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 and 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 host au pairs with Spanish as their mother tongue.
The au pair's main task is to look after your children. They can also help with light household chores as well.
Clarify with your au pair well in advance what their exact duties will be. You should write the agreed tasks in the au pair contract. Further information can be found on our page The au pair contract, insurance, driving licence etc.
Hosting an au pair inevitable brings with it higher living costs as there is effectively another adult living in your home.
An au pair is entitled to free board and lodging at your home during the entire stay. The same applies in cases of illness and during the au pair's holidays. The au pair must also receive weekly pocket money from you.
Au pairs in Spain earn a minimum of 70 euros per week.
There are no official regulations on how many hours an au pair should work in Spain. However, we recommend 30 working hours per week (babysitting included), based on previous experience.
Au pairs in Spain are entitled to one day off per week. This should fall on a Sunday, once a month.
There are no consistent regulations concerning an au pair's holiday entitlement in Spain. You should agree with your au pair on how much holiday they will be entitled to before they arrive in Spain. We recommend that for 12 months of au pairing, an au pair receives 4 weeks of holiday. You and your au pair 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.
An au pair should attend a Spanish language course in order to learn the language effectively. The au pair usually pays for their course. However, you can help your au pair find a suitable course. Au pairs who travel to Spain on a student visa must attend a course accredited by the Instituto Cervantes of at least 20 hours per week. The duration of the language course should correspond to their total length of stay. Ask your au pair to directly clarify this particular aspect with the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in their own country.
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