Host Family of the Month
Every month, au pairs nominate their host family for the Host Family of the Month prize. They tell us of their experience in New Zealand how their families welcomed them into their lives. Check out our lovely stories below.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
It's been almost ten months now since I first arrived here in Wellington, and I'm still just as happy and excited to be here as I was that first evening when I got off the plane. And I owe it all to my wonderful host family; John, Andrea, James and Sam, and Charlie! From that very first night to now they have been nothing but welcoming and supportive, and I think that has made all the difference. I very quickly felt like I was part of the family, rather than someone who just lived here, and that in turn has made this year so much more fun and rewarding for me. Before I left for New Zealand, everyone kept warning me about homesickness and even after got here there was still a lot of talk about homesickness and how to cope with it. And to be honest, all that talk [...]
Seven month ago I first saw you – Finley, Miles, Jody and Charlie! From the plane steps I saw you all waiting for me with the poster “Kia Ora Gina!“ which made me realize I finally arrived in New Zealand – my home for the next year. Whenever I'm coming back to Taranaki and see the mountain, I know I'm coming home. It was you who made it a home for me and I can't be more thankful for what you have done for me. It's impossible to write it all down or finding the right words for it. Nevertheless I'll try to describe how you made Taranaki as my second home in just a few weeks. From the very first day your whole family was welcoming me and treating me as a family member. Everyone was already telling me what fun things we'll do together in summer and [...]
Lucinda, Ben, Emily, Ollie and (last but never least) Abbie, I can't thank you enough for welcoming me into your whanau! It's strange to think that six months ago I didn't know you at all, but now I think of you as family and I can't wait to hear about all the amazing things you get up to in the years to come. Hopefully, coming to visit me in England will be one of them! Thank you for always making me laugh, encouraging me to try seafood, teaching me to cook new foods and even persuading me to bungee jump of a bridge in Queenstown (at least, I *think* I'm grateful for that one!) Thank you for teaching me to ski, taking me on your holidays and being so understanding when the car and I had an unfortunate encounter with a fence... Thank you for being unfailingly kind, inclusive and supportive in every situation; it did not go unnoticed and I am [...]