by goAUPAIR 23. June 2010 18:29

Ukraine is goAUPAIR’s featured country for the month of June, which means families who match with an Au Pair from Ukraine by June 30, 2010 receive $100 off the program fees.

goAUPAIR’s Local Area Representative for the Philadelphia area is originally from Ukraine.  As a Local Area Representative, she provides year-round support to Host Families and Au Pairs by maintaining monthly contact, organizing activities for the Au Pairs and conducting orientations shortly after an Au Pair arrives. To help you learn more about Ukraine, We asked her to describe life in her home country.

What do you like most about Ukraine?
My native country Ukraine can boast of historic and cultural heritage. There are a lot of museums of world significance, outstanding historic and cultural monuments, churches, cathedrals, fortresses and many other sights. There are ancient European cities, nice nature, hospitable people and beautiful Ukrainian women.

I like a close relationship between friends, their commitment, sincerity and openness. True friendship is very valuable and more important than money; close friends help each other no matter what. Their doors are always open to friends and family members and they don’t need ask permission to visit (without the notice).

Describe family life in Ukraine.
Ukrainians are traditionally family oriented people. Children are raised with love, respect to older people, work and education. Often parents (or grandparents) live together with their children and help them raise the kids.  It is a Ukrainian custom that grandparents play a great role in raising children. Also, adult children take care of their older parents; nursing homes are not common in Ukraine. Therefore, extended family is very important because of the close connection between grandparents, parents and children.

What are some of the cultural differences you have encountered living in the U.S.?
Ukrainians visit and call each other more often than here. Ukrainians like parties and social gatherings and they are good company. They are always welcome to the friend or relative’s house, especially in a special occasion. No invitations needed. Presents and flowers are common. Ukrainians never go to someone else’s house empty handed.

What are some of the characteristics you commonly find in Ukrainians?
They are culture oriented, highly educated, interested in history and art, love reading, and explore museums and theaters. Ukraine has a very well developed higher education system. Having a college degree is common. Ukrainians consider themselves as a well-educated nation. They read a lot of books, they are big fond of live performances at theatres. Many of them know arts, history and politics very well. 

Why should families consider placing with an Au Pair from Ukraine?
Au Pairs from Ukraine usually have many talents. An Au Pair can be a role model that children of all ages look to: they are family oriented and respectful to older people; they are responsible and hard working; they are very independent and reliable; they value education and love reading; they explore culture and art;  they are sporty and active; they are friendly and polite; they are passionate and committed.
Of course, it depends on personality, but most Ukrainian Au Pairs are diligent, responsible and devoted.

Read more about our Ukrainian Au Pairs and what actual Host Parents have said about their Au Pairs from Ukraine. You can also search, review and compare Au Pairs from Ukraine and other countries in goAUPAIR’s exclusive Au Pair Preview.