Language Job Spain | Au Pair UK
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Au Pair UK

Au Pair UK

For young people, generally university Spanish students who are willing to improve their English skills while experiencing a total immersion, culturally and linguistically living with a British/ Irish family. 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 and necessities.
LanguageJobSpain gives you a personalised service and assists you throughout the programme. Moreover, we work with only the best Au Pair Agencies across Britain and Ireland; our families are screened and interviewed by professionals.

Become an au pair gives you the opportunity to learn English while earning weekly pocket- money (85€ – 160€) 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 British 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 UK you will have the opportunity to get to know a new country, its culture, its local people and their customs and traditions.

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
  • Help them with homework
  • Playing with them and make them LAUGH and ENJOY her company.

Requirements and documentation

Requirements

  • Aged between 18 – 30 years old (although in UK the age limit can be extended to 35 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 or passport.
  • To hold a Medical insurance (European Health Card for European or private health insurance).
  • Conversational level of the English language.
  • 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
  • Copy of 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
  • Copy of Certificate of Non Criminal Record (issued by the Spanish Police Department)

 
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.

Assistance and Guaranties

 Assistance

  • 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 programme
  • Assistance to Au pair: tips, agenda, au pair network, information about Spanish courses, etc
  • Welcome to Au pairs: family and Au pair first impressions
  • LJS Au pair programmes are regulated by European Agreement on au pair Placement sign in Strasbourg the    24th of November of 1969 by the Council of Europe. Spain was included in the agreement the 24th of June of 1988, approved a year later by the Spanish Foreign Office (BOE núm.152, June 27th 1989).

Guaranties

  • LJS asistirá a las personas au-pair ante malentendidos que pudieran surgir entre ambas partes. LJS se compromete a realizar un seguimiento durante todo el programa.
  • Se realizará un cambio de familia en caso de que fuera necesario, siempre y cuando la persona au pair haya cumplido con las normas del programa au-pair y dependiendo de la disponibilidad de otras familias (que en los meses de verano suele ser más reducida por la alta demanda).
  • Si LJS no encuentra una familia anfitriona que se acerquen a las preferencias y requisitos de la  persona au pair en un periodo de 60 días, LJS se compromete a devolver el importe abonado por el cliente.
  • En caso de mala conducta o incumplimiento del acuerdo por parte de la familia, LJS se compromete a realizar una devolución parcial o total del coste del programa dependiendo de las circunstancias.
  • LJS se rige por la normativa europea del acuerdo europeo de colocación «au pair» (número 068), hecho en Estrasburgo el 24 de noviembre de 1969 («BOE núm. 214/1988, de 6 de septiembre de 1988»), con la incorporación de España el 24 de junio de 1988 (BOE núm. 214 de 6 de Septiembre de 1988). Un año más tarde se aprobaría la Resolución de 15/6/89 del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (BOE núm.152 de 27 de junio de 1989) referente al trabajo Au pair en España.

BAPAA agencies’ benefits

Once in the UK, a partner agency will offer at least the following benefits to au pairs:

  • Free welcome pack
  • Free use of au pair ‘find a friend’ website, a safe introduction facility
  • Free ‘pay-as-you-go’ simcard to convert your phone to a UK mobile network
  • 24 hour emergency helpline
  • Discount on medical / travel insurance
  • Discounts on entry tickets to UK attractions and theme parks
  • Discount on day trips and weekend tours
  • Discounts on Paediatric First Aid courses
  • Support throughout your stay from a professional au pair agency

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