Coordinating with the previous posts about questions an Au Pair should ask a potential host family, what would you like an au pair to tell you about herself?
There are perhaps 4,387 categories of things that an au pair could tell you about, so challenge yourself to offer maybe the top 2 or 3…
This is prompted by an email from a soon-to-be Au Pair:
Hi Au Pair mom!
I am 18 and from an English-speaking country. I will soon be entering the matching process with (agency). I have been reading reviews and blogs and trying to get my head around everything, I am really nervous now, but still excited about picking a family. In my application I made a few requests: Non Smokers, Limited Indoor Pets, etc. My preferred locations were NY or California.
I was wondering if you had any tips for me when speaking to families. I want to really be part of the family, (eat meals together, help with the cooking, walk the dog etc) and would never be one of those au pairs that comes home late or gets drunk (even though I am legal here, I dislike clubbing/drinking etc). All in all, apart from a few things like not eating fried food or lamb, and wanting a good nights sleep occasionally, I would be a pretty easy to manage au pair.
Are these things I am supposed to mention to the family? What types of things should I ask them? Is it okay to mention that I would like to spend my 2 week vacation traveling with my family who will come visit me? Is it okay to mention that at one point my Nanna would like to come see me? (I am her only grand daughter). Obviously I wouldn’t expect her to stay with us or anything.
I am unsure of what to look for in a family to have a successful year, so I would love to know what to concentrate on. Thanks for your help, you have a really great blog and the comments are so inspiring. Thanks!