Visiting New York -my dream came true!

Hi everyone! Its your Ukrainian Au Pair Mariia Bilous. It was a big transition moving from my lovely small town Cherkassy to the US. However, I live now also in a small town Jamison at Bucks County, PA with my awesome host family. Visiting New York has always been my dream.Au Pair from Bucks County 3

As an Au Pair I can travel a lot and I already had the chance to visit this incredible city.  NY is a city of contrasts.Au Pair from Bucks County

What comes to mind when I think of New York? definitely Time square!  This must be the busiest street in America. You can see so many different nationalities, so many different types of people, starting from tourists and ending with celebrities and business people. Au Pair from Bucks County 2

In my eyes, this city is different from any other. All the buildings are so different. Most of them are huge and the styles are so varied. You can see very old buildings with amazing architecture and very modern buildings on just on opposite side of the street.Au Pair from Bucks County 5

You can read the full story New York by the eyes of Ukrainian Au Pair.Au Pair from Bucks County 1

I like New York and  I’m looking forward to seeing this amazing city again! New York it’s definitely the place every one has to visit!

 

 

 

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My awesome host family.

Hi everyone! Its your Ukrainian Au Pair Mariia Bilous  and today I would like to share about my host family. If you read Ukrainian Au Pair story and Follow my dreams you may know already that I live in a beautiful part of America – Bucks County, PA, near Philadelphia with my host family. I have an incredible family of an amazing strong woman – my host mom Alla Gerzon, and two cute princesses Mariella and Elianna and a lovely dog with a very beautiful name Baila (it means dance in Spanish).Maria Au Pair from Bucks County

My host mom Alla is like my sister. She is a young and very friendly person, who always helps me to explore American culture, and is always by my side and taught me a lot of new things. Please read the nomination essay about my amazing host family to the Host Family in Excellence Award. Go Au Pair Bucks County 2

My host kids Mariella and Eliana stole my heart! At bedtime, after reading them fairytales, I have to kiss and give them hugs over 10 times, because they are so cute and I love them so very much!

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They are very smart and creative girls, and they can speak 2 languages (English and Russian). I always have fun with them!

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We like to do a lot of different activities together like swimming, singing, dancing, doing art projects, cooking classes, and telling each other funny stories.

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Alla and the kids made me feel like a part of their family, brought happiness into my life, and helped me to explore America and enjoy the cultural exchange with the Au Pair program!  I am very lucky to be a part of the Gerzon family – they’re everything I hoped for.

Follow my dreams

Please read the beginning of my Au Pair adventure.

I finished all my applications and paperwork and became an Au Pair candidate with Go Au Pair. Then it was probably the hardest time because I don’t like to wait! Thanks God, I didn’t wait for that long and after 10 days host families started to contact me and i started to get the interviews on Skype. I worried a lot, read a lot of blogs, watched the videos of another Au Pairs stories.Au Pair from Ukraine 6

I’m very confident person, but by that time I could not help my emotions. I had few interviews with very nice families, it was so funny because some families spoke Russian language, so it was easier for both sides to communicate.

Go Au Pair has a special Mutual Match process which is the best because I can choose my future host family. After 3 weeks I got a few offers and I should choose my future host family.  It was super hard because all of them were very nice and friendly. Then I decided to listen my heart and I  it was the best decision.  I’m so happy and in love with my host family now!Au Pair from Ukraine 7

After few weeks I had to go to American embassy and get my visa.  It’s another hilarious story…lol.  I got J1 Au Pair visa! and in 15 days I came to the USA as an Au Pair with Go Au Pair !!! I’m here so happy and in love with my host family and this beautiful country.

Au Pair from Ukraine 3Oh yeah,Why that French croissants kind of changed my life :1-because if I wasn’t in that place and didn’t find out about this program from Andreev Andrei I wouldn’t be here!Thank you so much for that!Au Pair from Ukraine 1

2-my flights to USA was :Kiev-Paris, Paris-Philadelphia. Again France and yeah I had another couple of croissants in Paris while waiting for my next flight ))

P.S.Never afraid to try something new, always explore, follow your dreams and have some croissants)

Ukrainian Au Pair story.

My story began from a French croissant…Au Pair from Ukraine 3

Hey, it’s me, Ukrainian Au Pair Maria Bilous. My adventure started when I had French croissants with my Ukrainian friend Andrei! You will get the point why a French croissant was so important in my story! Lol… By that time

Last Spring I came back from Turkey – I used to work there for last 3 amazing years. I was about to change something in my life – well completely to change! I was looking for new emotions, new faces, new adventure. I needed to go somewhere and do something new what makes me feel happy! It doesn’t mean I wasn’t happy by that time because my life in Turkey was so colorful – I used to work as part of entertainment in one of the coolest place in this world Liberty hotels Lykia!Au Pair from Ukraine

So my friend and I were telling to each other how our lives are going and what happened for last few years and shared French croissants. Suddenly, he looked on me enjoying the croissant and said,” Maria!I think you should try cultural exchange program Au pair because you like to spend time with kids and you always want to go somewhere and explore some new things!” He said it will be very interesting for me! I came back home and checked google what Au pair program is.

There are a lot of information about the Au Pair program and I really found it very cool. Next morning I visited ”Пять континентов” it’s one of Ukrainian agency by Go Au Pair in Cherkassy and found all the details about it. I am the person who is like I want something I get it!!!So I started to get ready all my documents, reviews and read more about USA and American childcare. Au Pair from Ukraine 5

To be honest,  there were a lot of things  scary for me like: what if I can’t do it? or what if the kids will not like me? or what if it be very lonely there ?or Oh My God! I have to cross not just the countries -I had to cross the continent! Which is fine! We all human too nervous about something important and, especially, if you are a girl. Au Pair from Ukraine 2

Now I’m so proud of myself and happy to be in the USA ! Thank you to the Au Pair program for the opportunity and Go Au Pair for helping me to find my lovely host family! Read the second part of my amazing story.

Au Pairs educational trips.

One of the great benefits of the Au Pair Program is that Au pairs can travel a lot during their free time, weekends, paid vacation with friends and together with a  host family.

Au Pairs can also travel and earn EDUCATIONAL CREDITS .  This special Au Pair educational trip will combine classroom learning with a tour to the destination studied. The Au Pairs can take classes at Peirce College in Philadelphia during the weekend and then, trips to a favorite destination with Cultural Hi-Ways.

Many former Au Pairs enjoyed the trips with Cultural Hi-Ways and earned the credits. Ophelia, Au Pair from China, wrote about the trip/ classes with Cultural Hi-Ways. Kiah, Au Pair from Australia, wrote about the trip to Washington, DC.

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Find your favorite trip! Here is fall 2017 Cultural Hi-Ways schedule

NIAGARA FALLS Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, August 27
Sunday, September 10
Sunday, September 24
Tuition Price: $485
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the weekend tour to Niagara Falls!
Education Earned: 4 CEU’s or 40 hours
Tour Date: September 29-October 1, 2017

NEW YORK CITY Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, September 24
Sunday, October 15
Tuition Price: $285
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the day tour of New York City!
Education Earned: 3.2 CEU’s or 32 hours
Tour Date: October 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, October 1
Sunday, October 22
Sunday, November 5
Tuition Price: $399
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the weekend tour to Washington, DC!
Education Earned: 4 CEU’s or 40 hours
Tour Date: November 11-12, 2017

AMISH COUNTRY: Lancaster, PA
Travel Course
Class Dates:
Sunday, November 5
Sunday, November 19
Tuition Price: $259
Payment made to BMCC includes classroom sessions and the day tour to Lancaster, PA as well as a traditional Amish meal!
Education Earned: 3.2 CEU’s or 32 hours
Tour Date: December 2, 2017

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.

 

 

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