To ensure that your au pair placement will be a memorable experience, it is important that you feel comfortable with your host family. Our tips will help you find the right family:
Get to know your favourite host family as well as possible, and in advance. Ask them everything you wish to know. Discuss all important aspects concerning your placement and find out whether you both expect the same from the au pair stay. In this context, our list of questions will help you ask the right questions.
During your conversations on the phone or through Skype; have you had the opportunity to meet each family member? Ask the family how they spend their leisure time and what the childrens' hobbies and interests are. If the children are old enough, you might get the chance to personally talk with them.
Should your host country be not too far from your home country, you might want to visit your host family before you actually start working for them. This allows you to get an impression of how they live. Furthermore, you get to know them within their familiar surroundings. By getting to know each other personally, you will find out more easily if you get along well with each other and if you are a good match.
You should also consult your own family and friends about their personal opinions. They know you best and should be able to help you make the right choice.
If you take these tips into consideration, you will be well prepared and should feel comfortable about choosing your host family. Naturally, you can never be completely certain in advance that everything will work out the way you expect. However, if necessary, you can always change families and have a great time with a new host family.
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