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Au Pair in Spain: salary, working hours and holidays

Au Pair in Spain salary
The Au Pair program is a great opportunity for Au Pairs and Host Families to interact with a different culture. To ensure the productive cooperation between both parties, we would like to share the program rules, responsibilities and other working conditions that you have to respect when you start this experience.

Au Pair duties in Spain

As an Au Pair in Spain, you will be in charge of taking care of the Host Family's children and tasks related to childcare. For example, cleaning up the kids’ room, giving them a ride to school, picking them up from play dates and playing with them. Some families in Spain also like if the Au Pair is available to teach the kids another language like English, French or German. It does not mean that the participant should not speak Spanish with the family.

Host Family duties in Spain

Host Families also have certain responsibilities to fulfil. A family has to provide their Au Pair with a private room, at least 3 meals a day and pocket money. They should make the Au Pair feel at home. It is also essential to respect the working hours and to not exceed the allowed hours. The participants need time off to explore the city, get to know the culture and join also a language school. It is one of the main requirements of the program. 
 
Don’t forget that an Au Pair is not a cleaning lady.  But just as any other family member, she/he should contribute to general household chores. Discuss the responsibilities and write them in the contract.
 
 
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Working hours

The participant should work 30 hours per week - babysitting is included! 
 
During bank holidays or if one of the children needs to stay at home because of sickness, the participant might need to work some extra hours in exchange for some extra pocket money if she/he works more than 30 hours a week. 
 

Au Pair salary in Spain

The family should pay the participant about 70 € a week if they live downtown, and 80 € a week if they live in the outskirts, which makes 280 - 320 € per month. 
 

Time off and holidays

Participants in Spain will have all the weekends off. Some families might ask the Au Pair to work during Saturday mornings. The Host Family will provide 1 week paid vacation for a 6-months stay or 2 weeks paid vacation for a 12-months stay. Mention all these details in the agreement

 

Accommodation

The participant will get an accommodation with full board from the Host Family. The participant should not pay for the food or the lodging - these are general rules of the official program.
 
The participant can stay at the Host Family's place and benefit from the full board and lodging also during holidays, days off and days of illness. 
 

Language course

Participants should attend a language course to improve knowledge of Spanish. The Au Pair’s daily schedule needs to allow participant to join the classes.
 
The participant is responsible to cover the expenses of the course. The Host Family can support the Au Pair with some costs if the are willing to, though it’s not their official responsibility. 
 

What else?

  • The participant is responsible for arranging the insurance for Spain. If the Au Pair gets an additional health, liability and accident insurance she/he will have to cover the costs. 
 



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