Celina Tolbert Ultimate au pair blog paris

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Featuring: Celina Tolbert

Bonjour world! My name is Celina and I’m a soon-to-be recent college grad moving to Paris June 2nd! I’m honestly shocked at how the time has flown by since I decided I wanted to au pair in Paris.
Name: Celina Tolbert
Nationality: American
Gender: Female
Age: 21
City: Paris
Number of Children: 1 when I arrive, 1 to be born in July/August
Live out or Live in?: Live Out
Au Pair Start Date: June 2, 2016
Celina Tolbert Ultimate au pair blog paris
 ©Emily Hurley

A day or two after Christmas I suddenly realized that the perfect way for me to work abroad was through au pairing (after hours spent looking at different ways to work abroad), and that Paris was the city for me. I spent last summer in NYC and knew that I wanted to live in another big city with great public transportation. After a few weeks of searching and a few Skype sessions, I found an amazing family in the 16eme. I will be living in a studio apartment in the 16eme that they are in the process of finding.
My family is a mom, dad, a 3 year old daughter, and a baby on the way! The daughter is honestly the cutest thing, she likes to draw me pictures and blow kisses on Skype. I will be in charge of taking the kids to and from daycare/school.
If you’re already an au pair in Paris, you know that every Wednesday is a half day at school and one Wednesday each month there is no school. On Wednesdays I hope to take my new “little sister” to fun touristy places and have it be our special day. I’ll have every Sunday off and most Saturdays off, as the family usually visits the countryside on the weekends. I will work up to 5 hours a day, 25-30 hours a week.
Right now I’m in the process of planning my trip to the embassy, as it’s a 5 hour drive for me. I’m enrolled in a language school and my family is just waiting for me to send a few more things before they finalize things with the French government. Mail between here and Paris has actually been surprisingly fast, so I got my contract signed pretty quick. It’s not an extremely hard process, it’s really just a lot of details and paperwork.
If you want to read more about the process of how I found my position, read the full story on my blog: http://quirkingitout.com/2016/01/26/how-to-find-an-au-pair-position-in-paris/
Follow my journey here and at: www.QuirkingItOut.com

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