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Au Pair in Spain

About Au Pair Jobs in Spain

Looking after children and integrating with your host family in a caring home environment gives you the incredible opportunity to learn about a different culture while also sharing your own. Au pairs also have the possibility to study alongside childcare hours.

Au Pair in Spain

Becoming an Au Pair in Spain is the perfect way to make new friends and learn or improve your Spanish language skills Many young people have found Spain to be an exceptional place to live and learn a language that is already spoken by more than 400 million people around the world.

Your tasks as an Au Pair may include:

  • Childcare and assisting with English or other language skills as necessary
  • Helping with things related to childcare
  • Driving children to and from school, appointments or other activities

Smaller Earth will match you to a host family eager to invite you in to their lives for 3 months or more along the school year, and short stays in summer time. With accommodation, meals and other perks included, you'll get a weekly allowance that will support your vibrant city lifestyle and social activities during your time off.

Experience Spain

Keep in mind that this cultural exchange program has been designed to ensure that Au Pairs have enough 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. You'll have an authentic experience, seeing the culture as a local would.

Around 70% of the placements are in Madrid, which is a great place to fully immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and where the monthly transportation card costs just 20€. Other host families live in cities such as Seville, Barcelona, Malaga, and Bilbao. The Au Pair in Spain program is a great opportunity to become part of a Spanish family, and they'll welcome you with open arms. You'll be treated as a family member, not an employee.

Want to improve your knowledge of Spanish, as well as experience the Spanish way of life? Well look no further. With this program you will be able to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture while also gaining a better understand of the language.

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What to Expect as an Au Pair in Spain

As an Au Pair in Spain, you will work up to 25-30 hours per 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(or children) for up to two evenings per week, and you may be requested to extend your work schedule during school holidays. In that case, your host family will pay you extra for the additional hours you work.

This program has more structure than the summer program, and allows the freedom and time to explore Spain and take a Spanish language course while you're there. The focus is really on getting the children to school and then helping them with their homework and English speaking for a few hours each evening. You therefore have most days free to take classes and really throw yourself in to Spanish life and your local community.

What's Included With Au Pair Spain

What's Included?

  • Accommodation including your own private room
  • 3 meals per day
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Weekly pocket money (80 Euros per week)
  • In-country assistance and advice during your stay in Spain

What's Not Included?

  • International Flights (Check out low budget airlines)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses, including phone bill
  • Police Check (£60)

Au Pair in Spain Application: Need to Know

Location & Accommodation

Madrid is where 70% of our Host Families live, however other cities include Seville, Barcelona, Malaga, Bilbao, 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.

Ongoing Support

As part of Au Pairing with Smaller Earth, we make sure that you are fully supported throughout your time in Spain, because we want to make sure that you're doing well.

We will provide you with a welcome pack, orientation, and contact details for your Au Pair coordinator in Spain, whom you will be in contact with from the beginning to the end of your experience.

Start Dates

This programme runs from September through until June. You'll need to be available for a minimum period of 3 months, starting any month along the school year.

There are no specific arrival dates for this programme as they will be finalised upon your placement confirmation. When completing your application, give us an indication of the earliest date you'd be available to depart and we'll use that to get started.

If you are looking to head to Spain for the summer months (June - August), please apply for our Au Pair Spain Summer programme - placements are from 1 to 3 months.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be aged 18 to 30 years old
  • EU Passport Holder - some non-EU citizens from English-speaking countries may be accepted.
  • Must be able to communicate in Spanish or English
  • Be in good health and have a clean criminal background
  • Experience working with children (volunteering/babysitting etc. ideally for non-relatives) is a minimum requirement
  • Enjoy immersing yourself in other cultures and sharing your own
  • Minimum stay of 3 months between September and June
Travel Arrangements

International flights are not included to your host family however you will be able to find some great deals from low budget airlines. Your host family will pick you up at the airport, train or bus station on your arrival date.

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 and Au Pairs have been carefully screened to ensure that we assure compatibility and sustainability in order to make your cultural exchange experience as effective and comfortable for both parties. You may receive a telephone call or be asked to Skype with prospective host families so you can get to know one another better.

Our host families are really conscious that this is a cultural exchange program and want to ensure that you are integrated fully 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 and this is the main reason why they want to host an Au Pair.

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Au Pair in Spain FAQ's

Do I need to speak Spanish?

No! Don't worry about being fluent in the language, we just ask that you get to grips with the basics before you go. Not only does this demonstrate to the family a willingness to learn but it also makes settling in that bit easier.

How does the matching process work?

You'll be matched once you've completed all required documents. Please be aware that it will take from 1-8 weeks to be matched, as we want to ensure we match you to the right family. Smaller Earth will notify you each time a family has requested to interview you.

Interviews with families will take place over Skype and it's advisable you chat to them at least twice to ensure you feel comfortable and have asked them any questions you may have.

You may only Skype with one family before the match is confirmed, or it may several families - it's all perfectly normal and is different per Au Pair.

Do I get to speak to the family before I depart?

Absolutely! In fact we can't encourage this enough. Once you have been matched, it's a good idea to email or call the family a few times before you depart just to maintain regular contact.

How do I interview with familes?

Most interviews are conducted via Skype - so make sure you have a good internet connection and a webcam.

What happens if I don't get matched with a Host Family?

Hopefully this situation won't arise due to the screening of your application prior to paying your deposit. Smaller Earth have a lot of experience interviewing Au Pairs and we know what families look for. We'll therefore only ask you to pay the deposit if we feel confident in securing you with a Host Family match. If, in the rare situation, you weren't to be matched, not to worry. We can transfer your deposit over to any other program of your choice or you can simply delay your trip to any point in the future. Our endless deposit scheme means that your deposit is valid for life.

Do I get to choose where I go?

You can let us know if you have a location preference, but please note that this isn't guaranteed. We prefer to avoid matching Au Pairs and Host Families purely based on location; instead we try to match your interests, hobbies and experience. Remember that you will have plenty of time to socialise on your time off and explore all that Spain has to offer. So, if you'd love to go to a different city for a weekend, you can get planning with your new Au Pair friends!

How does the payment work?

Once you're ready to commit, simply pay the £50 deposit to start work on your program documents. The balance of your fees is due only once your match with a Host Family has been confirmed.

Does the fee include flights?

The program fee does not include flights. However, you should be able to find cheap and reasonable flights with low budget airlines.

How will the family pay me my pocket money?

Families will usually pay you in cash. If you have another preferred way of being paid, this is something you can discuss with them in more detail once your match has been confirmed.

I'm not an EU passport holder. Can I still apply?

This can be a tricky issue - we will accept some non-EU citizens, depending on a few factors.

Because of the nature of the Spanish Au Pair program, and the specific demands of host families in Spain, our eligibility reflects the likelihood of your being placed.

  1. Depending on your country of nationality, we may not be able to process your Spanish visa.
  2. The language you speak may make it very difficult to place you with a host family. Typically, applicants who are fluent in English, German, or French have the best chance of being placed with a host family in Spain.

If either of these factors affect your eligibility for Au Pair Spain, there may be another Au Pair or Smaller Earth program that will suit you.

In any case, there's no harm in asking for more clarification by asking if you meet the eligibility criteria. Feel free to start an application and ask if you'd be a good fit as an Au Pair in Spain.

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