Host family is a family which consists of at least a parent and a child who is willing to participate in the cultural exchange program, by hiring an Au Pair from other country, treating him/her as equally as other family members and as a part of the family. In order to employ an Au pair from overseas. In some countries, the host families are obliged to sponsor Au Pair with visa application, a return flight ticket, language course, insurance, and lodge with essential facilities, meals, holidays and money pocket money.
Host families should also embrace cultural difference, ready to adapt and adjust unfamiliar cultural encounters, most of all being understanding and willing to introduce their own culture to Au Pair as well as willing to teach Au pair regular practices in the house or something that is imperative for him or her to learn in order to prevent misunderstanding or possible harmful incidents.
What host families and Au Pair should bear in mind: Always be clear on employment contract, work condition, family routines and rules, expectation for Au Pair so there is no chance for disappointment and relationship between Au Pair and a host family is going smoothly.
In some countries like the Netherlands and Switzerland, host families are obliged to hire an Au Pair through a local agency. Cost varies depends on rules and regulations of that country.