AU PAIR IN SPAIN. CULTURE & FRIENDS

Au Pair in Spain

About

AU PAIR IN SPAIN is a cultural exchange organization based in Madrid, established in year 2007 which places Au Pairs and Demi Pairs in Spain, and in most countries in Europe and USA. We have placed more than 2,000 of Au Pairs.

The main objective of AU PAIR IN SPAIN is to provide a quality service placement with high standards: We have a big family data base so we can offer to our applicants a few family options to choose before accepting a family. We provide them a welcome pack with Guidelines, Rules and Tips. We give them an orientation session in our office in Madrid when they first arrive. We give them a welcome pack that includes a Spanish sim card, information about trips and activities, maps and touristic information. We put them in contact with other Au Pairs. We organize meetings and encounters. We offer them a social agenda trough entertaining organizations that organize trips on weekends and outings. Emergency accommodation offered.

Founded
2007
Headquarters

Calle Leganitos 47, 7ª planta (7th floor)
28013 MADRID Madrid
Spain

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george
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was an Au pair in Madrid for 6 months and the service of the agency could not have been any better. The communication and willingness to help me was fantastic. once i was in Madrid the advice and expertise Aida was able to give me were invaluable. From helping with which language school to go to and constantly finding out how my experience was going with the family. Also the agency had a large list of families so i truly belie it is possible for anyone to find a family that they would like to live with.
overall a superb agency to use.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Really make an effort to make friends with Spanish locals as your experience will be even better.
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Phil
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Spanish culture and its people is such an enjoyable combination to indulge oneself in. If living the European dream while working as an au pair and meeting people from all over the world (Yes, Madrid is a world city with people from everywhere!!!) sounds ideal, this is the program for you. The perfect balance between work, a cultural experience and socializing. Aida and her office is also super accomodating and lovely people to get to know! Truly an once in a lifetime opportunity one should not pass by!

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Luke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with Au Pair in Spain was great. To begin with the administration was very quick to reply and made the whole process a breeze. I really appreciate when a company is on top of that, as waiting around can be such a hustle. The overall experience was also a great opportunity to be able to live abroad and improve your Spanish, while also experiencing the culture of the country in its purest form, by living with a Spanish family. All round great company to au pair through and also ensure that each family and au pair is comfortable.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to anyone else undertaking in the program would be to really try and immerse yourself in the families culture, try and join families on all their outings and try to only speak in Spanish. Also be respectful because just as you are in an unfamilar environment, its also unfamilar to the family as well, so keep an open mind.
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Luke Carey

Luke is an Australian-Irish ESL teacher currently teaching in the south of Spain in the province of Cádiz. In the summer if 2019, he worked as an au pair through Au Pair in Spain, in which he spent the summer in Cantabria, located in the north of Spain.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose the program because, upon searching online for Au Pair programs, they seemed to be the most reliable company to use within Spain. Upon writing to them, they replied immediately and the interactions seemed to be professional and well organized. I immediately felt secure using their service.

I chose the au pair program because I wanted to have a really authentic experience that improved my knowledge of Spanish and culture. Au Pair in Spain have within the contract that Au Pairs are not allowed to be required to speak only English, which made it very authentic.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The company had sent me lists of families that were looking for au pairs and a list of resources to help me write letters that would help me find a host family, informing me of information I should include ensuring I get a family that suits me.

A few days after, I was told there was a family the administration had in mind for me, which I liked because it felt very personalized. After agreeing to the family, upon gaining permission from both parties, the company gave me the details of the family to contact. Once we both agreed it was an adequate fit, they organised everything in regards to contracts, in case there would be any problems during the program.

In regards to things I had to organise myself, I had to organise travel to and from the destination of the family.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My advice would be to really just open your mind and try and say yes as much as possible. If the family is doing things that might not be what you would normally do or something you've never thought about doing, just go with it: the experience is supposed to take you outside of your comfort zone.

My other advice is to be respectful and adjust a little. Sometimes you might be asked to do things you might not be used to, but remember: you've been invited to a family's house and should respect that. It will work better for everyone; and lastly, enjoy the experience and take it easy.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

One thing that will happen from week to week is that you will be taking care of a child or more depending on your family. This can be great for your life experience, especially if you're looking at working with children in the future. Also, a great way to help your listening practice as younger children will be trying to interact with you in their native language.

The rest of the time is spending time with the family learning the language, helping to teach your language and taking in the culture of the country.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I had taught children before working as an au pair and looked after my nieces and nephews, but I was scared about the responsibility of looking after someone I didn't know. I overcame it by just jumping in and learning from experience, using my experience from teaching students to try and relate it back to looking after a child full time.

I was also worried about not getting along with the family but overcame this by being open and trying to get to know them and also acting with respect, trying to understand their culture and their rules as much as possible.

Was it worth it?

Absolutely. Every experience is going to come with positives and negatives. Were there times that the child was difficult? Yes, but within an experience without hiccups, it is barely even any experience at all. Were there times that I was found it hard to be interacting in a foreign language? Of course, but coming out of the program and getting compliments made about my Spanish and being able to understand people in Spain to a greater level made the experience worthwhile ad something I could be truly proud of.