Paul Ultimate Au Pari Profile

Au Pair Profile

Featuring: Paul Bowles

Yep. You read that title right. PAUL. I’m part of the rare niche of male au pairs. I’ll explain more about the perks and downfalls of this unique perspective, but first let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way.
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Name: Paul Bowles
Nationality: ‘Murican (read: American)
Gender: Male
Age: 20
City: Suresnes, France (Hauts-de-Seine, 20 minutes from central Paris)
Number of Children: 2, Boy age 7 & Girl age 3
Live out or Live in? Live in.
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Paul Ultimate Au Pari Profile

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I have a pretty sweet set up. My host family is really flexible and the kids are absolutely adorable. I have a bedroom on the top floor and share a small bathroom (toilet and sink) with the boy. There is only one shower for whole family to share. This can be complicated at times, but it’s like a time share in Hawaii. I have limited access but when I do have the bathroom, I get the luxury of a decked out “master bathroom” all to myself.
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My hours are not specified in my contract but they run somewhere along the lines of 7:30-8:30 (help get the kids up, eat breakfast, get them to school), then I pick them up at 3:50 and I have them until the parents get home around 19:30. But then again, I live with them so I’m not really “free” until the kids are in bed at 20:30. I babysit one to two nights a week. I don’t mind babysitting, the hardest part for me is cooking dinner. I have weekends to myself, although I usually spend one day or the other with the family. In France there are 2 weeks of vacation roughly every other month. So far I’ve had both weeks off, although I may work a couple days for a break in February. The parents were super gracious and are giving me extra time off in May to make a long weekend trip to London.
As far as Paris, I can’t recommend it enough. My favorite aspect about Paris is that there is never a shortage of things to experience. Not to mention, the au pair community here is AMAZING. There are so many of us! Although being a male au pair, I usually receive one of three reactions:
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#1 “Well if you’re not their brother, then what are you?”
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#2 “Do you actually enjoy working with children?”
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#3 “That is so cool! I didn’t know that male nannies were a thing!”
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I always get a good laugh and it’s cool to share my experiences with other people.
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There’s adjustments that come with living abroad. Having lived in Moscow, Russia last year and traveling to almost 20 countries, I know these adjustments all too well. Living with a host family is just the beginning. But I can promise that at the end it will always be worth it. Invest in each day. Be spontaneous, confidant, resilient. And on the rough days, remember there is a community of au pairs that you can lean on. People dream their whole lives about visiting the city that we live in. Don’t ever take this experience for granted.
Merci to Olivia for letting me share a little bit about myself on the Ultimate Au Pair Blog Paris!
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Enjoyed reading this and want to know more about Paul and his adventures? Feel free to stalk him further on his social media outlets – 
Instagram: paulbowles100
Snapchat: beyondutah

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