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Au Pairs Questions

What's an Au Pair anyway?

An au pair is a domestic assistant from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family's responsibility for childcare as well as some light housework, and receive a monetary allowance for personal use. In Europe, au pairs are only supposed to work part-time, and they often also study part-time, generally focusing on the language of the host country.

Why do Au Pairs want to be Au Pairs?

Au Pairs participate in the Au Pair program for professional and personal reasons. While each Au Pair has reasons specific to their situation, common reasons Au Pairs want to become Au Pairs include:
Opportunity to improve their french skills
Great experience for professional career when they return home
Ability to make a difference in local community when they return home
Fulfill dream of living in France and experiencing french lifestyle
Love of children
Performing a job relating to child care training, education and experience
Desire to share culture with others
Valuable experience for professional career in child care related field

As a man, am I eligible to enroll an Au Pair program in France?

You sure are 😉

How much money can I expect to earn as an Au Pair?

The monetary allowance you receive varies from country to country and from family to family. That being said, in this area, the minimum wage is 85 euros per week.

How many hours a week am I supposed to work?

Working hours limit is hard to define. However, in Europe, au pairs are only supposed to work part-time, and they often also study part-time. Au pairs in France must not work more than 30 hours a week.

What tasks should I execute for the host family?

Typically, the Au Pair contributes to daily chores such as light housework, child care, homeworks, etc... duties may include:
taking/picking up children to/from school
taking  the children on outings to parks, playgroups and other activities
preparing light meals for children and clean up after the meals
doing the children’s laundry and ironing their clothes
making the children’s beds
tidying up the children's toys
cleaning the children’s bathroom
cleaning the children's room
By no means shall the Au Pair be considered as a housemaid!

Do I have a social security?

Absolutely! As an employee, you benefit from the general social security regime as well as a private pension scheme.

What are the prerequisites to becoming an Au Pair?

Other than respecting the age range, the Au Pair has to meet the following criterions:
Commit to stay in the host country for  a minimum of 3 months
Must  have a basic knowledge of French
Must be single and without children
Must take a French language course while being an au pair in France
Must be a student in his/her home country or hold a school leaving certificate equivalent to the French baccalauréat

Am I Allowed to drive in France?

Foreigners holding an international driving licence delivered and translated in their home country are allowed to drive in France during one year under certain conditions:
Being at least 18 years old
The license must be still valid, must not have been suspended, and must be accompanied by an official French translation
France has an agreement with certain non-EU countries whose residents do not need to take a theoretical or practical driving test. A list of these countries can be found on the French Foreign Ministry’s website.

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Families Questions

What's a host family?

A host family is a family consisting of at least one parent and one child under the age of 18 that invites an au pair from a foreign country for a specified period of time (minimum of 3 months). The au pair lives “on equal terms” with the other members of the family and in return for food, board, and a salary, cares for children and does simple domestic work. Placement of the au pair shall initially be for a period not exceeding one year, but may be extended to permit a maximum stay of two years.

What are the benefits of hosting an Au Pair?

Hosting a youngster that is fully intergrated into the household and treated as a member of the family offers a wide range of attractive features if:
You are in need of a helping hand with childcare and daily chores but you don't necessarly have the financial ressources to hire a nanny or a cleaning lady
You have a sens of charity, an eagerness to help and share and a tendency towards social relation
You are looking for a foreigner to initiate your child to his culture and his language which would allow your little one to broaden his mind and give him a different look on the world he's living in
You don't have the time to take your child to school and pick him up

Can my Au Pair supervise our children overnight?

Yes, your Au Pair can supervise your children overnight as long as the Au Pair’s work hours remain within the regulations.

Which requirements a host family must comply with?

In order to be allowed to host an Au Pair, a family has to meet the following guidelines:
Having at least one child aged 16 or younger living in the same household
Providing an extra room for the au pair, as well as sufficient financial resources to cover costs for food (4,7€ per meal), free board and lodging, as well as necessary insurances
Providing time off – at least one day a week
Providing paid holiday - the length of holiday depends on the agreement with the au pair and the specific country (5 weeks per year in France)
Providing adequate opportunities for the au pair to participate in a language course and - in some countries – to cover the costs of the course.
Registering the au pair with the appropriate authorities (if required) to ensure the au pair is legally registered at all times and/or apply for the required visa or residence permit
Providing a good familiar environment and a healthy place of work for the au pair.

Is my Au Pair allowed to drive in France?

Foreigners holding an international driving licence delivered and translated in their home country are allowed to drive in France during one year under certain conditions:
Being at least 18 years old
The license must be still valid, must not have been suspended, and must be accompanied by an official French translation
France has an agreement with certain non-EU countries whose residents do not need to take a theoretical or practical driving test. A list of these countries can be found on the French Foreign Ministry’s website.

How much does it cost to host an Au Pair?

As a host family, you provide free board and lodging (in the latter case, an individual room) for your Au Pair plus the specified amount of pocket money required in your country -In this area, 85€ per week. In some countries, host families also need to pay for an au pair insurance policy.
The au pair is responsible for paying for his or her own travel expenses. In most countries, the au pair also needs to cover the costs for the language course. However, more often than not, Au Pairs and host families split the cost of the language course, as well as the round trip ticket. Some families may even generously take full charge of those expenses.

How much does the placement with experienceaupair cost?

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How long does it take for my Au Pair to arrive?

Typically, the Au Pair arrives 4 to 8 weeks after the match is finalized. The most variable factor affecting the timeline is the embassy appointment and visa interview.

Can ExperienceAuPair garantee my Au Pair's arrival date?

No, we cannot guarantee your Au Pair’s arrival date. Although we do everything possible to accommodate an Au Pair’s arrival date, certain things out of our control may cause delays, such as (but not limited to):
Embassy delays
Embassy returning stamped passport to Au Pair after visa approval (typically 5 to 7 business days) for international travel
Time of year, specifically summer months when many people travel
International conventions and sporting events, make travel to/from hosting countries difficult

Can we occasionally share our Au Pair with another family?

No, an Au Pair cannot be shared between multiple families.

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