Gifts for your Host Family are not a mandatory point on your pending tasks list, but it’s good to think of some small unique “thank you” gifts before you set off on a journey to your host country. It’s the best way to break the ice during your first meeting.
Presents for the Host Family may be hard to choose, but AuPair.com gathered for you a few gift ideas for the Host Family:
Remember that the gifts shouldn’t be heavy or big - you need to pack the presents in your suitcase to deliver them to the Host Family.
There are a lot of things to keep in mind while packing the luggage for a year abroad. One of them is a present for the Host Family. Although it is not mandatory, most of the Au Pairs decide to bring a little something for their hosts.
We know it is not easy to come up with an idea for a present. Something associated with your home country is always well received. Nevertheless, here are some things you should consider when choosing the perfect gift:
Make sure it is not too big or too heavy so it can fit in your luggage.
Do not buy something you can get in your host country.
Buy something resistant. The present is going to travel thousands of kilometers and it could break at any second.
Buy something with a personal touch rather than something luxurious
Check the legal regulations in the host country to ensure you can pass the border control without any issues.
Choose presents that represent your country. That way you can introduce your family to your culture.
The host parents might not expect a gift from the Au Pair but they will be very glad to get one. It is a challenge to find something that would fit their personality. In any case, there are lots of great options that do not require a lot of effort. Here are some ideas:
A book with pictures from your home country
Cookbook with recipes from your home country (if possible in the host country’s language).
Small crafts from your homeland
Calendar with your photos and your home country
Candy from your home country (for example pralines, chocolate)
Spices kit from your home country
If they like sports, a souvenir from your local team (a scarf, a booklet or a cap)
You need to visit the Host Family’s profile and drop a message there. If the family is a Premium Member, they will be able to read your message and answer it in no time. You can also add a Host Family to your hotlist. The families will immediately get notified that you are interested!
Can you help me with the paperwork and the placement process?
Unfortunately, we can’t help you with it. We are an online matching agency, thus we can’t interfere in your searching or placing process. We are happy to provide you with all our searching and matching tools and the information about the Au Pair experience. As our platform is available worldwide, we are unable to take care of all the applications we get daily. Feel free to use our service to visit your dream destination and find a great Host Family. We will be also glad to get your feedback! If you have any ideas or comments, get in touch with us.
How long does it take to find a Host Family?
It depends on several factors. Create your profile and make it attractive for other users. Check that you meet the Au Pair requirements set by the Au Pair program. Be active and contact 20-30 Host Families per day. While contacting the Host Families, make also sure that you fulfil the family’s expectations. Be active, open minded and try to convince families that the time spent with you will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their kids! Generally speaking, it takes from one week up to a few months to find a Host Family.