Living in France as an Au Pair provides you with a unique insight to French life. While you help the children with their English skills, you also spend time perfecting your French, which is an important language around the globe. In fact, it is only second to English in use between nations for communications. While in France, you can take advantage of the many sites, museums and culture from the cities to the country.
Au Pair Requirements
Au Pairs going to France must meet the following requirements:
- 18-27 years old
- Previous child care experience as verified through references
- High School diploma or equivalent
- Clean criminal background
Au Pair Duties
As an Au Pair in France, you are responsible for providing up to 30 hours of child care. Child care responsibilities can include activities such as meal preparation, baths, naps, general supervision, helping with homework and driving the children to school and activities.
As an Au Pair, you help around the house through light housekeeping. Examples of light housekeeping include laundry, tidying up rooms, making beds, vacuuming and caring for pets. Au Pairs are not responsible for heavy housework or the overall care of the home.
You are also required to complete a French language course during your placement in France.
Au Pair Benefits
Host Families in France provide their Au Pair with the following:
- 3, 6, 9, or 12 month placements (3 and 6 months-summer only)
- Private room and full board
- €80 pocket money per week plus travel card
- 2 weeks of paid vacation per year
- Health insurance for placements longer than 3 months
- Transportation to class
Au Pair Cost
- Application and placement fees
- French courses (€120-140 per month)
- $129 visa application
- Airfare to and from France
- Cost to have documents translated to French
- $50 French Interview fee
- 3 months travel health insurance