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    Ultimate Au Pair has returned!

    Hello everyone, We’re very excited to announce that we are back, with an improved layout, new posts, pages, social media updates and lots more! Firstly, I’d like to welcome Jessica L to the team. We will be running UAP jointly from now on, and we have some very exciting things planned for 2108… To find out more about our journey,…

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    5 Ways to stay safe as an au pair

    Get to know your family It’s easy for things to get a little overwhelming when you’re living with a host family. Whether or not you make friends with your host parents depends on various factors such as personality, age, stress levels of everyone involved and time spent together. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. But whether you’re a…

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    Should I live in the suburbs?

    Found your dream family but they live in the suburbs of Paris? Want to know what other au pairs think about suburban life? Read this article by AJ, entitled "On the Outside Looking in: Living in the Suburbs". She is an american au pair who gives an honest opinion of life in the suburbs of Paris. Feel free to leave…

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    10 tips: Leaving your host family & Paris

    So, the time has come to leave your host family, and it often comes with A LOT of mixed feelings. Let's set the scene; you've been working with the family for almost one year, you feel sad to leave the children, but guiltily happy to leave behind some of that stressful responsibility (just being honest). You have suddenly realised you…

  • Alice’s au pair diary – week 20

    Tuesday: Today was the day that the city of Paris waits for... Fete de la musique. This annual festival of merriment and music sees the streets of this city lined with acts upon every corner specialising in a variety of styles, shops open until all hours (many indulging in the festivities and opting to blare music out of their own…

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    Alice’s au pair diary – week 19

    Monday: We arose at the crack of dawn (well, 7 am to most people) in order to get ourselves fed and watered in anticipation of our busy day. I of course had to commence work but my sister who was visiting had a lovely morning of Louvre-visiting lined up! We 'regrouped' at Palais de Tokyo after my lunch shift in…

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    Advice from former au pairs!

    Hello again! Summer is change-over time for au pairs and we have lots of practical advice and top tips to help you start work/leave Paris/choose a family/find friends/know if you're paid enough etc. I'm looking at ways to update the site in August to make our advice pages more easily accessible, so in the meantime I would love to hear…

  • Alice’s au pair diary – week 18

    Monday: After what can only be described as weeks of excessive indulging in French 'cuisine' (if croissants and crepes can really be labelled as such!?) I decided to get the fitness juices flowing and kickstart the day with a run. I think it's important to remember that, when living in Paris for a year, you have to just accept weight…

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    Weekly Diaries

    We have many au pair writers based in Paris who contribute to our blog. Each has their own style and shares their experiences differently! We are currently looking for a new writer to begin a weekly diary starting in August/September 2016. Have a look at our current blogger's weekly diaries to see what its all about. Don't hesitate to send…

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    Alice’s au pair diary – week 17

    Sunday: After having slept at the night at the hotel my parents were staying in I awoke to have the most incredible shower. I live in a chambre de bonne here in Paris aka little hideaways not exactly renowned for their comfort or modernity. Therefore when given the chance to cleanse in a power stream beast I snatched at the…