Host Families Information – A host family is a family consisting of at least one parent and one child under the age of 18 that invites an au pair from a foreign country for a specified period of time. The au pair lives “on equal terms” with the other members of the family and in return for food, board, and a salary, cares for children and does simple domestic work. Hosting an au pair is considered a program of cultural exchange
Incidentally, the term au pair is French and means “by mutual agreement”. Therefore, au pairs receive a pocket money given to them by the host family, live free of charge with their host families, just as regular family members, and share meals with the families.
Tips for a Successful Experience
Enthusiasm – Sharing cultures means sharing in all the excitement of life. The more enthusiastic you and your family are, the better the experience will be for everyone involved.
Caring – Your student will require heartfelt support while he or she lives and learns far from home. Everything is new and with that comes both excitement and concern.
Involvement – You will demonstrate your desire to make your student part of the family by taking the same interest in his or her academic and social experiences as you would those of your own children.
Adaptability – A new family member will lead to new challenges for you and your family. It is essential that you remain flexible while new dynamics emerge in your home, setting firm rules but also remaining patient and understanding.