Travel and earn money at the same time. If that sounds great to you, think about becoming an Au Pair / Tutor in Spain!
How is this program different from a regular au pair program? Au Pairs take care of the children during scheduled hours. They help the children with their homework and assist in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean. They prepare snacks and meals for the children, and drop them off or pick them up from school or activities. Au Pair Walk and Talk participants take care of children and at the same time tutor them in conversational English. This can be done playing games, singing songs or on a "walk" when you "talk".
Your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators in Spain you can call on anytime. All of this to ensure you have a safe, comfortable environment and that your host family is a suitable host. Receive a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. Through monthly meet ups, make new friends during your time in Spain.
1 month is the minimum length and 3 months is the maximum.
You should not need a visa for this program.
We have families available year round. (August and December can be difficult months to begin.)
The fee you pay to be an Au Pair / tutor in Spain goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.
You will earn a stipend of approximately €40 a week for 20 hours of child care including tutoring.
Before you arrive in Spain you will receive a timetable with duties and working days/hours, so you know exactly the working time. The family should respect your time off. Should the family require you to work outside the usual working hours this must be agreed by both sides and any extra hours worked must be paid.
You can find free au pairs positions on the Internet. Over the years we have met au pairs who did that and had horrible experiences when they thought they were going into a fantastic overseas au pair job only to find out the family where they were living was not screened, families dismissed au pairs routinely without paying them, and there was no one to turn to for help and support. No one to look out for them. And because they were on their own, they were lonely. Read about them here.
At GeoVisions, the families are screened and in some cases, we have placed au pairs with that family before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest stipend possible. We provide a person in-country to help you and to be there for you. You can meet other au pairs just like you and attend social activities with other au pairs. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we will move you to another family (based on circumstances).
We recommend focusing on family interviews and choosing your location based on the host family that you really “connect with.” Let the family connection guide your decision on where you will live.
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. It is the only way the program will be successful. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.
But after you arrive if you’re having issues, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
Unfortunately, host families needing an au pair only have one au pair in the home at a time. So we are unable to provide a homestay for anyone except one au pair per household. If you want to apply with someone else, they would be placed with another family. We would try hard to find a host family so you would be close to one another, but we could not guarantee that. We are successful most of the time.
Some of our au pairs tell us the bond they form with their host family can last a lifetime. We know some au pairs who actually fly back a few years later for a reunion or to attend a milestone event for one of the children they cared for.
You will participate in family activities, share cultures, make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area.
Becoming an au pair is a serious position … and while you do get paid to travel … your main responsibilities are the children you care for. While you might consider yourself patient, fun-loving and perfect for a job like this … think about how responsible you are and your previous experience with children under your care. If you’re ready … we have incredible families who need you right away, living in amazing locations. It's an amazing cultural exchange!
You can find sites on the Internet that will encourage you to find a family for free. Some of those sites boast 2 Million registrations. How can any company screen 2 million families? Please think twice before you agree to travel thousands of miles from your family and friends and move in with a host family who are advertising that they want a young woman or a young man to move in with them. They remind us of dating sites.
If things go wrong and your host family violates your agreement with them, resolving the problems will be all up to you. And today you may not be concerned. That’s fine. But just know that any family that ducks under the radar and doesn’t want to be screened, that regularly goes beyond the terms of your contract, making you work too much, too often, on the wrong kinds of tasks will likely keep on doing it unless there is someone right there to step in and help you. Or get you out of that situation quickly and safely.
In the USA and in The Netherlands, au pairs are required to use an approved au pair agency. This government requirement is all about protecting you.
Want some real down to earth ideas? The website, AuPairMom.com is a great source. At that site they “get about one email a week from an au pair in Europe or Australia who is working without the support of an agency. She is usually being expected to work far too much, has limited to no use of a car, can’t leave the host family’s house, and/or is having her pocket money withheld for problems she does not think she caused.”
With GeoVisions, every family is screened carefully and visited in person. Many of these families have hosted au pairs before. We brag that we have a few hundred host families not millions. It’s a number we can screen and stay connected to. It’s not about the money. It’s about your safety.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Spain this summer. My host family and I got along immensely well, and I was able to have a lifestyle/experience outside of Au Pairing. Along the way, I met so many wonderful people apart of this program and established great friendships with each of them that I'll strive to maintain forever. I have developed a very close relationship with my host mom and I am forever grateful for he connection we have forged. My family and I still remain in contact and will hopefully continue to do so for years to come.The one thing that I wish had been more clear to me was where I was staying in Spain. I was told I was living in Granada when, in reality, I was living in a town that was a 30 minute bus ride from all of my friends, which made it a little more difficult to hang out and explore on the weekdays. Overall this program has been a great learning experience, giving me the tools to improve my Spanish, gain more independence, and to immerse myself with a new and foreign culture.
Review of "walk and talk" in Spain. Emily Skaggs, October 4, 2018
This was such an incredible experience! I had never traveled alone before so GeoVisions was great for me to get me out into the world. Now I want to explore everywhere! I had an amazing family and met so many incredible people. I would definitely do it again.
First Time Abroad. Kaitlyn, September 15, 2018
Being an au pair is super common in Spain. I met so many other people who were doing it. Unlike them, however, I was amazingly happy with the family I was placed with through Geovisions. I got to experience Spanish life in a small town outside of Madrid and still be well connected with the commuter train to Madrid to experience the city nightlife. Other people I met had less free time to explore the city/surrounding area or had complaints about the actual expectations of being an au pair. There was never any of that with my family.
Spain Life. Anonymous, January 24, 2018
My experience was so amazing. I had a wonderful family that I still talk to, and have been told that I'll always have a home in Spain. My host family helped me with anything I needed help with so the usual travel stresses or last minute things to be completed were not a problem. I think GeoVisions found the perfect family for me! I didn't need my medical insurance thankfully but having that was reassuring. Also, the fact that GeoVisions was considered as a school, I'd get discounts all the time! I wish I did this every summer in between college because it was just an amazing time. For more impact, check my blog post! :)
Kayla Acosta, May 2, 2019