Chinese Au Pair volunteering in AmericaWritten by Ophelia
Hi, everyone! I am Au Pair Ophelia from Go Au Pair. My hometown is in China. I just volunteered for Newtown Welcome Day in Bucks County, PA a few weeks ago. Even thought I just been here less than one year, Newtown Welcome Day was my fourth time volunteered in America.
I love volunteering here so much! In China it’s hard for me to get a chance to do volunteer work. Now I would like to share all my volunteering experience with you.
A Local Area Representative (LAR) from Go Au Pair in the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area Polina takes care of us. She helped us find the chance to volunteer for Newtown Welcome Day. We helped distribute balloons, bags and some other promotional items. By the end of the event, you can see almost everyone had green bags on their backs! We worked really hard for it, and people were glad they could get free items. Everyone was happy!
Our Au Pair group volunteered for Philadelphia Marathon and Philadelphia Flower Show Before. It’s hard to say which one is my favorite. Because they all unique. I had different experience through different events. For example, we helped give out snacks during Marathon; we worked together as a team not just with Au Pairs but with thousands of Volunteers from other places. It gave us a chance to make friends with other volunteers too. Also because it was free snacks, almost everyone took them happily. But during Newtown Welcome Day what we gave out were promotional items, some people did refuse to take it. So in this way, I will say I like Marathon better.
Philadelphia Flower Show was even more unique! We helped people did flower hats in the Make and Take room. I love volunteering for the Flower Show so much, because I helped people design different kinds of hats also I made a cute flower hat for myself!
Besides volunteering together with other Au Pairs from Go Au Pair, I taught English in Chinese Gospel Church as an volunteer. All my students were the elderly. As they are old, they don’t have very good memories, but they did work really hard on English. Their spirit moved me so much; it’s my honor to help them with English.
As I found a new host family in Las Vegas, I will move there in July. Hopefully I can still find a lot volunteering opportunities there. One of the best memories for my first Au Pair year is volunteering! Please read more about volunteering and my journey in Ophelia Diary. Ophelia Diary
by Ophelia He