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RESOURCES FOR THE EXPERIENCE

Spain

Why be an Au Pair in Spain?

Spain is a country that offers a lot of possibilities, including learning the second most spoken language in the world.

Spain has a population over 48 million inhabitants; it has always been one of the favourite touristic places not only within Europe but also at a worldwide level.

Its capital city, Madrid, as well as Barcelona, are the two cities that receive the biggest number of tourists per year, and many tourists visit La Alhambra, in Granada, the City of Arts and Sciences, in Valencia, the Great Mosque of Córdoba, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and small, beautiful cities like Toledo or Segovia.

Apart from the wide cultural variety you may find in Spain, there is its incomparable cuisine and a sunny weather, which will allow you to enjoy its beautiful beaches (Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Barcelona, San Sebastián, Cíes Islands, Valencia, Alicante).

And, as if that weren't enough, do not forget the so popular festivals such as Las Fallas of Valencia or the festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, as well as the nightlife, together with the good mood of its people, which makes it a funny and friendly destination.

The main Spanish cities are:

Cities

Inhabitants

Madrid

3,255,944

Barcelona

1,621,537

Valencia

814,208

Seville

703,206

Zaragoza

674,317

 

 

Main conditions of the Au Pair programme in Spain:

  • Range of accepted age: 18-30 years old
  • Working hours: 30 hours per week, which may be extended or reduced as agreed upon with the host family and according to the weekly pay established.
  • Holidays and free days: the Au Pair shall have a holiday week every six months. The Au Pair must have at least one free day, always including Sundays. 
  • Ticket expenses: the Au Pair will bear any expenses involved in her/his trip, unless the family are willing to pay such expenses, either in whole or in part.
  • Insurance: if the Au Pair belongs to a member state of the European Union, the Au Pair must request the European Health Card, which is valid in Spain. Furthermore, it is advisable that the host family hire an accident and liability insurance policy during the Au Pair's stay .
    If the Au Pair does not come from the European Union, the Au Pair must hire an appropriate health insurance which must be paid by the Au Pair and the host family equally, unless otherwise stated in the agreement executed with the host family.
  • Language: you do not need any basic Spanish level at all; however, in order for the Au Pair to be integrated as soon as possible into the family life and Spanish culture, we recommend that the Au Pair have a basic Spanish level.
  • Weekly pay: EUR 60-90, USD 65-95, GBP 45-65

 

Visa:

EU or EFTA countries:

Citizens of the European Union or EFTA do not need any visa to be an Au Pair in Spain. They only need a valid passport, an agreement executed with the family, and register upon arrival in Spain for long time periods with the Registry of Inhabitants, and request a Registration Certificate of European Union citizen.

 

Countries having a Working Holiday visa agreement with Spain: 

Australia, Canada and New Zealand have a Working Holiday agreement with Spain, therefore citizens from these countries may request this type of visa.

To that effect, they must contact the Spanish embassy in the source country in order to check requirements, expected number of visas they will need for a year and file their request. 

 

Other countries:

Any Au Pairs not included in the foregoing list will need to request an Au Pair visa for Spain.

If your stay as an Au Pair will last less than three months, you must check if your country is exempt from requesting a visa, otherwise, you must request a short-term or a student visa.

If your stay as an Au Pair will last more than 3 months, the best option to obtain a visa is through the student visa. To that effect, you must register, before requesting the visa, with a Spanish language course, university or any course to obtain a master's degree.

In the case of the Spanish language course, to obtain the visa you must sign up for the course and submit the pertinent registration with a school supported by the Cervantes Institute and the course must last at least 20 weekly hours.

 

Essential links:  

Spanish embassies around the world

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/portal/es/serviciosalciudadano/paginas/embajadasconsulados.aspx

Information from the Government of Spain to foreigners

http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Portal/es/ServiciosAlCiudadano/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Paginas/Inicio.aspx

Cervantes Institute

http://www.cervantes.es/default.htm

 

Au Pair Agreement

European health card

http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=559&langId=en

Given the particular regulations of each country as regards the visa and any changes that may occur as to the process to obtain it, Needaupair.com is not responsible for the information, opinions, and advice expressed on this website and, in every case, it recommends that users get information on these topics in each reference country.

 

 

Au pair contract

Au pair contract

 

Prior to the commencement of the Au Pair programme, and as a formalisation of the agreement reached between the Au Pair and the host family, both parties shall sign an Agreement (sample of agreement), which may be modified by the parties pursuant to the conditions of the Au Pair programme in the target country.

The available sample of Au Pair agreement that you may download is based on the European agreement signed by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in January 18, 1972 (European agreement).

Nevertheless, you may use any sample of agreement accepted in the target country. It is very important to include every aspect related to your future stay as an Au Pair such as:

  • Data of the host family (first and last names of parents, number of kids, their ages, address, etc.)  and of the Au Pair (first and last name, age, marital status, nationality, etc.).
  • Duration of stay (start and expiration date of the Au Pair programme).
  • Au Pair's weekly pay.
  • Number of working hours (if possible, a fixed timetable).
  • Tasks to be performed.
  • Holidays.
  • Board and lodging (description of room) and family rules.
  • Health insurance: in case a private health insurance is required, establish who will be responsible for the payment thereof.
  • Termination of agreement: usually the prior notice period is of 14 days.
  • Any other issue like costs of visas, language centres, transportation to the target country, etc.).

Likewise, it is convenient to attach the weekly planning to the Agreement, which planning shall state the timetable and main tasks to be developed by the Au Pair.

In the event the Au Pair shall need a visa to enter the target country, one of the documents that will be requested by the country's embassy is the Agreement signed by the parties.

Early termination of the Au Pair programme:

In case the Agreement has been signed for an indefinite period of time or even if signed for a certain time period, either party may early terminate the Au Pair programme by giving 14-day prior notice.

Furthermore, it may be terminated with immediate effect in case either party has committed a serious error, or if other serious circumstances require so.

During the prior-notice period, the Au Pair must live with the host family, carrying out her/his usual tasks and receiving her/his weekly pay. Should the prior-notice period not be respected by the host family, except for serious errors, the family may be responsible for any expenses incurred by the Au Pair until completion of said 14-day period (hotel, meals, transportation, etc.).
 

Agreements by country

 

Agreement Spain

Agreement France

Agreement Italy

Agreement United Kingdom

Agreement Ireland

Agreement Germany

Agreement Austria

Agreement Belgium

Agreement Holland

Agreement Denmark

Agreement Norway

Agreement Sweden

Agreement Switzerland

Agreement United States

Agreement Australia

Agreement Canada

Agreement China

Agreement United Arab Emirates

 

Agreement Spain

In Spain, the Au Pair agreement is the one related to the European Au Pair agreement model; you will find the Spanish and English version here.

European agreement in Spanish

European agreement in English

Letter of invitation in Spanish

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in Spanish

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement France

Here you will find the official agreement for Au Pairs within France, both in the English and French versions.

Official agreement in French

Letter of invitation in French

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in French

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Italy

In Italy, the Au Pair agreement is the one related to the European Au Pair agreement model; here you will find the Italian and English versions.

European Agreement in Italian

European Agreement in English

Letter of invitation in Italian

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in Italian

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the Au Pair agreement is the one related to the European Au Pair agreement model; here you will find the English version.

European agreement in English

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Ireland

In Ireland, the Au Pair agreement is the one related to the European Au Pair agreement model; here you will find the English version.

European agreement in English

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Germany

In Germany, the Au Pair agreement is the one related to the European Au Pair agreement model; here you will find the German and English versions.

European agreement in German

European agreement in English

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Austria

In Austria, the official Austrian agreement for Au Pairs must be signed; here you will find the English version.

Official agreement in English

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Belgium

In Belgium, the official Belgian agreement for Au Pairs must be signed

Letter of invitation in French

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in French

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Holland

An Au Pair's stay in Holland is governed; it is mandatory to turn to an official agency recognised by the Immigration Service of Holland, which agency will provide the family and the Au Pair with the necessary agreement.

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Denmark

In Denmark, the official Danish agreement for Au Pairs must be signed.

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Norway

In Norway, the official Norwegian agreement for Au Pairs must be signed.

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Sweden

There is no official Au Pair agreement in Sweden, so it is not necessary to submit it. However, you must submit a job offer written in Swedish, which must include number of working hours per week, whether the Au Pair will attend a language course during his/her stay in Sweden, and that the Au Pair will be entitled to free board and lodging, as well as to a weekly pay.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, pursuant to the terms of the Au Pair agreement, we recommend that the Au Pair and the host family sign an agreement, in which case the European Au Pair agreement model in its English version should be used.   

European agreement in English

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Switzerland

Depending on the city you choose in Switzerland and on the canton to which it belongs, you will need a different Au Pair agreement.

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement United States

An Au Pair's stay in the United States is regulated; it is mandatory to turn to an official agency authorised in the US, which agency will provide the family and the Au Pair with the necessary agreement.

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Australia

There is no official Au Pair agreement in Australia. You may use the European agreement in the English version and modify it as necessary.

European agreement in English

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement Canada

There is no official Au Pair agreement in Canada. You may use the European agreement in the English version and modify it as necessary.

European agreement in English

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement China

There is no official Au Pair agreement in China. You may use the European agreement in the English version and modify it as necessary.

European agreement in English

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.

 

Agreement United Arab Emirates

In the United Arab Emirates you must sign a job agreement that the host family will send you and it must be submitted in order to obtain the visa.

Letter of invitation in English

Weekly planning in English

 

Needaupair.com recommends that, together with the necessary agreement for the Au Pair programme, the letter of invitation and the weekly planning be attached.