Becoming an Au Pair in Spain is the perfect way to make new friends, learn or improve your Spanish language skills and experience the culture as a local.
Smaller Earth will match you to a host family eager to invite you in to their lives for four weeks to 3 months. With all accommodation, meals and other perks included, you'll get a weekly allowance that will support your social activities during your time off.
This cultural exchange program ensures you have a good balance between work and play! The family will be your number one priority but when you are not working you will have plenty of opportunties to explore Spain and all it has to offer with your new Au Pair friends. You will never be asked to perform substantial household chores because the majority of families will have a cleaner and they can often be a live-in staff member. Your daily tasks may include:
Assisting with English language skills
Light housework such as helping prepare meals, helping to set the table, washing dishes, helping with laundry, general tidying of living spaces
Childcare such as taking the children on outings, to the beach or to the local pool
You will act as the older sibling for the children when they are in your care and you will quickly become their role model. Remember that the key to success as an Au Pair is 'give and take'. The family will welcome you and respect you as one of their own, as long as you do the same in return.
Be flexible, show that you are willing to go with the flow and you'll soon find that you will adjust to Spanish family life quickly and effortlessly. Many Au Pairs find that the summer program is very flexible and they enjoy the freedom it allows for daily activities with the children.
You might find yourself at the family pool everyday, or you might head to the family beach house for your stay...what could be better!?
- Accommodation in the family home
- 3 meals per day (whilst on duty)
- Placement with a host family
- Airport pick up and drop off upon successful placement
- Weekly pocket money (60-80 Euros per week)
- In-country assistance and advice for the duration of your stay
What's Not Included?
- International flights (check out low budget airlines)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses, including phone bill
- Police background check (£60)
Need to Know
Location & Accommodation
Around 80% of the placements are located in and around Madrid and Marbella however other cities also 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.
Age & Required Experience
In order to be elegible for this program you must:
- Be aged 18-30 years old
- Be an EU passport holder (contact us for options for non-EU citizens)
- Be a non-smoker and in good health
- Have a clean criminal background
- Not have a strong regional accent
- Be able to communicate clearly in English and have a basic understanding of the Spanish language
- Be polite and respectful of the host family's rules
- Have experience of working with children, ideally in a professional setting. Babysitting (for non-relatives) is a minimum requirement
- You should be able to provide a minimum of two recent childcare references
- Enjoy immersing yourself in other cultures and sharing your own
Matching you to a host family
We pride ourselves on ensuring that you are matched to the right host family. All of our host families have been carefully screened to certify that we assure compatibility and sustainability in order to make your cultural exchange experience as effecitive and comfortable as possible. Your profile will be matched to a host family based on your skills, previous experience, gender, religion, age and hobbies/interests. Prior to departure, you will email the family and interview with them via Skype; this is to make sure that you are both comfortable with each other and it gives you the chance to ask them as many questions as you like!
Our host families are really concious that this is a cultural exchange program and want to ensure you are fully integrated into their family life to provide you with the best possible experience. Remember that Spanish families are eager to learn more about your native language and culture - this is the main reason why they want to host an Au Pair!
When & How to Apply
Matching you to a host family can take varying lengths of time, so the earlier you apply, the better. All you need to do to get started is click on 'Apply Now' above and complete your Smaller Earth application in full. Provide as much information as possible about you, who you are and your motivation for wanting to become an Au Pair in Spain. Once of our dedicated members of staff will then give you a call to run through a short telephone interview and check on any last minute questions you might have. Following the phone interview, if successful, you will then need to pay your application deposit of £49 so that we can get you started on your application documents! We must have all completed documents submitted to us no later than 6 weeks prior to your intended departure date.
Flights are not included in your program fees so this gives you the flexibility of booking a ticket with a low budget airline to match your host family's desired arrival date for you. They will be there to pick you up from the airport, bus or train station.
Dates and Prices
For our summer program we have various start dates between June 1st and July 15th. Please specify on your application what dates you wish to choose.
- 4 weeks - £250
- 8 weeks - £300
- 12 weeks - £350
Why Trust Us
We want everyones trip to be fun, enriching and most of all safe. Heading on an Au Pair programme with Smaller Earth you can rest assured that you'll be going in to a loving family that has been thoroughly vetted and interviewed.
We ask each Au Pair to provide a minimum of two childcare references, a police background check issued within the last 6 months and a declaration of full health. We also ask all of our families to do the same. Our placement team also visit the family homes to ensure they are suitable, comfortable and safe to host international Au Pairs.
Smaller Earth along with our international Au Pair placement teams, provide 24/7 support for all of our Au Pairs. We ensure everyone is fully prepared for their trip with a comprehensive pre-departure guide, advice and orientation where applicable.
We're official members of the International Au Pairs Association, which means we work at the very highest standards of Au Pair recruitment.