Au Pair In France

For 2 to 12 months, live like a local. Earn up to USD$450 per month.

au pair
/ō ˈper/ noun
A young person who lives with a host family and takes care of the children in exchange for room and board and a weekly or monthly allowance.

Overview

Becoming an Au Pair in France is an affordable international educational experience that will enhance your resume through practical experience. And when you return home, imagine the kind of job you can get when you list this experience.

Travel and earn money at the same time. Sound good? With the new “Jeune Au Pair” visa, earn more, work less and there is no longer a requirement to take French classes.

What do Au Pairs do? They take care of the children during scheduled hours. Help the children with their homework and assist in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean. 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.

Rather than take your chances on a family that has not undergone a background check, with GeoVisions Foundation, 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 meetups, make new friends during your time in France.

Fee

$549

Think an online matching service is better? Read this and think again!

Service GeoVisions Great Au Pair AuPair.com Au Pair World
Membership Fee

$0

$35/mo.

$140/yr.

$55/mo.

$130/6 mo.

$45/mo.

$146/yr.

Review host family contract Yes No No No
Only accept screened host families Yes None None None
24/7 agency support abroad Yes No No No
Skype interview added to your complete profile Yes No No No
Personally send your profile to host families Yes No No No
Meet-ups with other au pairs Yes No No No
Rematch after issues with host family Available No No No
Assistance with paperwork & placement process Yes No No No
Int'l travel, accident and health insurance with $0 deductible

$129/6 mo

$249/yr.

Unavailable Unavailable

$240/6 mo.

$480/yr.

How Long Can You Stay?

2 months is the minimum length and 12 months is the maximum length. It is possible to extend your stay in France to 2 years. 2-3 month placements are between May and August with limited availability at other times.

Visa

If you are staying 4-12 months, you will need the new Au Pair Visa, now named “Jeune Au Pair” visa. GeoVisions will provide visa guidance for you if you need it. Work fewer hours each week, earn more, there is no longer a need to take French classes and if you want to stay 2 years in France, you can renew your visa.

For 2 and 3-month assignments, no visa should be necessary. Participants will arrive on a Tourist Visa.

Start Dates

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 4 - 12-month program but we can normally find longer placements anytime during the year. Start date of January is also possible for 4-12 month placements.

Eligibility

  • Be between 18 and 30 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.
  • Be able to commit to at least 2 months as an au pair.
  • 2-month placements are available from June through September. If you are a 2 to 3-month au pair (usually May through September) you enter on a Tourist visa that is valid ONLY for 90-days.
  • Most long term au pairs begin in September.
  • 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.

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Costs

$549

Think an online matching service is better? Read this and think again!

Service GeoVisions Great Au Pair AuPair.com Au Pair World
Membership Fee

$0

$35/mo.

$140/yr.

$55/mo.

$130/6 mo.

$45/mo.

$146/yr.

Review host family contract Yes No No No
Only accept screened host families Yes None None None
24/7 agency support abroad Yes No No No
Skype interview added to your complete profile Yes No No No
Personally send your profile to host families Yes No No No
Meet-ups with other au pairs Yes No No No
Rematch after issues with host family Available No No No
Assistance with paperwork & placement process Yes No No No
Int'l travel, accident and health insurance with $0 deductible

$129/6 mo

$249/yr.

Unavailable Unavailable

$240/6 mo.

$480/yr.

What Will I Earn?

The average weekly stipend is around €400 per month for 25-hours of childcare per week. That is around $450 US each week. Don't forget! In addition to that, you receive your meals and a private room.

Before you arrive in France, you will receive a timetable with duties and working days/hours, so you know exactly the working time before you go. 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.

What's Included

  • Your placement with a screened host family.
  • A private room and full board.
  • In-country support.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • Monthly au pair coffee group and occasional special events.
  • 24-hour support while abroad.
  • Medical insurance, which is paid for by your host family.

What's Not Included

  • Your international flights.
  • Meals when you travel or go out on your own.
  • Spending money for personal expenses when you travel or participate in optional activities.
  • Visa costs if you stay 4-12 months.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

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

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).

Can I choose my location?

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. We do not guarantee a specific location in France.

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 the details 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.

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

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.

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?

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!

Can't I use a matching site and do this for free?

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.

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.

Are there Blog posts about being an au pair in France I could read?

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

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook Page, Instagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your French since you're now living as a local and helping your host family realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience tutoring English to a family in France and you're ahead of the game.

What Our Au Pairs Say (Click to see all reviews on GoAbroad.com)

10 Rating With 5 Starts T

I really don't know how to put into words how amazing and life changing my time abroad was! Thanks to the awesome team at Geovisions, I was able to spend a month living I'm with the sweetest family in France.I don't know what was more fun- talking to my French dad about being a pilot for the French Air Force or walking my French brother home from school while eating freshly mad baguettes!I also had the opportunity to travel to Spain, Zurich and Rome....and after my trip to Europe, I visited Jordan and Lebanon! I HIGHLY recommend this program! It will be the best time of your life!

Zara, 2018 Summer Au Pair

10 Rating With 5 Starts T

I had an amazing experience as a French au pair. My host family immediately made me feel so welcome--my host parents are the most caring, fun, and adventurous people I have ever met. I had a lot of free time, the girls were so much fun and very smart, the wages were great, and they took me on vacation to Greece. I truly couldn't have imagined a better trip!

Kayla, 2018 Au Pair For 10 Months

9 Rating With 4 half stars T

Geovisions is an amazing program and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. They are very clear about what is included in the program cost and are helpful throughout the application process where you find a family. Upon arriving in France, I stayed with a family and taught their son English while practicing my French in the village and in Paris. My host family included me in all their activities‰ÛÒgoing to the Sunday market, visiting castles, and cooking traditional food, to name a few. They even gave me a long vacation so I was able to explore the rest of Europe on my own. All this time, a Geovisions representative kept in contact with me to see how things were going. I was very impressed with this program and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a cultural immersion.

Vivian, 2018 Long Term Au Pair

10 Rating With 5 Starts T

This program is the perfect alternative for people who don't want to spend all day taking classes and doing homework. It's also great for people who want to go abroad but can't find classes they need to satisfy their major requirements. You get truly immersed in the culture and having that connection with a family is fantastic. I can't say enough good things about Geovisions and how much I've enjoyed my time as an au pair in Paris. It's a much more "real life" experience that I could have gotten from studying at a university here. The Geovisions staff is always so attentive and helpful and they respond right away to any emails.

Jody, 2018 Summer Au Pair

9 Rating With 4 half stars T

Looking back, I kind of went into this a little blind. I didn't really know different options or what to expect. But I'm so glad I continued anyway! All the people I've worked with at Geovisions (mainly Jodi) have been so helpful and so quick to respond to emails. I could tell they all truly cared about my experience and well being. I remember the first time I talked to a representative on the phone, and any fears or hesitations I had just went away. She really put me at ease and gave me the confidence I needed to feel safe. They are also great to help with all the paperwork and insurance information, which again looking back was a great relief! I really lucked out my family, I watch two really great kids in a really great family. I'm their first au pair but you wouldn't know it. They are so welcoming and so loving, they really a second family. They also pay for my own "apartment" in a separate building which is nice. So I have my own space to go to. If you are interested in the program I would totally recommend it! And feel free to really investigate the family that you will be staying with! Multiple Skype sessions is a good idea and write down your questions beforehand!

Briana, 2018 Long Term Au Pair

9 Rating With 4 half stars T

I decided to become an Au Pair after completing my first semester of nursing school. I was at a time in my life where I did not know exactly what I wanted to do, while everyone around me seemed to know exactly what they were doing. I was in a rut and I needed to shake things up a bit. That's when I found out about GeoVisions Au Pair program.Although the most common (and preferred) Au Pair stay is around 6 months-1 year, I only stayed for 3 months. I left the US in September and returned in December, and let me tell you, I would not trade my experience in France for anything! I have always been pretty timid, so traveling to the south of France (Sommières to be exact) by myself was definitely a challenge that I am happy to say I overcame. As soon as I arrived in Sommières I was immediately greeted by my host family at the airport with open arms. After a few days of settling in, my host father showed me the ropes of what I was expected to do and even helped me learn how to drive a "stick shift" car. The workload (even though I really shouldn't even be calling it work) included waking up with the kids in the morning, making them breakfast and bringing them to school. When they were off at school I had the whole day to do whatever I wanted until I had to pick them up around 16:30. After school I played with them, helped them with homework, and sometimes made dinner and put them to bed. Then, I had the weekends to do whatever I wanted as well. The family was always very involved and I was always able to reach them. They were so kind and generous and they had a lovely home. They took the kids and I to Aix-en-Provence and Barcelona, Spain, and to a few other places during my stay. They always paid for food, they always paid for gas for the car, and they were just the best host family I could have ever asked for! I also made many new friends through the Au Pair program. During my first month, there was a meeting with all the new Au Pair's in Nice for a weekend. There we got to explore the city and meet other Au Pair's near us. All the other Au Pair's were very kind and they were from all over the world. I have never experienced so much culture in my life it was truly outstanding. As for the south of France, I am itching to go back and I've only been home for 5 months! Sommières is a beautiful little village about 40 minutes away from Montpellier. The town center is charming and rustic and the surrounding villages are the same! I don't know what else I can possibly say about the trip, but it was an experience of a lifetime and I will definitely be returning in the future.

Alicia Kravies, May 3, 2019