What’s your inspiration?

Hey guys, It is Mariia, Ukrainian au pair. I live in Bucks County, PA with my awesome host family.  I have been in the US for a long time and I really enjoy my second Au Pair year!

What’s your inspiration? Personally mine it’s to travel. My last trip was to Dallas, TX

I can give you some basic facts that you should know about this placeMaria au pair Bucks County 1

1. Crazy drivers with huge and confusing highway

2. BBQ,  OMG, this place is not for vegetarians 😅 If you love steaks as I do, you are in the right state.

3. Cowboys 🤠. People love guns and those cool outfits that you could see in old Western movies.Maria au pair from Bucks County

4. Stockyard, rodeo, cowboys and cowgirls, bulls, horses 🐴 and tons of cool souvenirs.

5. Bars are very unique by their old school design and full of Wild West spirit.Maria au pair Bucks County 2

6. Graffiti. It’s definitely huge part of Dallas. You can see tons of it on old buildings;

7. People are very friendly and howdy lol.

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8. Monuments of horses

9. A lot of Mexican culture. So if you are a fan of Mexican food that’s a good spot to get some yummy 😋 burritos with margaritas

10. Live music with country bands and line dances.Maria au pair Ukraine

100% I will go back there! Dallas, I love you ❤️.

Halloween in the US. Cultural differences.

Hey guys, It is Mariia, Ukrainian au pair again. It is my second Au Pair year in Bucks County, PA with my awesome host family I want to share with you today about my Au Pair experience and cultural differences.

Happy Autumn and enjoy the magic of this beautiful season! Fall in the US has two my favorite holidays – the first one is Halloween and the second one is Thanksgivings.  Thanksgiving dinner get together is very important for everyone here.Au Pair from Ukraine Maria 1

So let’s start from Halloween. For me as a person who came from Europe (Ukraine)  Halloween is supposed to be the scariest day of the year. So you have to look as scary as possible. Your costume, your make up  and even a hair style should be very scary. So my expectation about Halloween was really wrong.

For American Halloween is a big exciting day.   Here, in the US,  you  don’t need to be scary and you don’t really need a special make up. It is just a day for dressed up. More like a carnival.

Kids in costumes go from house-to-house asking for treats with the phrase “Trick or treat” and American are happily waiting for kids to give them the sweets.  There are many people outside dressed up. Almost every single house decorate nicely and it’s just cool to watch while you drive at night.  It makes me feel really special and I like it!  Kids are getting as much candies as possible and enjoying  their”treat or tricks” adventure.

Happy Halloween  “Щасливого Хелоуіну”,  Trick-or-Treat “Пригощай або пошкодуєш” 🙂  and you are ready to celebrate Halloween in Ukraine!

 

 

 

 

 

A limo ride with my host kid!

Hey guys, It is Mariia, Ukrainian au pair again. I live in Bucks County, PA with my awesome host family
Happy Spring! Summer is coming up and the weather is very warm and lovely!
Today my story will be about my limo! Yes, Mariella, my older host kid, and I call it limo! Maria from Ukraine

Every morning my princess Mariella and I have the coolest ride to school! No, it’s not a car, it is a bike with a track for kids! It has a windows there so Mariella can look around during our trip to school. Mariella has a protection from the bugs so no one can disturb her, and she has place for bottle of water there!Maria Bucks County Au Pair

We are having so much fun riding this cool Limo.  All our neighbors know us and they are friendly waving and saying hi to us. School personal saying, “oh, limo has arrived!” It is really cool and helpful for us  – instead of 15-20 min walking – it takes like 7-8 min riding ! It’s really good exercise and helps me wake up in the morning.

When I come to pick up Mariella from school every single parent wants to open the limo and they all  say WOW! That is so cool!Maria Au Pair Ukraine

Thank you my host mom Alla Gerzon for such a nice gift! We love it!
I hope you read the Ukrainian Au Pair storyFollow my dreams,  about My lovely hometown in Ukraine  and my vacation in Mexico with my host family and many other stories!

Xoxo,your Ukrainian au pair Mariia Bilous.  Keep smiling and be happy!

Vacation in Mexico with my host family!

Hi Everyone, It is Maria, Au Pair from Ukraine, who lives in Bucks County PA with the awesome host family. You may read about my Au Pair year before. One of my favorite thing is, of course, a vacation! Recently my host mom sent me a message on Facebook and said, ” Maria, can I please have your passport info because we are off for a week and going to Mexico!”Au Pair Bucks County PA 2
I was super exiting! I am crazy about traveling and Mexico was always one of the places  I always wanted to visit! So I contacted Go Au Pair agency and sent them the DS 2019 form to stamp for my trip.  The agency sent me the form back very quickly and I was ready to travel.  Who knew that I will spend one week in a real paradise? Even the name of that resort is Paradisus❤️Au Pair Bucks County PA 1Food, beach, sun, shows, people whom you love around! My host family and I were having so much fun! It was a super cool vacation! We were swimming with dolphins, kids had a lot of fun with kids club, we met a lot of nice people! Mexico will always be in my heart! Our family loved Mexican vacation very much!Au Pair Bucks County PA
Of course, we had a lot of funny situations.  For example, I lost my passport in the airport in Mac Donald’s 😂But thanks, God, the Philadelphia’s personal in the airport were very kind and they found me and gave my passport back right next to the plane!
Then, our kids love cabin crew,  so we are always having lovely conversation with the team! Be honest,  if I were a film producer, I would record the movie about our vacation in Mexico! It was very cool, joyful and fun!Au Pair Bucks County PA
Thank you, my dear Alla Gerzon, who is my host mom, who is my best friend, who is my sister, who is an example how to be a Superwomen, Wonder-women and just a Supermom for a such opportunity to explore not only many special places in the States, but also such a lovely country as Mexico!P.S. The Gerzon family is the best!!!
Xoxo. Ukrainian au pair Mariia Bilous ❤️

My lovely hometown in Ukraine.

Hey, It is Mariia again. I hope you read the Ukrainian Au Pair storyFollow my dreams  and about my awesome host family family in the US. Today, I want to tell you about my lovely hometown in Ukraine. I came from Cherkasy, it is a city in Central Ukraine, that has been known since the 13th century, so it’s quite an old place and still you can see a lot of things from the former USSR. My city played a great role in the history of Ukraine.Au Pair Bucks County 1

What reminds me about my city is it is my home sweet home, it is the place when I’m happy, where are all my family and my lovely friends are, and where my cat is.Au Pair Bucks County 4

One of my favorite place in Cherkasy it’s Castle Hill (Hill of Glory). The memorial complex with a monument “Motherland” is standing at the top of the former Castle Hill.Au Pair Bucks County

The view is unbelievable. You can see the beauty of the main river and our main bridge. My city is situated on the Dnipro River, it is huge and beautiful. It is funny but another favorite place of mine in Ukraine is a night club called Manhattan. We even have the bull that is the main symbol of this party place.Au Pair Bucks County 3

The style of people from Cherkasy are so different. People like to dress nice, put on make up  and go to work with happy faces. Compared with Americans, they spend hours to get ready to go to work. Even if you work on the bus, you need to put your eye shadow and your lipstick on! It is funny!Au Pair Bucks County 2Each time when I’m at home it brings a smile to my face. We have so many different restaurants and cafes. Another famous place in Cherkasy is  New York pizza. The food is so yummy.Au Pair Bucks County 5

I love my city! It’s probably not the best place to go in Ukraine but it is so special for me.

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!

 

 

 

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.

The Au Pairs Farewell Picnic.

Summer is almost here as well as the biggest turnover in the Philadelphia, Bucks County, NJ  Au Pair cluster. Many Au Pairs finish successfully the Au Pair program and go home. It is a sad time for me, the Local Area Representative with Go Au Pair because many of my Au Pairs became a part of my life. Nevertheless, we will stay in touch!
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The farewell picnic and Au Pair meeting will be this Sunday, 05.15.2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Independence National Historical Park, 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
This place is the main landmark of Philadelphia and the USA. I would love everyone to make great memories being an Au pair in the USA and get the most of the cultural exchange experience with the Au Pair program.Liberty-bell-philadelphia- Au- pairs

I will bring the American flag and food and the Au Pairs will bring the flags and the dishes from their countries. We have Argentine Au PairBrazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsEcuadorian Au PairsMexican Au PairsSouth African Au Pairs, and Ukrainian Au Pair.

We will explore the National Historical Park, create the priceless memories and take many great photos with friends.

It is very hard to say Goodbyeflags to many Au Pairs who are going home.  It will be a special farewell meeting! Everyone is welcome! Looking forward to the international picnic!

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