairs celebration at penn museum

The Au Pair cluster in Bucks County and Philadelphia joined that event in 2014, we learn a lot and had so much fun at the event. We enjoyed traditional music and dance, tai chi and tangram workshops, and Kung Fu demonstrations. We liked the Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade the most.

During the Chinese New Year, people greet each other by saying “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (恭禧發財), which means “may you be happy and prosperous” or “zhù nǐ hǎo yùn” (祝你好运) that means “wish you good luck.”

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Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭禧發財),  zhù nǐ hǎo yùn” (祝你好运).

Wish you luck in the Year of the Monkey!

猴年大吉

 

 

Australian Au Pair Amber.

In January 2015, we welcomed Au Pair from Australia Amber. We have never had Au Pairs from Australia in our Au Pair cluster before,  so it was an exciting and new experience.

Amber  lives with her loving host family in Bucks County, PA.  Her Host Family had many Au Pairs from around the world and loves the Au Pair program.image1

Amber said that as an Au Pair she is able to fulfill two of her greatest passions: caring for children (she worked in a daycare before coming to the USA) and learning about different cultures. “I want to be an AU PAIR as it is an amazing way to combine my love of children with my desire to travel!”

And she does. Amber is taking care of three school-age kids of a very active host family. She is traveling a lot with her family this year, visiting many places and learning  many “first time things”.  Amber met a lot of international friends. Au pairs at Rock Gym 7

Amber is not only a great Au Pair, she is also a great buddy for Au Pair Kathy from Ecuador. She was often with Kathy to help, drive and make a company. Amber’s buddy Cosima, Au Pair from Germany, helped Amber a lot when Amber joined the cluster, so she knows first hand what is a great buddy means.

Amber has great baking  and art skills – look on these fantastic cookies.Au Pair amber cookies

She loves her host family and the kids and plans to come back as a tourist and to see her host kids. Amber is also made a lot of international friends and she is excited to go all over the world and visit them.Au Pair Christmas party 4

Times flies and her year almost finished. Amber said that she had a great Au Pair year and she is looking forward to working in a childcare center and spending time with her family and friends after she comes home.

 

The International Spring Festival- experience the world.

This year three Go Au Pair agency’s clusters from Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ attended the 24th Lansdale International Spring Festival for the first time. The International Festival is the great diversity event that includes international foods, music, entertainment and much more.Au Pairs at the festival

It was a real cultural exchange experience, we loved the festival very much and would love to make this annual Festival the Go Au Pair multi-clusters event.  The Festival was an amazing opportunity to explore the world and meet many Au Pairs and people from around the world. Many Au Pairs met Janine Au Pair Sis for the first time in real life. It was a great occasion to celebrate cultural diversity and our friendship together.

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We loved The Parade of Nations and the exhibits from 18 countries. We also enjoyed participating in a Health Fair, dancing Zumba, exploring art exhibits, cookie cafeteria and eating delicious food representing China, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Middle East, Philippines, Ukraine, and Vietnam.Go Au Pair at the International festival Mexico

After the event, many Au Pairs said that they had amazing and memorable experience with the Au Pair program and Go Au Pair. They would love many Au Pairs to have the same experience. Au Pair Ambassadors speak out and inspire others.

 

Au Pair Ambassadors speak out and inspire others.

A few Au Pair Ambassadors shared about their amazing cultural exchange experience with Au Pair Sis and Go Au Pair online community.  They help to spread the positive influences of the Au Pair Program, the benefits from cultural exchange and international friendship.Go Au Pair at the International festival Zumba

Last weekend a big group of Au Pairs from three Go Au Pair agency’s clusters attended the 24th Lansdale International Spring Festival.

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The International Festival is the largest diversity event in the region, includes international foods, music, entertainment and much more.Go Au Pair at the International festival Mexico

A few Au Pairs shared about their enjoyable experience at the International Spring Festival and became the Au Pair Ambassadors. Korean performance at the International festival

Au Pair Ambassadors help to educate about their cultural experiences and inspire other Au Pairs to make the most out of the Au Pair program year. They help others to make the Au Pair experience the life-changing, and amazingly unforgettable experience.

Lansdale International Spring Festival

If you would like to become an Au Pair Ambassador, please share your story, experience, photos, videos with Au Pair Sis Janine and inspire others to have enjoyable and memorable experiences with the Au Pair program and Go Au Pair.

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