"It’s been a great experience and I wish I could stay..."
The Au Pair in France program serves the needs of French families in the Languedoc region in the south of France who need childcare assistance. Au Pair candidates are matched to Host Families based on mutual objectives. Host families initiate the exchange by selecting a particular candidate. Specific arrangements are decided upon by both parties. The program's overall objective is to increase the Au Pair's appreciation for French language and culture while facilitating international understanding.
The French Host Families are seeking quality live-in childcare and contact with English-speaking young people for their children. The Au Pair, typically a conscientious young woman, aged 18-25, with French language proficiency and childcare experience, wants to become completely immersed in France and its culture. The French-American Center attempts to bring together these two parties for a mutually rewarding experience. Our branch office in Montpellier screen Host Families and their applications. Based on matching criteria, Au Pair candidates are proposed to Host Families. The Host Family will contact the Au Pair candidate to discuss specific arrangements. When the Host Family makes a final selection, a standardized Au Pair contract (Accord) and a formal letter of invitation are signed, certified by the French Department of Labor and sent to the Au Pair candidate. Transportation arrangements and exact date of arrival, as well as other details, are determined by mutual agreement between the Host Family and the Au Pair candidate. The French-American Center acts as an intermediary to aid in the selection process, assists with travel arrangements through our Official Airline, then gives support and counseling during the Au Pair's stay in France at the branch office nearest the Host Family.
The Host Families will contact you directly and offer you an Au Pair arrangement which hopefully suits both your needs and the family's.You should be receptive and positive to all proposals. We encourage you to accept the first formal invitation to become an Au Pair in France, even if it is not ideal. The Host Family may also have to modify their plans to accommodate your needs and schedule. The French American Center remains in contact with you at all times to help you to adapt to your new situation and to help you to make new friends. We also intervene if any problems arise in your host family and if no agreement can be reached following discussions and communication from both sides we find a new host family for you. (Providing no fault has been committed by the au pair.)
Here is what you need to obtain your visa to be an au pair in France. First choose your local embassy from this list and then either contact them or download the papers from thier site.
Visas for "Au-Pair" in France
(Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age)
By Leah Wilmoth - American au pair in Montpellier in 2005
4, rue Saint Louis | 34000 Montpellier
Heures d'ouverture - du Lundi au Vendredi de 9h00 à 12h et de 14h à 18h00, renseignements sur place sur rendez-vous