You are welcoming someone into your home who will become another member of your family.
It's such an exciting time for your family when you are awaiting the arrival of your new au pair! You are welcoming someone into your home who will become another member of your family. Remember that your au pair has traveled a very long way to be with you and is being immersed into an unfamiliar place and - most of the time - language so this time can be very overwhelming for her or him. It's so important to make your au pair feel comfortable and welcomed!
The first part of your au pair's journey will include a weeklong orientation and training program in New York City where she or he will be flooded with information about the new job and home. It's a very nice gesture to have something waiting for your au pair at the hotel to let him or her know how happy you are that he or she is here and that you're looking forward to meeting in person. My au pairs have said that those gestures have made them feel so welcomed and even more excited to meet their new host families.
There are many ways host families can welcome an au pair into their home. However, for a gesture to really stand out, it is important for host families to add a personal touch and do something that shows the au pair they have thought about his or her individual personality and interests. My host families have decorated their au pair's room in their favorite colors or had the kids make a big welcome banner. The important thing is make them feel special, comfortable and appreciated. This is the first step to an amazing and successful au pair year!