Tuesday, October 25, 2005

How to choose your host family

Many au pair candidates ask me about the families they are about to choose. I can give you some individual advise but the important thing is what you the au pair wants.

First, make a list of the things that are important for you, conditions that you have to have to live.
Second, make a list of the things you want to accomplish during your au pair stay.
Third, review your language, childcare and domestic skills. What can you offer?

List all the questions and wants you have.
List all the things and you can offer to the host family

When you correspond with the host family, tell them why they should hire you. Can you teach them a language? cook your country's dishes? play musical instruments? Remember they want to learn from you too. You need to tell them that you would be valuable to them during your stay. Most families like to have an au pair because they like to learn about new cultures also.

Ask all the questions you have. Ask about the house they live in, their routine. What does the family like to do? How do they discipline and raise their children? What do they expect from an au pair? Do you agree with their lifestyle? Will you be happy to be their au pair?

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