The InterExchange short-term Au Pair Spain program connects you with a welcoming host family for two to three months in Spain, typically in or near Madrid. You will provide a set number of child care hours and, in return, your host family will provide a private room, meals, and a weekly stipend.
- Paid host family placement confirmed before you travel
- Child Care Guide and other pre-departure resources
- In-country and alumni support
- Facebook groups
- 24-hour emergency line
- InterExchange t-shirt
The ideal au pair candidate is flexible and willing to become a participating member of the host family. Your child care duties may include taking the children to and from school, playing with the children, light housework related to child care, preparing meals for the children, tutoring the children and more. In addition to housing and meals, you will receive a weekly stipend of at least €80 per week in exchange for up to 30 hours of child care. You'll get time off each week and are welcome to take language classes during your program (not required for short-term au pairs).
Dates and Application Deadlines
We accept applications and organize placements throughout the year!
Once we've sent your application abroad, it typically takes three to four weeks to receive a suitable host family file. It can take longer if you've applied more than three months in advance. We will notify you as soon as a placement has been found so you can connect with the family over email and/or video chat to make sure that you are both happy with the match. Once confirmed, we will provide all of the next steps on how to apply for your visa, when to book your flight, where to purchase insurance, and how to prepare to be an au pair and live abroad.
Your host family will pick you up from the airport or train station. Upon arrival to your host family's home, you'll find a welcome pack from our international cooperator containing helpful tips and a list of other au pairs nearby. Throughout your program, our international cooperator will be there to make sure your transition is smooth and fun. They host occasional social events where au pairs can gather, share experiences, and get to know one another.
Costs to Consider
You must have insurance that covers repatriation and emergency medical evacuation.
- Personal Spending Money
For independent travel/trips, any optional extra classes, social time with friends, etc.
You will be making a weekly stipend of about USD $80, all while not paying for your major living expenses of rent or food. This means if you are in Spain for a full three months, you will make about USD $1,000!
What our participants are saying
Don't hesitate to participate in this program. You will experience an adventure of a lifetime that you will keep with you for the rest of your life. It's fascinating alone to immerse yourself in a new culture and learn all that you can while living away from everything you know, but you should also take the time to make friends from other parts of the world as well. If your cooperating agency puts together events with other participants in your area and you can go to them, I would strongly suggest it. I only went to one event during my time there, but I made several instant friends… Take advantage of your time with your host family; ask them questions, never be embarrassed if you do not understand something and you need clarification. You're learning every day, so take full advantage! Heather
I have enjoyed the transition I have seen within myself. I have never traveled alone before and have never been abroad. It is such a learning experience for me to be able to make my own decisions without the influences of others around me. I enjoy how much my host family welcomes me with open arms. I enjoy how adorable my little girl is and the bond that we are creating. Brittany
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