International Au Pair Day

International Au Pair Day

November 24 has been established as the International Au Pair Day.

Because you deserve it!
Because you play an important role for your host family!
Because of the responsibilities you take with the kids!

Let’s celebrate! From AEPA we want to celebrate it with all of you. We have organized, together with BeMadrid, a meeting with all the au pairs who are in Spain. It will be the weekend of the 22nd to the 24th of November.

What’s the plan?

We will start the night going to have some tapas and cañas in one of the most popular bars in Madrid then we will move to one of the most famous clubs in Madrid to celebrate the day in which you are all the protagonists.


Who’s invited?

All the au pairs who have come with an AEPA agency but also your friends who have come without any agency. However, for AEPA au pairs to participate in the event is free!

In case you are not living in Madrid…How to travel to Madrid?

Madrid is very well connected with all the Spanish provinces by train and bus. The train from many of the provinces takes only a few hours.

BlaBla car is a safe way to travel and a good option if you want to save money.

To buy TRAIN tickets:

If you want to travel by BUS:

Where to spend the night in Madrid?

BeMadrid makes us several proposals. Please, visit the link to see them.

We hope you all can participate. Advise your host families as soon as possible so that if necessary they can give you extra free time. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Thank you for taking part in this cultural exchange programme!

Lets #EnjoyMadrid! #AEPAAuPairSpain

#InternationalAuPairDay #IAPD #InternationalAuPairDayMADRID #IAPDMadrid#AuPairDayMadrid #AuPairDayMadrid2019

Winners of the Photo Contest Au Pair AEPA 2019 -Au Pairs in Spain

Winners of the Photo Contest Au Pair AEPA 2019 -Au Pairs in Spain


First of all we would like to thank all of you who participated in the Au Pairs AEPA photography contest in Spain. We hope you had a great time and enjoyed your stay in Spain.

As you know the proposed themes were: Traditions, daily life, tapas, popular festivals, street atmosphere, typical monuments and places of tourist/cultural interest from the point of view as an au pair in Spain.

According to these criteria and the number of photos shared on social media under the hastags of #aupairaepafoto2019 and #AEPASpainAuPair the winners are:

1st place:  @bellasjodin

2nd place: @adakale_

Many thanks to all participants and congratulations to the winners. Soon we will contact you to send you the award.

I AEPA Au Pairs in Spain Photo Contest

I AEPA Au Pairs in Spain Photo Contest

AEPA Presents the first photography competition for foreign au pairs in Spain.

Who can participate?

Any au pair who is participating in the Au Pair program in Spain with one of the agencies belonging to AEPA during the period of the contest may participate.

What is the contest period?

Read more

Tips for Au Pairs


Au Pair stay is the best time of your life, follow these tips to really enjoy it

Consejos para Au Pairs

  1. Communicate: if you do not know something, ask it!
  2. Treat your Host Parents as a family.
  3. Show good manners.
  4. Give your family some freedom.
  5. Do your part around the house. Even if it is your free day. Be tidy!
  6. Try to be flexible. They will apreciate it a lot!
  7. Be always on time.
  8. Smile! Be smiling and polite in any case.
  9. Be mindful.

Easter in Spain


Easter is one of the most important and deep-rooted celebrations in Spain. Each region and place in Spain live these days in a religious and festive way. The streets of many  cities, towns and villages become the stage for religious fervour and devotion. Music, art and colour come together in magical processions – solemn parades in which crowds of people accompany religious images on their route through the towns.

Semana Santa

Spain its one of the favourite destination for many European travellers who  come and share this celebration with us. English, Italian, Germans, Finns, Irish, French and Swedish are the nationalities that prefer Spain for their Easter Holidays. Barcelona is the most visited city, followed by Madrid and Seville.

Don’t forget to visit another places in Spain with their special Easter week too:

  • The sober atmosphere in LeónZamoraSalamanca and Valladolid processions.
  • The Tamborada (drum-playing)  in Hellín (Albacete province).
  • Experience intense moments like those in Cartagena, Easter week in Lorca, Cuenca or Elche processions.

These are just some of the endless options. Come and discover these unique, truly Spanish traditions. They are real signs of Spanish identity and display an extraordinary cultural wealth that will live on in your memory forever.

Spanish Christmas Traditions

Spanish Christmas Traditions


Spanish Christmas Traditions

From approximately the beginning of December, the homes and streets of Spain are filled with decorative elements that remind us that the holidays are near. You will see a large number of lights that decorate the streets of the towns and cities.

The traditional Christmas decoration in Spain is the “belén” or nativity scene. Most towns and villages has its own belén. The Christmas tree has also become widely popular and you can find it all around Spain too.

Our Christmas sweets are the main seasonal staple. El turrón, nougat, is essential. Las figuras de mazapán, marzipan figurines, are also popular, together with los polvorones, soft crumbly cakes made with lard, flour and cinammon. You can find also the Roscón de Reyes (a ring shaped cake), which we will enjoy for breakfast the “Three Kings ” morning.

We have a peculiar and unofficial start on Dec 22nd when we have the most followed Spanish lottery called: Lotería de Navidad. This day you know the Christmas time is here.

Then we have Christmas Eve Dec. 24th (Nochebuena in Spanish), which is a family celebration . Many Christian also attend the Misa del Gallo, a mass service offered at midnight on the 24th . Children will often only receive a small gift as ‘Papa Noel’ (Santa Claus) is less popular than the Three Kings who arrive on 5th January with presents for all the children.

In some parts of Spain, you can find other types of traditional figures that also make appearances on Christmas Day, figures that can be considered natives to the region in contrast to the more recent arrival of Papa Noel.

Shortly after Christmas day on December 28th there is another curious celebration unique to Spain called “The Day of the Innocents”. The word inocente in Spanish can also mean simple or naïve, and this day in Spain is celebrated in much the same way as April Fool’s Day is in other cultures, meaning Dec. 28th is a day to watch out for tricks or “inocentadas”.

While Christmas Eve is a family celebration, New Year’s Eve (called Nochebuena in Spanish) is a time for partying with friends. We have the tradition of eating 12 grapes for good luck at midnight, one for each month of the year. And soon after midnight, parties rage all over, showing no signs of dissipating until the early hours of the morning.

For Spanish children, the best days of the festive season have to be the 5th and 6th of January. On the previous evening, January 5th parades roll through town in which the Reyes Magos (three kings) and their pages shower candy over the children. The following morning is the feast day of the epiphany, when the Three Kings will traditionally arrive from the east to leave gifts for the well-behaved.

On January 7th we must go back to work, to the office or to school, exhausted after this eventful time of year which is so special.