Au Pair requisites

  • Age: 18 to 30. Exceptions could be made on maximum age if there are circumstances that can justify it.
  • Male or female.
  • Without dependants: children of their own.
  • Child care related previous experience.
  • Open minded and flexible person, willing to adapt to our country and culture.
  • Language level: basic knowledge of Spanish. Some families are willing to host au pairs without Spanish knowledge.  Good level of spoken English required. English native speakers much in demand.
  • To hold a Medical insurance: European Health Card for EU au pairs or a private health insurance for non EU au pairs.
  • Have no criminal record.
  • Have at least high school diploma.

Au Pair duties

Childcare duties and simple household duties which will be clearly stated in the family/au pair agreement that both parts will sign previous to the Au Pair arrival. Au Pair’s duties will be mainly childcare ones, and housework will be secondary in duty hours.

Au Pair duty hours will be 25 to 35 per week depending on agreement between the parts.

Au Pair is always responsible for keeping her room neat and tidy.


The Au Pair programme is a great opportunity to live in another country, immerse in its language, culture and traditions. This programme is a cultural exchange experience. The Au Pair will live with a family and in exchange for some duty hours, 25-35 per week, looking after the children and doing some light housework, the Au Pair will receive full board, accommodation, pocket money and free time.

Length of stay

1 month to one year. This can be extended to a maximum of 24 months.

Families usually prefer long term stays, but every family has its own needs, but generally speaking, these are the most common periods of stay for an Au Pair.

Summer stays: 1 to 3 months

Rest of the year: 3 to 12 months. Academic stays from September to June.

Pocket money

Minimun 70€ per week per 25-30 hrs per week, pocket money increases according to duty hours (please check with your AEPA agency).

Pocket money will also be agreed with the family previous to arrival and will be stated on the family / au pair agreement.

It is usually weekly paid on an agreed day.

The Au Pair will also receive one week’s holiday pay for every six months of stay.

Every extra hour will be paid 5€

Board and lodgings

The Au Pair will receive full board and accommodation in a single room during the whole stay. Room will include basic elements to ensure the Au Pair’s comfort such as (but not only) bed, wardrobe, study table, window. Au Pair is always responsible for keeping her room neat and tidy.


Spain is made up of 19 autonomous communities: Galicia , Asturias, Cantabria, País Vasco, Navarra, Cataluña, Castilla y León, Aragón, Madrid, Extremadura, Castilla La Mancha, Valencia, Andalucía, Murcia. Baleares (Islands), Canarias (Islands). Ceuta and Melilla (in the African continent).

And all together, there are 52 provinces.

Our families are spread all over the country, north to south, and east to west. Coast or inland. Most of them live in big cities, many others in minor towns and some others in a rural environment. We will always do our best to place you with a family that matches your needs and preferences.

Travel Insurance

It is the Au pair’s responsibility to travel with the right travel/medical coverage to support him/her in case of illness, accident, repatriation and/or legal liability.

EU Au Pairs usually travel with their European Health Card which allows to receive medical treatment in same conditions as a Spaniard citizen.

Non EU Au Pairs must travel with private travel and medical insurance to support him/her in case of illness, accident, repatriation and/or legal liability. Following EU advice, the cost of this insurance should be shared between the host family and the Au Pair.( Please check with your AEPA Au Pair agency).

As for driving insurance: If the Au Pair is going to drive the host family’s car, it is the family’s responsibility to include the Au Pair in the car’s insurance.

How to enrol in the Au Pair Programme

We first recommend you to choose an AEPA Au Pair agency.

Once you have chosen an agency, just follow their instructions, they will guide you all through the application process and beyond.

Should you have any doubt you can always contact us, we are here to help