The Church of San Jose in Panama

The golden altar inside San Jose Church.  Rumor has it that this is the only valuable to survive

This month, Go Au Pair‘s featured country is Panama. Check out one of Panama’s attractions, The Church of San Jose.
One of the things you might want to see when you visit Panama is the famous golden altar of the Church of San Jose in Casco Viejo. The Inglesia de San Jose (the Church of San Jose) is a small almost nondescript building on a narrow street in the San Felipe district of Panama City. Inside is the famous Golden Altar, which is made of carved wood and is covered in gold flake. Commonly known in Spanish as the “Altar de Oro” (Golden Altar), it was originally in a church in “Old Panama.” When English pirate Henry Morgan attacked the city the jesuits painted the altar black to hide the gold. The pirates left it alone, thinking it was worthless. After Morgan sacked and burned “Old Panama” the Jesuit monks of the Order of St. Agustine moved the altar to the new church and its present location.


Here’s a picture of the front door, so you’ll know when you’re there…


This plaque from the Rotary Club says “Panamanian – Believing in You. Take care of this monument, it’s part of your history. “The Church of San Jose” Initially constructed between 1671 and 1677, was remodeled in the 19th Centrury, is custodian of the Golden Altar, built in the 18th Century. Rotary Club, Panama”


One more landmark so you know you’ve got the right place. This is the bell tower from the Church of San Jose in Casco Viejo, home of the famous golden altar.


And here’s what you came to see. This church gets quite a bit of tourist traffic, and they are kind of accustomed to it. But you should tread lightly and show proper respect if there is a mass being celebrated when you happen to drop in. It’s fine to take pictures of the altar, but not during a church service. I’ve seen some blundering tourists pull some bonehead moves in this place. As long as you understand that this is a functioning church and more than just a tourist attraction and show a little respect, then you’ll have no problems at all. And, you’ll find that people are very proud of the church and like to show it off.


A detail shot of the Golden Altar of the Church of San Jose in Casco Viejo, Panama City. The altar is actually made out of hand-carved wood, and then covered in gold flake.


The church is filled with beautiful side altars, also hand-carved wood and enhanced with gold flake.


The church also has some very nice stained glass windows, this one dedicated to Saint Rita of Cascia, the Patron Saint of Lost Causes (no kidding).


And this one to Saint Augustine of Hippo.

These pictures and information have been provided by the Panama Guide.

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Crystal Karla, an Au Pair from South Africa with go Au Pair

 

“I am a very family oriented person and absolutely love when we have family get-togethers.”

Crystal Karla
Age: 26
Availability Date: 12/01/2012
Nationality: South Africa
English Rank: 5

Program Type: Standard Au Pair, Premiere Au Pair
Type of Experience: Baby-sitting, Au Pair, Volunteer
Age Experience: Under 2 years old, 2-5 years old, 5 -10 years old
Driver’s License: Yes
Infant Qualified: Yes

Education: Some College
Languages: English, Afrikaans
Hobbies: Reading, walking, exercising, completing crossword puzzles, cooking & baking, volunteering, and storytelling.

How has Crystal Karla been described by references?

Loyal, honest, reliable, and I trust her with my life.

Why does Crystal Karla want to be an Au Pair?
Traveling, meeting new people and learning new traditions and cultures are my passion, which is why I decided to study Travel and Tourism.
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Jelissa Yamisell, an Au Pair from Panama with Go Au Pair

“I am a funny person, happy, sociable, honest, responsible, generous, flexible, organized, and polite”

Jelissa Yamisell
Age: 23
Availability Date: ASAP
Nationality: Panama
English Rank: 3

Program Type: Standard Au Pair, EduCare Au Pair
Type of Experience: Baby-sitting, Nanny
Age Experience: 2-5 years old, 5 -10 years old
Driver’s License: Yes
Infant Qualified: No

Education: College Graduate
Languages: English, Spanish
Hobbies: Walking, reading, traveling, knowing other cities, swimming, and listening to music.

How has Jelissa Yamisell been described by references?

She is responsible, honest, funny, friendly, and kind.

Why does Jelissa Yamisell want to be an Au Pair?

I want to improve my English and I want to know about other cultures.

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Daria, an Au Pair from Ukraine with Go Au Pair

“It is very important to communicate with children, to take an interest in child”s views.”

Name: Daria
Age: 24
Availability Date: 05/01/2013
Nationality: Ukraine
English Rank: 5

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Hobbies: Singing, drawing, reading, cooking, photography

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Daria is a considerate girl, calm, kind, thoughtful, and well brought up,

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I think it is a wonderful possibility to learn more about customs, traditions, and culture of the USA.

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Growing up bilingual, bicultural and bi-happy

Want to give your kid an advantage? Teach them another language. Or five. Today, our nation is made up of many different cultures and when trying to relate, it certainly helps to reduce the language barrier. The following article was posted on NBC Right Now and discusses how to incorporate a second language in to your home. In addition to the items listed below, welcoming an Au Pair into your home can be an amazing cultural experience for your family as well as a member of another country. For more information about the cultural care experience, visit Go Au Pair at http://www.goaupair.com.
Developing habits that incorporate both cultures into kids’ daily routines will bring bicultural happiness to the family.

For parents who are raising kids in a bicultural household, teaching them to speak Ingles y Español is something of a passion. That’s why developing habits that incorporate both cultures into kids’ daily routines, says John Baugh — chair of the Public Relations Committee at the Linguistic Society of America and professor emeritus of education and linguistics at Stanford University — will bring bicultural happiness to la familia.

Engage them in activities from both culturas.

“Watch television in both languages, particularly the one that is not dominant in your speech community. Sing songs and nursery rhymes from both cultures. This will instill respect and familiarity with both,” says Baugh, the Margaret Bush Wilson professor in arts and sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Give both cultures equal importance.

“Depending upon the context in which people live, circumstances may imply that one culture may be devalued in comparison to the dominant culture and language,” adds Baugh. “If this impression exists, family members should do everything possible to maintain and value their family heritage, language and culture, while doing what’s necessary to gain fluency in the dominant language and culture.”

Baugh offers this final note: “The benefits of bilingualism and biculturalism are tremendous. Chinese, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese are growing in global influence. People who are familiar with more than one language, and more than one culture, will be better equipped to participate more fully in the future global economy. This familiarity with languages and cultures besides English is an underutilized asset in a global economy that demands linguistic and cultural dexterity.”

Bianca Carmen, an Au Pair from South Africa with Go Au Pair

 

“I am busy, talkative, sunny and full of life. I am really creative, organized, and loves deeply.”

Name: Bianca Carmen
Age: 20
Availability Date: 10/01/2012
Nationality: South Africa
English Rank: 5

Program Type: Standard Au Pair
Type of Experience: Baby-sitting
Age Experience: 2-5 years old, 5 -10 years old
Driver’s License: Yes
Infant Qualified: No

Education: High School Graduate
Languages: English
Hobbies: I adore dancing, singing and entertaining.

How has Bianca Carmen been described by references?

She is very positive, passionate, and a mature young woman.

Why does Bianca Carmen want to be an Au Pair?

To play a positive role in a child”s life by enriching it with positivity and values, learn American music for inspiration, and to of course experience America first hand.

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Fidan, an Au Pair from Germany with Go Au Pair

“For me family activities are one of the most important things in life.”

Name: Fidan
Age: 21
Availability Date: ASAP
Nationality: Germany
English Rank: 5

Program Type: Standard Au Pair, EduCare Au Pair
Type of Experience: Baby-sitting, Daycare, Other
Age Experience: 2-5 years old, Over 10 years old
Driver’s License: Yes
Infant Qualified: No

Education: Some College
Languages: English, German, Turkish
Hobbies: Reading, playing football, fishing, and meeting friends.

How has Fidan been described by references?

She has good adaptive assets, she”s careful and creative, and a strong person with a big heart.

Why does Fidan want to be an Au Pair?

I recognize that I enjoy working with children and so I decided to apply for a position as au pair in the United States of America. I am really interested in visiting the United States and getting to know different people and culture in the land of my dreams.

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