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.
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 [...]
The Legg Family (Auckland) - January 2018 Why is my host family the best? My mom kept asking me this question as I was constantly telling her of how great they were. I couldn’t believe it myself. How did I get this lucky? After re-matching I thought how can I find a family that will suit me? And you know how when you are sad that’s when the best things can happen. Team Legg happened. And I couldn’t be happier. I have found myself looking at the date and thinking how did 7 weeks go by so fast? I could give Jo and Mike about a million compliments, and they would all fit them. But I’ll give you two reasons as to why they are the best host parents I could ever wish for. When I’m a bit homesick and feeling down, they make it their mission to [...]
The Grayling Family (Waikato) - December 2017 I want to say a huge thank you to this amazing family! I found what every au pair is looking and hoping for the dream family so far away from home but I have a second home and whanau here in New Zealand now. Words can’t even describe how great these guys are… Seven months ago you welcomed me with open arms. I can just imagine how hard it has to be for parents to trust somebody you just meet with the most important treasure in life, your own children. I really appreciate and feel honored that you put your trust in me straight away from the very beginning. Ed, Liz, Fraser, Lauren and Hannah you are the epitome of how a family has to be for me. Ed and Liz try to spend as much time with the kids as [...]
The Manson Family (Canterbury) - November 2017 When I first Skyped with my host family I knew that I want to be their au pair after a few minutes. It was just my tummy which said: “Yup, that will be your host family.” It was like…when you fall in love? Like butterflies in the stomach. But I wasn’t in love and I had no butterflies in my tummy. I only knew that it is a perfect match. And how it turned out my stomach was right. Actually the second Skype date was a disaster because their children were very excited and cried a lot but I was still convinced that they are supposed to be my family. (And after some months I can assure that their children are great.) After a few months I first met them at the airport and I was unbelievable excited but it was [...]