Travel and earn money at the same time. If that sounds great to you, think about becoming an Au Pair in France!
What do Au Pairs do? Au Pairs take care of the children during scheduled hours. They help the children with their homework and assist in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean. They prepare snacks and meals for the children, and drop them off or pick them up from school or activities. If this sounds like something you’d be really good at, then being an Au Pair in France is definitely for you.
Your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators in France you can call on anytime. All of this to ensure you have a safe, comfortable environment and that your host family is a suitable host. Receive a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. Through monthly meet ups, make new friends during your time in France.
$759 for 6-12 month placements. $849 for 2-3 month placements in the summer.
To offset this placement fee, au pairs in France will earn an average weekly stipend between €70-€90 for 30-hours of childcare.
2 months is the minimum length and 12 months is the maximum length. 2-3 month placements are between May and August only.
For 2 and 3-month assignments, no visa should be necessary. Participants will arrive on a Tourist Visa. For a longer assignment, a long term student visa will be required. GeoVisions will provide basic information for the process. Your host family will provide needed documentation.
If you are in France from 2 to 3 months, you do not need to take French language classes.
If you are staying 4-12 months, you will need a Student visa and you will be required to take French language courses if you are from the US. Plan on this to cost around $400 every ten-weeks while you’re there.
June/July is the preferred arrival time for the 2 to 3 month program, but we can place from May through August. September is the preferred arrival time for the 10 - 12 month program but we can normally find longer placements anytime during the year. A start date of January is also a good time for 6-12 month placements.
The fee you pay to be an Au Pair in France goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit company, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe host family and neighborhood. The fee helps our non-profit to provide your insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. We update our tutor materials and tutoring aids constantly and provide a real ESL Teacher who is here via email to give you personalized assistance if you feel you need ideas. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community.
Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.
The average weekly stipend is between €70-€90 for 30-hours of childcare.
After your arrival, you will receive a timetable with duties and working days/hours, so you know exactly the working time. The family must respect your time off. Should the family require you to work outside the usual working hours this must be agreed by both sides and any extra hours worked must be paid.
Usually au pairs are provided 1 ½ days off per week plus one weekend per month in addition to your weekly stipend.
You can find free au pairs positions on the Internet. Over the years we have met au pairs who did that and had horrible experiences when they thought they were going into a fantastic overseas au pair job only to find out the family where they were living was not screened, families dismissed au pairs routinely without paying them, and there was no one to turn to for help and support. No one to look out for them. And because they were on their own, they were lonely. Read about them here.
At GeoVisions, the families are screened and in some cases, we have placed au pairs with that family before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest stipend possible. We provide a person in-country to help you and to be there for you. You can meet other au pairs just like you and attend social activities with other au pairs. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we will move you to another family (based on circumstances).
We recommend focusing on family interviews and choosing your location based on the host family that you really “connect with.” Let the family connection guide your decision on where you will live.
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. It is the only way the program will be successful. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.
But after you arrive if you’re having issues, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
Unfortunately, host families needing an au pair only have one au pair in the home at a time. So we are unable to provide a homestay for anyone except one au pair per household. If you want to apply with someone else, they would be placed with another family. We would try hard to find a host family so you would be close to one another, but we could not guarantee that. We are successful most of the time.
Some of our au pairs tell us the bond they form with their host family can last a lifetime. We know some au pairs who actually fly back a few years later for a reunion or to attend a milestone event for one of the children they cared for.
You will participate in family activities, share cultures, make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area.
Becoming an au pair is a serious position … and while you do get paid to travel … your main responsibilities are the children you care for. While you might consider yourself patient, fun-loving and perfect for a job like this … think about how responsible you are and your previous experience with children under your care. If you’re ready … we have incredible families who need you right away, living in amazing locations. It's an amazing cultural exchange!
You can find sites on the Internet that will encourage you to find a family for free. Some of those sites boast 2 Million registrations. How can any company screen 2 million families? Please think twice before you agree to travel thousands of miles from your family and friends and move in with a host family who are advertising that they want a young woman or a young man to move in with them. They remind us of dating sites.
If things go wrong and your host family violates your agreement with them, resolving the problems will be all up to you. And today you may not be concerned. That’s fine. But just know that any family that ducks under the radar and doesn’t want to be screened, that regularly goes beyond the terms of your contract, making you work too much, too often, on the wrong kinds of tasks will likely keep on doing it unless there is someone right there to step in and help you. Or get you out of that situation quickly and safely.
In the USA and in The Netherlands, au pairs are required to use an approved au pair agency. This government requirement is all about protecting you.
Want some real down to earth ideas? The website, AuPairMom.com is a great source. At that site they “get about one email a week from an au pair in Europe or Australia who is working without the support of an agency. She is usually being expected to work far too much, has limited to no use of a car, can’t leave the host family’s house, and/or is having her pocket money withheld for problems she does not think she caused.”
With GeoVisions, every family is screened carefully and visited in person. Many of these families have hosted au pairs before. We brag that we have a few hundred host families not millions. It’s a number we can screen and stay connected to. It’s not about the money. It’s about your safety.
Here are examples of what it’s like to au pair in France, written by our au pairs from our SeekExperiences Blog.
Citizens of full European (EFTA, EEA) Member Countries are able to live and work in France without a visa or work permit. There is no visa application, no classes to take. GeoVisions will supply an eager host family who has been screened and EU citizens just need to show up on the agreed upon date to begin the Au Pair duties.