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!

Meet the Au Pair from Ukraine Aleksandra

Aleksandra joined the Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and NJ area after spending a few months in the Chicago area. Now she lives in NJ with her lovely host family and 5-year-old boy.
Aleksandra is 19 years old, and she is from Donetsk, Ukraine.  Her short name is Sasha. Sasha finished a vocational College and became a Cook/Baker. Sasha worked one summer in the children camp in Ukraine and cooked for kids.1958081_512809772169488_1856743925_n
Meet the Ukrainian Au Pair Aleksandra– three adjectives that describe Sasha are cheerful, purposeful and friendly.
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Hi, My name is Alexandra, I want to be an Au Pair because I love children, I like to help them develop and learn new things.  I love an active way of life, I enjoy riding a bike and roller skating. I am interested in music, cinema and photography.Au Pair Ukraine
My greatest wish is to see the whole world, study the culture of the people, and learn various ancient architecture.
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What was the best event/happening during last month?
The best thing that happened to me last month was that I saw New York city. This was the first time I was visiting New York. It was unforgettable.
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What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
My favorite place to go is the park when the weather is nice. If it’s a rainy weather, I prefer to sit with a cup of hot tea.

Supporting Ukraine and Ukrainian Au Pairs.

I am originally from Ukraine. Even though, I have been living in the US for a long time, I have one my family member and a lot of friends in Ukraine. It was my home for a while, and I had many good memories there. There’s a very special place in my heart for Ukraine. ukraine

The last few months have been really worrying for me. I’ve been watching TV a lot,  surfing Internet constantly and speaking with my friends often.  I feel fear, sadness and real concern. Most Ukrainians desire peace and security for Ukraine, but there is a real threat of war and dividing the country into pieces. Therefore, I am very nervous about the situation in Ukraine and of  the future for my friends and the Ukrainian people.  

Protest in Ukraine

There are many people who live elsewhere and still have close family and friends in Ukraine. Go Au Pair has many Au Pairs from Ukraine. I can imagine how worried they are and wish to be together with their families in this difficult time.Митинг "За европейскую Украину" в Киеве

Oleksandra, or Sasha,  a new Au Pair from Ukraine, lives in NJ. Sasha has family back in Donetsk, Ukraine. I hope everything changes for the better for Oleksandra’s family and the Ukrainian people will have peaceful and decent lives.Au Pairs Go Au Pair volunteering

I feel the importance at drawing public attention on helping and supporting the Ukrainians as they work to avoid a potential economic crisis and calm civil unrest within the country’s borders.

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I feel sympathy and unity with the Ukrainian people during this difficult period when they fight for Ukrainian sovereignty, stable lives and future for their children.  I would like to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine who both desire and deserve peace and better lives.

Top ten reasons to consider working as an au pair

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

Every year thousands of young people from all over the world consider becoming au pairs.  Au Pairs are enthusiastic unique individuals, who decide to come to the United States and care for children. They consider to start a special journey in their young  years leaving behind the familiarity of their homeland, their parents, siblings and close friends for a long time- one year or two.

 Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries. I have  Argentine,  Brazilian,  Chinese, Colombian, French, Russian, Salvadorian, South African and Ukrainian Au Pairs in my cluster.

Becoming an au pair is a great way to see the world, make new connections with friends and a special bond with the host family. An au pair has the opportunity to explore new places and learn the language, customs and the resident’s way of life, naturally.

But there are many other reasons.

I found this post top ten reasons to consider working as an au pair at Best AuPair Guide.

10. You’re ready to establish close – very close, probably – ties with another family.

9. It’s time for a change of pace – and place.

8. You need a good reason to take a break from college, or something productive to do before or during a career change.

7. You’re bored with life in your home country.

6. You need to get as far away from your family as possible (ok, this was one of my reasons – it may or may not apply to most!)

5. You love foreign accents – and food, and culture….

4. You need a challenge.

3. You’re ready to experience ‘real’ life abroad, without fanny packs and tour guides.

2. You want to actually learn a foreign language – not just your high school teacher’s version of it.

1. It’s time to put that passport to good use.

What is your reason to be an Au Pair?

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