Paris & Outskirts Placements
Paris: A placement in Paris is a bit different than elsewhere. Indeed, most of the time Parisian live in apartments and have an independent accommodation for their au pair on the top floor of their building or at walking distance from their home. These rooms are called “chambre de service”. The au pair who wants to be placed in Paris has then to be a quite independent person and accept to not live all the time with the host family.
Outskirts: Our host families who live in outskirts of Paris are located at maximum one hour from Paris centre and most of the time at 15 to 30 minutes. The au pairs placed in these areas benefit of a life quieter and can go easily and quickly to Paris.
French Host Families
All host families are carefully selected.
Au Pairs are in Paris and outskirts of Paris during the school year and everywhere in France in summer. More than 60% of host families are clients of our French partners for many years; they know the Au Pair program very well!
What Do You Get?
– 30 hours /week
– 80 euros / week + Transport card
– Full board and lodging
– One day off per week minimum
– One weekend off minimum per month
– 1 paid holiday week for each 6 months placement which the date must be defined with the family.
– Schools of French courses may deliver student card that permits to have financial reductions for cultural activities in Paris (museums, transports…)
– Most families bring the au pair with them for some weekends or during the school holiday making them discover different places in France.
– Our partner provides support in France during their stay and has an emergency phone number.
– We organize Au Pair Parties for all the girls to meet!
Au Pair Duties
– Child Care
– Playing and having fun with them
– Bringing them to school the morning or/and to collecting them from school in the afternoon
– Giving them baths
– Help with or supervise homework
– Preparing simple meals
– Light housework
– Cleaning the children’s room
– Putting in or/and out the children’s clothes in the washing machine
– Ironing children’s clothes
– Helping during meals with the family
– Help to keep the kitchen and the bathroom tidy after use
– Doing the children’s dishes
Metro Paris has a huge Metro network. Metro lines are identified by color codes on the map and a number at the terminal stations at either end. This is by far the easiest way to get around in Paris. Maps are distributed for free at the station desk. A metro ticket costs 1.70 Euros.
RER trains are fast and stop at fewer intermediate stations than the metro. Metro tickets give access to RER trains in the Paris area.
Girls should not be afraid of the buses! Buses maps are also distributed for free at the metro stations.
PARIS, OOH LA LA!’
Like other northern European cities, Paris has fairly even rain fall throughout the year, about 50 mm (2in) per month, with spring months often being rather showery, and August the wettest month. The temperature ranges from about 5°C (40°F) in December and January to 24 °c (76°F) between June and August. April, May. September and October are pleasantly moderate.
Shopping in Paris
Paris is world-famous for its shopping! Of course, your applicants have to be aware that shopping in Paris can be very expensive. Shops are usually open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am till 7 pm. Paris has a number of large department stores that should be part of any visit to the capital. On Boulevard Haussmann are Printemps and Galeries Lafayette…
Food & Drink
French people usually don’t eat much at breakfast. It usually consists of black coffee or tea with a croissant or bread and butter. Generally, people have lunch between noon and 1 o’clock. The busy ones will have a cold meal whereas some people will eat something hot like a steak with French fries. Most of the time, dinner is an important meal. The French usually eat around 8 pm, but the au pairs will be likely to eat a little earlier with the children. Paris has a large number of Bistros where you can have a snack or what French people call “Brasseries”, also typical off France, where people can eat French traditional food but these places are usually more expensive.
Cinemas & Theatres
The Paris area has more than 100 theatres and over 400 cinemas. The cinemas review their program every Wednesday. It usually costs around 9 Euros for a movie. Some of them offer reduced rates in the afternoons, or on Mondays or Wednesday.
There are plenty places to go! A lot of girls like to go to the Pubs or discos especially at weekends. Night life is pretty expensive in Paris. And even if some places are free for girls to get in, some discos can charge up to 15 or 20 Euros to get in.
During’ their free time, the Au pairs will have the opportunity to visit some very famous museums such as the Louvre museum or the Orsay Museum. Most municipal museums are closed on Mondays and national museums on Tuesdays and some bank holidays. It is good to note that on the third weekend of September an Open Day for historical Monuments gives free entry to many major attractions.