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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:















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



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.



If you want to be Au Pair or host Family in Spain, Ireland or UK, NeedAuPair recommends to contact the physical Au Pair agency "Vip Au Pair 

The main objective of our Vip Au PAir is to facilitate a balanced work and family life for families, and at the same time, allow young people originating mainly from Europe to take part in the Au Pair program in safe and secure working conditions, both through the high cultural level of the families and also through the establishment of measures to avoid the exploitation of Au Pairs with working hours and allocated tasks.

All of the VIP Au Pairs, are young people between 18 – 30 years old, originating mainly from Europe, and have been carefully selected by our team, all having in common that: they like to work with children and have previous experience caring for children, and also are highly motivated to get to know the culture and language of a new country, and form part of a host family where they will fit in another family member like an older brother or sister. 


Essential links:  

Spanish embassies around the world

Information from the Government of Spain to foreigners

Cervantes Institute


Au Pair Agreement

European health card

Given the particular regulations of each country as regards the visa and any changes that may occur as to the process to obtain it, 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.



Different programmes

Different programmes


The most usual Au Pair programmes are:

1. Au Pair Full Season: the stay may reach 12 months and be extended up to 24 months if so agreed upon by the parties according to the Programme conditions of the target country.
This programme's conditions depend on the target country but in general are the following:

  • The Au Pair will be another member of the family, having her/his own private room and will be provided with board and lodging.

  • The Au Pair will work between 30-40 hours per week and may babysit one or two nights per week, included within the weekly hours.

  • Weekly rest shall be at least 1 day and a half per week, Sundays being always one of such free days, and 1 free weekend per month.

  • Weekly play shall depend on the target country.

  • The Au Pair shall have enough time to attend language classes.

  • The Au Pair shall have one paid week of holidays (pocket money is maintained) every six months.


2. Demi Au Pair Full Season:

In this programme the Au Pair will be another member of the family, having her/his own private room and will be provided with board and lodging.
The Au Pair shall be entitled to the same rights and shall undertake the same obligations as an Au Pair, but she/he will work 15 hours per week at most and will usually not receive any pocket money.

Au Pairs who choose this programme are mainly students who go to university, or attend a language course or work during the mornings.

In this programme, the host family must take into account that they will have to respect the Au Pairs' hours in relation to her/his university, language course, or job, so a great flexibility is required from the host family.

3. Au Pair Summer Season:
It is a great alternative during school holidays. The Au Pair will take care of children while parents are working, thus avoiding having to figure other alternatives out (summer competitions, leaving them with relatives, etc.), since the Au Pair will be in charge of them, will play with them, take them to the swimming pool or for a walk, and the kids will be able to practise a language at home, without any need for them to go to a language institute.
The Au Pair Summer Programme is ideal for young people who want to perfect a language and cannot travel any other time during the year. Usually, the programme starts upon commencement of summer school holidays (June-July) and ends upon commencement of the new school year (September).

The conditions for summer seasons are the same as those for a long season programme according to the target country.