Spanish, the world language, is waiting for you! Spanish is becoming more and more popular as second language. Thus, it is great news to hear that the chances of finding a Spanish host family through AuPairWorld are quite good. This has also been confirmed by graduate translator Sophia Kloniecki. "Many Spanish families at AuPairWorld are looking for a summer au pair for a period of one to three months. Becoming a summer au pair in Spain may be a good opportunity to refresh your language skills." Sophia answers support enquiries in Spanish, English and French.
Chances of becoming a summer au pair in Spain look rather good this year, too. Wishing to leave the heat in the cities behind, many Spanish families prefer to move to the coast, especially in the long summer holidays in July and August. Most host families take their holidays during this period and look for help with childcare during their holidays. However, Sophia also points out "It is great if you enter a nice holiday region as an au pair, but your host parents also expect you to provide childcare support since for many families that is the only vacation during the year."
What you should keep in mind when searching for a host family: Apart from the classical Spanish, the so-called "castellano", further languages are spoken in different Spanish regions*. Some languages such as Aragonese, Basque, Calician and Catalan are being spoken at home in some places. Sophia's advise: "Please ask your host family where they live and what language they speak." Those who would like to learn Castilian Spanish should look for a host family in the respective regions.
Sophia's experience also shows: "If, for the first time, you stay in Spain for a longer time period, you need to get used to the culture in the first instance." For example, there is the dining culture: Spanish dinners often do not start before nine or ten o'clock. If you are used to having dinner around six o'clock, this may seem rather late to you. "Anyway, getting to know and to appreciate customs and habits of different cultures is definitely part of the Basic Idea of Au Pairing which we support" Sophia concludes.
* Editor's note: This applies to the regions of Catalonia, Galicia, the Basque region and parts of Aragon.