Voici un exemple de conversation avec une famille américaine pour la préparation de votre entretien au pair avec votre famille d’accueil américaine.
Au Pair: Hello, am I speaking to Mrs Nelson?
Host Family: Yes speaking. With whom am I speaking?
Au Pair: My name is Abigail and I am calling from the ‘Au Pair in America’ programme in Montpellier in France. Is this a good time to speak?
Host Family: Yes, of course. How can I help you?
Au Pair: I am interested in becoming an au pair for your family – would it be possible for me to ask you some questions?
Host family: Yes sure. What would you like to know?
Au pair: I am interested in knowing more about your family – I saw that you have three children. How old are they?
Host family: Yes I have three children – Margo, my youngest, is 7. And then her two older brothers Alex and Austin are 11 – they are identical twins!
Au Pair: Oh twins! That’s great! And how do the children feel about a new au pair joining the family?
Host Family: Well we have had 2 au pairs with ‘Au Pair in America’ before and both were excellent so the children are used to it – they loved both experiences!
Au pair: That’s good. So what activities do the children like doing?
Host Family: Well Margo is very creative, she loves painting and drawing and every Sunday morning we do arts and crafts with her. We make models from Paper Mache or clay – it can get very messy! She also loves music – she plays the piano and is always singing.
Au Pair: That sounds like fun, I actually play the piano too and I love music so I’m sure we would have fun together!
Host family: Yes that’s great. And then the two boys they are very athletic – they both play a lot of tennis and love going swimming on the weekends.
Au Pair: Oh I played tennis when I was younger too! Do they play competitively or is it just for fun?
Host Family: They play competitively at our local club in matches and in tournaments, but we all go down there sometimes to have a friendly game. There is a swimming pool there too so we go swimming together as a family as well.
Au Pair: Oh I would love to see them play! Do you go and watch their matches often?
Host Family: Sometimes yes when we all have time. They love it when we watch and cheer them on! And they all love basketball too so there’s a goal in the yard at home!
Au Pair: I could definitely go along and cheer for them! That sounds fun. So do the children have their activities after school or are they only at the weekends?
Host Family: Margo has piano lessons on Thursday afternoons after school and the boys have their tennis lesson on Monday afternoons. Most matches and tournaments are on the weekends though.
Au Pair: Okay I would be happy to take them to their activities! I have been wondering… what is a typical day like in your family during the week? What time is school for the kids?
Host Family: Well during the week we wake up at 7:30am and the children have to be driven to school at 8:45 – the school is just around the corner so it is very convenient! They finish school at 3pm and usually have a snack when they get home. Do you feel confident driving in the USA?
Au Pair: Yes I have an international driving licence and have been driving for three years now so I am a confident driver.
Host family: Oh perfect.
Au Pair: And what happens in the evenings? What time do the children go to bed during the week? Is it different at the weekend?
Host Family: Yes, during the week Margo should be in bed by 7 30pm and the boys by 8 30pm. On the weekends all three of them need to be in bed by 9pm. But the kids are very good about sticking to their bedtimes so luckily it’s not too difficult to get them to bed!
Au Pair: Oh brilliant that’s good to know! Thank you. And what is a typical weekend day like in your family?
Host Family: Well Saturday is usually a very active day for us – in the morning we do all the house work and then eat lunch altogether which we all help to make.
Au Pair: Oh I love cooking, I could definitely help out with that! I cook for my family a lot at home.
Host Family: Yes that would be great! In the afternoon we do a family activity either playing in the park, riding bikes, playing tennis or going swimming. Then in the evening we eat dinner while watching a movie. On Sunday mornings we do arts and crafts with the kids before going out for Sunday brunch!
Au Pair: Oh that sounds like a lovely weekend! Are there lots of restaurants and facilities nearby?
Host family: Yes there is a little square around the corner with restaurants and shopping – everything you could ask for to be honest, it is very convenient!
Au Pair: That’s useful, I could always pop out to do the shopping for you then if you need anything. I am happy to help you out where I can! What sort of food do you eat at home?
Host family: In general we like to eat a lot of meat and vegetables and the kids love pasta. They are not too picky when it comes to food!
Au Pair: That is lucky! I am not a fussy eater either! I would love to introduce some French foods to you, I really like cooking and could prepare some recipes to bring over!
Host family: Yes that would be great.
Au Pair: Well thank you very much for your time, it has been lovely to speak to you.
Host family: No problem. If there is anything else you need to know, do not hesitate to contact me.
Au Pair: That’s great thank you – I am really looking forward to working as an au pair!
Host family: Good luck with everything!
Au Pair: Thank you, have a good day! Goodbye!
Host family: You too, bye!