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My name is Raphaela, I am 19 years old and I am from Germany. I stay here in the United States (Kentucky) already for two and a half month and I love every single day.
It is amazing what I already experienced. As an Au-Pair you can make such great experiences - you learn a lot about yourself, you become independent, you have to take responsibiliy, improve your language skills and above all you learn for life.
As an Au Pair you are part of a family, so you are absolutly involved in the american culture. For example, you get to know very close how the Americans celebrate Halloween or festivals like Thanksgiving or Christmas. There is no better possibility to get to know a foreign culture than spending time in a family with kids.
Moreover, my hostfamiliy is amazing. I am so glad to met them. I take care for two lovely kids - a six year-old boy and a eleven year-old girl. My hostparents have to work a lot during the week but at the weekends we do many things together and they invite me to everything. From the first moment on I felt like a part of the familiy. It is my hostfamily who really make this year very special for me and I cannot tell you how thankful I am to spend my time with them.
Of course there are challenges, too. You have to deal with completely new situations in a foreign culture but these challenges make the time so interesting, too.
But anyways without Go Au Pair I wouldn't have the possibility to make such great experiences. I would choose Go Au Pair again and again. Go Au Pair have done a great job. Because there are checking the Au Pairs and the Hostfamilies very well, it is possible to find the perfect familiy for each Au Pair.
What is more, they are always there when you have questions or when you need help. Right after I arrived the United States, my local area representive was checking how I am feeling. The local area representive try to help us Au Pairs to meet different People from all over the world, too.
However, I am sure this year will influence my life very much and I wouldn't like to miss any of my experiences which I already made.
my name is Charlotte and I’m from Germany. I turned 19 this year and started my Au Pair year 3 weeks ago in a lovely hostfamily in Minnesota/Maple Grove. I take care of a cute baby which is 3 months old now. My hostparents work during the whole day until afternoon so the baby and I are having fun at home trying to explore the world. From the beginning on I really felt like a part of the family and we are getting on well!
The most important part of my job as an Au Pair with a baby is being patient! Nothing works fast with a baby but to see it growing up, learning and practicing things is actually the best thing you can experience. What can support you is a great hostfamily on the one side and of course a great agency with nice and helpful people around you on the other side as well.
Having a local area representative is a good thing getting to know other Au Pairs at Au Pair meetings and also exchanging experiences and advises. You know there is always someone supporting you in decisions and problems and having friends (as well from different countries of the world) that might share these problems or experiences can be a great essential part of the year!
We plan activities where we try to go on roadtrips, travel through the states and as well enjoy our freetime here in Minnesota as much as we can! In my opinion there will never be that great opportunity of participating in such a multicultural program again so being an Au Pair does not only mean taking care of children but also broading your mind and horizon and also figuring out who you are and it affects yourSELF. It improves your English and you learn how to be independent. You also learn so much about you and others and you take part in children’s education which makes you feel good. That’s what makes my Au Pair adventure special for me.
Hi, my name is Jonathan. I'm from Colombia and I'm 23 years old. I've been in the U.S. since August. I live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with an adorable family. they have 2 children, the girl is 9 and the boy is 7. I feel part of their family, we do many activities together and I think the relationship has been good.
Go au pair is an excellent agency because they offer to you many advantages to meet new people and to support you in this process. My LAR coordinator is always available to answer my questions and help me in everything I need. we have been in many activities where we can interact with other au pair, which is amazing cause everybody has your own experience, I love it!!!
Being an Au pair is an opportunity to grow up by yourself, to expand your knowledge and know a different culture for 1 year.
In the next 10 months my host family and I will live a wonderful experience full of happiness, learning and fun moments to remember when we finish this awesome experience.
So why don't you be an Au pair o have one in your house? Think it, it will be amazing!!!! Trust me.
My best wishes for new au pairs or new host families that wanna live the best experience ever. :)))
Hi, my name is Alma. I was an Au Pair in Boston. My program ended last August. I had an amazing family that made me feel as part of the family. I made lots and good friend. I miss my Au pair life. It is hard to say goodbye to that life when everything it is so pretty good. I miss all my friends and my family.
The Go Au Pair agency answered promptly when I had questions. It is a good agency. The only suggestion that I have it is sometimes they took to long to go an visit you and give you the welcome talk and package when you just arrive. Other then that I think they come out with good meetings. It helped me to meet new people and really good friends.
Thanks Go Au Pair for a great year. It was just unavailable!!
Hi,my name is Di Zhang.I come from China.I'm an Au Pair in a host family.The family is very good.I've been here for 4 months.The host family has become my home and a part of my life.I like Au Pair life.It's amazing.I have a good chance to make new friends.The angency always make us together to join many great activities.
I'm studying in a good collage now.I have many Chinese classmates.So ,I feel so nice.I really think it is a good chance to know American culture,lifestyle and so on.I studied a lot of things I didn't know before in my collage and my host family.Everyone around me is a good teacher for me.
I watched my first baseball game with my host family ,Niki(she is my angency,she is great.she helped me find collage and solved my troubles.she likes my older sister)and my new Au Pair friend Catherine .My host family is baseball fan so we enjoyed it so much.
I like my host family and my new life.
We've had our Au pair for almost four months and our process started about 6 weeks prior to her arrival. We had all the information we needed because our local representative and the home office worked so well together to answer all of our questions. We were thrilled when we matched with Nita and even more happy that she was everything that we hoped shed be and more!! We were all very aware of what kinds of challenges this transition could create but we were prepared and our experience so far has been wonderful! We've grown close with our Au pair and our children love her and trust her. She goes above and beyond her duties by pitching in around the house and asking if there are errands she can help us accomplish when she's out. She finds fun and age appropriate activities for our two kids everyday. I feel so pleased about our decision to go Go Au Pair because we couldn't have made the decision or followed through on the process without their support. We still have many months with Nita and its such a relief to go to the office everyday and know that our kids are in such great hands. Nita has truly become part of our family!!!
My name is Juanita, I am 19 years old and I am from Johannesburg, South-Africa. I am currently an Au-Pair for a family in Edina, Minnesota with 2 kids that are 3 and almost 2 years old.
I decided to be an Au-Pair for various reasons - so I can work with children, meet new people, experience new things, grow as a person and just to live life everyday!
I have been residing in the USA for almost 4 months and i enjoy it a lot! I have great host parents whom I adore so much! They are one of the reasons that i am so happy here. They have introduced me to so many of their family and friends. They showed me different places and they let me try new stuff all the time!
As soon as i got here, my second week, i started taking classes at Normandale Community College. I enjoyed it a lot! The sooner you get your credits, the better ;)
I would definitely recommend being an au-pair to everyone out there who wants to travel, see new things, meet new people etc. And I would encourage all families to be a host family with Go Au-Pair. Having an Au-Pair in your house is more than just someone taking care of your kids. It's someone who becomes a part of your family, who relies on you, becomes a friend/caregiver etc to your children.
This will be my experience of a lifetime!! Looking forward to so much more here in the USA!
Hi, my name is Sarah, I am 21 years old and currently living as an Aupair in Minnesota, near Saint Paul.
I am from Germany and I started my trip to the U.S. 2 month ago.
I decided to go away for one year and take care of children in another country, because I was searching for an adventure, for a time to take off my studies, to improve my english skills, to meet new people and to experience the life in another culture.
And this is what really happens now.
I take care of a 10 year old girl and a 5 year old boy and I love my work with them. As my hostfamily makes me feel welcome and ´adapted´ me as a family member, all of my concerns I may had when I came here, are gone now and I am really enjoying my new Aupair life.
My hostparents had just being great introducing me to their family and friends, showing me the area, answering all the questions I had, taking me out to activities, and teaching me a lot of the american culture. But they also have fun to learn more about my home country Germany, our culture, and food and even the kids have fun learing some german words, so I think that helps a lot not to feel homesick.
As an Aupair here in the Twin-Cities it is really easy to meeting and making new friends, since people in this area are open-hearded and super friendly. Besides I realise now every day, that I made the right decision to go this step in my life with GoAupair, because they really care.
My LAR coordinator helps me with everything I have problems with, stays constantly in personal contact with me and is wonderful and productive when it comes to planing Aupair- Cluster Meeting. They are always a great chance to meet other Aupairs from all over the world, having fun together and charing our cultures.So it was easy and fun for me, to build a social life other than in my hostfamily.
I am excited for the next 10 month, I can´t wait culture events like Thanks- Giving and Christmas to come, but the most important thing for is is, that every morning when I wake up I am looking forward for my daily work.
So why not becoming an Aupair or getting one?
The experience without it, you already have! ;)
I have hosted two au pairs with another agency, but I hosted my first au pair with Go Au Pair for 14 months who just completed her time as an au pair last week. I want to say thank you to my wonderful au pair Rut and to her coordinator, Erika Feckova. Rut was a true blessing for my family and we love her. Erika was a caring and dedicated coordinator who worked hard to help the au pairs experience America. She did a great job with her cluster and is a great person to work with.
I am an Au Pair from New Zealand, living just outside Boston, MA (7.5 months) and I love it. Moving to a new country to live with a family you have only met over Skype, is very scary and adventurous but my host family are wonderful, with 2 beautiful children, who I adore.
My host mum, from day 1, helped me feel at home and relaxed, she is so easy to talk to and I feel we get along so well and are always on the same page.
At first I found being homesick very hard, but having our monthly Au Pair outings has been so much fun and helped me to forget feeling homesick. If I am in town, I will be sure to be at our Au Pair catch ups. It's an awesome way to meet the other Au Pairs, who know what you're going through, to make new friends and do fun activities, you may not get to do otherwise. We have done some pretty awesome things, ice skating, Baseball game (Go Red Sox!!) and camping at Cape cod and Martha's Vineyard- just to name a few!!
My LAR, Joyce, has been amazing. I feel like I am constantly emailing her with a million questions and she is always ready to help, with more than enough information.
Being an Au Pair is such a fun and safe way to live abroad. I have a safe and loving home to live in, while getting to travel the USA and study. I plan on heading back to NZ at the end of my year here, but I have no regrets. This year will be one that I never forget. I love it.
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