Au Pair Spain FAQs

Below are some of the most frequent questions we get about our Au Pair Spain programme. We’ve tried to give you the best possible answers but if you want more information or there is a question you have that’s not covered then get in touch and our team will get right back to you! 

 

Q. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE AN AU PAIR ON OUR SPAIN PROGRAMME?

JoanA. The following requirements must be met before applying:

  • Must enjoy working with children.
  • 18 – 26 years old
  • CV in English outlining previous childcare experience
  • Ability to work with children (with a proven track record)
  • 2 Written References with full contact details of references
  • Completed Application Form
  • Presentation Letter
  • Photocopy of Passport
  • Police clearance Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • 1 photograph
  • Driving License
  • Copy of Insurance

 

Q. HOW DO I APPLY TO BE AN AU PAIR IN SPAIN?

A. Fill out the online application request form. Once you have submitted this form, we will provide you with a full application form and get you started in the process.
   

Q. WILL I HAVE TO PAY ANY PROGRAMME FEES?

A. Yes. To Participate in the programme you will need to pay a one-off fee of €300 for the 6 week programme, and €400 for the 8 week programme.
 

Q. WILL I HAVE TO BABYSIT?

A. The family can ask you to babysit up to 2 evenings per week however this should be included in your working hours.
 

Q. WHAT ABOUT LANGUAGE COURSES?

A. Language courses are a great idea to help really improve your Spanish and we would highly recommend them. The cost of a language course is not included in the programme fees, but we can help organise one for you.
 

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Q. WILL I BE ABLE TO TRAVEL?

A. Yes. You will be free to travel around Spain without restriction. You will always have 2 days off per week which you can use for travel, and you are free after the programme ends to take some time to see the country should you wish.

 

Q.WHAT WOULD YOU RECEIVE AS AN AU-PAIR?

  • Accommodation in an individual room
  • Full board, all meals
  • Work limited to 5 days a week not exceeding 30 hrs p.w.
  • 2 days off per week, usually at weekends
  • Weekly pocket money 70€  per week
  • Be treated as a member of the family
  • Possibility of attending language lessons
  • Support and advice from our agency all through the Au pair’s stay.
  • 24 hrs contact number

 

Q.WHAT DOES THE AU-PAIR HAVE TO DO?

  • Take and pick up children from school (depending on time of year)
  • Supervise children on holiday periods: taking them to the beach, the park, playing with them
  • Keep the children’s rooms clean and tidy
  • Take care of children’s laundry
  • Help with light homework and with the children’s chores
  • Occasional cooking for you and the children
  • Speak to the children your language if the family requests
  • Baby-sit up to two nights a week
  • All these only takes up to 30 hrs

 

Application and Placement process

First you would send us the following documents

  • Our application form filled in

Once we receive them:

  • We will contact you to further explain the program, via email or SKYPE

 

After the SKYPE interview, you would send the rest of the documents and we would offer your profile to suitable families:

  • Host family presentation letter in English or Spanish
  • Photos of yourself (with your family, friends, kids you looked after)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of school/college diploma or others such as first aid, child care courses, foreign languages, sports
  • Copy of driving licence if family requires driver
  • Medical certificate less than 3 months old
  • Police clearance certificate
  • 2 Childcare reference letters (babysitting, volunteering, camp monitor, sport monitor, teacher)
  • Acceptance of terms and conditions

 

Once a family is interested in your profile:

  • An SKYPE interview is set up
  • If both parts agree, the placement is confirmed
  • Both parts signed the Au pair / Family agreement before Au pair travelling to Spain
  • Travel and insurance arrangements are made
  • Family meets Au pair on arrival (airport, coach, train)


For more about the responsibilities, rights and role of an Au Pair then check out our Au Pair Information page where you’ll also find details of the easy application procedure.

If you have any more questions about being an Au Pair Spain programme then just send us a message and we’d be very happy to answer them.

  • Paula

    (Madrid, Spain)

    This experience have been really positive for me. I have learned how to live independently, how to value a lot of things (a job, a weekend, to do the shopping, to save money, to spend money in a responsible way, etc.). I also have demonstrated to myself that I am a professional and that I enjoy teaching a lot. Now I know that I am qualified to be a teacher in a different country with a different language. I recommend this programme for everybody because it is fantastic!

  • Camille

    (Belgium)

    Réaliser un stage à Cork a été une opportunité extraordinaire pour booster ma future carrière! Le stage répondait à mes attentes de A à Z, j’ai eu l’occasion de travailler au sein d’une équipe dynamique, et j’ai énormément appris, aussi bien d’un point de vue professionnel que personnel. De plus, l’Irlande est un pays magnifique, il est impossible de ne pas tomber sous son charme! Si j’ai un conseil à vous donner, c’est de faire confiance à Partnership International pour votre stage à l’étranger!

  • Steph

    (Berlin)

    With my internship, organised by Partnership International, I got to visit many different Irish companies and was involved with introducing international students to them. I was also involved with inductions and orientations for foreign students. My work also included office administration. My colleagues were really nice so the working experience was very good. And I got to see a bit of Ireland while there. I’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher, a whiskey distillery, a falconry and many places more. So, overall it was a great experience and I would totally recommend it!

  • Asisa

    (Kronach, Germany)

    First of all, I really love Cork! The people are very nice and friendly. My placement was with a very cool and friendly company as well. I enjoyed the time with my cool colleagues and boss! My work was familiar to me because I translated documents like I am learning in Germany. I would recommend an internship in Cork for every student because it is worth it. You improve your language skills and learn the culture. The Irish accent is also very cool but funny as well! So, I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you Partnership International!

  • Christian

    (Berlin, Germany)

    So after all, I have to say it was an absolutely great opportunity to get to know a new country/city, people and to make an intercultural experience. I am lucky that Partnership International organised everything so well and that they were hands-on to their students the entire trip. Thanks very much for everything and keep doing what you are doing! It will definitely not be my last time in Ireland and you helped me to open new ways! Cheers!

  • Xabier

    (Spain)

    Me ha gustado mucho realizar unas prácticas de 3 meses en Cork. De hecho, voy a quedarme aquí otros 3 meses más (¡la empresa donde hice las prácticas me ha contratado!). La ciudad es muy agradable y todo el mundo es muy atento, amable y con una mente muy abierta. Lo peor, como español, es el tiempo y los precios. Mi inglés ha mejorado mucho y he viajado por esta magnífica isla, así que creo que esta experiencia ha sido perfecta. Tomé una gran decisión al animarme a hacer las prácticas con Partnership International. La bienvenida tanto de Partnership como de la empresa fueron excelentes.

  • Laura

    (Bordeaux, France)

    My internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot and to improve my professional skills in a foreign language. It was a great opportunity for me to gain practical skills and work within a professional team. The lessons I learned as an intern are still with me today and I’m thankful to all the team of Partnership International who were a real pleasure to deal with. I would recommend an experience like this to everyone.