Participating in the programme "stagiaire aide familial étranger", you can be an au pair in France for 3 to 12 months. According to the French au pair contract, the au pair stay can be extended by 6 months to a total of 18 months.
In exchange for board and lodging you will take care of your host family's children and help them by taking over light household duties. Prior to starting off on your journey, you should talk to your host family about the typical tasks you will have to carry out. Your exact tasks need to be included in your au pair contract.
According to French law, your host family must pay you pocket money which corresponds to 75-90 per cent of the so-called minimum garanti, which is re-evaluated each year. In 2016, it amounts to between 265.50 € and 318.60 € per month. You need to define the precise amount you agreed upon with your host family in your au pair contract.
In exchange for your help with the children and light housework, you are entitled to free board and lodging. As you are considered a member of the family, you will get an individual room.
You will maximally work 5 hours per day and 30 hours per week. Your working hours need to allow you to participate in a French language course or a course about French culture and civilisation.
You are entitled to at least one full day off per week. Once every month, this day should be a Sunday. If you are a non-EU citizen and wish to work for a different employer during your free hours, you need to bear in mind that you are only allowed to work up to 60% of the legal number of working hours defined by French law; this corresponds to a total of 964 hours per year. You need to include the number of hours you are working for your host family in your calculations. Do not forget that you also need to take a rest every once in a while.
There are no specific regulations concerning the holiday an au pair is entitled to. We therefore recommend that you come to an agreement with your host family well in advance. Au pairs are usually entitled to a two-week holiday if they stay with their host families for six months in total. You may use this value to individually calculate your holidays. You should include all details you have agreed upon with your host family under paragraph 4.2 of your au pair contract.
It is compulsory for au pairs from non-EU countries to participate in a French course for foreign citizens. Au pairs from EU countries are recommended to take a French course. You will need to bear the cost of this course. However, your host family should enroll you in the course. After all, they know their way around their own city. Language courses are offered by universities, adult education centres and other organisations. You can take a course which lasts an entire year, term or summer.
Please note: According to French law, there is no compulsory minimum number of hours per week. Should you, however, need a visa to be entitled to enter France, it is well possible that you will need to prove participation in a French course which lasts at least 10 hours per week. We recommend that you gather more information on this issue when applying for your visa.
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