The Welcome Basket

I’m going to paint you a picture: our au pairs may have traveled as much as 24 hours to get to the training school: they are jet lagged, tired, hungry, terrified, excited, and the list goes on! After many intense courses at the training school, speaking English (which for many is not their native language), meeting new au pair friends and simply taking it ALL in, the preparation to come to your home is exhausting! They will then get on a train, bus and/or plane and travel to meet their American family for the first time.

The welcome basket is the first thing they see in their new room and because it’s important to really spend those first few weeks making an au pair feel like part of the family, all the while teaching them the lays of the land-your family-your kids-schedules-routines-rules, a basket filled with goodies is a nice little gesture.

Here are some ideas that you can include in your basket:

Toiletries: A towel, body soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, chapstick, deodorant (some countries do not use deodorant as part of their daily routine), toothpaste, or sunscreen.

Food items: chocolate, teas, baking mixes to do with the kiddos, and breath mints.

Small gifts: a mug, water bottle for everyday use, a Starbucks gift card, an international calling card, a blanket, new bed sheets, homemade cards from the kids, a local brochure, a local postcard, a picture frame, your Household Handbook, the Daily Communication Log, important contact information, and the keys to the house!

This will take you a short time to put together and will make a world of difference.

Do you have any ideas that you would like to share? Please let me know and I will be happy to include!

Sunday, 2 July 2017 9:57 AM

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