Work Abroad as an Au Pair in Spain
With most host families living in Madrid, you will be an Au Pair in the largest hot spot in Spain. Perhaps 6.5 million people in the country’s capital sounds a bit hot and sweaty? Not to worry, as other cities include Seville, Barcelona, Malaga and Santander. Students from around the world have found Madrid to be an exceptional place to live and learn a language that is already spoken by more than 400 million people around the world. The Au Pair in Spain program is a great opportunity to become part of a Spanish family, as the Host Family welcomes you as a family member and not as an employee.
What is an Au Pair?
Working as an Au pair is one of the best cultural exchange experiences that you'll ever have. Curious about what an Au Pair actually is?
First off it's important to point out that being an Au Pair is completely different to being a Nanny. Yes, childcare is the main responsibility of an Au Pair, but it is much more than that. 'Au Pair' means 'on par' in French or 'equal terms' which means that you will be treated and respected as an equal member of the family. You'll share all the fun times and cultural experiences, that will often lead to you have a lasting relationship with your host family. You'll get to live life as a local and have opportunities that many will never have a chance to experience. Take advantage of the broad range of educational and cultural opportunities that Spain has to offer, as an open minded, cosmopolitan and modern city.
As an Au Pair in Spain you will work 30 hours a week. Your schedule is based on the family's needs and will differ with each placement. A usual day will be 5 to 6 hours of work. The week will most likely be 6 days of work with 1 day off or 5 days of work with 2 days off, depending on the hours worked each day. Au Pairs will watch the child for up to two evenings per week. You may be requested to extend your work schedule during school holidays. In that case your Host Family will pay you extra. During summer months you may also be asked to join the family on their vacation!
Au Pairs can begin their stay on any given date, depending on existing vacancies and experience.
Roles and Responsibilities
Keep in mind that the program has been designed to ensure that Au Pairs have enough time to study, attend a Spanish course, have time to explore Spain and meet with friends! Au Pairs will never be asked to do substantial household chores because a majority of Host Families have a cleaner that can sometimes be a live-in staff member. Tasks may include:
- Childcare and assisting with English language skills
- Light housework; such as helping prepare meals, helping to set up the table, washing dishes, helping with laundry, general tidying of living spaces, etc.
- Driving children to and from school, appointments and in some cases tutoring sessions
The Social Scene
Madrid is a wonderful place for different nationalities and cultures to increase their knowledge of the Spanish culture and improve their language skills. There are many sights to see and adventures to be had in the surrounding areas of Segovia, Toledo, Aranjuez, El Escorial, etc. We are happy to accommodate requests from Au Pairs and help create the perfect itinerary of activities for a trip.
If you wish to enroll in the Spanish course, the private school offers an abundance of extra-curricular activities that give students the opportunity to socialize as well. All activities, guidance and assistance are provided without any additional cost. However, any entrance fees, transportation costs and food and drink are to be purchased by the student. There may also be additional costs for cooking lessons and dance classes.
Age & Required Experience:
- Must be 18 to 30 years old
- Be a non-smoker in good health!
- Must be able to communicate in Spanish or English
- Must enjoy working with children as childcare experience is required
- Must be polite and respectful of the Host Family ́s rules
- Enjoy immersing yourself in other cultures and sharing your own
- Minimum stay of 3 months between September and June
- Minimum stay of 4 weeks between June, July and August
Location & Accommodation
Madrid is where 80% of our Host Families live, however other cities include Seville, Barcelona, Malaga and Santander. Au Pairs will have a private room in the home and will be provided with all meals, 7-days a week. Specific details of the accommodation will be provided with your placement offer. You may request a specific placement location within Spain, however it cannot be guaranteed, and sometimes may even slow the placement process.
Spanish Language Course & Student Visa
Au Pairs looking to stay in Spain for more than 3 months will need to apply for a student visa. In order to do this, you will first have to enroll in a Spanish language course before arriving in Spain. This enrollment will make you eligible for the student visa. Luckily, we have you covered! We have made a special arrangement with an excellent private Spanish school for our participants. Spanish classes are offered from a beginner's level to an advanced level.
Au Pairs staying in Spain for 3 months will NOT need a visa and will receive a tourist stamp in their passport upon arrival. It is the Au Pair's decision to take part in a Spanish course during their 3 month stay. Short term Spanish courses range from 1 week to 11 weeks and are priced between €185 to €1,395 (around $240 to $1,835 USD). This is an additional fee and not included in the program price.
How to Apply
You will be asked to choose a departure date and make a deposit of $100 to confirm your program. Not quite sure when you want to go? That's okay! Simply start your application and we will be in touch about how to plan out your time as an Au Pair in Spain.
- All food and accommodation; including your own private room
- Airport pick-up; exact arrival date in Spain will be agreed and confirmed by your Host Family.
- Weekly pay of 70 to 80 Euros ($80 to $90 USD) per week, dependent upon location
- Welcome package via email; including information on public transportation, things to do in Madrid and contact details for other Au Pairs in your area
- In-country assistance and advice during your stay in Spain
- Au Pair specific Facebook where you can get in touch with other participants, and check out our activities schedule
What's Not Included?
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses, including phone bill