Destino Idiomas’ Au Pair in Spain Programme offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Spanish life, while living with a family. You will get the opportunity to explore Spain and its lifestyle as an insider, living with a host family and caring for their children. You will make new friends, live new experiences and gain new skills which will be valuable in both your personal and professional future. Most families in Spain ask for English speaking au pairs, but also German, French... Enroll now!
what is an au pair?
Young person willing to live a cultural exchange experience by travelling to another country and living with a host local family.
In exchange for a certain amount of weekly hours looking after their children and doing some light housework, the au pair receives full board and lodging, weekly pocket money, and free time to attend language lessons.
Main reasons for being au pair are an interest in travelling, learning languages and about other cultures.
WHO CAN BE AN AU PAIR?
Female and male applicants. Demand is lower for male applicants though.
18—30 years old.
Non smokers preferred.
Single / No children.
Experienced with children.
Have no criminal records.
Be in good state of health.
Language: Basic knowledge of Spanish preferred, though families are willing to host au pairs without Spanish knowledge. English is the language mostly demanded by Spanish families. Good knowledge of this language will be fine regardless of your nationality. Do not hesitate to contact us if your language is other; families may be interested in other languages.
EU citizens just need a valid identity card or passport to enter Spain for as long as they wish.
Non EU citizens: Stay up to 90 days. Non EU citizens do not need a visa if their country is exempted from this obligation as a Schengen country and you would not need to enroll in a Spanish Language course either (unless you want to). Stays over 90 days. You will need a student/aupair visa, therefore enrolment in Spanish classes or other educational courses is required for a minimum of 20 hrs a week. Destino Idiomas will assist in obtaining documentation required. Rules and regulations for visas may vary depending on your country of origin. We highly suggest that you contact your nearest Spanish consulate to check updated information and that you will have enough time to submit your application. On average, you should contact your consulate at least 60 days before your departure.
AU PAIR IN SPAIN - MAIN FEATURES
You live in with a Spanish host family.
Length of stay: One month up to a year.
Summer or short stays from 1 to 3 months. Mainly starting June or July.
Longer stays from 6 to 12 months. Mainly Starting September, January and March.
Weekly hours: 25 to 35 and a couple of babysitting maximum.
Childcare and light household duties.
You get single room, lodging, pocket money and free time to attend language lessons and socialize.
HOUSEWORK DUTIES. ARE THERE ANY?
Most Spanish families do not require much house work from their au pair, if any. Many Spanish families do have external domestic staff to help with housework. However, the au pair will always look after her own room and keep it neat, clean and tidy.
Should the family need some help with household duties, these may include but are not limited to:
Keep the children’s rooms and bathroom clean and tidy.
Take care of children’s laundry.
Occasional cooking for you and the children.
Cleaning after yourself when cooking for you and the children.
Load / empty diswasher.
General light cleaning of the house: dusting, hoovering...
Help with pets and plants at home.
Generally speaking, these should not be over 20% of your responsibilities as au pair.
Your responsibilities and duties with the kids will vary depending on their ages and whether they are attending school or on school holidays.
If they go to school:
Get them up in the morning, help with personal hygiene and dressing.
Prepare their breakfast.
Take them to school by walk or by car depending on family requirements.
Pick them up from school.
Take them to after school clubs: sports, arts...
Help them with homework.
Entertain them: arts and crafts, face painting, sports, dancing...
Helping them to go to bed: prepare school bags, uniforms ...
If they are not yet in school:
Get them up in the morning, help with personal hygiene and dressing.
Prepare and feed the children and /or babies.
Take them for a walk, to the park, etc.
Interact and stimulate with games, activities, physical exercise etc.
Supervise bedtime: hygiene, nappies, reading stories, etc.
These are most common responsibilities, but this is not an inclusive list and it may vary according to family needs. These should be about 75% of your responsibilities as au pair.
WHAT DOES AN AU PAIR GET IN EXCHANGE?
Accommodation in an single room.
Full board, 3 meals.
Weekend time off: 1 or 2 days off per week.
Weekly time off: to attend language lessons, relax, meet friends...
Weekly pocket money.
70€ - 25hrs p.w. 75€ - 30hrs p.w. 85€/90€ - 35 hrs p.w. We encourage our host families to pay better pocket money to English native speakers.
Be part of the family.
Possibility of attending language lessons.
Support and advice from our agency all through your stay.
24 hrs contact number.
cOSTS FOR THE AU PAIR
No agency fee. Free match.
Travelling to Spain.
Visa fees (if required).
Language courses (if attended).
Personal expenses other than board and lodgings.
Travel and medical insurance (if required). See medical insurance and coverage in Spain
destinationS in spain
Our families database cover all over Spain, we cover main cities, towns and villages alike.
You can establish your preferences on your application form, we will do our best to satisfy your preferences, though we cannot guarantee a specific destination.
We kindly remind our au pairs that the success of any au pair exchange programme relies on matching people with people and not with a specific destination.
mEDICAL INSURANCE AND COVERAGE IN SPAIN
This is an important issue that needs to be addressed before travelling to Spain.
is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property,
does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment,
does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different, services that cost nothing in one EU country, might not be free in another EU country.
Non EU citizens: You must bring a private travel and medical insurance to cover illness and accidents and receive medical assistance during your stay as an au pair. Following European Agreement on Au Pair Placement, Strasbourg, 24.XI.1969 (ETS No 068), article 10, families assume to pay half of the cost of the au pair insurance for the duration of her/his stay with the family.
As an au pair is important to have your work insured.
Liability losses within the scope of your work as an au pair are common and you should be covered to face them.
As an au pair, you look after the kids of your host family and spend the majority of time in their living spaces. That is why it is important that the scope of the liability insurance also includes losses towards the host family. With this liability insurance for au pairs, bodily injury as well as damages to the immovable and movable property of the host family are covered.
For example, losing the house key during your time as an au pair quickly results in a discussion about the costs for a new lock. with this insurance you will cover the risk of key loss.
The sooner you apply the better, this will increase your chances of starting on your planned dated. Generally speaking, we recommend applying at least 3 months in advance. But should you need a visa to enter in Spain, then we strongly recommend you start your application earlier.
However, any moment can be good to apply, even late applicants have their opportunities as there are new families applying all year round.
As we have already mentioned, an au pair is a person with a genuine love for children, and a genuine interest in living a full inmersion cultural and social experience.
When thinking of being au pair in Spain, you must be aware that a strong language interaction with the children is needed.
Spanish families are mostly interested in their children learning foreign languages and so you must be willing to interact with the children, be sociable and communicative. We advice you prepare a big bunch of creative activities to do with the kids, you can find lots of inspiration in Pinterest
Being open and communicative, not only with the children but with the parents, will help everyone to have real expectations and not take anything for granted.
Improving your Spanish language skills before arriving to Spain as much as you can will always be good for you, and so the beginnings will be less stressful for all.
What if i have a problem with my host family?
I am here to help, this is my main duty, that means I will endeavour to get the best possible match. Families and au pairs receive clear information on the programme and do not have false expectations ... that is so important! Once a match is agreed, keeping communication open at all times is very important too! Respecting each other, showing empathy it helps a lot too :-) Making the most of your free time and enjoying yourself goes a long way indeed ;-) With my continuous support and follow up, I will deal with your doubts, misunderstandings (cultural, language...) and foresee possible problems. Should a problem arise, I would mediate between the parts and try to reconduct daily life into harmony again.
But if both parts are not really happy with each other, any of you can request a change, respecting notice period.
WHAT IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY HOST FAMILY?
If that is really the case, you should inform us inmediately and do not take any decision on your own accounts. I will value the circumstances and initially mediate between the parts to reconduct daily life, but if this will not be possible and you request a change of family, I will do that as soon as possible. Some factors usually take a part on this: the length of stay remaining and assuming that a change of destination may take place.