The French drive on the right side of the road and receive their driver’s licenses at age 18. Driving is very common in France and the traffic laws are similar to those in the U.S. All of our French Au Pairs in the U.S. had their driver’s license before arriving.
Carri has been a Go Au Pair Host Mom since 2007 and recently said goodbye to their French Au Pair, Laure. Carri said that her family "had an excellent year with Laure."
"Laure assimilated well into our household. I think our culture’s are similar – that being the independence of the French and the independence that Au Pairs can experience in American households. Other girls would go to their rooms or out with friends when they work time was over but sometimes Laure brings her laptop into our family room and hangs there with us throughout the night. It’s a great way to get to know them better – when they just spend time hanging around in your presence."
"We didn’t have any real cultural differences. This may be stereotyping, but I think a lot of French people smoke. At day's end (when thru with work), sometimes Laure would go out to smoke (like at a park or away somewhere where she would take the car – not right outside the house). I never smelled it on her and she is great about not smoking in our house or around the kids so it doesn’t bother me. Had she said she was a smoker early on, I may have been worried, but as long as they are sensible it and it isn’t a big “need” for them then ok."
"I would definitely want all of my Au Pairs to be French but this time around, one of the stronger candidates was from Sweden so we went with her. Laure has been teaching our toddler French and because Julia [Carri's daughter] is just learning to speak and totally understands both languages, I am enrolling her in French school throughout the school year. I would have loved to have another French Au Pair especially because I want Julia to know French, but we thought Amanda [an Au Pair] from Sweden was an excellent match for our family."