Become an Au Pair in France
Lots of people experience France from behind the window of a tour bus. As an au pair in France, you’ll see how the French really live, experiencing day-to-day life with your host family and their children. Perhaps one day you might take the children on a visit to a museum, followed by lunch at an open air café. If you become an au pair in Paris, a typical day might find you strolling along the Seine or through the Jardin du Luxembourg. If your host family lives in the charming northern city of Lille, perhaps you’ll spend an afternoon in Henri Matisse park or treat yourself and the children to a taste of Lille’s famous P'tit Quinquin candies. On your days off, you might spend some of your earnings travelling to nearby cities—or buying some French fashions. And each day, your French language skills will get better and better. C’est magnifique!
Au pairs in France provide a maximum of 30 hours of child care per week, and may be asked to babysit in the evenings, but no more than 2 times per week.
You will receive:
- Placement with a carefully screened host family
- A private room and full board
- A stipend of 270 Euros per month (final stipend will be included in the contract)
- The opportunity to take French language classes (10 hours per week)
- Transportation money to attend classes
- At least one complete day off per week (usually Sunday)
- Up to two weeks paid vacation, depending on program length
- Basic health and accident insurance through the French Social Security System (except summer Au Pair placements)
- ISE card - International Student & Youth Exchange Identification Card
- Pre-departure packet, including program guide, InterExchange notebook, T-shirt and more
Throughout France, but mainly in Paris suburbs.
September is the ideal time to start a program as there is a high demand for au pairs. However, placements may be available year-round, including limited short-term summer placements.
- Summer 2014 (2-3 months): March 31, 2014
- Fall 2014 (10-12 months): March 31, 2014
- 10 – 12 months (full-year program)
- 2 – 3 months (summer au pair program)
Please be sure that you are prepared for the challenges of an extended stay with a host family abroad before applying for the program.
To be an au pair in France, you must:
- Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen between 18 and 29
- Have a high school diploma
- Have previous child care/ babysitting experience and a genuine love of children
- Be able to commit to at least 10 months (most host families prefer au pairs for the school year from September to June); 2-3 month (May to September)
- Attend French language classes while in France (this is a requirement to meet the France Visa requirements for the Long-Stay Au Pair Visa program)
- Have basic skills in French. You must be able to show proof on a high school or college transcript that you have taken at least one French class of any level
- Complete a successful interview with an InterExchange Working Abroad staff member
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