Placements available on the J-1 Visa program through the U.S. Department of State. Work placements of up to 3 months at a U.S. summer camp, followed by an optional 1 month...
Au pair the Paris suburbs
Submitted by Bridget Leonard - United States | October 26, 2017
I am currently in my second year of au pairing in Paris so obviously I liked it a lot but I think it is too early to say much about au pairing this year so I will talk about last year. Interexchange was very helpful in finding me a family and helping me all of the difficult stuff about going abroad AKA the visa. Although once I was in France I mostly talked to their partners in France when I have contacted InterExchange has been very quick to respond and tried to help me as much as they can.
I lived in an apartment with the family they were very nice and made me feel very welcomed. My host mother was extremely generous, in addition to my pay she also gave me an additional 20 euros to buy myself food items even thought I could eat anything in the house. I had twin boys who were not always the easiet children but the family was still great.
Overall I found Paris to be less different from my life in upstate New York than I thought it would be, the only big difference is they speak French. I always felt very safe in the suburb my host family lived in. I was able to take French classes but I did find it a lot harder to learn French than I thought it would be because most people speak English. The best thing I did to help myself learn French in addition to my classes was to do a language exchange.
Overall, I found it much easier to make friends than I thought it would be because they are tons of au pairs in the Paris area. The agency in Paris had a meeting soon after I arrived where I met some of my friends. Occasionally the agency here in France also has social events. Although I can say au pairing is alway perfect I would definitely recommend it.
Program: Au Pair in France - Paris Region
InterExchange responded to this review October 26, 2017 at 3:36 PM
Great feedback! It's really helpful to hear about what you found easy as well as the challenges. Caring for twin boys would be a challenge for anyone and we're glad you made it work! Thanks Bridget. ~James
Au Pair - Short Term, France
Submitted by Cassandra Castillo - Colorado State University - Pueblo | October 25, 2017
It was a wonderful experience and I was able to live in the mountains and wake up every morning to see Mont Blanc. The food was awesome and I was also able to visit Paris while I was there. The family was nice and I was able to get to know the children really well. I also made good friends with the housekeeper and she took me every week to the grocery store with her. I also was able to go to a French wedding, which was fun, where I ate escargot for the first time. I also tried so many different kinds of cheese!!!!
Program: Au Pair in France - Short-Term
InterExchange responded to this review October 25, 2017 at 12:04 PM
So many awesome experiences in such a short period! Thanks for the review and glad you had a great time. :) ~James
Adventures in Toronto
Submitted by Elizabeth - Toronto Canada | October 24, 2017
I've been living Toronto freelancing as a web developer. I love this city! I've also traveled to Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal. Planning more adventures for the winter.
InterExchange was amazingly helpful during every step of the application process. They made getting the visa super easy and it didn't even take that long.
Program: Work and Travel Canada
InterExchange responded to this review October 25, 2017 at 9:01 AM
Glad to be a part of your adventure and even more glad that things have worked out well for you up north! Thanks for the review Elizabeth! ~James
Once in a lifetime opportunity
Submitted by araya fehlman - Montreal Canada | October 24, 2017
I always knew I wanted to visit Canada, and I'm so thankful a program like InterExchange exists. My time abroad has been spent developing my resume, increasing my cultural awareness, and having the time of my life. Canada has so much to offer and I feel lucky to be here on a work visa. I have to say, the highlight of my time abroad has been Montreal. In fact, I plan to spend the rest of my time abroad here. I found an amazing job at a start up marketing firm, and my commute to work across this gorgeous multi-cultural city is truly a blessing. The cost of living is low and the quality of life is high-- it blows my mind that more people don't think to come here. This city is also the most artistic city I've ever been to, and that's coming from someone who is from Los Angeles. Every corner of every block has either some spectacular street art or a beautiful cathedral that looks straight out of a magazine. The French aspect of this city is to die for... I literally live above a boulangerie that has the best bread I've ever had. I've also learned a lot of French just by walking around town and speaking to the locals often! It's such a lovely place because not only does it have that French European feel, it has the stereotypical friendly Canadian vibe-- which makes being far from home even easier. I love it here, and the only thing I would change is the fact that my visa is only one year long!
Program: Work and Travel Canada
InterExchange responded to this review October 25, 2017 at 8:59 AM
Love it! Thanks Araya, for your thoughts. (We love Montreal too!!) As of now, U.S. citizens are allowed to do the program twice, so maybe you'll join us again! ~James
Au pair in Spain
Submitted by Ashley Campbell - California United States | October 24, 2017
My experience as an Au Pair was incredible! I got along great with my host family. I was very comfortable from the very beginning and learned so much about Spanish culture. I even picked up the language and was able to practice it with my host family and new friends I made. I met so many people from different countries and they have become great friends for life. My time in A Coruña, Spain was so special to me and it’s a place where I’d like to go back to visit or possibly move. I still talk to my host family every couple days and have been invited back for birthdays. I learned so much about myself and the word by getting to experience another country. I would recommend any abroad program!
Program: Au Pair in Spain - Short Term
InterExchange responded to this review October 25, 2017 at 8:56 AM
Sounds like an ideal experience! Learning about Spain, including the language, and learning more about yourself - that's what we hope for! Glad you're staying in touch with your hosts. Thanks for the review! ~James