15 Oct 2015
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Tags: Au Pair from Ukraine, Go Au Pair Bucks County, Go Au Pair Phildelphia, Ukrainian Au Pairs
Go Au Pair features a country each month. This month Go Au Pair’s feature country is Ukraine.
We have a few Ukrainian Au Pairs in the Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County cluster. Stacey, Au Pair from Ukraine, is this blog guest today. Stacey has been in the USA almost one year and has a great experience. She extended for another year with her host family.
I am a resident of an amazingly beautiful country, Ukraine. Golden wheat fields and cloudless blue sky began its eternal symbols. Versatile nature can not leave indifferent any guest and resident of this country. Ukraine is one of the largest countries of Eastern Europe. It occupies an area of 603 700 km2. Its territory stretches for 893 kilometres from north to south and for 1316 kilometers from east to west. It has state borders with Russia, Belarus and Moldova. It also borders on Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. In the south, it is washed by the Black and the Azov Seas. The major rivers are the Dnepr. The major part of Ukraine is flat and only 5% of it is mountainous. The two mountainous areas in Ukraine are the Carpathians and the Crimean Mountains.
The population of Ukraine is about 43 million people. The biggest cities are Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa and Lviv. Ukraine has an ancient history. It has its own original culture and arts. Ukraine is my homeland, and I am proud that I am Ukrainian. I love it’s fields, rivers, forests and mountains. The Ukrainian people are very emotional, smart, kind, talented and understanding people. I advise everyone to visit my homeland and feel all the power and the beauty of my country from the inside.
PS. Perhaps, you may invite a Ukrainian Au Pair to join your family first and learn more about this beautiful country. Families who match with an Au Pair from Ukraine
will receive $100 off the program fees in addition to other discounts available.
06 Aug 2014
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Tags: Au Pairs Bucks County, Chinese Au Pairs, Colombian Au Pairs, Ecuadorian Au Pairs, German Au Pairs, Mexican Au pairs, Salvadorian Au Pair, South African Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs
Have you had the opportunity to share the meal with the people around the world recently? Fortunately, I have this opportunity often as do many host families who are the Au Pair program participants.
Recently, Au Pairs and Host families got together at the Core Creek Park in Bucks County for BBQ, fun and fundraising.
There were Chinese Au Pairs, Colombian Au Pairs, Salvadorian Au Pairs, Ecuadorian Au Pairs, South African Au Pairs, Mexican Au Pairs, German Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs at the BBQ. They were serving as their country’s citizen ambassador at our meeting. Many open-minded American families participated as well.
Many different people gathered together, all connected by the Au Pair Program. Sharing the food and spending time together gives everyone the opportunity to learn something new and have fun for the Au Pairs and Host families. People around the table showed tolerance and respect to each culture and heritage and served as a positive example to the people around the world.
The Au Pairs and Host families made the meeting special. You can feel a friendship, support, love, appreciation, and respect.
The next fundraising event has already been planned. Au Pairs are going to be fundraising at the Rice’s market, Bucks County next month. Please check out and join the facebook page for Au Pairs volunteering in the USA to follow our journey.
01 Aug 2012
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Tags: an au pair in America:, Cameroonian Au Pair, Ecuadorian Au Pairs, Panamanian Au Pairs, Salvadorian Au Pairs, South African Au Pairs, the best Au Pair agency, the Form DS-2019 and the J-1 Visa, Ukrainian Au Pairs
The Au Pair program is an opportunity to explore an American culture. Au Pairs enjoy the cultural experience of living with an American Host Family, and being able to study in an American University. But they also get a lot of cultural experience.
One of the greatest benefits of the Au Pair program is meeting new friends around the world and exploring different cultures.
Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries. Right now I have Brazilian Au Pairs, Chinese Au Pairs, Colombian Au Pairs, Salvadorian Au Pairs, Ecuadorian Au Pairs, Panamanian Au Pairs, South African Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs, Cameroonian Au Pairs in my cluster.
It is great that we all brought together by the best Au Pair agency and fantastic Au Pair program.
Are we different?
First of all, we all are similar -we all are friends and Au Pairs from Go Au Pair cluster in the Philadelphia and NJ area. We all share a lot of common: we participate at Au Pair program and have the Form DS-2019 and the J-1 Visa. We all have childcare experience and love kids. We all have the same desire working as an Au Pair in America and and interests of exploring the world. We have the same needs and we do a lot of things together like one big family.
Second, we all are different. We speak different languages, we have different colored skin and heritage, we follow to a different set of norms and behaviors, we practice different culture and religions.
Yes, we are very different people! That is a benefit because being different further our own personal growth and expanding our world view. When Au Pairs meet these differences they learn the respect to other cultures. Also Au Pairs have an opportunity to learn about many cultures around the world and the values of tolerance and mutual understanding.
An Au Pairs program teaches Au Pairs to be open minds and hearts to other people and cultures and be responsible citizens of the world!
- Go Au Pair or Nanny? (goaupairphiladelphia.wordpress.com)
- Au Pairs Holiday Bonuses and Schedules. (goaupairphiladelphia.wordpress.com)
- 200 posts on Go Au Pair blog. (goaupairphiladelphia.wordpress.com)
- Au Pair Holiday Party. (goaupairphiladelphia.wordpress.com)
29 Jan 2012
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Tags: adoption with Au Pair help, Au Pair helps adopted children, Au Pairs Bucks County, Aupair for adopted child, aupair NJ, FRUA adoptive family discount, Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Russian au pair, Ukrainian Au Pairs
Au Pairs from Go Au Pair and I love volunteering
for the Pennsylvania Chapter for Families of Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA). We volunteered for FRUA
families who have adopted children from Eastern Europe and Central Asia before. Au Pairs met many nice families, played with very special children and brought smiles to kids faces. We became friends with FRUA and are looking forward to helping FRUA with their Winter Holiday Festival.
FRUA supports adoptive families and helps families celebrate their child’s native heritage
. This year FRUA
invites Adoptive Familie
s to the FRUA PA annual Winter Holiday Festival on February 12, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 pm. FRUA will have a FREE Russian catered luncheon and professional performances from Father Frost and Granddaughter, as well as Russian vocalists. There will be plenty of activities for the children hosted by the sponsor of this event, Go Au Pair
Au Pairs from Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery County and part of NJ cluster will provide many activities for the children, games, face paintings, story readings, and helping with crafts. Several of the Au Pairs in the cluster are from Russia and Ukraine and they will answer questions about Russian heritage and culture.
Go Au Pair agency is gladly providing FRUA with a huge cake, prizes, sweets and free subscription of Highlights, the educational magazine for children. Go Au Pair also will give $1000 off discount to any adoptive families who will be there.
The annual Winter Holiday Festival is free and in addition, Go Au Pair offers any family in attendance a $1000 discount off of the program fees. If you are a family with adopted children from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, please come join us. The party will be located at at JCC Klein Brunch Community Center, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116 .
12 Jan 2012
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Tags: asian au-pairs, Aupair from Panama, Brazilian aupair, Chinese au pair, Colombian au pair, El Salvador au pair, France au pair, Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Russian au pair, Ukrainian Au Pairs
Au Pairs from Go Au Pair agency are going to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown in Philadelphia, which is the nation’s fourth largest Chinatown.
The Chinese New Year is the oldest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4710 begins on Jan. 23, 2012. Read more:
We will observe the Year of the Dragon with delicious foods, music and fun. We are going to learn Chinese heritage, traditions and culture. I may finally learn how to use chopsticks :-).
The Au Pair program helps Au Pairs to learn the American culture. Au Pairs have many activities in historical and cultural places where they get together, get to know each other better, make friends and have fun.
But here is much more. This amazing program helps Au Pairs also learn about other cultures and celebrate holidays that are unique to Au Pairs countries. For example, an Asian au-pair can bring the unique Asian culture and host family get to experience the world without leaving their house. .
Right now there are Au Pairs from 9 different countries: China, Brazil, Ukraine, Panama, France, Colombia, El Salvador, South Africa, Russia in Go Au Pair’s cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and part of NJ. We will use the opportunity to celebrate many holidays, make up the events and learn more about different countries.
Our next meeting will be the Brazilian Festival with a costume party, Brazilian food cooking class, costume and dance competition, Brazilian music and much more. Then we are going to volunteer for children adopted from Russia and learn all about Russian culture, tradition and heritage.
Chinese people say that a celebration of Chinese New Year attracts prosperity, abundance, success and good fortune into our life. Come join us if you need good luck in the New Year!
22 Dec 2011
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Tags: Asian au pair, au pair experience, Au Pair Philadelphia, Au Pairs Bucks County, best Au Pair, Go Au Pair, new au pair, Ukrainian Au Pairs, which Au Pair agency is better
Last Saturday we had a great party at an Asian restaurant in Bucks County, PA with my new friends from Go Au Pair agency.
It is me, having fun with my friends, but it was just a beginning of our celebration.
After our Holiday Party, my Au Pairs friends and I drove to the Holiday Light Show in Shady Brook Farm. This was my first time at the light show. It was unusual and interesting for me. We drove in the car through a Holiday light show. There were many different lights and colors. It seemed that characters had just come out from fairy tales. It reminded me my childhood.
Then we joined the crowd who came to celebrate Christmas in the farm. The farm was specially decorated for Christmas. A lot of familiar characters and Christmas songs created a special holiday spirit. There were several fires where we could warm up and roast marshmallows.
People enjoyed horse-drawn hayrides, bought Christmas trees and decorations, presents and food and took photos with a real Santa Claus.
It was a magic time. My friends and I took photos after photos to please everyone and to make unforgettable memories – laughing, looking around, and eating popcorn. It was a lot of fun hanging out with my friends at this miracle farm.
This farm reminded me of a magical island, where wishes could come true. I want to come back again. Thank you so much to our LAR Polina, who brought us there.
Tamara, an Au Pair from Ukraine.
21 Dec 2011
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Tags: Au Pairs Bucks County, Brazilian aupair, Chinese au pair, Colombia au -pair, El Salvador aupair, Go Au Pair, Host Family, South African au pair, Ukrainian Au Pairs
It’s the season to celebrate! And so we did.
On December 17, us Au Pairs and our LAR Polina had our Christmas Party at Char Koon, a chinese restaurant in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA.
It was amazing! As soon as we got there we hung the Holiday decorations and cuddled with our blue primate buddy, we loved him. He states ” I love Go Au Pair“!
He now belongs to Judy, from China – Chic!. You can see the videos
We played, exchanged presents and had lots of fun talking about our incredible Host Families and our lives in The U.S.A.
Watch me in our Party.
We even had a cookie buddy contest (mine is the one with Green eyes – A.K.A wasabi).We’re all having a great time and, though we miss our homes (in Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, China, El Salvador or Ukraine) we love it here.
There’s one thing that we must have at a party (aside from music, of course. Our playlist was full of Holiday tunes): The cake.
Well, I couldn’t end this post without thanking our Local Area Representative Polina for putting this party together. So, Thank You Polina!Loved hanging out with the girls…can’t wait for our next events. Stay tuned for info on the Chinese New Year and Brazilian Party.
See ya soon…
06 Sep 2011
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Tags: au pair blog, Au Pairs Bucks County, aupair NJ, best Au Pair, Go Au Pair, great au pair, Host Family, international nannies, live in childcare, new au pair, Second language, Ukrainian Au Pairs
Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries and Au Pairs can be great for helping a child learn or maintain a practical knowledge of a second language. But what happens if a family is between hosting Au Pairs, or hosts an Au Pair who is not a native speaker of a child’s second language?
For children and adults who want to maintain and develop a knowledge of a second language, there are many resources on the internet that help.
For practicing conversation, the modern version of international pen pals are Skype pals – one can meet native speakers of the second language on Skype, for language practice. Many young people in other countries are eager to improve their English, so it is easy to find conversation buddies for practicing second language in exchange for practicing English.
For practicing reading in the second language, there are foreign newspapers and other periodicals that maintain up to date websites with news and articles in other languages. For listening comprehension practice, one can find listings of foreign TV channels’ live internet feeds and foreign radio stations streaming on the internet.
Even after your au pair leaves, command of a second language can remain as a lasting gift for your children.
A comprehensive listing of internet resources for practicing Ukrainian has been put together by Anna T., an au pair host mother, in this article.
29 Aug 2011
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Tags: Argentine Au Pair, Au Pair means on par or equal to, Au Pair Philadelphia, au par, au per, Brazilian aupair, Chinese au pair, Colombian au pair, French au pair, Go Au Pair, Mexican au pair, new aupair, opair, Russian au pair, Salvadorian Au Pairs, South Korean au apair, Thai Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs, what is Au Pair?
People are often confused about the word Au Pair. The Google search for the word “au pair” shows that people often misspell this world as “au par”, “au paire”, “opair”, “au per”
Many people think that au pair means a nanny. An Au Pair doesn’t mean a nanny at all.
The word “au pair“ is a French term, which means “on par” or “equal to, “ denoting living on an equal basis in a reciprocal, caring relationship between the host family and the children. An au pair will typically be a young woman and sometimes a young man from a foreign country who chooses to help look after the children of a host family and provide light housekeeping. The au pair is given room and board and is typically paid a weekly “pocket-money” salary. Au pairs generally stay with their host family for one year.
Go Au Pair
recruits Au Pairs
from over 60 different countries, and very popular in the USA are Argentine, Brazilian, Chinese, Colombian, French, South Korean, Mexican, Russian, Salvadorian, South African, Thai and Ukrainian Au Pairs.
According to Wikipedia , an au pair (plural: au pairs) is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a small monetary allowance for personal use. Au pair schemes are subject to government restrictions which specify an age range usually from late teens to mid to late twenties.
Every year thousands of young people from all over the world consider becoming au pairs. These enthusiastic unique individuals come to the United States leaving behind the familiarity of their homeland, their parents, siblings and close friends. They start a special journey in their young years and become a part of a host family as an equal member of the family helping with childcare , studying and traveling. Usually it is very far away from their real home.
14 Aug 2011
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Tags: Au Pair, au pair blog, Au Pair Philadelphia, Au Pairs Bucks County, aupair NJ, best Au Pair, childcare cost, Chinese au pair, great au pair, international nannies, live in childcare, nanny Bucks County, new au pair, opair, Russian au pair, South African au pair, Thai Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs
A new Au Pair Phila from South Africa joined Go Au Pair Philadelphia, Bucks County and close NJ cluster last week.
Her host parents Burke and Nicole, who are with Go Au Pair seven years already, hosted a huge welcome party for Phila.
They invited a whole family, neighbors and Au Pairs from Phila’s cluster.
The welcome party was really welcoming and warm with a lot of smiles and wishes. Nicole, the host mom, cooked delicious homemade dishes and ordered a yummy cake for Phila.
The family had Au pairs from many countries, five Au Pairs were from Thailand. Now they welcome to their house a new Au Pair from South Africa. Their two kids loved Phila right away and the whole family is looking forward to a new family member and a friend for life!
Welcome to the family and to the cluster!
The Au Pair program is a wonderful cultural exchange experience for the host families and an affordable, flexible live-in childcare option.