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08 April 2010 @ 04:01 pm
Au Pair  
I found a family in France who want me to work for them as an au pair! We've started the paperwork process. I expedited some documents to them today and once they get them, they can complete a work contract and other things and mail it back to me. Then I can apply for my visa. Assuming everything goes smoothly, I'll be leaving the first week in May. That's just a few weeks away! I'll for sure be working through the summer, but the family doesn't know if they'll need me when school starts. The mother was confident that she could find me another family if they decide not to use me in the fall.

So that's what I've been doing lately! Multiple emails a day, phone calls to the consulate, and talking with the family's previous au pair. I'm really excited. It's all happened really quickly, but I don't want to let this opportunity slip through my fingers.

I'll be living in a studio apartment (separate from the family's home) in Neuilly-sur-Seine. It's right outside Paris city limits, so I can walk into the city (or ride the metro). I'll have to take a language course (as per government regulations), but that's only 6 hours a week. The rest of my time will be hanging out with tweens (I'll speak English with the kids, French with the parents), roaming Paris, enjoying weekends off, and getting completely immersed in French culture.

Paris is the circular boundary in the center (this is a map of the Île-de-France region of France), and Neuilly is the red area.


Also, my dad's family is in town from California and Pennsylvania. We're having a reunion on Saturday, which will be full of awkward hilarity. Saturday is also my birthday. Imma tryin' to dance!
Girlfriend in a sugar coma.rice_dream_girl on April 8th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I almost ended up in Paris as an au pair, but then I managed to stay in the USA instead :D How long are you going for?
Carlycarlio on April 8th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Not sure yet. Definitely for the summer months, but hopefully I'll be able to stay longer. Kind of just going with the flow right now!
there will be snacks: Make sure they respect your boundariespanforte on April 9th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Aaaaaaahhhh Carly I'm so happy for you!! Also: SAD. Because I will miss you a ton. I can't believe how soon you're going. When you are there and permanently settled, I'll come and visit you and cramp your (just outside of) Parisian style. It'll be so great!

Carlycarlio on April 9th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Hooray! You must come visit and we'll have so much fun! But yeah, this has all happened so fast, and my parents are all OMG YOU'RE LEAVING WHEN?! I'll feel so much better once I get my visa, but everything is so up in the air. I'll keep you posted, friend.
crilecoriccrilecoric on April 10th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
yay congratulations carly! that is exciting. i hope all the plans go smoothly.
hope you have a great birthday too =)
kontractionskontractions on April 11th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Just saw this. Congrats! I know you've been putting lots of effort into figuring this out.