Destino Idiomas. Your au pair in Spain agent.

Destino Idiomas

About

Destino Idiomas offers you to booster your Spanish while living with a family in Spain as an au pair. We look for young English native speakers, male and female - 18 to 30 y.o - truly fond of kids and willing to share their time with our welcoming families. Living with one of our families and immersing yourself in our culture will give you the opportunity not only of quickly improving your Spanish but also of living an unforgettable travel experience. We have families all over Spain and constantly receiving new requests. As an au pair you will be treated as a member of the family, receive lodge, board and weekly money in exchange for childcare and language assistance to their kids. Summer stays: 1-3 months. Rest of the year from 6 to 12 months.
We are a member of IAPA (International AuPair Association) and AEPA (Spanish AuPair Association) and follow their codes of conduct, offering a professional, honest and selective service to both au pair and host families.

Founded
2012
Headquarters

Rua Boqueixon 7, 1º D
15702 Santiago de Compostela A Coruña
Spain

Reviews

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Agnieszka
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I contacted Ana as a bright eyed 18-year-old wanting to immerse myself in the Spanish culture and improve my language. I left my host family feeling like a completely new person- I built a strong connection with my host family, I experienced working hard for the first time and I improved my Spanish massively. It’s definitely a life changing experience, but Ana was available for support whenever it was difficult. I grew up a lot through this experience and I recommend it for anyone seeking a challenge!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Choose your family carefully and manage your expectations. It will be difficult but it will also be rewarding.
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Eva
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wow! One word: Challenge. But a good one. It was a great experience, and I grew a lot as a person. Why challenging? Because you will have to adapt to another lifestyle, living with a family you do not know and far away from your friends and family. But that is exactly at the same time the beauty. Your host family will guide you and will make you feel at home, so no worries! It is almost guaranteed that you will grow! so dont doubt it and just go for it. to me it has been an experience i am happy i did not missed it.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Choose your family wisely and take time to choose one. You have to live for a long time together! So it is important to have a good feeling about your future family.
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Angela
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This past summer, I spent two months in Galicia, Spain with a wonderful family I met through Destino Idiomas. Ana was very helpful in guiding me through the family-selection process, as this was my first time as an au pair. After I arrived, Ana checked in with me to see how I was doing for the first few weeks, and even after she stopped checking in, I knew she was still a resource for me. It was very comforting to know that if something went wrong, I would have help nearby because my family was back in the United States. In fact, one time, I had stomach issues and went to the clinic, and Ana was on the phone and able to translate for me. I improved exponentially in my Spanish through little effort on my part because I was constantly surrounded my Spanish. I learned so much about Galician culture and fell in love with their wonderful food. During my free time, I took weekends trips with other au pairs from Destino Idiomas that Ana put me in contact with. Although this experience was ony two months, I grew and learned so much and made lifelong friends.

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Alexandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

During this past summer I had the amazing opportunity to live with a great family in Valladolid, Spain. This was an experience I will never forget, I was able to meet many new people, both locals and others in the Au Pair program. My Spanish improved exponentially even with minimal effort on my part. And I met an amazing little girl that I was lucky to take care of for 10 weeks. I also had the opportunity to travel every weekend which allowed me to get a greater cultural experience. Through my agency I was guided from the beginning of my experience when I was preparing to leave, throughout with phone calls to check in, and at the end with follow up messages to make sure I enjoyed my time in Valladolid, Spain. I would recommend this experience to anyone looking to go outside their comfort zone and learn about a new culture.

What would you improve about this program?
More publicity about this program, I would love to see more au pairs in every area of Spain so that right away new au pairs have someone they can explore the cities with.
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Jennifer
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a great time in Spain! I've been an au pair in Barcelona for 6 months and really enjoyed my time here. I was able to meet a lot of people from all over the world, learn and improve my spanish and learn more about myself and what I want in life. Being an au pair is truly an amazing experience and you will definitely become more independent.

I am Dutch and was staying with a dutch family, so if you want to learn or improve your spanish my tip would be to stay with a spanish family. This way you will learn quicker because you only hear spanish and you don't have to switch between languages.

I would definitely recommend this program! Ana always let us know when there was a national holiday or when events would happen near you and she also checked up on you every once in a while.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Visit as many places as you can and just enjoy every minute of it, because it is over before you know it!

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Au Pair in Spain for Summer or Academic Year
Spain
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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ana M. Usieto

Job Title
Director

What is your favorite travel memory?

There is a special memory for every trip I have made.

The first that comes to mind is my first trip to London when I was quite young. Coming from a medium size city in Spain, London and its diversity and multicultural flavor left a big impression on me.

I also have fond memories of my travel to Istanbul - the light, the sounds, the nature, and kind people. I love how contemporary New York and Berlin are.

Every place has its charm, and so it is the case with Spain, the wild and evergreen nature on the North, the light of the Mediterranean, its deep roots in Castille, its traditional festivities all over the country, especially in the summer…

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have been working in the au pair business for many years, but decided to run my own agency in 2013. It has allowed me to have more control and develop more personal work. I believe it has therefore allowed me to grow more professional.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I could mention some, but what I always like most it is the fact that all of them agree that their initial fears or hesitations when they started their own travel experience, mainly as au pairs, fade away after the first weeks of stay and they allow themselves to open their minds.

Participants quickly realize that they can have their own opinion on countries and their people from their own first-hand experience. I also like when I see that they have grown as individuals and are able to have a positive outlook despite experiencing some of the more difficult elements of travel.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose our Au Pair in Spain program - it is a very successful one. Spanish families are really keen on taking an au pair into their homes and lives, and are willing to show them around and make them feel at home.

Whether it is a short stay in the summer from one to three months or a long stay from 6 to 12 months, Au pair in Spain allow young men and women to get to know Spain and its diversity and improve their Spanish through an affordable program that includes board, lodging and a living stipend, as well as enough free time to attend Spanish lessons, and the freedom make the most of their time abroad.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Destino Idiomas is a small company that deals with no more than what it can manage. This way, close control and personal customer care is taken. We establish a close relationship with our host families and au pairs, keeping communication open at all times as our key to success. We do not offer false expectations and provide support all through the matching process to ensure that both parts get best possible match.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

As I mentioned above, a constant and good level of communication between all parts: the agency, families, and au pair candidates. Additionally, honesty in the service delivered and support to both our host families and au pairs are the fundamental pillars on which we construct our working method.