We are a Host Portuguese-Mexican family with 9 children. In 2008-2009 we had an au pair from Germany at home. She came from a family of 6 siblings, which helped understanding each other. We had a very pleasant experience and we know she did too.
My wife and I met as exchange students with AFS, so we had been thinking on hosting an exchange student at home, but we had not yet made up our mind. As I entered a high profile job with the Mexican Government, which demanded lots of travel, we decided to have an au pair at home.
We knew it would not be easy to find an Au Pair to come and take care of our children, but the AuPairWorld site was very helpful and we indeed received several responses from all over the world.
We chose Anna because they were 6 siblings in her family, which we knew would be helpful to understand our family without too much stress. And we indeed received much help from her, got along very well and became very good friends.
The children were amused and even picked some phrases in German which they still repeat: “Kann ich bitte Schokolade haben?”, for example… In the mornings she took patisserie lessons at an academy nearby, which the children, needless to say, enjoyed very much. My wife and I did enjoy it too! I think that year I had my best birthday cake ever.
Anna met a Mexican young man: a photographer who worked at a studio nearby to our home. They fell in love and she became his girlfriend. They eventually got married and we all went to their wedding party - which of course featured a delicious wedding cake made by her! They are living happily together. Thank you AuPairWorld!