AU PAIR in SPAIN
WELCOME TO SPAIN!
Established 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 cultural exchange, immersed in Spanish life, and they assist with
child care and teaching the children their language. We only accept au
pairs for our Au Pair in Spain program who are nationals of the USA,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland 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
Every consideration will be given to the Au
Pair’s preferences concerning 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
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.
IN RETURN YOU
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 families expect au pairs
to teach their children the native language of the au pair. It is the
most important reason Spanish families want to host an au pair.
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 months 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
The Host Family will provide the Au Pair with a private
room and full board, as well as pocket money of at least €80 per week
throughout his or her stay.
The Host Family understands that the
primary function of the program is a cultural exchange. As a result,
they will allow the Au Pair to attend classes and participate in
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 service, not before.
1. The Au Pair will
provide of up to approximately 25 hours per week of childcare and
childcare related housekeeping for the Host Family. (40 hours per week
if au pair plus).
2. As a member of
the family, the Au Pair will be expected to share in the usual household
chores along with other family members such as assisting in cleaning up
after a family meal, your own room, pick up after smaller children,
bathe and dress small children and feed the children when the parents
are not available. Heavy housework is not the responsibility of the Au
3. The Au Pair is to
be of assistance to the Host Family and in every way try to fulfill the
duties expected. Planet Au Pair will be available to assist both
parties, and will assist to resolve any disputes as to appropriate
4. 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,
ALL AU PAIRS
1. Be between 18 and
40 years old.
2. Have some child care experience.
Be a non-smoker and non-drug user. Some families will accept smokers.
4. Speak basic conversational Spanish (not mandatory).
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 can be as short as one month. Most summer
placements happen after June 15th when the children in Spain get out of
school, be they one month stays or three month stays.
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 become familiar with the history and culture
of each country as well as to improve their language proficiency.
Planet Au Pair offers the
opportunity to experience the Spanish culture with the safe and secure
environment of a Spanish Host Family. The program strives to cultivate
better intercultural awareness among participants and bring about a
greater understanding among nations.
The 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 between the Au Pair and the Host Family.
If 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 not,
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?
Proper nannies have been
to a nanny school and usually work for a family under a work contract
for an extended period of time. Au pairs are young people who want to
travel for a shorter time, learn a new language, culture and share their
own language and culture with their host family. In short, a nanny
position is a job and an au pair position is a cultural exchange.
Host 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
Once a Host Family has
been selected for you, we send you the family's details and send the
family yours. The Host Family will then call you on the telephone and
may want to have a Skype video conference. After speaking with one
another, the Host Family and the Au Pair decide together whether 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
decision is always up to the Au Pair and the Host Family.
In the unlikely event that
the Au Pair is dissatisfied with the family; or, if the family is
dissatisfied 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 placed with another Host Family, provided the Au Pair has
followed the program’s guidelines.
Au pairs who are from the
European Union can come to Spain on a tourist visa if the stay is 90
days or less. If you want a longer stay, you will need to get a student
visa to study Spanish. How much the visa will cost will vary depending
on where your Spanish Host Family is located but the cost should not be
more than €250 a month. To get the visa, you need
to pay the first and last month's tuition with a letter from the school
verifying this as well as a letter from your Spanish Host Family stating
that they will cover your living expenses. In any event, as the rules
keep changing, it is recommended that you check with your nearest
Spanish Consulate 60 days or less before you intend to leave to make
sure there isn't something else they need to process your visa. This can
only be done for au pairs from the USA, Canada, Australia and New
Fee: €242. (or the equivalent in your currency). In addition,
there is an €18 charge for the bank charges us to receive the wire
transfer. For currency exchange rates,
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
Transportation: Your responsibility.
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 and email everything (preferred).
When our office receives your application, you will be contacted with
information regarding the status of your file.
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 office.
Upon arrival in your target country, you will be picked up at the
airport by your Host Family. After you settle in, give us a call or
email us to let us know how you are doing.
to process your application, we need the following:
Application, properly filled out.
1 passport size photo
4 children photos (you
A “Dear Family” letter, in
Spanish, stating who you are, why you want to go to Spain, your hobbies,
interests, experience with children, any special considerations (such as
diet), etc.. Please do NOT get help with the letter 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 reference. In Spanish or English.
Medical Report (a letter
from your family doctor on his letterhead is fine).
Police Report (go to your
local police department and tell them you need a document saying you
have no criminal record for "travel" purposes).
Photocopy of your driver’s
license (not mandatory, we can place you even if you don't drive).
Photocopy of your
Photocopies of any
degrees, high school diploma or other qualifications such as first aid
or child-care courses.
Please everything by email (preferred) or snail mail.
AU PAIR APPLICATION
To apply to be an au-pair
in Spain with Planet Au Pair, print out the form on
this page. Then send everything to us.
of Ethics and Conduct
We are looking for
agents or interviewers who reside in the following countries to recruit
au pairs for Spain:
England, Ireland, Scotland, USA, Canada, New
Zealand, Australia and Holland
Email us for details.
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