What is an Au Pair?
Au Pairs are pre-screened international young adults with child care experience who provide full time, live-in child care and introduces a memorable cultural experience at an affordable cost. With Au Pair child care, families in Philly can enjoy all the benefits of in home child care.
Au Pairs can be responsible for general supervision of the children, driving, laundry, homework help, preparing meals, and providing morning and bedtime help. As an Au Pair agency, Go Au Pair is dedicated to helping families in the Philadelphia area choose an Au Pair that fits their specific family needs.
Local Area Representative in Philadelphia
Go Au Pair has a Local Area Representative in Philly and surrounding areas to help our families during their experience. Our agency’s local representative will assist your family and Au Pair with any questions related to your live in child care needs.
“Lori has been a wonderful resource.”
“Au Pair child care is not only spending time with the children in a required mount of time but it is also created the connection between the children and the Au Pair as friends or sister/brother in family.”
“Very good response time and always was ready to communicate, very accessible.”
“I love living in a city like Philadelphia. It is big and there are tons of stuff you can do but it is not as busy and crowded. I also liked all the free time I had to explore and travel.”
The areas I serve in PA, NJ & DE
I cover Philadelphia and areas in PA, NJ, DE and MD that are within an hour of my home in South Philadelphia where I live with my wife and 2 kiddos.
My name is Lori Keslowitz and I have been the Local Area Representative in Philadelphia with Go Au Pair since November 2020. Before moving to Philadelphia in 2018, I lived in Brooklyn, NY. I completed 2 masters degrees. One in early childhood education and one in special education. As of 2022, I have almost 10 years of experience working with a variety of people with special needs from babies through high schoolers and their parents. I am also a board member and the events chair for Philadelphia Family Pride, a non-profit organization that brings LGBTQ+ families together in the greater Philadelphia region.
I joined Go Au Pair because I love building community and working with folks with different backgrounds and abilities. Bringing people together and sharing in their cultural and familial exchanges has been such a joy for me.
Our current Philadelphia Au Pair cluster has au pairs from Ecuador, Russia, Brazil, Colombia and Germany. Our host parents have jobs in accounting, engineering, finance, healthcare, education, the real estate business and 2 families own their own businesses. Our host kids range from only a few months old all the way up to teenagers. Our families truly offer such a wide variety of experiences for our au pairs and vice versa.
Au Pair Cultural Activities
Au Pairs are required to attend a number of Cultural Activities with their Local Area Representative and nearby Au Pairs to make sure they experience the local community and culture during their stay. Below are some of the activities Lori’s cluster has been up to recently!
This was my first Family Day event at FDR Park. FDR is one of my favorite places in Philadelphia due to the many activities it has to offer. There’s hiking, kayaking, tennis, playgrounds, fishing and a skatepark, just to name a few. The park is also home to the American Swedish Historical Museum, which is the oldest Swedish museum in the United States.
Here is a photo at Linvilla Orchards of a few of our au pairs, a host mom and me when I was very pregnant with my 2nd kiddo. Linvilla is a great place to visit in the Fall for apple picking, hayrides and their Pumpkinland event. Everyone enjoyed chatting and trying some yummy Fall treats.
The areas I serve in PA
I cover most of Bucks County and Philadelphia County, Southern Montgomery County, Eastern Delaware County and a small part of NJ that is bordering Bucks County.
My name is Polina, and I am a Local Area Representative (LAR) for Go Au Pair in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks County & parts of NJ. I live in Newtown, Bucks County, the suburbs of Philadelphia and I have been working as a LAR for the past 11 years. I have formal education, in economics, business and counseling, I graduated from LaSalle University with my MBA and I love to learn new things. I have two grown children and many grandkids.
I am originally from Ukraine, which was the one of the fifteen former Soviet Union republics. I have a diverse cultural background because of the close proximities of many different cultures. I am also a Counselor and I have experience in working with people of different backgrounds, ages and cultures.
My favorite thing about being a LAR
I have a passion for adoption, and I love to help others. I get great satisfaction in being in a role where I can make a small difference in someone’s life. I like volunteering and spending time together with Au Pairs from my cluster. I enjoy traveling, cooking, gardening, going to Zumba and blogging.
I am thankful for great relationships and friendships with many Au Pairs and host families. I am thankful for the host families who open their home and hearts to an unforgettable cultural experience and for Au Pairs who share their journeys with me. Simply, I enjoy my work as a LAR.
Why I love my job
As a LAR, I love to be in contact with my families and Au Pairs as much as possible, I like to organize unique events, volunteer with Au Pairs and keep my Au Pairs happy. We have valuable cluster traditions- welcoming new Au Pairs, introducing to the cluster, and interviewing new Au Pairs – which helps new Au Pairs to adjust quickly. We have a cluster support group and an individual buddy support where the veteran cluster Au Pairs help newcomers. Many Au Pairs love blogging and sharing their experience which is very helpful and inspiring.
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. During my 11 years of being a LAR, very many host families from my cluster nominated their Au Pairs for IAPA’s Au Pair of the Year Award for their excellent work as Au Pairs!
Additional Resources for Families and Au Pairs in Philadelphia, PA
Many Au Pairs in Philly get their driver’s license and have access to a vehicle provided by their host family. Some Au Pairs use Uber and Lyft as well as car pooling with one another. The Philadelphia area also has public transportation available in the form of buses, trains and subways.
Au Pairs need to complete 6 credits or 72 classroom hours during their placement year.
Au Pair weekend classes in NY are the top requested classes for the Philadelphia area. Au Pairs are able to complete half of their credits over the course of a 3-day weekend. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the city, make new friends, learn something new AND quickly complete the educational requirement.
Harcum College in Bryn Mawr has an au pair program with many options for English classes including writing, grammar, oral communication and reading.
Temple University offers 10 levels of English and up to 4 classes per 7-week session. They have a discounted in-state tuition rate for au pairs plus a TCALC Cares Scholarship for the first session in which an au pair enrolls.
Child Friendly Activities for Au Pairs and Host Families
Au Pairs will find that Philadelphia offers a wide variety of exciting things to do and places to visit. There are many historical museums, art displays, scenic touring, and physical activities. Families can help Au Pairs find activities they are most interested in.