Become an Au Pair

When you become an au pair in France, you are bound to have an amazing experience. Leave your comfort zone, travel to another country and learn another language and culture. You will have the chance to make friends from all around the world and build a meaningful, lifelong relationship with your host family.

Au Pair Paris matches young English-speakers with welcoming French families in a careful and personalized selection process. Your French host family will help you discover Paris and France and benefit from a rich international cultural experience. Along with childcare, they are looking for you to share your skills, interests and passions.

Current and recent au pairs include graduates from Stanford, Smith, Georgia Tech, NYU, Barnard, University of Chicago, Michigan State, Indiana University, University of CA and other schools. Some au pairs are putting off college and taking a gap year abroad. They all share a strong interest in France and French culture.

Through our au pair program, you also have the chance to obtain a recognized European diploma. We will guide you through this process to enhance your resume.

What is an Au Pair?

The term “au pair” comes from the French meaning “on equal terms.” An au pair is considered a family member; being an au pair is more than just a job. Young English-speakers who wish to discover France, explore French culture and improve their language skills will find a welcoming French family with whom they can create a genuine cultural exchange.

Learn more in Au Pair FAQs.

How to Become an Au Pair

See the steps to follow to become an au pair with our Au Pair Paris program.

Qualifications for Au Pairs

To become an au pair, candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • A genuine enthusiasm for children and childcare
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 28
  • Be in good health, open-minded, flexible and responsible
  • Have basic skills in French
  • Be able to provide references, photos, a diploma, a passport, a birth certificate, a short medical form, a background check, a resume and a short letter of motivation

Tasks and Responsibilities for Au Pairs

This will vary with the age of the children but in general will include: bringing to/picking them up from school (except possibly Wednesday, when most Parisian children don’t have school), bringing them to after-school activities; feeding, bathing, playing and helping them with homework; informal lessons in art, music, language; household tasks related to the children (children’s laundry, straightening), helping with family tasks (setting the table, helping with dishes, etc.)

Read Childcare Information for New Au Pairs on our blog.

Program Compensation and Benefits

You receive a weekly stipend of 90 euros for a maximum of 30 working hours. In addition you’ll have a private bedroom and full board; paid vacation (length depends on duration of stay), health insurance (approx 200 euros per month, paid for by host family); and a local public transportation pass (90 euros per month, paid by host family).

Program Fees and Costs

There is a $300 Program fee. This includes full guidance through the application/visa process and full support during your stay. We offer help and information in finding a school, and provide a notarized translation of your diploma into French. We offer support throughout your stay, including introductions to all other Au Pair Paris au pairs, information meetings, social gatherings and individual assistance. Your Program fee is refunded if we do not find you an au pair job with an appropriate host family within 3 months of depositing your check. You are responsible for your round trip airfare to Paris, visa charges, French immigration fees, a notarized translation of your birth certificate once in France and cost of a mandatory French class.

French Visa Requirements for Au Pairs

Within 90 days of your departure, you must make an appointment at your home state’s French Consul office. For more information about visas and a visa application form, go to the French Consulate website. The Au Pair Paris program will help guide you through this process.

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