About Au Pair Paris

Au Pair Paris is a unique au pair program that matches smart, caring, young English speakers with French families in Paris and the Parisian metropolitan area. At Au Pair Paris we take a personalized approach and continue to support au pairs throughout the application and visa process, as well as providing support, introductions and meetings after they arrive in France.

An American French Cultural Exchange

Au Pair Paris is unique in its focus between Paris and the United States, although we also accept qualified anglophone candidates from around the world. It was conceived by two mothers, Sylvie Confiac in Paris, and Susan Horton in New York, who shared similar aspirations:

  • To promote amicable, constructive and enduring cultural exchanges between the U.S. and France
  • To revive and renew the concept of an au pair and to strengthen this concept through successful au pair placements with French families

The real story of its conception began many years earlier, when Sylvie, eager to discover America, became an au pair for Susan and her family in New York City. They developed an enduring relationship and stayed in touch over the years.

They eventually reunited and found they shared an interest and passion for reviving the classical idea of an au pair and the meaningful cultural exchange inherent in this union. They brainstormed, researched, planned and, in the fall of 2008 gave birth to Au Pair Paris.

Get in Touch

New York, USA

Susan Horton
Tel: 917.658.7706
Email: susan@aupairparis.com

Paris, France

Sylvie Confiac
Tel: 011.33.6.12.06.62.62
Email: sylvie@au-pair-paris.com

Who is Au Pair Paris?

Susan Horton, Au Pair Paris Director in New York

Susan is responsible for selecting qualified candidates to become au pairs in France. She has had 25 years experience working with and managing people for Susan Horton Designs, a company she founded.

As a young mother and professional, she chose to invite au pairs from France to care for her children and in 12 years, her family hosted 8 young women and 4 young men. She appreciates the care and knowledge they imparted, and in many cases, they continued to stay in close touch with her entire family. Susan’s professional attitude and personal touch contribute to the success of our matches.  

Sylvie Confiac, Au Pair Paris Director in Paris

Sylvie is responsible for selecting qualified families to host au pairs in Paris and the Parisian metropolitan region. Twenty years ago, before building a family of her own, she arrived in New York City to become the au pair to Susan Horton’s family, an enriching experience and one which enabled her to understand the au pair experience from both sides.

After returning to Paris, she worked at a job for 11 years in product development for the pharmaceutical industry and then spent a year in business consulting and organization. During that time, she maintained contact with Susan, eventually expressing the desire to leave corporate life and create a better balance between work and family. Sylvie, discerning and scrupulous, understands the importance of finding host families who seek a constructive and enduring exchange.

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