Short-Term and Summer Jobs in France
The Key Employers
In Paris, look for the publication France-USA Contacts, which carries job ads. You can place an ad in the print and/or online edition either via the FUSAC website at www.fusac.fr.
American Church, 65 quai d’Orsay, Paris and the American Cathedral, 23 Ave George V, Paris 75008. Both churches feature notice boards that you can consult while in Paris. They offer volunteering opportunities in their own programs as well as occasional career forums for job seekers.
American Village Camps; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.americanvillage.fr/en/recruitment/recruitmentnews.php. Language counselors, TEFL teachers and other staff for four different American-style English immersion camps in France year-round, including summer. Knowledge of French not required. Camps create a positive environment where it is fun, natural and necessary to use English. Seek energetic, creative, initiative-takers who are native English speakers and love working with children. This is a paid position, room and board is included.
APARE/GEC, www.apare-gec.org. Runs volunteer workcamps at historic sites in Provence, France (plus a few in Morocco and Lebanon).
Bombard Balloon Adventures, SRO Ground Crew, Chateau de Laborde, Laborde Au Château, 21200 Beaune, France; U.S. fax. 561-837-6623; email@example.com; www.bombardsociety.org/jobs. Hot-air balloon ground crew for summer season, mainly in France (hiring begins late Feb.) and for winter season (Jan./Feb.) in the Swiss Alps (hiring begins Oct. 20).
Centre International d’Antibes (CIA), 38 Boulevard d'Aguillon, 06600 Antibes; 011-33-4-92-90-71-70; firstname.lastname@example.org. Work exchange program offered by French language school on the Cote d'Azur. Volunteers with the right to work in Europe do administrative or domestic work in exchange for board and lodging and/or French tuition.
Centres d’Information et de Documentation Jeunesse (CIDJ), 101 Quai Branly, 75740, Cedex 15, Paris; fax 011-33-1-40-65-02-61; www.cidj.com. Advisory centers for young people throughout France. Paris branch distributes leaflets (fiches) and booklets on work, study, etc. in France (see www.cidj-librairie.com for prices). Foyer notice board carries many small ads of use as a starting place for the job or accommodation seeker in Paris.
CEI Paris — Centre d’Echanges Internationaux, email@example.com, www.cei4vents.com. Work in France department can assist higher education students over 18 from outside Europe to obtain temporary work permits (Autorisation provisoire de travail) to work in France for up to 3 months starting any time. All candidates must be conversant in French. Placement assistance for independent job-seekers is €330. CEI can also arrange jobs for a fee and unpaid internships.
Demain.fr (www.demain.fr). French language site with up to 4,000 vacancies all over France.
Eurolingua Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eurolingua.com. Paid work experience in the hospitality industry of France.
Embassy of France:
The teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 to 9 months, teaching English to French elementary and secondary school students. Each year, nearly 1,500 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. The program offers a monthly stipend of approximately €780 (net). Contact: www.frenchculture.org.
Experiment Paris, 89 rue de Turbigo, 75003 Paris, France; 011-33-1-44-54-58-03; email@example.com; www.experiment-france.org. Internship program in France (most around Montpellier, none in Paris) for French speakers. Placements in hotels/restaurants or businesses (e.g. advertising, computing, import/export, etc. for maximum three months).
Fédération Unie des Auberges de Jeunesse, 27 rue Pajol, 75018 Paris, France; 001-33-1 44 89 87 27; www.fuaj.org. French youth hostels association offers short-term work (catering, reception, sports, instruction, etc.) at its member hostels throughout France. Applications must be sent to individual hostels. FUAJ also organizes voluntary workcamps to renovate hostels. Another chain of youth accommodations is Ucrif Etapes Jeunes, 27 rue de Turbigo, BP 6407, 75064 Paris Cedex 02; 011-33-1-40-26-57-64; www.ethic-etapes.fr.
French American Center in Montpellier, 4 rue St. Louis, Montpellier 34000, France; 011-33-4-67-92-30-66; www.frenchamericancenter.com. Details available from French-American Center of Provence, Inc., 198 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013; 212-343-2675; firstname.lastname@example.org. Arranges au pair placements for Americans aged 18-25 with families in the Languedoc region plus internships in local businesses (www.frenchamericancenter.com/english/internship.asp).
French American Chamber of Commerce, Ste. 2015, 122 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10168; 212-867-0123; email@example.com; www.faccnyc.org. Oversees an International Career Development Program for candidates aged 18-35. Internships in private-sector companies are normally open to graduates with relevant professional experience. The duration is 3-18 months.
La Giraudiere: Work and Stay in Southwest France helping a learning project. Work and experience the French lifestyle at La Giraudiere, where people from around the world help restore and renovate a small hamlet, a place of learning that is being brought back to life at the same time adding to the lives of those who help make it happen. All kinds of skills are required to help supervise the volunteer and internship programs. In return for your work you will receive accommodations, 3 meals a day, advice, french lessons, training, excursions, transfers, and so much more! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lagiraudiere.com.
Ministry of Culture, Sous-Direction de l’Archéologie, 4 rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, France; 011-33-1-40-15-77-81; chantiers-de-fouilles. DAPA@culture.gouv.fr; www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/fouilles/index.html. Government department that deals with archaeological digs. Every May they publish a list of summer excavations throughout France that accept volunteers; searchable by region on website.
PGL Travel, (see U.K. and Ireland). Needs outdoor activity center staff for holiday centers in France for whole season.
REMPART, www.rempart.com. Needs volunteers to care for endangered monuments throughout France.
La Sabranenque Restoration Projects, rue de la Tour de l’Oume, 30290 Saint Victor la Coste, France; 011-33-466-50-05-05. Volunteers needed to help preserve and restore monuments in France (and Italy). U.S. inquiries to Jacqueline Simon, 124 Bondcroft Dr., Buffalo, NY 14226; 716-836-8698; email@example.com, www.sabranenque.com.
UNAREC (Etudes et Chantiers), Délégué International, 3 rue des Petits Gras, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France; 011-33-4-73-31-98-04; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.unarec.org. Hundreds of international volunteers for short-term conservation projects and longer-term professional training, accepted via partner agencies. Fee includes accommodations and insurance for 2- to 3-week workcamps.