Au Pair Life

The Homestay

The homestay is the heart of this program. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to host-family living on your Au Pair France program:

Safe Placements
  • Host families are screened for safety.
  • Families submit applications and references, have an interview, and pay a program fee.
  • They are not paid for hosting you.
Typical Family
  • Families vary in personality and size but most have two or three children and they’re all excited about cultural exchange.
  • Usually, at least one parent is conversational in English. If you’d like to work on your French, let them know—they’re happy to help!
  • Most families reside in the suburbs of Paris and have young children; some have elementary-aged children.
Matching Process
  • We’ll look for a family that’s open to hosting for your desired dates.
  • Once we have a match, we’ll send you their profile.
  • You’ll set up a video chat to ensure it’s a good fit with our guidance to help you make the most of your call.
  • Matching can take a few days to a few weeks.
Living with a Family

Living with a host family is about connecting with the family members and integrating into their life. Families want au pairs who:

  • are eager to learn about France and French culture.
  • behave like an ambassador from the U.S. and a role model for the children.
  • are responsible and enjoy caring for children.
  • engage with them over meals and share their culture.

The Au Pair Role

The term “au pair” means “on par” or “equal,” meaning you’re meant to be on equal terms with your host family. As an au pair you’ll live with a welcoming host family and care for the children. Childcare will make up 25 hours/week of your time in France, enough to be a crucial part of the kids’ day-to-day lives but with plenty of time to get out and explore as well.

Childcare

Caring for your host children can include:

  • taking them to and from school
  • engaging them with activities
  • light housework (tidying and cleaning)
  • preparing their meals
  • helping them with homework

You’ll receive a childcare guide and connect with your host family before you leave the U.S. to find out what they’re looking for in an au pair.

Hours & Stipend
  • Up to 25 hours per week
  • Stipend of €400/month
  • When you connect with a potential family, you can discuss the childcare schedule so you know what to expect.
Free Time
  • You’re entitled to at least one full day off per week.
  • Vacation: one week of paid vacation (8-to-10 month placements); two weeks of paid vacation (10-to-12 month placements)
  • Paris is filled with tons of cultural activities and France, as a whole, is well connected by public transport.
  • Some participants link up with each other to explore. We’ll connect you with anyone in your region.
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