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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.

 

Frecuently Asked Questions

Frecuently Asked Questions

 

Who can be a host family?

Who can be an Au Pair?

Can boys be Au Pairs?

What documents do I need to be an Au Pair?

Which country should I choose as my destination?

Which Au Pairs' nationalities should I choose?

Which countries have the biggest offer of Au Pairs or host families?

How and when must the Au Pair's weekly pay be delivered?

Who must pay the Au Pair's flight ticket?

Who must bear any visa expenses?

How much time does it take to obtain a visa?

How much time does it take to look for an Au Pair or a host family?

What is the Au Pair's minimum stay?

Can the agreement be terminated?

How is the Au Pair programme during summer?

What house tasks are accepted by Au Pairs?

What's the difference between an Au Pair and a nanny?

Can I drive in the destination country?

May I go out at night during my stay as an Au Pair?

What does the interpretation service provided by Needaupair.com involve?

Do I have to pay Needaupair.com to find a host family /Au Pair?

What are the advantages of being a Gold, Platinum, and Diamond member?

In case I have any doubt or enquiry regarding the Au Pair Programme or how Needaupair.com works, who can I talk to? 

 

 

Who can be a host family?

In the case of host families, they must comply with the Host family general conditions, among which the following must be met:

  • Your family must be formed by at least a kid of no legal age (under 16 years old, although it may vary depending on the country).

  • Private room for the Au Pair inside the host family's house having a window, heating, bed, desk, and wardrobe, and, if possible, a private bathroom too.

  • Meals, sharing the same food eaten by the family members, unless the Au Pair expresses otherwise (diet, she/he is a vegetarian...).

  • Make sure that, as a family, you are able to cover the Au Pair's board and lodging expenses, as well as the weekly pay agreed upon with the Au Pair.

  • The family must speak the official language of the country where they live and it must differ from the Au Pair's language, since in most cases the main goal of the programme is to learn a language and experience a different culture.

  • You are willing to respect the general conditions of the Au Pair programme in the country of stay. 

  • You must integrate the Au Pair as another member of your family.

If you comply with the foregoing conditions, you may register as a host family.

 

Who can be an Au Pair?

In addition to the Au Pair's requirements, you must satisfy the following three conditions:

  • You must like kids very much, since you will spend the next months with them and it will be a big responsibility, which mainly requires love for kids.

  • You must be willing to get to know a new culture, habits, customs, and new people.

  • You must be willing to learn or improve a language, and/or gain experience at a professional or personal level. 

If you comply with the foregoing conditions, you may register as an Au Pair.

 

Can boys be Au Pairs?

Both boys and girls from every country in the world can participate in the Au Pair programme, so as long as you comply with the requirements established in each country and you are willing to comply with the Au Pair programme's conditions, you will be able to participate.

Lately, more and more boys are requested by host families, especially in the case of families with children between 8 and 14 years old who look an elderly brother for their children with whom they may learn a new language and play.

Likewise, more and more couples of Au Pairs are requested by host families (they must not necessarily have a sentimental relationship, but only be a boy and a girl), particularly in the case of families who live in big houses and have more than 3 kids. 

So, if you are a boy, don't hesitate and register as an Au Pair, you won't regret it!

 

What documents do I need to be an Au Pair?

These are the documents usually requested either by the host family or by the embassy:

  • Agreement and letter of invitation, signed by the host family.

  • ID and passport in force, as well as driving license, if any, and a copy of these documents.

  • Health certificate issued by a certified doctor indicating that you are healthy.

  • Criminal record certificate issued by the competent authority in your country.

  • Studies' and languages' degrees or certificates.

  • References, in case you have taken care of children previously.

  • Personal reference letter.

  • Passport-sized photography.

  • Health insurance, either through the European health card or a private health insurance.

  • In case a student visa is required, evidence of signing up for a language course, university, etc. 

  • In some countries it is necessary to obtain a residence or work permit in order to obtain a visa. 

 

Which country should I choose as my destination?

When it comes to choosing your destination country, you must consider the following factors:

  • Agreements executed between your country and other countries regarding special visas such as the Working Holiday or J-1 Visa.

If you are a European Union citizen and want to choose another country within the European Union, then this is not a factor to be taken into account, since no visa will be required.

  • Goal of the Au Pair programme for you; if your goal is to learn a language, then you must travel to a country whose official language is different from yours, while if your goal is to live a cultural exchange experience or gain experience in childcare, then the main factor you should consider is whether your need a visa and the conditions to obtain it. 

  • Country's culture, customs, tradition, and weather.

 

Which Au Pairs' nationalities should I choose?

When it comes to choosing the Au Pair's nationality, you must take into account the following two factors:

  • Legislation of your country regarding the Au Pair programme, especially with respect to visas, and any agreement executed between your country and other countries as regards the Working Holiday visa. 

  • Goal of the Au Pair programme for your family. Whether the goal is that your children practise a language or that you get help with the care of your children, the Au Pair's nationality will be very significant. In the case of families whose goal is language, we recommend that you look for not only Anglo-Saxon nationalities, since there may be other countries whose citizens have a perfect English level, even if it is not their mother tongue.

 

Which countries have the biggest offer of Au Pairs or host families?

Currently, the biggest offer of Au Pairs comes from European countries (Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the United Kingdom), and the United States. In the latest years there has been an increase in offer from Latin American countries (México, Brazil, Colombia, etc.), Asian and African countries too. 

As to host families, the biggest number of families requiring Au Pairs comes from the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the United States.

 

How and when must the Au Pair's weekly pay be delivered?

Usually, and as advisable, the pay is delivered to the Au Pair by the host family on a weekly basis at the end of every week (Friday or Saturday) and it must be delivered in cash. 

However, provided always that it is agreed upon by both parties, the pay may be delivered on a monthly basis and in a different way such as a deposit into an account. That will depend on the parties' flexibility.

 

Who must pay the Au Pair's flight ticket?

The Au Pair must always cover her/his travelling expenses (plane is the most commonly used means of transport for Au Pairs) to arrive in the destination country. This is applicable to every country participating in the Au Pair programme. 

However, depending on the host family and the destination country, some families may cover, either in whole or in part, such travelling expenses, it being advisable that the family never send the money or ticket to the Au Pair in advance, to avoid any potential fraud; in such a case, they should reimburse the Au Pair for such expenses once she/he arrives. These facts must be included in the agreement.

 

Who must bear any visa expenses?

Any expenses incurred to obtain a visa must always be borne by the Au Pair; in most countries such expenses are not so expensive. 

As in the case of the Au Pair's travelling expenses, the family may cover these visa expenses and, as stated above, such expenses should not be paid in advance by the family, being reimbursed upon Au Pair's arrival.

 

How much time does it take to obtain a visa?

The time to obtain a visa varies depending on the country, so you should get information from the embassy of your destination country located in your country.

It will also depend on how much time you take to gather the required documentation as well as on the cooperation provided by your host family as regards such documents (the ones that must be sent by them).

As a guideline, it usually takes at least one month to obtain a visa; the maximum time doesn't usually exceed three months.

 

How much time does it take to look for an Au Pair or a host family?

It will depend on several factors; in the case of Au Pairs:

  • Experience in childcare

  • Nationality

  • Whether a visa is required or not

  • Flexibility

  • A complete profile

While in the case of families it will depend on:

  • Your country and its regulation as regards visas

  • Place of residence (centre, big city, suburbs, town, beach, etc.)

  • Timetable established for the Au Pair

  • Au Pair's nationality required

  • Weekly pay

As a general rule, the Au Pair process may take between two weeks and a month in case the Au Pair and the host family are flexible, and it may extend to over three months for families or Au Pairs who are not so flexible.

During summertime, due to a big offer of families and Au Pairs, it is advisable that you start your search process at least three months before.

Register as an Au Pair…

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What is the Au Pair's minimum stay?

The minimum stay to be an Au Pair will depend on the specific conditions of the Au Pair programme in every country as well as on the agreement executed by the host family and the Au Pair.

Thus, there may be minimum stays running from two to twelve months, which in some countries may be extended up to twenty-four months.

 

Can the agreement be terminated?

The agreement executed by the host family and the Au Pair, which formalises the understanding reached by both parties and which must include as much information as possible and be signed by the family's representative and the Au Pair, sets forth the start date and the end date of the Au Pair programme.

However, the Au Pair programme may be early terminated if either or both parties desire so, provided always that prior notice is given at least fourteen days before.  

During this prior notice period and until fulfilment of the fourteen-day prior notice condition, the obligations and rights of the Au Pair and the host family must be kept in effect, and the parties must have the most friendly relationship to the extent possible.

Likewise, it is worth mentioning that the minimum prior notice period is of fourteen days, but it may be extended as agreed upon by the parties.

Moreover, and although it seldom occurs, every agreement may be terminated immediately in case of serious breach (theft, abuse, violence, etc.), and such fact must be notified to the pertinent country's authorities.

 

How is the Au Pair programme during summer?

The Au Pair programme during summertime is really beneficial for host families (it helps with childcare when there are no school classes while it involves a cultural exchange), and Au Pairs (they are allowed to visit a country, get to know a different culture and language with no financial costs), which explains why this programme has grown so much over the last years.

Given such growth, it is essential that your register as a host family or as an Au Pair two or three months before.

 

What house tasks are accepted by Au Pairs?

The main house tasks accepted by Au Pairs are:

  • Wash dishes, load the dishwasher and clean the dishes

  • Prepare simple meals for the children

  • Iron the children's clothes

  • Operate the washing machine and peg out washing

  • Keep the kitchen clean and tidy

  • Dusting

  • Vacuum-cleaning

  • Change the children's bed sheets

  • Keep the Au Pair's bedroom and bathroom clean and tidy

  • Empty garbage cans

  • Feed the pet and take it out for a walk, if so agreed

  • Do any required daily shopping 

As an example of tasks not accepted to be performed by Au Pairs and which, therefore, cannot be required by the family, we may find the following, among others: clean windows, deep house cleaning, take care of the garden, wash the car, do the weekly shopping, train pets, make the parents' bed, iron the parents' clothes, cook for the entire family, clean the parents' bathroom, etc.

 

What's the difference between an Au Pair and a nanny?

It is very important for host families and Au Pairs to acknowledge the obligations and rights of each other, which must be respected by both parties.

Host families must consider that, due to the particular conditions of the Au Pair programme, which is not an employment relation but a cultural exchange based on the mutual benefit for both parties, the Au Pair must get a private bedroom, board and lodging, and a weekly pay, and the host family will be benefited from the cultural exchange as well as from the help it will get from the Au Pair with the care of their children.

Although there are things in common, an Au Pair and a nanny differ:

  • A nanny gets a much higher salary than the one collected by an Au Pair, since a nanny doesn't usually get any board and lodging from the family.

  • A nanny must always be registered with the social security office, while an Au Pair is not in most countries.

  • An Au Pair barely has any experience in childcare, while a nanny does, even some degree in childcare in some cases.

  • Under the Au Pair programme, working hours are limited, while nannies may work as many hours as they like according to the legislation in force in the pertinent country.

  • An Au Pair's age is limited in every country, while there is no age limitation for nannies. 

Therefore, it is important for the host family to remember these differences and take them into account, since an Au Pair is not a nanny or a cleaning person.

 

Can I drive in the destination country?

In the case of Au Pairs belonging to European Union countries who choose another European Union country as destination, their driving license will allow them to drive during their entire stay without any time limitation, while in the case of citizens from other countries, in most cases they can drive for a maximum period of twelve months, and once such period has elapsed, they must pass a driving test and a temporary license will be granted. 

For the Au Pair to be able to drive, the host family must include the Au Pair in the car insurance policy covering the car the Au Pair will drive.

 

May I go out at night during my stay as an Au Pair?

Host families must take into account that an Au Pair is a young boy or girl who wants to have fun, so they must have a certain flexibility on this topic, including in the house rules the arrival hours during working days and weekends. 

Au Pairs must comply with the family's house rules and let the family know if they will arrive later than usual, so that the family don't worry, always taking into account that if they will work the following day, given the responsibility involved in childcare, they  must feel 100% well to develop their function.

 

What does the interpretation service provided by Needaupair.com involve?

In Needaupair.com we believe that one of the main goals of the Au Pair programme, especially for Au Pairs, is to learn or improve a new language, as part of the cultural exchange involved in the Au Pair programme.

Therefore, we understand that one of the main difficulties for Au Pairs at the time of finding a Host Family may be the language. That is why our team will provide interpretation services during the Videoconferences with Host Families, when so required. Thus, a member of the Needaupair.com team will be present during the Videoconferences online and will translate everything you do not understand or cannot express.

Besides, another advantage of this service is that it will allow you to efficiently avoid any fraud in the network, since it is very unlikely for a fraudster to carry on a fraud if there is a videoconference where a qualified agency participates.

This interpretation service is available in the following languages: English, French, Italian, and Spanish; it must be requested at least 48 hours before and it is subjected to availability.

In order to be able to enjoy such interpretation service you must be a Diamond Member and you will be entitled to two interpretations of 30 minutes each to be carried out during a maximum period of 90 days.

 

Do I have to pay Needaupair.com to find a host family /Au Pair?

No. If you register with Needaupair.com, you will be a Silver Member, and, free of charge, you will be able to create your profile as an Au Pair or a host family, as well as to send standard notices or add host families or Au Pairs to your list of favourites, so that they will know you are interested in them.

Likewise, you will receive e-mails in your e-mail account, which will be activated after registration with Needaupair.com, from host families or Au Pairs, with their e-mails, who are interested in your profile, provided that such contact comes from a Gold Member or higher.

Upon creation of your profile, all Needaupair.com users will receive an automatic message with a link to your profile and they will have the opportunity to write to you and show their interest in your profile. 

Registration...

 

What are the advantages of being a Gold, Platinum, and Diamond member?

 

Gold Member

Unless you are an Au Pair, in order for you to realize videoconferences through our platform, chat online, send customised e-mails, access the chat rooms and see the users' contact details, you must register as Gold Member.

Be a Gold Member for only EUR 5,99 and have full access to all the services in our platform to find your Au Pair simply and quickly.

For a price of EUR 5.99 you will be a Gold Member during 7 days, without the need to cancel your subscription, since the once said 7-days period has elapsed, your Gold Member registration will automatically expire with no need of prior cancelation notice.

Registration...

 

Platinum Member

Unless you are an Au Pair, in order for you to realize videoconferences through our platform, chat online, send customised e-mails, access the chat rooms and see the users' contact details, you must register as Gold, Platinum or Diamond Member.

Be a Platinum Member for only EUR 14,99 and have full access to all the services in our platform to find your Au Pair simply and quickly.

For a price of EUR 14.99 you will be a Platinum Member during 30 days, without the need to cancel your subscription, since the once said 30-days period has elapsed, your Platinum Member registration will automatically expire with no need of prior cancelation notice.

Registration…

 

Diamond Member

Unless you are an Au Pair, in order for you to realize videoconferences through our platform, chat online, send customised e-mails, access the chat rooms and see the users' contact details, you must register as Gold, Platinum or Diamond Member.

Be a Diamond Member for only EUR 36,99 and have full access to all the services in our platform to find your Au Pair simply and quickly.

For a price of EUR 36.99 you will be a Diamond Member during 90 days, without the need to cancel your subscription, since the once said 90-days period has elapsed, your Diamond Member registration will automatically expire with no need of prior cancelation notice.

 

In the case of Au Pairs, the Diamond subscription will allow you to enjoy the Needaupair.com customized interpretation services for only 36,99€.

These services allow our team to provide interpretation services during the Videoconferences with Host Families, when so required. This service is ideal for those Au Pairs that do not have a sufficient knowledge of the language to carry out a successful conversation, since a member of the Needaupair.com team will be present during the Videoconferences and will translate everything the Au Pair does not understand or cannot express.

Besides, another advantage of this service is that it will allow you to efficiently avoid any fraud in the network, since it is very unlikely for a fraudster to carry on with a fraud if there is a videoconference where a qualified agency participates.

Therefore if you are an Au Pair, as Diamond Member, you will be entitled to two interpretations of 30 minutes each to be carried out during a maximum period of 90 days. This interpretation service is available in the following languages: English, French, Italian, and Spanish; it must be requested at least 48 hours before and it is subjected to availability. 

Registration...

 

In case I have any doubt or enquiry regarding the Au Pair Programme or how Needaupair.com works, who can I talk to?

The Needuapair.com team will be willing to help you by e-mail. You can contact us from any country in the world and will answer as soon as possible.