Cultural Care Au pair actively recruits candidates with offices in 28 different countries. We are now sharing our the Madison WI experience five young women from South Africa.
Each Au pair has a genuine desire to learn about the customs and traditions of the U.S. and understand the cultural differences s/he will face during the year. It is important to make them feel welcome in our home town. Although each family is not responsible for entertaining their au pair, we encourage families to make an effort to include her/him in family activities and community events. As always remembering to keep lines of communication open at all times-good communication is the key to a good relationship!
Priya and her Host Family share their thoughts:
I asked Priya if she would be my very first Featured Au pair, when she said she would I requested an amazing picture that she felt best represented her home country.
We only talked to Priya once via Skype before requesting she become our au pair. She was friendly and outgoing and seemed genuinely interested in our family. I could tell she really loves children by the way she described her niece and nephew. She also loves animals which is important to us because we have a cat and a very large Newfoundland dog. When she saw our dog (Nova) via Skype, Priya declared her a “showstopper”. That’s when I knew she’d be a great fit for our family!
She’s been a great addition to our family and its been fun sharing American experiences with her such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.
FUN FACTS ABOUT OUR AU PAIRS FROM SOUTH AFRICA
- South African Au pairs are known for two things – being friendly and hardworking individuals. Being from an extremely diverse and multicultural nation, our au pairs are willing to adjust to any type of environment they are put in to. South Africans tend to be open and hospitable towards everyone they meet.
- They avoid situations where conflict may arise and would rather steer clear of any incident which causes negativity. For the most part, South Africans want to maintain harmonious working relationships, so they avoid confrontations.
- Majority of the au pairs will be travelling for the first time and may have never been on an airplane before.
- There are major differences in communication styles depending upon the individual’s cultural heritage. Most South Africans, regardless of ethnicity, prefer face-to-face meetings to more impersonal communication mediums such as email, letter, or telephone.
- Good manners are important values for South African families. Also, South African parents are usually very strict with their children so it may not be easy for South African au pairs to help raising children from very permissive host families.
- Due to the country’s rich cultural and traditional diversity, no uniform South African culture exists in the country. The varying ethnic and cultural groups of the country do, however, enjoy their own customs and traditions. Many of these customs, besides traditional African cultures, are influenced by European and Western traditions. Music, film, art and drama in South Africa are influenced by European, Western and African elements.
If you want to learn more about Au pair childcare and how you can share your family and cultural with a young person for another country please let me know, always happy to help.
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 2:07 PM