AU PAIR

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The French term “Au-Pair” means “at par” or “equal to”. Developing an Au-Pair relationship implies that everyone involved in it have to take advantage. Spanish families obtain the help needed in caring for their children and in teaching them a foreign language. While, the foreign students, “Au-Pairs”, get benefit from the possibility of residing and integrated in a family. Meanwhile, they improve their Spanish language knowledge and its culture.

What are the advantages of having an Au Pair?

1

Natural learning

A natural and spontaneous learning method in the everyday life, in which children will learn the language of daily life.

2

Personal enrichment

Your children interact with young people from different cultures, human and culturally enriching.

3

A totally practical learning method of a foreign language

Your children are constantly talking and listening to the foreign language as if they were abroad facing situations of ``every day``.

4

You count on someone at home to help you

The Au Pair will help you with common tasks related to the care of your children.

5

You may require the Au-Pair as babysitting

The Au Pair will help caring for and playing with your children those nights that you want to go out.

6

Vorwaerts is available throughout the stay of the Au-Pair.

Frequent questions

Who is an Au-Pair?

An Au-Pair is a young person, usually a girl between 18 and 28 years old, native of a country where the official language is German or English, so he/she comes with experience (eg. Babysitting, social work, childcare practices, etc).

Babysitter im Spiel mit KindernThey are students or young people that before starting or during its academic training, usually university, wish to live in Spain with a Spanish family during a period of six months to a year (or one to three months in summer), to improve its Spanish and delve into the Spanish culture. In any case, they already have a basic knowledge of Spanish and very good English, in case of Au-Pairs of Germanic countries.

Which are the Au-pair's responsabilities?

The Au-Pair works in activities related to children and their care:

  • Caring and entertain children in a responsible, sociable, creative way and respectful in their native language, so that children practice and improve their foreign language knowledge.
  • Collaborate in the usual chores related to children and coexistence (eg. cooking simple meals, clearing the table, put dishwasher / washing machine, etc.).

Mother and daughter drawing togetherThe Au-Pair is not a maid or housekeeper, he/she aims to become a member of the family and expects to be treated as such, with the rights and duties that entails.
The Au-Pair is committed to strive to adapt to Spanish customs and to the family ones, regarding schedules, meals, etc. Moreover, to return home at night at reasonable hours, which they previously agreed and never spend the entire night away from home without asking permission. In any case, he/she will keep its room clean and tidy, and he/she will use with diligence the facilities of the house.

What are the rights of the Au Pair?
  • The Au – Pair works up to 30 hours a week, 5-6 hours a day.
  • The Au – Pair should enjoy at least one day off a week.
  • The family may ask the Au – Pair act of ” Kangaroo ” once or twice a week.
  • In any case, the exact times and conditions are agreed between the Au – Pair and the family according to mutual needs and circumstances.
What are the benefits / Au-Pair?

au-pairThe Au-Pair will have free room and support, also during his/her free days.
Specifically, the Au-Pair has its own single room and he/she can use the common services and facilities of the family home and receives full support inside the house. If the Au-Pair requires special foods (Eg. Vegetarian diet), he or she will be responsible for its own acquisition and cooking.

  • The Au-pair receives 70€ weekly as “pocket money” and also the money for the travel ticket for Zone A and in case of the family lives outside the Zone A, the family will pay the difference every month.
  • He or she enjoys, at least, one full day off a week, although in most cases are usually one and a half or two; Saturday afternoon and all Sunday.
  • The family must provide the Au-Pair to attend language courses and cultural events, as learning Spanish and Spanish culture is the main objective of an “Au-Pair”, and it is on these occasions where they can make friends and get academic certificates required for their future training. In any case, the family and the Au-Pair are the ones who have to agree / agree on what the appropriate for each activity, work schedules and learning, so that both parties benefit are.
  • If the Au-Pair gets ill (flu, intestinal viruses, etc.), the Au-Pair will be entitled to their weekly pay, although he/she was unable to take care of the children.
  • The Au-Pair will enjoy one day and a half per month of paid holiday, for every month worked whenever their stay is not less than six months. In order to avoid conflicts, the Au-Pair and the family have to agree vacation dates in advance.
  • The Au-Pair will be responsible for all personal expenses incurred during his/her stay in Spain, including phone bills, transportation or registrations, and their journeys to their place of origin. The family agrees to pick up and carry the Au-Pair to the airport.
  • The Au-Pair has medical insurance in their home country, recognized by the Spanish Social Security either public (European Health Card) or private. In addition to the health insurance, it is recommended to the family and Au-Pair to take out the liability insurance if they do not have it.
  • The host family request to the Au-Pair to provide a medical certified in which appear his/her overall health.
How to apply for an Au-Pair and steps?

Once the family is interested in receiving an au-pair, Vorwärts will send them a form which they will return completed and signed with the requested data and family photography. These are necessaty requirements to start the selection of  and Au-Pair that best suits your circumstances.

Subsequently, Vorwärts will keep a personal interview with the family (where possible by distance) to determine and define the possible candidate.

Then the family will contact him/her by telephone or by e-mail, to clarify questions and agree on details, in order to enable both parts to make the decision to continue with the process (or not).

If you want more information do not hesitate to call us, each search and every intermediation is treated in a personalized way, adapted to your circumstances and needs.

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