The InterExchange Au Pair South of France program connects you with a welcoming host family for six to 12 months. Placement locations include cities or suburbs of Cannes, Marseille, Nice, and Nimes, or small cities such as Roqefort-les-Pins and Valbonne. 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 and from school, light housework, preparing meals for the children, tutoring, and more. In addition to housing and meals, the weekly stipend starts at €100 per week in exchange for up to 35 hours of child care. You'll get time off each week, one to two weeks of 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.
Costs to Consider
You must have insurance that covers repatriation and emergency medical evacuation.
- Translations of Diploma and Transcripts
After program acceptance, you'll 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 also require a pre-registration fee of €100 – €550, depending on the school.
- 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 $110, all while not paying for your major living expenses of rent or food. This means if you are in France for a full year, you will make a about USD $5,700!
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
The first time the little girl gave me a spontaneous silly wet kiss it stopped me in my tracks. I realized that I've been a steady figure in their little lives and they rely on me… they even love me. Monica
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