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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.

 

KIDS&US Offer

Do you like children and have a native proficiency in English?

On behalf of NeedAuPair, we wish to give you the amazing opportunity to be part of the team of the English Academies for children most renowned in Spain for the next academic year, from September 2017 until June 2018. Kids&Us are currently looking for Au Pairs to teach English to their students and enjoy the experience in Barcelona, Catalunya, a place where the sun shines every day.

The Kids&Us team is young and warm and you would definitely feel welcome. Their methodology inspires children to learn English naturally, in a friendly and stimulating environment.

All the schools are located around Barcelona: Kids&Us Sant Cugat, Kids&Us Terrassa Centre, Kids&Us Terrassa Nord, Kids&Us Terrassa Vallparadís and Kids&Us Castellar del Vallès. Students come to class during the afternoons, once or twice a week, from Monday to Friday. They are immersed in an English-speaking environment full of colours, fun activities and interaction in English.

Au Pairs are expected to teach an average of 3,5 hours daily from around 4 to 7:30 PM. Accommodation is included in the same city where your school is located. You would share the flat with 2-3 teachers. The meals are not included. Kids&Us also offer to the Au Pairs the possibility to attend a Spanish course.

Places are limited so please, if you are interested in working with Kids&Us and enjoy this unique experience, send your CV and cover letter to coordinacio.general@kidsandus.es and Kids&Us will get back to you shortly.

 

Au pair's weekly pay

Au pair's weekly pay

 

The Agreement signed by the host family and the Au Pair must state the weekly pay to be received by the Au Pair as remuneration for taking care of children and helping with related house tasks.

Many countries have regulations regarding the Au Pair's remuneration, but on certain occasions families may offer a greater weekly pay than the usual pay based on the following criteria:

  • Target country: every target country have standard weekly pays

  • Au Pair's age and experience

  • Au Pair's language

  • Number of working hours per week

  • Any additional nanny service

  • Number of kids in the family to be taken care of and their ages

  • Taking care of children with special needs

  • Workload and preparation of meals or other house tasks

 

As a guideline, you may find fees stated in Euros, U.S. dollars, and pounds, as an average paid today on a weekly basis by the host families according to the number of weekly hours in the main countries:

Country

Weekly Pay EUR

Weekly Pay USD

Weekly Pay GBP

Weekly hours

 
 

Germany

70-90

75-95

50-65

30

 

Australia

140-200

150-215

100-140

25-30

 

Austria

80-100

150-200

55-70

20

 

Belgium

100-120

110-130

70-85

20

 

Canada

120-150

130-160

85-105

25

 

China

40-80

45-90

30-65

25-35

 

Denmark

90-110

95-120

65-80

30

 

USA

180-250

200-270

130-175

45

 

Arab Emirates

230-280

250-300

160-200

20-30

 

Spain

60-90

65-95

45-65

30

 

France

60-90

65-95

45-65

35

 

Netherlands

80-100

85-110

55-70

30

 

Ireland

80-120

85-130

55-85

30

 

Italy

60-90

65-95

45-65

30

 

Norway

120-140

130-150

85-100

30

 

United Kingdom

100-170

105-180

70-120

30

 

Sweden

90-100

95-110

65-70

25

 

Switzerland

140-180

150-190

100-130

30