Welke tips hebben jullie voor gastgezinnen?

What tips do you have for host families?

Every stay is unique, but the following tips can help you and your guest make the stay as pleasant as possible for both parties:

  • Don’t do it alone. Form a network with friends, neighbors, and family to provide housing and support together. No one knows how long it will take, and together you can manage for a longer duration. Also, communicate to your immediate surroundings that you’re hosting refugees from Ukraine.
  • Be open and discuss everything. The more you talk about things, the less chance of misunderstandings or irritation. However, be cautious with the infamous “Dutch directness”; choose your words carefully.
  • Offer privacy: a private room and time and space for your guest(s) to retreat.
  • Don’t be surprised if your guest spends a lot of time on their phone; news from Ukraine and social media contacts are very important.
  • Make clear, practical agreements, such as about meals, showers, lights out, keys, cleaning, etc. Be aware that your guest might be tired, angry, disappointed, and anxious.Be tolerant and understanding.
  • Be attentive to signs of stress and burnout. Take the initiative if necessary for a doctor’s visit and/or consultation with the Salvation Army volunteer. As a host family, you’re not a caregiver, but you can assist in finding help.
  • Consider the position of any children staying. Try to organize a daily routine for both children and adults, including education, work, sports, and other forms of relaxation. Explore opportunities in your area to connect with a sports club or association.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask your guest for small favors, like cooking or babysitting. It gives your guest a sense of satisfaction to be able to give back.
  • If cohabitation becomes difficult please consult your municipality or the Red Cross WhatsApp Helpline