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Au Pair Reflections: Pre-Arrival communication tips

Au Pair Binx Buys, from South Africa, has a great Host Family. I don’t know them but I know they are great. I know because of the interview our Au Pair Sis had with their Au Pair. She shared with us how her Host Family made her comfortable before she even arrived. The ideas seem like home run material.
Some of the best practices they implemented were the following: if the Host Family has a current Au Pair, put them in contact with your new Au Pair. Letting the previous Au Pairs share their experience is a great way to acclimate your new Au Pair to the family and house rules. Talking to a previous Au Pair can also help the new Au Pair feel more confident about the match. The Host Family also put Binx in touch with other Au Pairs in the area. This allowed her to make friends before she even arrived and helped get her familiar with what there is to do in their area.
Finally, the Host Mom sent Binx video clips and photos of the family so Binx would feel more comfortable with the family when she arrived. Binx was right on when she said, “Its already overwhelming, you are coming to somebodies else’s house. You live there. You are not just a guest. You are part of the family. I definitely felt like I was already apart of the family because I had kept that contact.”
I won’t spoil the end for you by telling you too much about her experience when she arrived. The family did overlap the last three days of the previous Au Pairs for training purposes. The Host Family also made sure to hug her at the airport and provide her with cards, chocolate cake and winter pajamas once she got to their home.   Host Families who help to prepare their Au Pair for their new experience in the US will be more likely to have a great experience with their Au Pair during their time together. 

Posted: 11/1/2013 7:59:07 AM by Summer Blackhurst
Nikki Khuong
It’s important to start to bond with each other before the arrival. The entire host family, including the kids, should keep in contact with the Au Pair via email and skype. The more you bond and interact ahead of time the smoother the transition and the better the entire year will be!
11/6/2013 6:06:46 PM
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