Host parents, we got a request for advice from an au pair who is facing temporary eviction while her host parents are on vacation. The situation is a bit of an emergency, since the family is slated to leave within the week. Your ideas? Here’s the situation:
I will spend Christmas at home with my real family. During that time my hostfamily will fly to Africa. My host family will be away for longer than my own vacation home, so I was to be alone in my host family’s house for a week.
These plans have been set for a while. My holiday back home for Christmas was fixed at the beginning of October, and my hostfamily booked their flight to Africa over a month ago, so my host mom has known about this for a long time. We had already talked about everything I would have to know for that time, she said that she would give me all important phone numbers and will show me how some special things work in the house, and that she would leave me some money for food etc.
Until yesterday, there was no problem. We had already talked about everything. Now, only days before my departure, my hostmum has to told me that I can´t stay here (in their house) by myself for 7 days. My host mom has told me she had talked to someone who said that the host family isn’t allowed to leave me alone. I don´t think that it is true, is it?
I am adult and really responsible and trustworthy. I have been with my host family for 3 and a half months now…
I suggested to my hostmum an idea that I feel much more comfortable with: I will stay here in the host family’s house for 1 or 2 nights and then I can live at a friends´house for the rest of time. But, my host mom didn´t give me an answer, she said that she has to talk to her husband.
I´m so confused and I don´t feel very comfortable here at the moment. Would you let your au pair stay by herself for a few days?
I would be very thankful for an advice. — FK
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