Au Pair in France

Au Pair in France

Travel around France and get paid. Provide child care to a screened host family.


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Being an au pair in France is a great program if you want to travel and earn money at the same time!  Add to that great combo a loving host family where you will have all of your meals, a private bedroom and all the support you need.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 29, we’re interested in having you join us. All we need to begin is for you to hold a passport from the United States, Canada, UK, EU, New Zealand, Australia, or Ireland. We will screen your host family, ensuring you have a safe, comfortable environment and that they are a suitable host. We will also provide you with a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. We will also help you make new friends during your time there. We organize monthly meet ups and other social activities.

Your private room and meals are included with your placement fee. Provide 30-40 hours each week of child care for the family and you’ll be paid around $110 US each week. During your time off you will have plenty of time to meet other au pairs and travel around France.

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 be able to participate in family activities, share cultures, make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area … a built-in social network to make your time abroad a lot more fun, exciting and rewarding.

Becoming an Au Pair in France 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 in France.

Be ready to get to know and love the everyday life in France, enjoy a second home with new friends, become more independent and confident, discover new interests, put your organizational and creative skills to the test, get to know yourself better, add an international reference to your resume in order to help with future job applications as you become an au pair in France.

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  • Do you enjoy helping children with homework, assisting in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean, preparing snacks and meals for children, and dropping them off or picking them up from school or activities? If the answer is “yes” then this program is definitely for you.

    This is a great program for people who want to experience life in France and the French culture in-depth. The program has a focus on you providing child care for the family, who in turn will pay you.  But there is also a big cultural exchange component, and host families are excited to share the characteristics of their country, culture and cuisine.

  • Aside from earning money while you travel, our au pairs have the opportunity to learn more about children and influence their lives. As an au pair, you develop more self-confidence and become more independent. Living with a family in their own country gives you an amazing insight into that county’s culture, values and people.

    Your confidence and experience will grow even more when you take advantage of the unique tools offered only to GeoVisions’ au pairs, including our ESL Lounge.

  • Depending on availability of families and their location, we can sometimes place friends near each other.
  • 2 months is the minimum length and 12 months is the maximum length. 2-Month placements are between May and August only.
  • $499 for 6-12 month placements. $849 for 2-3 month placements in the summer.
  • You will earn between 90€ and 100€ (Euros) per week (sometimes more based on experience), which is approximately $100US in weekly income.

    You can also stay in France for over 3 months and as much as 12 months as an au pair. If you’re from the US you will need to secure a long term student Visa and take language courses. GeoVisions will help you with that. If you stay 2 or 3 months, you will not need this visa.

    Surprisingly, when au pair program fees and other expenses paid are compared with pocket money earned plus the value of room and board, au pairs earn more than they spend.  Did you know that being an au pair is one of the most affordable ways to experience international travel even if you have to pay program fees and flight expenses?

    COSTS
    • $499 placement fee (if you stay 6+ months).
    • $615 airfare. We used STA Travel from Chicago as the departure city.
    • $55 (approximate) student visa if you’re from the US or a Work Holiday Visa if you’re from Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
    • $450 (approximate) for language courses the first trimester if you’re from the USA to total $1,549 for the year for USA Citizens and around US$1,099 for citizens of Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
    How Much Will I Make?
    • $5,200 salary.
    • 1 1/2 full days off per week to travel. Plus you get one full weekend off each month.
    • After six months you get a full week of paid vacation.
    • Your health and accident insurance is paid.
    So …
    • If you are from the US, you will spend around $1,619 to get to France (and take language classes).  That means you could clear about $3,581.
    • You could clear around $4,031 if you’re from Australia, New Zealand or Canada and even more if you reside in the EU.

    Don’t forget that the value of that room (you don’t have to pay rent) and meals (you don’t have to buy food) is approximately $13,471 US. This figure is based on the cost of staying in France as a student in student accommodation and eating the lowest cost meals. The value of your paid vacation and health insurance is over $1,000US.


Why Is There A Placement Fee? It’s like I’m paying to get a job.

Over the years we have met au pairs who have 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.

At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the families and the position 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 will meet other au pairs just like you and we provide 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).

Good News If You Are From Canada, Australia Or New Zealand

For citizens of Australia, Canada or New Zealand … it’s as easy as obtaining a Working Holiday Visa.

Receiving the French Working Holiday Visa means you do NOT have to take language courses when you enter France longer than 3-months. US Citizens are not allowed to apply for the French Working Holiday Visa and to Au Pair for a year US Citizens must apply for and receive the student visa, and take language courses during their stay. This will save Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens thousands of dollars over the course of the year.

French Working Holiday Visa Information

France has a working Holiday visa available to New Zealand, Australian And Canadian Citizens.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of New Zealand, Australia or Canada.
  • Satisfy the visa officer that your primary intention is to holiday in France, with employment being an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit.
  • Be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years, both inclusive, at the time of application.
  • Not accompanied by children.
  • Possess a valid New Zealand, Canadian or Australian passport.
  • Possess a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket.
  • Possess sufficient funds for his/her maintenance during the period of stay in France.
  • Pay the prescribed working holiday visa application fee.
  • Agree to hold medical and comprehensive hospitalization insurance to remain in force throughout his/her stay in France.
  • This is a brief & general summary. Visa requirements and the number of working holiday visas allocated in countries each year can vary and new agreements are being made regularly so we recommended you attain complete and up to date official information from the French Embassy or consulate in your home country before making any work and travel plans.

New Zealand Citizens
For more information.

Australian Citizens
For further information on working holiday agreements.

Canadian Citizens
For Further Information.

Even Better News If You Are From The European Union (EFTA or EEA)

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.

What if I don’t like my placement when I arrive or I have host family issues? Can I move?

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. You will Skype, call or email your family before you pay the balance of your program fees. It’s the only way everyone will be happy.

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.

Can I be placed with someone? I’d like to travel with a friend.

Unfortunately, host families needing an au pair have the room for one extra person in the home. 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.

If you’re set on traveling with someone and they must be close by, take a look at our other program types, because we do have those kinds of placements.  Give us a call and ask.

Au Pairs in France Must
  • Be between 18 and 29 with at least a high school diploma.
  • We can currently take au pairs from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or any EU country.
  • Have previous childcare/babysitting experience, and a genuine love of children.
  • If you want a 10-12 month placement, starting in September is ideal.
  • If you start in January, you can qualify for 6, 8 or 12 month placements.
  • Driver’s license is preferred.
  • Swimmers preferred.
  • Be able to commit to at least 2 months as an au pair.  Some summer placements are available from May through September.  Long term assignments typically begin in September, but we can accept au pairs year ’round. Short term placements may take longer to match with a host family and are not always available.
  • A requirement to meet the France Visa requirements for the Long-Stay Student Visa program includes attending French language classes in France.  If you are a 2-3 month au pair, you do not need a visa in advance nor do you need to take the language courses.
  • If you are a 2 to 3-month au pair (May through September only) you enter on a Tourist visa that is good ONLY for 90-days.  No language classes are required.
  • Have basic skills in French and motivated to achieve a higher fluency.
Information on French Host families
  • Location: Throughout France.
  • Age of Children: Most families have school age children.  If there is a baby, the au pair’s main task is to look after the older children, or help the mother with the baby.  The au pair should not have sole charge of a child less than two years old.  Most French families have 2 to 3 children.  Families with one child represent about 10% of the total; families with 4 to 5 children are only 3% of the total.
  • Expectations for an au pair:  An au pair has to be fully reliable when looking after the children. The au pair has to take part in the family life and routine.  Meal time is very important in France, and au pairs should be prepared to spend some time speaking with the family during the evening meal.  They should help with the meal as a member of the family.
Au Pairs in France Receive
  • Placement with a carefully screened family.
  • A private room and full board.
  • A stipend of at least 90€ (Euros) per week for up to 30 hours of babysitting.
  • Help and support as needed from GeoVisions’ partner au pair agency.
  • Assistance in identifying a suitable French language school near the host family (if you are a long-term au pair).
  • The opportunity to attend a French language school (up to 10 hours per week).
  • At least 1 1/2 days off per week.  And one weekend per month.  After 6 months you will receive one week paid vacation and another week at the end of your stay.
  • Here are examples, written by our participants in France, from our SeekExperiences Blog.
  • Transportation costs of getting to French language classes, if enrolled.
Au Pair Responsibilities Include
  • Living with the host family as a member of the family and the desire for a strong cross-cultural relationship.
  • Helping with babysitting, child care and general household duties.
  • Assisting French family with English language as desired.
  • Adjusting to the French culture and customs, while sharing your culture and language with the host family.

  • 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 range is between 30-40 hours per week.

    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.

    Au pairs must have 1 1/2 days off per week as well as one full weekend off per month.

  • A formal orientation is given after arrival.

  • Basic level of French with motivation to achieve a higher fluency.

  • If you are in France from 2 to 3 months, you do not need to take French language classes.

    If you are staying 6-12 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.

  • 18-29 years of age. We have placements for both males and females.

  • Throughout France.

  • Not Included.

  • 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 guidance for the process. Your host family will provide needed documentation.

  • Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.

    French families are required to provide your health and accident insurance if you are in a six-twelve month placement.

    The stipulation below covers the time you are not covered, or the 2-3 month short-term placement.

    With the new healthcare and insurance laws in the United States, GeoVisions cannot legally provide travel, health and accident insurance on our group plan for any participant who resides outside the US. If that is you, we hope you will still participate with us.

    For US Citizens, GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services through STA Travel.  You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure.  Please read the information about the plan carefully. You can also upload a photo for the card which will act as your insurance card and your GeoVisions ID card. This card is good for one year.

    If you reside outside the US, please find out if your current health insurance plan covers you when you travel. If it does not, you will need to purchase an insurance plan separately. Then, simply send us a scan or photo of your insurance card. It’s that simple.

    GeoVisions takes your health very seriously. We have specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.

  • Included.

  • Included to and from school if you are taking French language classes on the long term program.

  • Included. You will stay with a French family and you will have a private bedroom.

  • 3 meals per day are included when you are with your French family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.