Our current au pair Lea-Sofie has been an amazing addition to our family for the last 8 months. I would like to nominate her for au pair of the month, as i think she goes above and beyond so often. She has never let us down, and is always so positive about any tasks we ask of her. Lea has made such a fantastic bond with our children, I know they want to go to Germany to visit her one day, and she is a fabulous role model for them. Lea has recently added a new role to her duties, as we have two lambs that our daughters are rearing! So cuddling and feeding lambs has become a normal task in her days. Lea has encouraged all 3 of our children to be involved in lots of activities. She has made a great effort to take them to events and [...]
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Dear Meg, Hori, Bela, Yas and Jes, I am here in New Zealand for seven and a half months now (wow time runs so fast) and from the beginning on I wanted you to become „the host family of the month“. You want to know why? First of all because I already felt as a part of your family from the beginning on and there are also many other reasons for that: Meg – you are my „second mum abroad“. From the beginning on you let me feel like a part of your family. That helped me a lot in the first few weeks in a new country, culture and family. I can talk with you about anything and you have everytime the right answers and suggestions. If I am not feeling alright you notice that immediately and if I had a hard day with the girls, you are [...]
From the first month with you, I wanted to nominate you “The best host family of the month”, even though you already are the best family in my eyes, which I hope you already know, and with this nomination it’s now official.I have only been a part of your family for 3 months, but it feels like we have known each other for much longer. From the beginning you have included me in your crazy but lovely family and made me feel safe in your presence. Luca and Eloise, I have loved our time together, and I know without a doubt, you will both grow into being extraordinary people, and I hope all your dreams come true, you truly deserve it.Eloise, even though you are in school during the week, I still think we have a special bond. We can do all sorts of things together, from sitting still painting [...]
Claire came into our lives in September 2017 and quickly became a lifelong member of our family. Her easy, breezy, bubbly personality has made her a joy to be around and we are so going to miss hearing a Scottish accent cheerily wishing us a good morning. Claire has cared for our son Max, who comes with extra challenges in the form of Autism, so incredibly well, with kindness, patience and love in every single moment of the last 12 months. They have formed such a close bond and the two of them do everything together. Claire has been Max's best friend for the last year and we truly do feel like we're going to have a huge hole in our hearts and in our home missing when she goes back home. Claire has taught Max so much, and has made education and learning a part of their time together [...]
I would like to nominate our au pair Tamara for Au Pair of the Month.Tamara came to us in August last year. She entered our family when I was recently separated so emotions were high and things were tough.She took this in her stride and nurtured and loved when needed but took charge and applied the rules when required. She found the balance quickly. The kids took to her and love her so much. She has also helped the kids adapt to my new partner and also nurtured them through the fortnightly contact with their father.On weekends that she has no plans she will fold the washing, load or unload the dishes if it needs doing and I haven’t got around to it yet. This is always done by choice and no expectation. She will even come along to the kids sports on the weekend.Tamara has learnt to read my [...]
Dear Tanya, Marc, Poppy and Elsie, This month it’s time to nominate you for the host family of the month. I hope you know that you have this title already, but I would like it to be official. :) I have only been here for four months, but it feels like its been only two and as if I have known you for years. From the beginning on I felt welcomed, appreciated and involved. Girls, you two are so cute and lovely and I am sure you will grow into beautiful and strong women. Poppy, you are such a big girl going to school now and being a talented reader! I love when your eyes start sparkling as you get excited for an activity or as you get an idea of what we can do next. Elsie, you are so brave going to Koru alone now and being one [...]
2018 Au Pair of the Year Winner - from France We're proud to announce that Nathan Rousseau from France has won Au Pair of the Year 2018. He was nominated by the Duncan family with this heartfelt video. Au Pair of the Year is an annual competition for host families to send in nominations of their amazing au pair that has made a difference in their lives. This year we received a number of outstanding and profound nominations which made us laugh and cry all at the same time. We are incredibly proud of each of the au pairs that have given their time and effort for their host families. After a difficult process of choosing the Au Pair of the Year, we have decided that the winner goes to.... NATHAN ROUSSEAU Congratulations for being such an amazing sibling to your host children. The special memories you have created [...]
I would like to nominate the Gerring family for the host family of the month. I’ve been in New Zealand for almost 11 months when I had to go into a rematch for my last month here. My host family in Auckland was moving and sadly I had to leave them. I was really worried about finding a family for only one month, I mean how high are the chances that there’s a family needing an Au Pair for a month? When I finally got the email that there’s a family not too far from Auckland looking for an Au Pair I got excited. I had luck with my first host family already and I didn’t expect to find a wonderful family again. But when I talked to Crystal on the phone for the first time, I felt relieved, because she sounded very nice. When the day came and [...]
Jana is amazing with both our children (age 4 and 9). She connects with each one in a very special way. The other day I arrived home, and then my eldest mentioned that Jana had promised to play a game with him. Even though she was off, she took the time out to spend 30 minutes planning with him, just because she had promised she would. Nothing is a problem for Jana. She is super flexible and can change plans as needed to fit in with what needs to get done. The other day I had worked late at night and left the kitchen tiding to the next morning. The children were sleeping in late, and I got to the kitchen to tidy it, Jana had already taken care of it for us. She goes above and beyond expectations. I mentioned we should do something with some old banana’s [...]
I would like to nominate the Bartlett family for host family of the month. Why? This question is very hard to answer in just one letter, but I will do my best. Dear Caroline, Chris, Georgia and Victoria, This is my attempt to thank you for the last 8 months we have spent together. I appreciate all the fun we have had and all the small and big things you did for me. Since my first day, you welcomed me into your life and your family, as if I had always been a part of it and I have felt more than comfortable ever since. Making a stranger feel like a family member can be difficult, but all your efforts made it seem easy. Whether it was inviting me to family dinners, birthday parties or holidays you always made me feel welcome. By asking about my day, my family [...]