The InterExchange Au Pair Paris, France program connects you with a welcoming host family for six to twelve months in or near Paris! You will provide a set number of child care hours and, in return, your host family will provide a private room, meals, and a weekly stipend.
- Paid host family placement confirmed before you travel
- Child Care Guide and other pre-departure resources
- In-country and alumni support
- Facebook groups
- 24-hour emergency line
- InterExchange t-shirt
The ideal au pair candidate is flexible, energetic, and prepared to actively participate in the host family's life. Your responsibilities may include keeping children engaged with games and activities, taking them to/from school, light housework, preparing meals for the children, tutoring, and more. In addition to housing and meals, you will receive a weekly stipend of at least €85 per week. You'll get time off each week, 1-2 weeks paid vacation, and a transit pass or access to a car for personal use. You'll also take French language classes, which is a great opportunity to meet friends and improve your language skills.
Dates and Application Deadlines
We accept applications year-round and encourage you to apply four months prior to your desired start date.
Once we've sent your application abroad, it typically takes three to four weeks to receive a suitable host family file. It can take longer if you've applied more than three months in advance. We will notify you as soon as a placement has been found so you can connect with the family over email and/or video chat to make sure that you are both happy with the match. Once confirmed, we will provide all of the next steps on how to apply for your visa, when to book your flight, where to purchase insurance, and how to prepare to be an au pair and live abroad.
Your host family will pick you up from the airport or train station. Upon arrival to your host family's home, you'll find a welcome pack from our international cooperator containing helpful tips and a list of other au pairs nearby. Throughout your program, our international cooperator will be there to make sure your transition is smooth and fun. They host occasional social events where au pairs can gather, share experiences, and get to know one another.
Other Costs to Consider
You must have insurance that covers repatriation and emergency medical evacuation.
- Documents for application and visa
After program acceptance, you may need to provide translations of your diploma and transcripts (just the page that shows you took a French course).
About $116, paid at the same time of your visa appointment in the U.S.
- Language Classes
10 hours of language classes are required each week while on this program (excluding breaks and vacation time). These classes usually cost around €1,500 – €1,700 per year. Language schools may require a pre-registration fee, which can vary.
- OFII Social Security Fee
€58 to be paid within your first 90 days of arrival. Your host family will assist you with all preparation.
- Personal Spending Money
For independent travel/trips, any optional extra classes, social time with friends, etc.
You will be making a weekly stipend of about USD $100, without the major living expenses of rent, food, or most local transportation. This means if you are in France for a full year, you will make about USD $5,000!
What our participants are saying
Don't hesitate to participate in this program. You will experience an adventure of a lifetime that you will keep with you for the rest of your life. It's fascinating alone to immerse yourself in a new culture and learn all that you can while living away from everything you know, but you should also take the time to make friends from other parts of the world as well. If your cooperating agency puts together events with other participants in your area and you can go to them, I would strongly suggest it. I only went to one event during my time there, but I made several instant friends… Get to know your classmates and go out with them on the weekends and whenever you can. Take advantage of your time with your host family; ask them questions, never be embarrassed if you do not understand something and you need clarification. You're learning every day, so take full advantage! Heather
I was able to be in the city every week. And since an au pair visa is classified as a student visa all of the museums are free. Who else can say, "On Tuesdays I usually go to the Louvre?" Chelsi
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