An au pair might be the help you need!
As an expat it is not always easy to teach your children your mother tongue or some of the habits and traditions from your home country. Especially young children tend to see themselves as part of the country they are growing up in. This is a good thing for sure – but most of us also want to give our children roots and let them know where they come from, where their origins are. Knowing your mother tongue plus the language of your adopted country will also give your kids the chance – in the long run – to choose the best from both worlds. And in terms of language competence, it opens up a lot of opportunities.
One way to let children experience your native language and traditions is to host an au pair from your home country. The online platform AuPairWorld offers you the chance to get in touch with and select au pairs from all over the world – on a safe, well-managed platform.
AuPairWorld has been around for almost 20 years now and is based on the idea that you know better than anyone else who is the perfect match for your family. Three different membership options – starting with as little as 39,90 € per month give you the chance to get in touch with young girls and boys, check their profiles and contact them through AuPairWorld’s secure messaging system. AuPairWorld also offers valuable information and tips about au pairing which will help you to turn the au pair stay into a success. The multilingual team at AuPairWorld can be contacted via telephone or e-mail for any questions.
Expat mum Claudia put AuPairWorld to work to help improve her kids’ connection to her home country Germany. She and her family live in Vancouver, Canada, and successfully found matching au pairs for her family throughout the past six years thanks to AuPairWorld.
Claudia explains: “It is important to me that my son and daughter learn German as well. Here in Canada, it is rather difficult to find German speaking nannies, as most of the nannies are from Asia. Thus, we stumbled on the idea of hosting an au pair.” Ever since then, Claudia and her family have been having a new family member from Germany each year. These young ladies, mostly aged 18 or 19 years, speak German to the kids and English to Claudia’s husband and other persons close to the family, and help the children with their homework in French.
The kids simply love the idea of having an older sister for a set period of time, even though they would initially test the boundaries of the new family members. “Still, the au pairs do a great job and eventually they get things straight with the kids,” Claudia reports. “To be quite honest, I am always impressed to see how these young girls manage to find their way in a new situation, how they’re able to juggle a multitude of tasks and how quickly and easily they make new friends here.”
Over the first few days of an au pair stay, Claudia discusses the family routine with the newcomer and fills her in on points of day-to-day organisation. “It never takes too long for these things to get sorted, though.”
Finally with au pairing, it is important to be flexible and to accept each person as they are, Claudia believes. This also includes accepting that others do things slightly differently from what you personally may be used to. “It’s a fair compromise, given that we have a flexible, German-speaking person at home who takes care of our kids and with whom they identify better in terms of age, compared to a nanny. Maybe even somebody who is prepared to bounce along on the trampoline or play soccer.”
If Claudia´s story strikes a chord with you, and you think about becoming a host family as well, check out what we can do for you.
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