Who is sweetmaddy?

I am a 65-year-old sweet-toothed American girl living in Paris, France.

2006 – graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, CA, USA
2010 – graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA with a Music Business major
2010-2011 – worked with West Edge Opera in Berkeley, CA
2011-2012 – taught English at a high school in Levallois-Perret, France (next to Paris) with TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France)
2012-2013 – took classes in the Cours de Civilisation at the Sorbonne
2013 – 2014 – Master 1 in Music Business at the Université Paris-Sorbonne IV
2014 – 2015 – Master 2 in Médiation de la musique at the Université Paris-Sorbonne IV/Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle

Au Pair Information

I worked with 3 families in total. The first I found on aupairworld.net, a website that matches families who pay to have an account with prospective au pairs who have a free account. The second I found through a TAPIF Facebook group. The third I found on the FUSAC online edition. All are options I recommend – keep in touch with people because you never know where you’ll find your next work opportunity! And obviously when meeting families, as with any meeting-a-stranger situation, it’s best to meet in a public place during the day.

TAPIF Information

I had a 7-month contract with TAPIF and applied to teach for a second year but was denied. Perhaps this was because the TAPIF administrators prefer to hire more new assistants than old ones (an unconfirmed rumor about the program). If you’ve been accepted to TAPIF and have even a small percentage of desire to live in France, I highly recommend accepting. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done and ended up changing my life completely! If you don’t like living here you can always leave right after your contract ends and it won’t have been that long: the program is only 7 months long. If you like it, it’s a great way to ease your way into France. The pay is high relative to the hours worked and the effort required, and if you supplement your income with babysitting, tutoring, or other work, you can live a comfortable student life.


sweetmaddy510 at gmail dot com

Email me with any questions or feedback about the blog and topics about which I write. If you have questions about TAPIF or au pairing I’d be happy to answer them but please first refer to the general info above. Also, I’m obsessed with my alma mater so if you are a prospective student – PICK UPS! 🙂 I love discussing these things with people and I’m always happy to make a new friend, so don’t be shy!

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey!
    Thank you so much for this blog. I have a question for you, maybe you can help me.
    I got accepted into the TAPIF program and will be living with a family as an au pair. The family wants to know what kind of visa I will be getting because they want me to stay for the whole school year (unitl July). The TAPIF program ends after 7 months. What kind of visa should I apply for?

    Thank you for your time and help,

    • Hi Sam, thanks for writing. When I did TAPIF in 2011, I got a temporary work visa. I’m not sure if they have changed anything since then so you should communicate directly with the TAPIF people. If you are allowed you could get an au pair visa which would be good because then you will be protected by French normes and they will have to compensate you correctly, but then you might not legally be allowed to do TAPIF. Good luck!

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