Friendship is the Key to a Happy Au Pair
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. ~C.S. Lewis
You can live without friends- but would you really want to? One of the best ways to ensure your Au Pair will be successful in the US is help them to find friends. Encourage them to engage with other Au Pairs or cultural exchange students at local colleges, or with friends in the neighborhood. Anyone you can think of to give them more purpose to their stay in the states. I had one Host Mom set up a local Facebook page for her Au Pair so she could connect with friends even before she arrived in the country.
A Host Family who knows what matters, knows friendship is one part of the experience their Au Pair should not go without. Host Families tell me friendship, for the Au Pair, is at the center of their happiness and ultimately much of their success in the US.
Friendship will do wonders for your Au Pair. Not only can a friend chase away their loneliness, but they can also give your Au Pair something to do on the weekends. Finally, friends can help your Au Pair through the cultural adjustment. Learning about cultural differences from friends is a great cure for culture shock, depression and homesickness.
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