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In 2 weeks the most incredible year of my life thus far will be coming to an end !
I am an au pair for 4 boys in the beautiful Minnesota ! They are 6 4 3 and 1 of age ! As you can imagine they are all just little energy bundles !
I had so much fun teaching them and playing with them! I have a strong relationship with each of them. This did not come without hard work and persistence! Each of them have their own likes and dislikes! It was challenging setting the boundaries of when I am a friend and playful and when I am the disciplining care taker.
This year was such a success thanks to my host parents who always back me up and support me with my decisions that I make while I am taking care of the kids ! For example if one of the boys were naughty and I said he loses dessert as a consequence for the action they will not give him dessert later on when I am off duty !
My host family is beyond amazing they truly invited and welcomed me into their family limitlessly ! I was not just an employee living in the house, I always felt welcome and included. We have formed life long relationships !
One thing that helped keep everything going smoothly was our weekly meetings even if they just lasted 2 minutes some times. It kept an open atmosphere to speak when something came up. A written schedule kept questions about working too much at bay !
The LAR added a whole lot of fun to this year by arranging some awesome events for our monthly meetings ! She is a very warm and compassionate person yet professional ! She helps where she can and gives great advise!
I had a very fun and culturally educational year thanks to Go au pair and the great system they have in place for making it possible !
my name is Charlotte, I'm 19 years old and I come from Germany. I'd like to give you a little insight of my great journey as an Au Pair which I started 5 months ago.
I live in a hostfamily in Maple Grove, Minnesota and take care of a little baby who will turn 8 months in a few days.
I'm really enjoying my stay in the U.S. to its fullest since everyone's giving me great time here so far. What enriches my stay most is not only my nice hostfamily with their really helpful, understaning and fun manners but also the cultural part of this stay. Since you meet so many different Au Pairs who bring a great part of their culture into their hostfamilies life and also in your life, it is nearly impossible not being included in that circle. Once you meet them, you share experiences and cultural manners which is always a fun thing to do. Minnesota offers a variety of things to do even at first sight it might not appear so to everyone. Not only the Mall of America is a meeting point, but also our huge park resorts with snow tubing in winter and outdoor swimming in summer offer a great opportunity to have lots of fun!
Winter might be not the best time of the year to got out but however there is something to do with the kids - and even I with a baby sometimes participate in my friends activities with their kids on the weekends 'cause it's just nice having them around. We for example are doing baby crafts, go to a story time or just invite friends to come over. Minnesota also has a beautiful landscape, even in winter when everything is white and you just see a white "desert".
For me being an Au Pair does not only mean having fun with friends but also accept responsibility and also to outgrow of oneself - taking this adventure means broaden your horizon which works best for me when you dare doing things you've never seen yourself into before. And this is, for me, such an advantage of this programme - you will always have someone around when you need him and also learn how to manage your new life here on your own, which can be tough at the beginning but starts to be fun once you start dealing with every fear, problem and opportunity. The only thing I needed was faith that things will work out and it turned out being the greatest and most beautiful adventure in my life - for that reason I'd like to encourage everyone whos interested in being an Au Pair to take that trip and see it as and opportunity to learn about yourself, others and to see yourself from an other side.
I’m Leizel Heunis from South Africa and I’m currently an au pair in Minnesota. Having been an au pair before, I’ve used different au pair agencies. Go Au Pair is really a great agency, the staff are always very friendly and ready to assist.
As an au pair you have a Local Area Representative, who is there to support and assist you on your journey. My LAR is brilliant, she’s always there to answer any questions I may have no matter how ‘small’ I think the questions may be. If she's unsure about the answer, she’ll make an effort to find it, or direct you to the person who may have the answers. My LAR organizes wonderful au pair meetings/events, where you get to meet up with other au pairs in and around your area.
Being an au pair is truly an awesome experience, Go Au Pair has matched me with a wonderful Host Family. I’m the au pair of two amazing 4 year olds. There is never a dull moment, we spend our days laughing, learning, acting silly and exploring the parks, zoos, and museums of Minnesota.
I completely agree with R. Ruth, the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, who said: “This (au pair) program is a unique opportunity for you to experience first-hand the culture and diversity that the United States has to offer.”
Hi everyone. my name is Alejandra Rodriguez and I´m from Colombia. I have been here for 7 months and I have lived the most beautiful experience. I am taking care 4 kids, a boy 6 year, his birthday is very soon, a girl 5 years, other boy 3 years and a lovely baby 20 months... all day they make me feel happy, I have learned a lot of things about the kids and now I know how is the personality of each. this experience has taught me not only to learn about the childrens or other culture, but also, I have learned about myself and I feel stronger now. I share with my kids all day and we play, sing, and I teach them Spanish. I feel happy when they tell me words in Spanish.
I love to be au pair because it is a great opportunity to have a cultural exchange, meet new people, not only American people, and you can improve your Eglish. other thing I like the program is that all the time I feel suported for Tessa, our coordinator, she cares about our process with the families and she help us to improve if we have some problem.
I really thankful with my host family, they are nice with me and I am very happy with my job.
Hi, My name is Daniela, I'm Au Pair from Colombia, Now im lived in Nicholasville KY. I have been here for 3 months, since I arrived my host family has been very nice, friendly and helpful, they are great!!! im take care twins, they are so cute and tender.
I want tell you about this program and my experience, when I decides become to USA, my principal goal is learn English and know other culture and traditions and sure make friends from different country, this is a good experience for your personal and grow up developed.
Hi my name is Paula, I'm from Colombia, and right now I live in Park City, Utah; Which is one of the most beautiful cities that you can be, I love the view, the mountains and the ski's resorts ... It has been an amazing cultural experience... I've been here for about a month and a half. Since I got here my host family has been warm and friendly always taking care of what I can need.... On the other hand, I've met people from different parts of the world letting me to know other cultures and their customs; besides that, I've been in beautiful places that always offers a great view and now I'm taking skiing lessons which I found a very cool activity to do.... Right now I'm looking forward to gain experiences, friends, knowledge and all the great things that au pair program has to offer :D
My name is Marizeth Uys, I am an au pair from South Africa. I have been in the States for 7 months and I am having the time of my life!! I live in Salt Lake City, right next to the Capitol building. My family is great and they are really going above and beyond to give me the best experience I can get. I take care of three boys 6, 4, 10months and I cannot wait to see them everyday, I love spending time with them and being a part of they're lives! They take me to see places, I get to travel and they support me in choices and decisions I have to make!
I am so happy that I did this through Go Au Pair, they are definitely the best agency that you can choose!! they are always there to support you when you need them, they answer all the questions you have (which is a lot of questions) and they are willing to help you out if you need help! Our LAR is supportive, caring and she definitely does a lot for the group!
I have had so many opportunities to see parts of the States, to meet new people, make friends and be a part of a great family!
What I am thankful for the most is that I can say I HAVE TWO FAMILIES, NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE CAN SAY THAT!
Hi, everyone! My name is Svitlana, I’m 22 and I’m an au-pair. I came from Ukraine and now live in Woods Cross city, Utah. I have been living here only for two month, but I have many things I want to tell about this program and my experience! Au-pair program it’s a really great-great chance for young people to see another country, people, to study language, to learn new culture and traditions, to try new food (most of time very yummy), to make friends from all over the world and get such a good experience being with children and grow up by yourself.
it was scary and exciting the same time, which family you will join to. I am with Sahm family now and I’ve had feeling that it’s my family after our first video chat. This family is really awesome!! I’m taking care of two boys (twins) – 1,5 years and a girl – 4,5 years! These children are so cute!!! They make me happy and smiling all the time! They are already part of my life and I love them! My host parents are very nice, friendly, understanding people, always close to help! I haven’t had a homesick with this family yet, and, guess, I won’t! I don’t feel that I’m alone here! I’m very thankful that have this family in my live! I think we will have a great year together!!!
I’m happy that I choose this program and Go Au-pair agency. It is easy to do with this agency! They are always with me, from the beginning, support me all the time, give tips and important information. And if I don’t know something, they are available to help. And I want to say thanks to our LAR, for helping and for doing our au-pair activities! It’s the best way to make friends and spend your leisure time.
I wanna say to everyone, who is thinking about this program, just do it!
Hi, my name is Sonia and I am an aupair from Spain. Since I took the decision to become to an aupair in the United States (I was really scared about everything), Go Aupair helped me in all and they were available for all my doubts. I am taking care of two children, a boy (8) and a girl (5). I am 22 years old and I am living in Salt Lake City, UT. I recommend to everybody this experience because it's really amazing to meet people from all over the world, exchange cultures, go to the university, living in a host American family... About my family I have to say I LOVE them and I won't never forget them, they are so nice with me and I am feeling like one more member of the family. I love my friends and I love do things together but I love shopping and the US is the best for this!
I love the place where I live, my neighborhood is really close to the canyon and it's wonderful the mountain, the colors in fall, the snow in winter (I came from Valencia, near to the beach in Spain but I got used to so easy!)...
So, I think that this experience is an amazing opportunity to go abroad and live your life. I can't imagine when my hostchildren will be in my age now and it's really beautiful feeling like you have other family in other country.
Sonia M Delgado
My name is Polina, and I am a Local Area Representative (LAR) for Go Au Pair in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County, & part of NJ. I have been working as a LAR for the past 5 years, and I would like to share my experience.
I am originally from Ukraine, and my personal experience of adjusting to the life in the United States together with experience of working as a counselor for many years has given me great insight into my work as a LAR. I feel firsthand the importance for new Au Pairs feeling my support, welcoming other Au Pairs and making friends on facebook even before they left their home. We have a supporting circle of friends in the cluster and some traditions in helping new Au Pairs.
As a LAR, I always ask myself what else I can do to bring a rich cultural exchange experience to this circle – volunteering with my Au Pairs at the Philadelphia Marathon or celebrating Chinese New Year (there are 6 Au Pairs from China in my cluster). Spending time with young unique individuals and learning about their culture and traditions is always a pleasure.
In my recent trip to Go Au Pair office in Utah, I met a dedicated team that works very hard to prevent any issues. I enjoy my job as a Local Area Representative with Go Au Pair because I believe that Go Au Pair has the best customer service, they are always willing to help and solve any issues on the spot. One call away, you can speak with a real person who is looking forward to helping you.
The Go Au Pair agency’s philosophy is keeping their Au Pairs happy. Happy Au Pairs mean happy children and happy families. That is why in 2013 the agency started a unique program called “Au Pair Sis” that supports Au Pairs. Last month, Go Au Pair also sent a special Christmas present with a greeting card to each Au Pair from the agency!
As a LAR for Go Au Pair I feel that working with the Go Au Pair agency’s team, my host families and Au Pairs is very rewarding experience. I think that it has been a great experience for the host families from my area as well. Recently, six families from twenty host families nominated their Au Pairs for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award for their excellent work as an Au Pair! Happy Au Pairs make happy Go Au Pairs’ families for sure!
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