Prien, January 25, 2011
“In Summer 2009 I moved for a couple of months to Paris. Being no longer in the fifties, I wanted a dream from my youth to become true: Experience France and its culture, and learn the sound of the French language.
It took me quite some efforts and a lot of luck to find a guest family, helping me with my first steps abroad. The family’s daughter was in need for some help in preparing her “Baccalauréat”, the French high school graduation, which she was about to take. So I helped her when she struggled with the particularities of the German language, and in return I could stay at her family’s place.
During the day I spent most of the time at the language school. There I met people of all ages, which was like a fountain of youth for me. We went out together for lunch, explored the city and, of course, dived into the nightlife. I often spent time all on my own, sitting somewhere in Saint-Germain-des-Près – my preferred quarter – and I still remember the self-made tourist guide Raphael – big smile
This stay abroad has been of particular value to me, as I experienced the free and easy way of life, like the one of the young au pairs coming from Germany, which my family hosted years ago.
Being part of the big family of UN employees, we were living with our three children in various countries. We found an agency that would place some young Germans (girls) in our family, in order to help us in our daily life and to bring with them a little bit of “home”.
Having experienced both scenarios, it made me think about a way to ease and improve service offers of that kind – Madame Grand-Mère® was born!
Independent Ladies and Gentlemen, having finished their working life and having children that are now grown ups, go out and travel! Living together with their hosts, they can experience foreign cultures, and at the same time be the grandma reading stories for the little ones, or being the grandpa playing football, or just being there as a friend with a helping hand – a gift for all families living far away from their grand parents. Members of both groups have their individual character and particular expectations. My personal experience will help you to identify the right match for you!
Madame Grand-Mère – Kristin Emmerinck