Au Pair in France

Au Pair in France

Explore France and earn money. Provide child care to a screened host family.

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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.

  • Be between 18 and 29 with at least a high school diploma. (Female Au Pairs are placed quickly, while male Au Pairs can take a bit longer to be placed.)
  • Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.
  • Have previous childcare/babysitting experience with references and a genuine love of children.
  • Swimmers preferred.
  • Be able to commit to at least 2 months as an au pair.
    • 2-3 month placements are available from June through September. 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.
    • Most long term au pairs begin in September.
    • If you start in January, you can qualify for 6, 8 or 12 month placements.
  • 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.
  • Provide a medical statement and a background check.
  • Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family.
  • Driver’s license is preferred.
Au Pairs in France Receive
  • Placement with a carefully screened family along with a private bedroom and all of your meals.
  • A weekly stipend of €90 (Euros) per week for approximately 30 hours of babysitting.
  • Help and support as needed from GeoVisions’ partner au pair agency.
  • If you are a long term au pair:
    • 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.
    • Transportation costs of getting to French language classes, if enrolled.

  • 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. 2-3 month placements are between May and August only.
  • $759 for 6-12 month placements. $849 for 2-3 month placements in the summer.
  • The fee you pay to 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 local screening of potential host families in France; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect; assistance in France during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what really happens; and social gatherings with other au pairs near you. This provides you a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in France. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.

    We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people.  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 or in moving expenses.

    Surprisingly, when the au pair fee and other expenses 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 a program fee and airfare?

Please Be Careful

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.

French families are required to pay for your health insurance. Be careful if you don’t use an agency. Many host families won’t insure you if they are not screened and then if you become ill or injured, you won’t have any insurance and will be left with medical expenses.

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, 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.

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

You can find free au pair 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).

Good 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.

Can I choose my location?

You cannot choose your location in France. 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.

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.

Will I be a part of the family or an employee?

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.

Should I become an au pair in France?

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.  An amazing cultural exchange!

Here are examples of what it’s like to au pair in France, written by our au pairs from our SeekExperiences Blog.

  • 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. For long term au pairs, au pair must have taken French classes prior to participating.

  • 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 basic information 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.

    If you are a short-term au pair (2-3 months in the summer):

    US Citizens will receive their 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 by the host family.

  • 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.

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

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