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How do I even begin to write about my amazing experience in the Netherlands. It was the most important year of my life. I learned so much, not just about myself, but that a family, whom you know from nowhere, can impact you in such a big way.
Unfortunately I was an au pair during covid times, but I actually feel like saying, FORTUNATELY, because I formed a relationship with my host kids in a way that is indescribable! We really made a bond so much faster than I thought we would. Not even to talk about the bond that I had with my host parents. I don’t even know how to thank them enough for being so kind, generous and patient with me. They were always willing to listen and give me advice if I needed it. They knew what my dreams were and made sure that I could tick most of the boxes on my bucket list. They made Christmas and my birthday so special and even implemented some of my traditions into their family. They were always so excited when I introduced new dishes and that made me feel so welcome.
I am incredibly thankful for my time with them as a family. They have a very special place in my heart and I wil forever be thankful for them.
The goodbye was probably the hardest thing I ever had to do. I really didn’t want to leave them, but I know that it was not the last time that I’ll be seeing them.
Last but not least, HBN! I am so thankful for them aswell. They tried so much in the crazy time of lockdown to check in on us and to make sure that we are doing fine. I loved that they arranged so much fun things to participate in. And the amazing thing about them is that all the girls working for HBN, au paired aswell. It makes you feel more comfortable in talking about a problem or anything in that matter. I can honestly say that I had a perfect match with my host family.
This was the best year of my life. A year with endless opportunities. I had the most amazing year, filled with laughter, tears and lots of bread! 😉
I will never forget about my year! Being away from family and friends it’s never easy, but it can be a great experience if you have people around you who care about you!”
I would just like to thank you for this opportunity and to say goodbye! I know I still have a few weeks left but I just want to reply to the previous email. I have received the HBN certificate.
In reply to the review of my host family:
My relationship with my host family was very special. I truly feel as though I was a part of this family and I think that I will always be a part of it. My host mom was there for me constantly and offered me support and advice in all situations. She taught me so many things that I will never forget. My host dad always made an effort to include me in all family situations and gave me so much advice. The kids were my absolute joy, they welcomed me and trusted me and taught me so many things. I was very lucky to be a part of this family.
.I liked that I was able to learn so many new things in a comfortable space. I never felt as though I was just here to look after the kids, I felt as though I was always considered as an important part of the family. I enjoy that my host family taught me so much about the Dutch culture and helped me learn the language. I love that I will always be a part of the family and will always be welcome. I enjoy that my host parents gave me the freedom to find my own footing and to figure out my own way of doing things while still applying to the way they like to have things done. I love that they took me on family holidays with them and got to experience different cultures with them. I don’t really feel as though there was anything missing in the relationship.
I found it really easy to adapt to their customs. They always took the time to explain the traditions and customs to me. They always included me in family events such as Sinterklaas and Christmas. They helped me a lot with learning how to speak dutch, if I didn’t understand something they always explained or translated. They also took a lot of time getting to learn about my cultures and traditions, which I really appreciate.
I would describe my experience with my host family as one that is unforgettable. I feel as though I gained a family and I will never forget them.
I would recommend my host family to keep everything the way it is. I feel as though they know the process really well and that they have found a way of doing things that work. At the moment I cannot think of anything I would recommend for them to change in the process.
I would highly recommend my host family and I will forever feel very grateful for them and for this experience.
When I manage to make a 2 years old Dutch girl understand me speaking in english, when I conquer the genuine heart of two kids – that I am completely in love, when bad weather becomes a joke, when I travel completely alone to a new country and make this adventure the best I can and then I am received with a beautiful smile from a 4 years old dutch boy looking forward to share his news with me.
Transformation is what I am now, a happy and fulfilled person. Glad to be where I am, and especially with a new vision about the world, the possibilities and full of plans. And part of this new person I owe to my host parents, Marloes and Reinout, who with love and patience taught me and made my year very special and full of love.
It’s not easy, but it’s worth it when you smile and is open for the chances that life gives you!
Thanks to my host family who have helped me learn so many things and help adjust made everything a lot easier. Huisje Boompje Nanny made it possible for me to make friends easier and feel at ease with the culture shock and in times not knowing what to do.
Au pairing is not only a gap year, as seen by most, but it’s a year of personal growth, making life long friends, getting to experience a new and different culture from your own and get to become a part of a beautiful family. It’s truly something I would recommend to anyone and everyone who ever stumbles upon an opportunity like this themselves.”
Now, as my time is coming to an end, I couldnt be more grateful to have been placed with them.
I have become very attached, to not just the kids but the whole family. We have all shared the most amazing experiences. I will forever be grateful to them, for accepting me as not just an au pair, but as family and a friend.
Before making my decision of becoming an Au pair in the Netherlands I read many descriptions/testimonials and among them I found two that really impressed me: “the Au pair is an extra you (host mom)” and “we want to have an Au pair because as we cannot show the world to our children, we want to bring the world to our house”. By reading this I was sure that I was going to be embraced/adopted by the host family. And so it was. My expectations were high and they were exceeded. Going to the Netherlands through HBN was the best decision I could ever make. I was always supported simply by the fact that HBN cares about families and Au pairs. They have a personal kind of approach, we (Au pairs and HBN team) get to know each other in person and they are always there for you.
Now about my Au pair year:
My host family made me feel at home since the first second we saw each other in the airport. They opened their arms and their hearths for me. I had a wonderful experience of love and self-knowledge. My host mom gave birth to the loveliest baby in the world during my stay there and they really let me be part of everything related to the little one. This really made my experience even more special. I couldn’t have had a better host family. I love them. They are my family!
I though as an au pair when you arrive here and spend your time with the family the contact with the agencies will not really matter but I was completely wrong! I have a few friends at other agencies that had trouble with their families and had the worst experiences trying to rematch or girls leaving and never heard of their company during the year including no emails to guide them with the process of de registration etc and I could see how that had a huge part to play in their unhappiness.
These incidences made me realize how important a good relationship is with your agency as well as an agency who cares because when you have trouble in a different country you need someone to help you and it is amazing knowing there are people that will help.
HBN is really an incredible agency and even though we only exchanged a few emails and spend time twice in person I honestly can say I felt well looked after as besides the admin there were times effort were made to personally see if I am doing well especially when Hanre left and I appreciated it more than I could express!
You guys do such an incredible job and I am sad to leave and not be apart of this great company anymore! One I am proud to say I was a member of! You guys do an exceptional job and I believe the fact that you personally know your au pairs and families are what makes you such an amazing agency. Thank you for everything you do for all the girls and especially for what you did for me! I appreciated it so much and I still do!
I hope that every au pair will be as lucky as I am to be apart of the best agency!