We love celebrating our au pairs here at AuPairCare. Every year we hold an Ultimate Host Family Contest that celebrates participants who embody the spirit of the au pair cultural change program. Our au pairs, however, aren’t the only ones who make this program great – amazing host families across the country are highlighted as nominees for our Ultimate Host Family contest! Au pair Bruna from Brazill submitted a touching story about her host family, the Hudson family. Read on for more!
Why do you have the Ultimate Host Family?
My host family has been above and beyond the rest, even before I arrived in the United States. Before I came to the US I knew I had the perfect match. Since the first time we talked, I felt a connection with my host parents and I absolutely loved the twin baby girls. They were nine months old when I started taking care of them. I was not only their first au pair but also the first person outside of the family to take care of the babies. My host parents were very helpful, patient and kind teaching me their daily routine which was very important to me to understand their needs, their schedule and it made me feel more confident as well. They are wonderful in communicating their expectations.
I always say that I am very lucky to have my host family because they became my American family here and I know they will be always there for me.
They constantly show me how much they truly care about me. I am never afraid to share my thoughts, fears, plans, and feelings. They have showed me that I am not just someone who takes care of their children, I am part of the family every day. I feel they really have changed my life. I love them, and they love me. They understand sometimes we have differences in culture, language, and emotions. The most important thing is that no matter where someone is from and what language is spoken always be respectful and kind, and they practice that every day. I love them more than languages, accents and words can say! If ever there was a best host family award, the Hudson's would win every year!!!
What special moments can you share?
I arrived at my host family`s house on a Friday evening and the entire weekend the only thing that I needed to worry about was trying and learning new things, meeting new people and getting to know more about the city. I immediately felt at home when they showed me my bedroom all decorated with photos of my friends and family and some presents. My host mom took me to the grocery store on Saturday to make sure that I had everything that I needed here and my host dad took me on a golf cart ride to see our neighborhood and meet some of their friends and neighbors.
Their kindness, compassion, and willingness to be so accommodating along with introducing me to their family and community immediately made me recognize how wonderful this host family was.
They always include me in all activities and future plans. My first year as their au pair we experienced many "first times". We celebrated our (the babies and mine) first Halloween, carved pumpkins, decorated the house, and of course, dressed up in our costumes. In November, we had our first traditional Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping even. In December, this is a very special month for us not only because it is the most wonderful time of the year but also because it is the twins birthday month.
For Christmas, we took family pictures and made our Christmas card. My host mom realized that we don't have this tradition in Brazil so she helped me to make my own Christmas card with the twins and I sent it to my friends and family back home. This is one of my favorite American traditions and I was very excited to do that. We decorated the house, baked Christmas cookies and drank eggnog. We left cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve and dressed up in our matching Christmas pajamas. My host mom ordered my pajamas even before I left Brazil. I feel very lucky and grateful for having people around me who really work hard to make me happy and it shows how much they care about me too.
My birthday is in April and we had so many plans to celebrate it but unfortunately, we were quarantined due to COVID-19. However, it did not stop my host family from surprising me and making my day special. I woke up to seeing a huge "Happy Birthday" sign in the front yard. They also contacted my friends and family and everyone sent a video with the best wishes for me. I cried tears of happiness because that was the best way that they found to make me feel closer to the ones that I love and miss so much when I could not see anyone during the pandemic. Being stuck in the house it was not easy at all and we had a very hard time through the quarantine and like everybody else we were a little scared. Nobody in the country was really sure what was going on yet. However, we did find some family activities to do and we had a wonderful time together playing with the girls and supporting each other. It has been so good to live with people who treat me as a family member.