Volunteering for the first time.

Nancy, the Au Pair from Newtown, Bucks County volunteered with other Au Pairs at the International Spring Festival on Saturday, 04.16.2016. Nancy Au Pair from China

Nancy is from China and it was the first time in her life being a volunteer.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 13

I asked Nancy to share with us her feelings and experience.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 1

Nancy said, “I really enjoyed being a volunteer. It’s fun. I met some new friends. We were so happy to do many things together. I learnt how to do a flower  with two kisses candies. I also learnt to how to do a puppy and a hat with the twisted balloons. I also did a flower for the kids.Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 6

The activity was so meaningful for me because I learnt lots of things that I never did before. I loved volunteering, even though, I was so tired when it’s done. I  also liked the festival – I liked the countries displays and the dance performances.”Go Au Pair volunteer 2016 ISF 4

Volunteering may be a life changing experience for Nancy and other Au Pairs. There were Brazilian Au PairsChinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au PairsGerman  Au Pairs, South African Au PairsMexican Au PairsUkrainian Au Pairs and Russian Au Pairs in Go Au Pair team. After they return to their home countries, Au Pairs may spread their experience of volunteering all over the globe. The Au Pair program promotes a cultural exchange experience!

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.


Welcoming new Au Pair from S. Africa Jessica

Jessica recently joined a new host family in Newtown, Bucks County, PA. She made a lot of friends on facebook with the Au Pairs from  Philadelphia cluster.  Jessica has two buddies, Kathy from Ecuador and Jennifer from South Africa. Jennifer already met Jessica and interviewed her. Enjoy the interview with Jessica! Thank you, Jennifer, for the interview!

I would just like to welcome our new Au Pair Jessica from Cape Town to Bucks County. I have had the privilege of meeting up with Jessica already and have only good things to say about her! She is a very warm, caring and fun-loving individual with a great spirit. She has an open heart and an open mind for the adventure that lies ahead of her and I believe that although this process is not always easy, she has the strength and determination to give it her all. I wish her nothing but the best for her year.Au Pair from S. Africa 7

What are your hobbies and interests? I love anything outdoors. I love hiking, fitness, running and all sorts of outdoor activities. I also love photography and anything to do with nature. Landscape photography and wildlife photography and anything creative. I also love shopping and traveling.Au pair S. Africa

What was the best event/happening during last month? I have only been here for a week but the most exciting thing I’ve done so far has to be taking the train (for the first time by myself) into Philadelphia and meeting up with another Au Pair.

What three adjectives best describe you? Organized, creative and sporty.Au Pair from S. Africa 6

What place would you like to visit? Definitely New York and Niagara Falls, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday? Sleeping in, going for a nice jog or hike, eating a yummy breakfast and spending the afternoon with friends and family.Au Pair from S. Africa 5

What was the best complement you have ever received? A few people have told me that I am extremely hardworking and that they admire my strength and ability to handle tough situations.

What are two things that you consider yourself to be very good at? I am very good at organizing things and I am good at most sports. Sport usually comes very naturally to me and I have played quite a lot of different sports in my life.

Welcome, Jessica!  Please, join our global cluster! Eight Au Pairs from your native country South Africa and also our international team- Chinese Au PairsColombian Au Pairs,  Ecuadorian Au Pairs,  Mexican Au Pairs, Ukrainian Au Pairs and Au Pairs from other countries are looking forward to meeting you!

I am proud that I am Ukrainian!

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.the Au Pair from Ukraine

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.ukraine
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.
Au Pair from Ukraine
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.

Host families and Au Pairs BBQ party in Bucks County.

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.support Autism

There were  Chinese Au PairsColombian Au PairsSalvadorian Au PairsEcuadorian Au PairsSouth African Au PairsMexican 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.Au Pair friends

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.Au Pair Bucks County event

The Au Pairs and Host families made the meeting special. You can feel a friendship, support, love, appreciation, and respect.Au Pairs in Bucks County

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.

Are we different?

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 PairsSouth 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!

Free Winter Holiday Festival plus $1000 off discount for FRUA adoptive families.

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 Families 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 agency.

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 .

Au Pairs’ Chinese New Year celebration

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!

Au Pairs having fun at the Holiday Light Show.

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.

The Au Pair’s Holiday Party.

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.

But, wait!

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…

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