AU PAIR in SPAIN
WELCOME TO SPAIN!
Founded in 1992
Under our Au Pair in Spain
program, Au Pairs are welcomed into the homes of Spanish Host
Families as a family member for a 1, 2, 3 (only in summer), 6, 9 or 12
month cultural exchange.In summer we have au pair jobs with stays starting at one month. Au pairs participate in
exchange, immersed in Spanish life, and
they assist with child care and teaching the children their language.
only accept au pairs for our Au Pair in Spain program who are nationals
of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Switzerland, Norway and the European Union.
The Au Pair will live with a carefully screened Host
Family who will treat
the Au Pair as a family member, not as domestic help.
Au Pairs will be given a way of contacting of other Au
Pairs in the area
from many areas of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
Opportunities to study at a local educational
institution are available
with a variety of curriculum choices.
Every consideration will be given to the Au Pair’s
ages of children and special requests.
Pocket money: Au Pair, up to five
hours a day, five days a week: €80 a
week, Au Pair Plus, up to eight hours a day, five days a week: €110
a week. Au Pair Teachers, up to five hours a day, five days a week: €150 a week
If you are a recent ESOL, ESL or TESL graduate, au pairing in Spain is
an excellent way to get some English as a Second or Other Language
experience. Both the family and Planet Au Pair will be happy to provide
you with a reference after you finish your stay in Spain.
Provide approximately 25 hours of quality childcare
or childcare activities
per week as an au pair, 40 hours a week as an au pair plus. Most
expect au pairs to teach their children the native language of the au
It is the most important reason Spanish families want to host an au
Commit to a 1, 2, 3 (only in summer), 6, 9 or 12
month program. In summer, stays
of one to three months are possible. At other times, nine or more
are preferred or be able to stay in Spain until the end of May, middle
of June, regardless
of when you arrive.
The Host Family will accept the Au Pair as a member
of the family and not
as an employee or boarder.
The Host Family will provide the Au Pair with a
private room and full board,
as well as pocket money of at least €70 per week throughout his or
Host Family understands that the primary function of the program is a
exchange. As a result, they will allow the Au Pair to attend classes
participate in cultural opportunities.
The Host Family will allow two days free per week,
usually the weekends.
The Host Family will provide two weeks paid vacation
for every six months
of service. Vacations can only be taken after providing six months
PAIRS / NANNIES
hours per week
(40 hours per week if au pair plus).
other family members such as assisting in cleaning up after
meal, your own room, pick up after smaller children, bathe and dress
children and feed the children when the parents are not available.
Heavy housework is not the responsibility
of the Au Pair.
duties expected. Planet Au Pair will be available to assist both
and will assist to resolve any disputes as to appropriate expectations.
Au Pairs are responsible
for any personal expenses incurred while living in the home of the Host
Family. This would include telephone bills, Spanish lessons, etc.
PAIRS / NANNIES
1. Be between 18 and
30 years old.
2. Have some child care
3. Be a non-smoker and
non-drug user. Some families will accept smokers.
4. Speak basic conversational
Spanish (not mandatory).
5. Be able to make a 1, 2, 3 (only in
summer), 6, 9 or 12 month commitment or be able to stay in Spain
until the June 15th, regardless of when you arrive. In summer, stays
be as short as one month. Most summer placements happen after June 15th
children in Spain get out of school, be they one month stays or three
Planet Au Pair
is an American run au pair agency, founded in January, 1992. We were formed with the purpose
of facilitating opportunities for young people to visit and learn about
different countries in order to better understand the peoples, and
familiar with the history and culture of each country as well as to
their language proficiency. Our director, Michael Cody, is from the United
States so if you are a native English speaker and have questions,
problems or just need someone to talk to about your situation, you know
you can speak to someone that really speaks your language. You can read
his bio on Au Pair Clearing House here:
Family. The program strives to cultivate better
awareness among participants and bring about a greater understanding
staff at Planet Au Pair
are always only a phone call away. We are always available for counsel,
assistance and continual support during the length of your stay. We are
also available to mediate in the event of a dispute or disagreement
the Au Pair and the Host Family.
you wish to study while
you are in Spain, the host family must allow time for this activity, be
it Spanish language classes or any other educational pursuit. It is
Through our Au Pair in Spain Program, every Au Pair is
welcomed to Spain as a member
of a Spanish family. The relationship that develops between the Au Pair
and the Host Family is one that lasts a lifetime. Au Pairs can explore
the exciting culture of Spain while enjoying the warmth and security of
a stable, secure family life.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NANNY AND AN AU PAIR?
There are two types of
nannies. One is a child minder who has at least one year experience with
children younger than two years old. The other is a professional nanny
period of time. Au pairs and the first type of nanny are young people who
travel for a shorter time, learn a new language, culture and share
language and culture with their host family. In short, a professional nanny position
is a job
and an au pair / nanny position is a cultural exchange.
Families accepted by Planet Au Pair are thoroughly screened to ensure a
safe, comfortable home for every Au Pair. Each prospective Host Family
must submit a lengthy application, undergo an in-depth interview and
sign a written statement agreeing to abide
by the program’s guidelines.
Host Family will then call you on the telephone and may want to have a Skype
video conference. After
with one another, the Host Family and the Au Pair decide together
or not they are well suited for each other. We just make it easier for
both parties. Planet Au Pair will refer Au Pairs to families; and, vice
versa, who have similar interests and backgrounds, but the final
is always up to the Au Pair and the Host Family.
the unlikely event that
the Au Pair is dissatisfied with the family; or, if the family is
with the au pair, Planet Au Pair will help in attempting to resolve any
problems. If the problems are insolvable, the Au Pair can choose to be
another Host Family, provided the Au Pair has followed the program’s
Au Pairs who are not
from the European Union can come to Spain on a tourist visa for 90
days or less. If you want a longer stay, you will need to come to
Spain on a student visa and study Spanish. The price of the course
will vary but probably will not exceed €250 a month. To qualify for
the visa, you need to pay the first and last month's tuition with a
letter from the school verifying the payments and acceptance to the
school. You will also need a letter from your Spanish host family
stating that you will stay with them and they will cover your room
and board. We will make sure the letters are done for you. As rules
are constantly changing, you should check with your nearest Spanish
Embassy or Consulate 30 to 45 days prior to your departure to make
sure there isn't anything else you need to process your visa. We can
only do this for au pairs from the USA, Canada, Australia and New
Fee: €303 for Au Pair and €363 for Au Pair Teachers
Health Insurance: Your
responsibility. Some European Union countries have treaties with Spain.
Check with your health provider to see if your country has one.
You can also check out Traveler's
Language classes: Your
1. Read this web site
thoroughly and complete the application form neatly in black ink.
2. Fax the documents
and email the photos, send them all by regular mail or scan everything
3. When our office receives
your application, you will be contacted with information regarding the
status of your file.
4. Your application
will be circulated among Host families that have been selected for you.
5. When we find you a suitable
family, you will
be sent the family's details and the family will call you on the
phone or email you to arrange a Skype video conference.
6. Once accepted by a Host Family - and you accept them, you will
need to make transportation arrangements and communicate them to our
7. Upon arrival in your
target country, you will be picked up at the airport by your Host
you settle in, give us a call or email us to let us know how you are doing.
1 passport size photo (smiling!)
4 children photos (you with children)
A “Dear Family” letter, in Spanish, stating who you are, why you want
go to Spain, your hobbies, interests, experience with children, any
considerations (such as diet), etc.. Please do NOT get help with the
so the family does not think you know more Spanish than you do. If your
knowledge of Spanish is zero or near zero, write the letter in English.
2 or 3 reference letters. At least one should be a child care
In Spanish or English.
Medical Report (a letter from your family doctor on his letterhead is
Police Report (go to your local police department and tell them you
a document saying you have no criminal record for "travel" purposes).
Photocopy of your driver’s license (not mandatory, we can place you
if you don't drive).
Photocopy of your passport.
Photocopies of any degrees, high school diploma or other qualifications
such as first aid or child-care courses.
Send everything by email (preferred) or snail mail.
are looking for agents or interviewers who reside in the following countries
to recruit au pairs for Spain:
Scotland, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Holland
us for details.
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