Destino Idiomas

Program Reviews

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Kellen
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Kellens Review

My Experience was very unique because I lived in 2 different cities with 2 different families. Ana was greatly helpful through everything, including helping me with getting difficult papers whilst in Spain. My advice to anyone doing this program, is don’t be afraid to take the leap, you won’t regret it and Ana will be there to help you through it all. My other advice is to make sure you have completed all your papers and applications before you leave your home country, it’s much harder in Spain.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I tried Octopus(Pulpo) for the first time when I was living in Galicia and surprisingly it was one of my favorite foods that I tried throughout the year
Pros
  • Super kind and supportive family
  • Good support from Ana
  • Great chances to travel and explore the whole country by myself
Cons
  • Spanish government is horribly slow with papers
  • It can be hard getting used to a new culture at first
  • it can be scary going by yourself at first if you’re not super comfortable with the language
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Carly
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Au pair in Valladolid

I had an amazing experience, I lived in Valladolid as an au pair for 8 months with the help of Destino Idiomas, along side finding me a lovely family to live with Ana was a great support in checking in if I ever needed anything and connecting me with other au pairs so that I could easily make friends.

This experience was also amazing for learning Spanish and being able to travel around and see Spain and other parts of Europe as well. Throughout my experience my host family took me traveling, taught me how to cook traditional Spanish dishes and included me as a part of their family.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I recommend having a better understanding of the language especially if you are going to be placed in a smaller city, you learn fast but the beginning of this experience would have been much easier had I been able to understand the language a bit better, at least at an A2 level
Pros
  • Learn Spanish fast
  • Experience Spanish culture and food
  • Make new friends and travel
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Gracie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Au Pair in Albacete, Spain

I had an amazing experience being an Au pair in Spain. This was hugely part to Destino Idiomas and my host family. The process to becoming an au pair went smoothly with the help of Ana. I cannot thank my host family enough for the amazing experience. I was always made to feel welcome and supported by them. I was fortunate enough to go on a few trips with my host family and for them to show and teach me about Spanish culture.
I absolutely recommend Destino Idiomas to become an Au Pair in Spain!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
One thing that surprised me the most was having the opportunity to go skiing with my host family.
Pros
  • Opportunities to travel Spain
  • Built my confidence
  • Improve my knowledge of the Spanish language and culture
Cons
  • Experiencing loneliness
  • Some language barriers
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Elizabeth
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Au Pair in Asturias, Spain

I stayed in Gijon, which is a costal city in Asturias, in the north of Spain for a period of 12 weeks. Overall the experience was really good for me. I initially wanted to come to improve my Spanish, learn more bout the culture, and explore a bit too- in the end, I feel that as well as doing this, the experience has helped me further improve my confidence, learn how to deal with language barriers, and in my case due to befriending some international students in the area (from Europe and Latin America), my cultural knowledge of not only Spain significantly increased too.

Ana (from Destino Idiomas) was very helpful throughout the process, and patient with me. She made the matching process much easier, and consistently checked up on me once I was in Spain too. The family I was with had had au pairs before so were very welcoming from the start, didn’t mind clarifying things when I was uncertain, and all of my au pair duties were completely manageable. I found that I very quickly got used to the routine.

In terms of money, I ended up saving up less than I intended to, as my weekly spending was much higher than usual, but this was due to doing more than usual- my main costs were bus/train tickets to other cities, buying things such as snacks on trips, some hygiene products, and even a few souvenirs. But even though I personally didn’t end up saving up much, I still made enough to cover the costs of coming, so I had no net loss, and many of these costs could easily be reduced.

I believe au pairing is a great way to be completely immersed in the culture of a certain country. Personally, in my free time over the weekends, I often went out either exploring Gijon or other nearby cities and villages. Spain is a beautiful country and even in the early spring, there was lots of nature to be seen. I was able to do some short hiking routes, and I got to try some ‘typical’ Spanish foods from different places too.
Overall it was a great way for me to see another part of the world and experience another culture, I would highly recommend au pairing to anyone thinking about it and using Destino Idiomas to do so.

Pros
  • Weekly spending money- more cost effective than just travelling
  • Getting to know different lifestyles/ learning cultural differences
  • In a city- lots of things to see and do, even to just go on a walk
Cons
  • Some difficulty communicating with people outside of the family, due to having a relatively low Spanish-speaking level
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Izzie
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing!

This was such an amazing experience for me to improve my Spanish, be fully immersed in Spanish culture, and form a strong relationship with my host family (who I continue to be in touch with to this day). Destino idiomas greatly helped the smoothness of the process and it was very easy for me to find a host family that suited me best. As I was offered a range of families in a range of locations.
I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone of a range of ages and previous experience. As even those with a lower language ability will still highly benefit from this.

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Emily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Au Pair in Galicia

I stayed in the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela for 8 weeks with a wonderful family. I felt immediately welcomed and put at ease, and had a lovely home to stay in. The family were very relaxed, but it was still good to check in with them about my responsibilities as an au pair. They were very flexible with my needs and even helped me arrange local trips and Spanish lessons. I would spend my set hours with the children during the day, and then in the afternoon I would visit the city, go to Spanish classes, or spend time with the family if they were going to the beach! At the weekend the family would always invite me to join them with their plans if I wanted to.

Ana from the agency was also extremely helpful, she gave me potential options that would suit me and helped me find the perfect family. A major positive of this agency was that they were able to accommodate the length of the trip I wanted whereas other agencies expected a 3 month stay (whereas I could only go for a duration of 8 weeks due to work commitments). Ana regularly checked up with me throughout my time in Spain and I felt I could talk to her about any problems I had (luckily there weren’t any) and we even met up for coffee! She also made sure I was in contact with other au pairs in the area in case I got lonely.

Santiago de Compostela is a very historical city with a grand cathedral and lots of tourists during the summer due to the Día De Santiago occurring on 25th July, with lots of pilgrims attending from around the world. This meant that there were always events and celebrations on during the month of July and even in August. Everything is within walking distance in the city, as well as having good train links to other key areas in Galicia.

Pros
  • It is the best way to learn Spanish.
  • Historical area so great for things to do outside of au pair role.
  • Matched with the perfect family
Cons
  • Occasionally homesick
  • Money could be a struggle for some people
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Chloe
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Au Pair in Spain for the summer.

This was the most incredible experience I have ever had. I got to learn a new language while staying with an amazing family. They were so welcoming and I felt like part of the family. I was full immersed in Spanish culture and loved every moment. We attended most of the festivals that occurred during my stay as well as family events. The children were very energetic and we spent most days running around in the park, exploring the area or playing in the pool. This was honestly the best experience I have ever done and I would highly recommend.

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Sophie
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Au Pair in Vigo

I was an Au Pair in Vigo for 4 weeks and I had the most amazing experience. I was with a family who were so supportive and they took me to see amazing things and I saw so many places. However sometimes I got lonely but I think this was due to me being out of season. Ana was amazing and was always checking up on me and I met her for a coffee. I also did some solo travelling on one of the weekends which was amazing also. I would 100% recommend this agency to anyone and also the chance at becoming an Au Pair.

Pros
  • See amazing places
  • Part of a family
Cons
  • Sometimes lonely
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Rachel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Destino Idiomas

My experience was incredible. I stayed with the most accommodating family, who made me feel very welcome and cared for. Looking after the children was very enjoyable, and taught me a lot about not only childcare, but about myself. Ana was very supportive; I was fortunate to have no issues but I know if I had, Ana would have been on hand to help me. The communication process when choosing a family and being chosen was very clear and Ana made it very smooth and easy. Definitely stick it out longer than 1 week; it may feel very overwhelming when you first get there, but once you get to know the family and children and the routine, it’ll become enjoyable and you’ll feel much more confident, even if the first week you feel like it’s not for you or you’ve made a mistake. Learning the language is a must; I only had 4 weeks of lessons during my trip but they instilled so much confidence in me when speaking to everyone that I would definitely recommend. Also a great way to make friends, I know I’ll continue learning now I am home. I made many memories with the children that I will value forever, and learned a lot about myself from my trip. It was a great experience and I’m so glad I decided to au pair, and choosing to go through destino idiomas was the best choice.

Pros
  • Spanish culture
  • Living with a different family
Cons
  • A bit lonely sometimes- not much interaction with people my age
  • Didn’t earn any money on top of what I spent to live
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Stephanie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Destinos Idiomas

At first I was scared about taking a gap year and what I would find to fill my free time but it was by far the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. Choosing to be an au pair in a small town in Spain was such an amazing experience I would do anything to do it all over again. I met so many incredible people and visited amazing places. My host parents were incredibly welcoming and spending time with their children was so special. Three months flew by and I already can’t wait to come back and revisit :)

Pros
  • I learned a lot about myself and others on this trip
  • Can be an amazing way to learn about a new culture
  • You go home with a new perspective on life
Cons
  • Goes by way to fast :(