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.
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 Queestown (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 [...]
The Edwards Family (Auckland) - October 2017 Family. One word and so many different meanings. So many different associations. Family are your relatives, your parents, your sister, your brother. But also, family could be your in-laws. Family could be your best friend you’ve known since you were little. Family could be your colleagues or your firm. Family could be anyone you love. Family. One word, so many different meanings but what about host families? A host family is someone who mounts you. Someone who gives you a home in an unknown country. Also, someone you work for. Someone who shares their home with you. A host family should be open minded and ready to have a stranger in their house. Sure, you get to know them and they get to know you, but first of all you are a stranger for them. A stranger with a funny accent. [...]
The Lloyd family (Auckland) - August 2017 Hola Macarona, 15 months ago, I decided to apply to become an au pair in New Zealand, 12 months ago I matched with the Lloyd family in Auckland and three weeks after that I was here and started my adventure and oh gosh what an adventure it has been! It has been ups and downs, lots of delicious food and drinks, lots of beautiful scenery and making life lasting friendships, but most important of all, I've extended my family. Or, the right thing to write is probably that the Lloyds took me in with open arms and made me a part of their wonderful family. The things I have learned about family life with you guys are amazing and I'm forever grateful that you made this year one of the best of my life. Macky, my little ratbag and future husband [...]