Live, Work & Travel in France

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Simply Morzine – Winter ski holidays and summer special interest and family activity holidays in Morzine, France. Based in the beautiful French Alps, Simply Morzine recruit chefs, hosts and guide/rep/driver/maintenance staff for winter and summer season employment. You will be treated as an individual not a number, with a competitive salary and superb all-round package. An ideal opportunity to work with a progressive, family-run luxury holiday company, either for a post-university gap year, short career break or longer-term employment with the possibility of advancement and year-round employment.

This French Life – A good website for living life the French way.

Employment in France

Employers, Agencies & Placement Services

Alpine Action – Set up in 1993 by two keen skiers Dennis Heasman and John Morley, Alpine Action offers quality holidays in Meribel and La Tania.

Alpine Club – Luxury chalet company in the 3 valleys France who employ chalet couples and chauffeurs/resort assistants to run their small boutique chalets.

Alpine Elements – Employ chalet and mountain staff in several French resorts.

Alpine Escape Ski – Small, family run company offering catered chalet holidays in La Tania.

Alpine Fusion – Luxury chalet in Meribel and Courchevel. They state they are always looking for outstanding new team members who should be aged over 21 years with British or European citizenship and a clean driving licence for at least two years.

Alpine Quests – A small independent offering chalet holidays in Chatel.

Alpine 365 – An independent chalet company. Though there isn’t any employment information on their website we have spotted them advertising for a chalet couple in the past.

Astotel Group – A selection of independent hotels in Paris. A link marked ’emploi’ on the French version of the site takes those interested in employment to a form to fill in.

Au Pair by Pebbles – Au Pair agency based in France and England. Their service is free to register for au pairs and they carry out thourough checks on the families where they send au pairs to ensure maximum security. Placements from four months to two years.

Baby-speaking – Childcare and tutoring jobs.

Belvedere Chalets – Offer holidays in five luxury chalets in Meribel and Verbier to skiers who enjoy being seriously pampered. Recruitment information is now provided on the site.

Carisma Holidays – Couriers and site managers recruited for French campsites during the summer.

Chalet Chardons – A large ski and snowboard chalet / hotel in Tignes in the French Alps.

Chalet Morzine – A family operation running two luxury ski chalets in Morzine. Applicants should be enthusiastic, hard working couples, prepared to commit for a season.

Cheeky Monkeys Childcare – Qualified nannies wanted for this childcare service based in Morzine.

Chilly Powder – A chalet/hotel in the French Alps employing 23 staff in the winter ski season and nine in the summer.

Come-Ski – Luxury chalet holidays in the three valleys. They don’t seem to have any obvious employment information on their site but we have seen them recruiting for chalet couples.

Dicks Tea Bar – Require managers, bar staff, waiters, DJs, door staff, cloakroom attendants and administrators for bars in Meribel, Chamonix and Val d’Isere.

Disneyland Paris – 12,000 jobs in summer, 8,000 in winter.

Finlays Skiing Holidays – Family run chalet holiday operator who take on professional and friendly seasonal resort and chalet staff in Val D’Isère, Courchevel and other resorts.

Fish & Pips – A small chalet company with catered chalets in Meribel and Val d’Isère with the emphasis placed firmly on the food. Chef, host, driver and resort manager positions need to be filled each winter season.

France Montgolfieres Balloon Company – Hot air holidays. No employment information on the site.

Frog Pubs – Theme pubs in France. Applicants should speak fluent French and English. Part time staff prefered.

Highlife – Hire hosts, chefs and resort managers for their chalets in Val d’Isère, Morzine and Méribel.

Huski Chalet Holidays – A family run business offering self catered and catered chalet holidays in Chamonix.

Jack Frosts Childcare – Experienced childcarers, over 21 years of age, wanted for jobs throughout the Portes du Soleil.

La Source Ski & Adventure – A small independent ski company with two chalets in the French Alps.

Le Foulon – A UK owner/managed hotel 40 minutes drive from the Cote d’Azur in the Alpes Maritime. They have indicated that they employ kitchen staff and gardeners.

Le Ski – Recruit winter staff for Courchevel 1650, Val d’Isère and La Tania.

Louvre Group – Several French hotel brands including Concorde Hotels and Resorts. Employment information is available.

Karibuni – A small independent ski and snowboard chalet operator based in the French Alps, near the village of La Clusaz. They recruit a chalet housekeeper, kitchen chef couple, chalet host couple, kitchen assistant, driver/ski host and a ski tech/bar person.

Meriski – Recruit employees for the winter season in Meribel. Now with application form available online.

Mountain Highs – A small, friendly ski company operating catered chalets and apartments in Morzine.

One 2 Ski and Bike Ltd – A small family run chalet company looking for outgoing and highly motivated chalet hosts, couples, friends or single people, to run luxury catered chalets in Morzine.

Off The Piste Holidays – Reps for this student ski brand, part of TUI, should be energetic and organised people who are willing to work hard and play hard.

Pamper Off Piste – Pamper Off Piste offers a mobile massage and beauty service in the Alpine resorts of Courchevel, Meribel, Motterat, La Tania, Val D’Isere and Morzine.

Premiere Neige – Operating exclusively in Sainte Foy, Premiere Neige strive to combine excitement and adventure with first class chalet accommodation and service.

Pub Le Ski Lodge – Bar and restaurant in La Tania.

Purple Ski – Jobs available in catered chalets in Meribel including chefs, chambermaids, drivers, maintainence/delivery men, waitresses and ski guides.

Restaurant Flowers – Summer jobs or work placement avaialble in an English owned pub / restaurant in the south of France. Basic French and experience of waiting and bar work is required.

Siblu Entertainment – Entertainment jobs in France.

Siblu Villages – Invite you to join their freindly team working in French holiday parks.

Silver Ski – Require couples to run ski chalets in France.

Simon Butler Skiing – Employ nannies, cooks, chalet people and ski instructors in the Megeve.

Simply Morzine – Winter ski holidays and summer special interest and family activity holidays in Morzine, France. Based in the beautiful French Alps, Simply Morzine recruit chefs, hosts and guide/rep/driver/maintenance staff for winter and summer season employment. They state you will be treated as an individual not a number, with a competitive salary and superb all-round package. An ideal opportunity to work with a progressive, family-run luxury holiday company, either for a post-university gap year, short career break or longer term employment with the possibility of advancement and year-round employment.

Ski Amis – Ski tour operator offering catered chalets in la Plagne and la Tania in the French Alps.

Ski Basics – Chalet accommodation and transportation in Meribel.

Ski Beat – An independent ski company run by experienced and enthusiastic skiers. They seek couples and singles that would like to work the next winter season running their chalets in La Plagne, Les Arcs, La Tania, Meribel and Val d’Isere.

Ski Bonjor – Based in the French resort of Tignes, Ski Bonjor is a family run chalet company that looks to recruit chalet hosts/chefs, and ski guides. They hire people based on their skills, experience and attitude and expect high standards from them.

Ski Chamois – Chalet hotel in Morzine. They also have an Aussie style bar and restaurant.

Ski-Dazzle – An independent family run company offering luxury chalet holidays in La Tania.

SkiDeep – Operate three chalets in La Tania and Courcehevel.

Ski Famille – A family ski company offering catered chalets with in house childcare in Les Gets.

Ski Hiver – Catered ski chalet specialists in Peisey Nancroix, a small traditional French village, and other resorts. Employment information used to be found via the site map but this appears no longer to be true.

Ski Magic – Based in the Three Valleys, Ski Magic is a family run chalet company that looks to recruit chalet hosts/cooks, nannies, handymen/drivers and ski technicians.

Ski Mont Blanc – Chalet helpers employed for catered ski, golf or alpine leisure holidays in the French Alps.

Snow Retreat – Snow Retreat operate half a dozen chalets in La Tania and need winter assistance from a chalet manager, chef and hosts. They say that though they may only charge their customers budget prices they still expect the team to provide the highest level of service. All roles are physically and emotionally demanding but worth every second. There is no age restriction, although applicants under 22 are unlikely to have sufficient experience. Training takes place in mid December with the season running until April.

Ski Olympic – An established family-run ski tour operator with chalets and chalet hotels in French resorts.

SkiPlan Travel – School skiing specialists and family holidays to the Alps.

Ski Power – Provides luxury chalet holidays in the Three Valleys in the French Alps.

Snowbizz – A small independent family specialist operating in Puy St Vincent in French Alps. They focus heavily on their childcare programme, including a junior ski school, and as such have a number of different childcare positions including nannies and children’s reps. A childcare qualification will help with job applications.

SnowBugs – A nanny agency specialising in the ski resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel and surrounding areas.

SnowChateaux – A family run chalet company with catered ski chalets in Les Arcs, La Plagne and Tignes. When we looked at their recruitment information they were intending to hire a resort manager, chalet couples and a part time chalet host for the coming season. They also employ drivers.

Stanford Skiing – A small family run company based in Megeve, they employ a small number of staff in resort ranging from managers to chalet girls. Current vacancies are advertised on their site.

Summer Study Programs -US students may attend a three or five week summer study programme at the Sorbone in Paris. Staff jobs for those over 21 and fluent in French and English are also available.

Ski-Val – An independent family business specialising in skiing holidays to Courchevel and Val d’Isere.

Snowbizz – A small independent family specialist operating in Puy St Vincent. Their child care programme includes a children’s ski school.

Stanford Skiing – A small family run company based in Megeve for 17 years. They employ 13 staff in resort ranging from managers to chalet girls. Current vacancies are advertised on their site.

Translation Central – French language translations. They employ translators too.

t4Nanny – Nannies are recruited to go to ski holidaymakers’ chalet apartments or hotels and take their children out on an adventure.

YSE Limited – YSE is the biggest specialist chalet operator in Val d’Isère, France requiring a team of qualified chefs, keen cooks and assistants to run chalets from 4 to 60 guests, from November to May. Ski 6 days a week. British passport holders only.

Employment Resources for Finding Work in France

Advice, Expat Info & Useful Sites for Finding Work

Au Pair, Oh Paris – Underwhelmed by the lack of support available for au pairs during their time as au pairs in Paris, Hanna and Edwina set up their alternative to an agency to support current au pairs and guide first timers with the knowledge they wish they’d had themselves.

Chamonix.net – French ski resort. Includes information about the local bar scene including addresses and telephone numbers.

Chamonix – Resort information.

Courchevel – Ski resort.

FUSAC – A bi weekly contact magazine for the English speaking community in Paris and surrounding area known for having ads about housing and employment. The site provides a map of the magazine’s distribution points.

International Centre of Excellence for Snowsport Instructors (ICE) – For Gap ski instructor courses in Val d’isere. BASI grade 3 qualifications in 10 weeks.

Jooble – Search for jobs in France. In French.

keljob.com – Search engine (in French) of over 160 job sites.

Meribel – Ski resort.

Meribel – Resort information.

Meribel-Unplugged – A complete and independent guide to skiing and boarding in Meribel and the three Valleys. Written by local seasonaires.

Ski Jobs France – An Australian site that supports young travellers looking for a working holiday or seasonal work in the French Alps.

Sports-hiver.com – A ski portal in France. One of the forums, I’m told, is dedicated to jobs in French ski resorts. In French.

TEFL Paris – A teacher training school located in one of Europe’s most romantic and popular cities.

TEFL Toulouse – Four week TEFL Certificate courses in the South of France.

Val d’Isere – Ski resort.

Valdinet.com – Resort information for Val d’Isere. Includes a small jobs section.

Verbinet.com – Resort information for Verbier. Includes a small jobs section.

Well Seasoned – A chalet cookery course which takes place in the summer months in Tignes, France. The course is a week long residential where you learn to cook in a real chalet environment, and make the most of the activities on offer in resort such as skiing on the glacier, hiking, mountain biking, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Gap Year & Voluntary Work in France

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Amis de Chevreaux Chatel – A three week international workcamp revolving around the restoration of the medieval castle at Chevreaux. A small fee towards registration and insurance is required.

Base Camp – Ski and snowboard instructor courses in Meribel, Whistler and Verbier. The courses include freestyle, racing and freeride training as well as first aid courses, avalanche courses and ski and snowboard tuning clinics. Base Camp aim their courses at those looking for a career change, on a gap year or taking time out from work.

Brigitte Bardot Foundation – Become a volunteer inspector checking for mistreatment of animals.

Challenge Educational Services – Challenge offers a wide range of French Language programmes based in France.  These vary from Academic Year / Semester programmes at the Sorbonne, to A Level revision courses in Bordeaux. Also offers adult and under 18 programmes.

Club du Vieux Manoir – Since 1952 the Club du Vieux Manoir has grouped together young people who want to spend some of their spare time doing rescue and restoration work on ancient monuments and sites. Accommodation, under canvas, food costs and a small membership and insurance fee is required.

La Giraudiere – Offers an inexpensive study in France programme, property sales, gite holidays and a working holiday.

SnowCrazy – Chalet host cookery course. Everything you need to know about running a successful chalet in the Alps with style and the minimum of fuss. Also some recruimtent information.

WWOOF France – Discover France by volunteering on organic farms.

Living in France

Real Estate and Resources for Staying Long Term

atHomeLorraine.fr – Property finding portal for the Lorraine region of France.

Bowhills – Let out your French property. Bowhills are also active in Iberia, Italy and Cyprus.

BuyFrenchProperty.com – Based in the UK this is a comprehensive selection of properties through several different regions from Normandy in the north to Languedoc in the south.

Chez Nous – Advertise your French property among the over 7000 privately owned properties listed here.

Cordiez Law – A licensed solicitor with over 10 years of experience, Fabien Cordiez is regulated by the French Bar Association and is also a non practicing member of the UK Law Society.

Erna Low Property – The ski company has established an award winning property sales service covering France and other skiing destinations.

France this Way – Lots of information about moving and living in France as well as travel information.

French Entree – Another quality and comprehensive website on all things to do with buying, living and travelling in France. Among the superb range of articles are how to get help with dyslexia in France, wines for vegetarians and laws and regulations affecting life in the country.

Internet French Property – A portal for finding property in France, this site includes a number of excellent guides on topics such as building a home in France, health cover and letting, a newsletter, forums and a services directory.

Latitudes – French property agents.

Living France – All about French property, travel and lifestyle including a property search.

Lost in France – A guide to living in France including lots of information about buying a house, tax and renovating.

This French Life – A good website for living life the French way.

Travelling in France

Accommodation & Getting Around

French at a Touch – A directory for everything French with detailed information on Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Quebec and Switzerland. There are maps and photos, history, specific Information on French regions and major cities, travel information, business, employment and more.

Other Useful French Websites

Culture, News…

AFP – Worldwide news agency.

Azurlingua – Offering French language courses in Nice including courses for adults, teenagers and for teachers of French as second language.

British Embassy, France

Greolingua – Learn French in the French village of Gréolières with hiking in the mountains as part of your French curriculum.

Language Trainers – French courses, they describe themselves as a gentle way to language training with native speakers and qualified trainers anywhere in the UK.

Paris Lengues – Belonging to the CEI group, at this Paris language school students may choose different courses from two weeks to nine months.

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