Language Job Spain | Au Pair / Live -in tutor
LanguageJobSpain ofrece y gestiona programas Au pair (Reino Unido y España) y cursos de español para extranjeros con talleres culturales para jóvenes y adultos en A Coruña, noroeste de España.
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Au Pair / Live -in tutor

For young people, generally university foreign students who are willing to improve their language skills while experiencing a total immersion, culturally and linguistically. If you are keen on learning, improving or mastering in languages without spending money, this is your programme

We offer different programmes adapted to your preferences or necessities.
LanguageJobSpain gives you a personalised service and assists you throughout the programme. Moreover, our programmes are FREE for in bound au pairs or live-in language tutors coming to Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and León.

Become an au pair gives you the opportunity to learn Spanish while earning some pocket- money (65€ – 90€) as an exchange for looking after the children of a host family and provide light housekeeping.
Unlike a lot of study abroad programs, Erasmus or travels with friends, where you end up spending most of your time with other foreign students out of comfort and convenience, you are immediately immersed in a family of that culture and get to see the ins and outs of Galician and Spanish everyday life. You will have the opportunity to mingle with the locals and getting to see a portrait of life in another country that you would often never get to experience.
During your stay as an Au pair in Spain you will have the opportunity to get to know a new country, the Spain in Galicia, its culture, its local people and their customs and traditions. You will then be able to tear down the Spanish culture stereotypes.

(More information about the region).

Programmes

General description

This is a perfect programme for students who are willing to experience a linguistic and cultural exchange during their summer holidays while living with a Spanish family. This is a great opportunity to improve Spanish language skills and get to know the culture from inside without spending money.  The au pair will also have the opportunity to teach his/ her language to children and family members.

Length

1 to 3 months.

Dates

June, July and August.

Location

North of Spain, mainly Galicia: A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Pontevedra and North West coastal villages.

General description

This programme is ideal for young people and students willing to enjoy a Gap Year in Spain living with a Spanish family while getting the chance to learn about our culture and language. You will visit places you would never visit as a tourist or short term foreign student.  This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the Spain and break the Spanish stereotypes mentioned in many guides for tourists.

Length

3- 9 months (up to 12 months).

Dates

Academic Year, starting in January/ February or September/ October.

Location

North of Spain, mainly Galicia: A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Pontevedra and North West coastal villages.

General description

This programme is idea for young foreigners (Erasmus students, Language Assistants), who are going to be in Galicia for a certain time, either for work, studies or holidays.
This is a linguistic and Cultural exchange: Spanish speaking host families welcome a native speaker of other language in their homes and provides meals and accommodation as an exchange of 12-15 hours of conversational language teaching (English, French, German or Chinese).
The Live -in Language Assistant programme in Galicia and northern Spain is an excellent opportunity to interact with the locals, get to know the culture and customs of the inhabitants of the region. Also, an interesting way to save accommodation and board costs (and get to try our delicious sea food and cuisine!)
Families with residence in the country side or more isolated areas far from local Spanish schools may help with weekly travel expenses.

Length

4 – 12 months.

Dates

Academic Year, starting in January/ February or September/ October.

Location

North of Spain, mainly Galicia: A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Pontevedra and North West coastal villages.

General description

This programme is suitable for young people, students who have a special interest in learning Spanish. The Au pair receives Spanish classes in the morning and looks after the children in the afternoons/evenings in exchange for room, board and pocket money -depending on the number of hours-. This programme ensures a total linguistic immersion.

Length

3-9 months.

Dates

Any time of the year.

Location

A Coruña (North West coast of Spain).

More information about Spanish courses in A Coruña…

Our families and location

Most of our Spanish families live in Galicia (A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Pontevedra, Lugo, Ourense). Our families are carefully screened; we interview them personally or by telephone. Most families contact us through word of mouth, recommended by other families who have already placed an au pair with us.
Most host families live in cities (A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo) or in the outskirts in spacious and comfortable homes.
They are young families; the average age of parents is between 30 and 45 years old. They are single- parent or two-parent households, with children younger than 16 years old.
Our host families are open to new cultures. At least one parent speaks a second language and they show a great interest in learning new languages , especially English.
Our host families are looking for an au pair who wants to be part of the family, being an elder brother / sister, taking care of children, transmitting her/his culture and language. They are looking for a linguistic and cultural exchange.

Au pair duties and responsibilities

The au pair is not a housekeeper. A person placed au pair shall render the receiving family services consisting in participation in day-to-day family duties. The host family treats au pairs as another member of the family, guiding and protecting them.
The au pair role is similar to a big brother or sister.
The Au pair should make an effort to adapt to the customs and culture of the host families, respecting their rules and routines.

Housework duties

  • Tidy up the house: pick up toys, clear kitchen table after meals and some superficial cleaning.
  • Washing up/ put in or clear dishes from dishwasher.
  • Setting and clearing the table.
  • Cooking easy meals for children.
  • Making children’s bed.
  • Ironing children’s clothes.
  • To keep her/his bedroom clean and tidy.
  • Other: take out the rubbish, do daily groceries, etc.

Children care

  • Waking, dressing and feeding children.
  • Make sure children are groomed and dressed.
  • Take the children for a walk to the park, the beach or taking to the swimming pool.
  • Taking/collecting children to and from school, appointments or outings requested by the host family.
  • Put children in bed.
  • Teaching them English  (or other language).
  • Help them with homework.
  • Playing with them and make them LAUGH and ENJOY her company.

Au pair working hours and Pocket money

The Au pair shall render the receiving family services consisting in participation in day-to-day family duties -children care and housework duties-. The time effectively occupied in such services shall generally not be more than five hours per day or a maximum of 35 hours per week. These hours will be distributed according to the family necessities and type of programme (summer or Academic Year programme).
As an exchange for these services, the Au pair will receive a weekly pocket money (65€- 90€)*: 

  • 12-15 hours teaching his/her language per week (Live-in language programme): accommodation and full board (plus 10€-15€ for travel expenses if the family lives in the country side or too far from the city/ language school.
  • 20 hours per week: 65€.
  • 25 hours per week: 70€.
  • 30 hours per week: 75€/ 80€.
  • 35 hours per week: 85€/ 90€.

* includes one babysitting night per week

Accommodation and meals

The au pair receives accommodation and full board seven days a week.
The au pair will have his/her own bedroom in the family home and will share other household facilities as another family member. Meals are also included: the au pair is invited to share family meals.

Requirements and documentation

Requirements

  • Aged between 18 – 30 years old.
    Although there majority of Au pair candidates are women, this is not a requirement. The number of male applicants increases every year.
  • To be an open, responsible, committed, caring, enthusiastic and friendly person.
  • Some experience looking alter children will be an advantage(afternoon and summer camps, babysitting siblings, teaching kids, etc).
  • To be happy doing some light housework
  • To be fit and healthy.
  • To have non criminal records.
  • To hold a residence permit, valid visa (for non European au pairs) or passport.
  • To hold a Medical insurance (European Health Card for European au pairs and private health insurance for non European au pairs).
  • Spanish is not compulsory. However, some families may prefer to host an au pair with at least basic knowledge of this language. If you do not speak Spanish you may want to enrol in a Spanish course.
  • To be unmarried and to have no children of your own.

 
Documentation

  • Au pair application form.
  • Copies of a Certificate of studies (High School Diploma and/or other degrees or qualifications).
  • Two reference letters with contact details (from teachers and tutors, if you have no work experience).
  • Medical Certificate or doctor’s letter, established less than three months before placement, declaring your general state of health.
  • European Health Card or other private Health Insurance
  • Copy of ID and/or Passport.
  • Copy of your driving license (if you have one)
  • 2 passport size photos, pictures with family or friends, pictures with children.
  • Certificate of Non Criminal Record (issued by the Police Department in your own country).

 
Au pair personality
The Au pair has a genuine interest in children and their wellbeing. The au pair is a young person who must enjoy children’s company and playing with them.
There are some common au pair traits that seem to help ensure success. Among them we can name a few:

  • An interest in children!.
  • Responsibility: needed if you are in charge of children.
  • Flexibility: There are certain rules put in place to protect the au pair and host family.  It is very important that those rules are followed, but there also needs to be some flexibility. Sometimes schedules change.  Sometimes parents are late.  Illnesses happen and life is sometimes not what we planned.
  • Capable to adapt to new situations, the au pair will have to adapt to a new culture, language, habits, routines and family norms indispensable.
  • Initiative: willing to help and actively collaborate with the family.
  • Patience: as working with children requires lots of patience. Patience on the hard days will be rewarded when the children put their arms around you and tell you how much they love you.
  • Respect: to children and family, their norms, culture and habits.

Placement process

  • 01

    Reception of Au pair application

    - Reception of applications, CV/ resume and photos to create your au pair profile. - We will contact you to continue the application process, answer your questions and tell you about the programme’s options. - We will study your application and select suitable families for you. - Reference’ letters reception/ Contact with referees.

  • 02

    Matching process

    - We will send your au pair profile to the selected suitable families. - If a family is interested in you, LanguageJobSpain will contact you to reconfirm your interest and availability.

  • 03

    Documents and Certificates reception

    - Certificate of non criminal record. - Medical Certificate or doctor’s letter and copy of health cover. - Certificates/s of studies.

  • 04

    Contact with host family

    - Contact by email. LJS will mediate these emails to avoid language misunderstandings. - Webcam/ Skype interview with host family. - Confirmation of interest ( family and Au pair).

  • 05

    Agreement draft

    Au pair- Family Agreement draft (in Spanish and English).

  • 06

    Confirmation

    Confirmation of flight details and Au pair arrival arrangements.

  • 07

    Delivery

    Delivery of Au pair handbook and Welcome Pack.

Assistance and Guaranties

  • Follow up and assistance to Au pair and families throughout the programme.
  • Au pair handbook and Au pair Welcome Pack: includes tips and recommendations, useful information about the region a taylor- made guide about the family’s residence region.
  • Assistance and follow up of the Au pair/ family relation throughout the programm.
  • Assistance to Au pair: tips, agenda, au pair network, information about Spanish courses, etc. Welcome to Au pairs: family and Au pair first impressions.
  • LanguageJobSpain will meet with Au pairs on arrival (au pairs placed in A Coruña).
  • LanguageJobSpain will make family change during the first month, as long as the agreement has been fulfill by the au pair and depending on other families’ availability.

Responsibilities of host families

  • To receive the Au pair into the family and to let her/him share the daily family life, to treat the Au pair as a family member and include her/him in family meals and outings. The family will do as much as possible to integrate “la persona AU PAIR” and make her/his feel appreciated, promoting a future harmonious co-existence.
  • The family shall provide full board and lodging for the au pair and shall place at her/his disposal a separate suitable room when possible and commit to “pay” a weekly small amount of “pocket money ” ( between 65 € and 90 € ) while staying with family.
  • Taking and collecting the Au pair from/ to the nearest airport or train/bus station on her/his arrival and departure or making the transfer arrangements from/ to the airport.
  • Assist in the adaptation of the person Au pair providing information about the region and neighbourhood, transportation, attractions, activities, social and cultural agenda, Spanish courses, etc.
  • Explain the host family life habits to the Au pair from day one. This is to avoid awkward and uncomfortable situations and possible misunderstandings.
  • The family must remember that the Au pair is generally a student willing to improve her/his linguistic knowledge, as well as to increase her/his general cultural, acquiring a better knowledge of the host country. Therefore, the family shall respect Au pair’s working our and free hours.

Application on-line

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