Live with a French host family and improve your language skills while providing up to 30 hours per week of child care. Au pairs will earn a stipend of at least 300 euros per month and enjoy rent-free living with a carefully screened host family.
Au Pairs in France provide a maximum of 30 hours of childcare per week in exchange for living accommodations with a host family, meals and a stipend of at least 300 euros per month. While the fall is the ideal time to start due to a high demand for au pairs, placements are available throughout the year. Most host families live in the surroundings of Paris, but you can also request to be placed around Nice or Lille.
Your duties could vary depending on the children’s ages and the family’s needs. General au pair duties include taking the children to and from school, playing with the children, light housework as it relates to childcare, preparing meals for the children, tutoring the children and more. Au pairs should have at least 100 hours of child care experience and a genuine love of children.
Long-term au pairs are required to enroll in language courses throughout the program, and short-term au pairs have this option as well. Au pairs usually attend classes for 10 hours per week. Classes are a great way to meet other participants and improve French language skills.
We encourage you to call us and speak with a member of our team about the unique rewards and challenges of becoming an au pair before applying, but if you have child care experience and an interest in learning French, our Au Pair in France program could be a good fit for you.
As an au pair in France you will receive:
- Placement with a carefully screened host family
- A private room and full board
- A 300 euro per month minimum stipend
- 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
Summer Au Pair Fee
Long-Term Au Pair Fee
*Discount applies to applicants who apply for our Au Pair in France program between February 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015 and receive a host family placement confirmation for a program beginning between August 1, 2015 and October 30, 2015. The program must be for a minimum of nine months.
Other costs to consider:
- Visa required for programs longer than three months (visa applicants must physically appear at their French consulate)
- Language classes required for programs longer than three months - classes usually cost around 400 Euros per trimester (every 10 weeks)*
- Personal spending money
- Insurance for short-term au pairs (basic insurance is provided for long-term au pairs the the French Social Security System)
*After your placement is confirmed, our International Cooperator or your host family will help you find a language school where you can enroll in French classes.
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- Long-Term Au Pair: Eight to 12 months
- Summer Au Pair: Two to three months
We can match au pairs with host families throughout the year, but the best time to start is in the early fall (September/October). This is when there is the highest demand among families. Short-term summer au pairs can apply to begin their program any time in May through July.
Your exact program dates will be agreed upon by you and your host family. After you submit your application, expect to wait around four weeks for a host family match. You will meet your host family over Skype before finalizing the placement.
See the chart below for 2015 deadlines. Later applications may still be accepted, but opportunities for placement become limited the later you apply. For later submissions, please give us a call or send us an email to discuss possibilities.
Long-Term Au Pairs
Eight- to 12-month placements
|Approximate start date
||Apply no later than*
||March 15, 2015
||April 15, 2015
||May 15, 2015
||May 30, 2015
||June 30, 2015
||July 31, 2015
Summer Au Pairs
Two- to three-month placements
|Approximate start date
||March 31, 2015
||March 31, 2015
*Deadlines are subject to change.
**We receive a high volume of applicants for placements during these months. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
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To be an au pair in France, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen between 18 and 29
- Have a high school diploma
- Have at least 200 hours of child care experience
- Be able to commit to at least 10 months (most host families prefer au pairs for the school year from September to June) or two to three months (May to September)
- Complete a successful interview with an InterExchange Working Abroad staff member
- Possess the physical and mental capacity and dedication to carry out the responsibilities of the program without interruption
- Provide a clear criminal background check
- Long-term au pairs ONLY: Attend French language classes while in France - this is required to meet the France Visa requirements for the Long-Stay Au Pair Visa
- Long-term au pairs ONLY: Have basic skills in French. Long-term au pairs 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
InterExchange Working Abroad reserves the right to refuse acceptance to an applicant who we believe to be unsuitable for our programs for any reason.
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1. What is an au pair?
An au pair is a child care provider who lives with a host family and cares for the children a set number of hours per week, in exchange for a room, meals and pocket money. While an au pair’s main responsibilities revolve around the care of children, s/he may also perform some household duties like cleaning and cooking. An au pair should be thought of essentially as a member of the family and should make an effort to adjust his/her schedule to align with that of the family to some extent. Each country has its own traditions and policies when it comes to au pair work, and our Au Pair Abroad programs vary slightly depending on the country.
2. How long is an au pair program?
Often families seek an au pair for a period of about nine to 12 months (usually during the school year) but sometimes shorter placements are available (in Australia placements last six months and in Spain short-term placements are available from two months and up). In France we have some short-term (two to three months) placements available in the summer only. The duration of any program will depend on visa restrictions, the needs of host families and au pairs’ abilities.
3. Is the au pair program right for me?
The au pair program can be very challenging and sometimes stressful. Since au pairs need to be available at various times (early morning, sometimes evenings, middle of the day etc.), their schedules must be somewhat flexible. Compared with someone studying abroad, for example, it may be more difficult to enjoy evenings out. An au pair should have significant child care experience. While babysitting for siblings certainly counts, it is important to have had experience caring for non-family members as an au pair would be doing.
4. When is the deadline to apply?
Although some au pair programs have specific deadlines listed on their web pages, in general applications should be submitted no less than three months in advance of your desired start date.
5. What are the costs involved?
Our program fees range from $495 to $595 no matter how long your placement is. Here are some other costs you will need to consider:
- Language classes (required for Spain and France)
- Visa fees (vary by country and may require travel to a consulate)
- Insurance (available for purchase through InterExchange)
- Personal spending money
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