In Spain, there is no official au pair programme. However, Spain signed the European Agreement on the Au Pair Placement and citizens of almost all countries in the world can travel to Spain to work as an au pair if they comply with the entry regulations for au pairs in Spain.
Please note: You will not be able to travel to Spain and work as an au pair if your mother tongue is Spanish.
You main task as an au pair in to look after your host children. You can also help out with light household chores.
In Spain, au pairs receive a minimum of 70 euros per week as pocket money from their host family. Board and lodging are free.
Besides pocket money, you receive free board and lodging. You are entitled to food and accommodation if you are ill and during your holiday time.
There are no official regulations on how many hours you need to work as an au pair in Spain. We recommend that you work 30 hours per week, babysitting included.
An au pair has one day off per week. This should fall on a Sunday, once a month.
There are no official regulations concerning an au pair's holiday entitlement in Spain. You should agree with your family on how much holiday you will be entitled too before you depart for Spain. We recommend that for 12 months of au pairing, an au pair receives 4 weeks of holiday. You and your host family can use this recommendation to calculate holiday entitlements for longer or shorter au pair stays.
In Spain, there are no official regulations with regard to public holidays for au pairs. We recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases au pairs should work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.
You should attend a Spanish course to learn the language more effectively. Usually, an au pair pays for their own course. It is recommended that you ask your family for help in finding a suitable course. Au pairs who apply for a student or an au pair visa must be enrolled in a language school recognised by the Instituto Cervantes for at least 20 hours per week. The duration of the language course should be the same as the length of your stay. Ask this last point at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country.
Apart from the classical Spanish, the so-called "castellano", further languages are spoken in different Spanish regions. Some languages such as Basque, Galician and Catalan are being spoken at home in some places. Ask your host family in advance where they live and what language they speak on a daily basis.
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