What is an Au-Pair?
An Au-Pair is a young person between the ages of 18 and 30 who is interested in improving their foreign language skills while living in another country. The Au-Pair would live with a host family for a period of time, and in exchange for light domestic work and caring for children, would receive room and board as well as pocket money.
Are Au-Pairs legally recognized?
Au-Pair is a type of temporary work governed by the Council of Europe Agreement of November 24th, 1969, ratified by Belgium, Denmark, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland. Spain was incorporated on June 24th, 1988 (Official Government Bulletin, Number 214, 6th September, 1988). The Resolution of the Ministry of External Affairs of 15th June, 1989 in reference to the work of the Au-Pair was passed at a later date (Official Government Bulletin, Number 154, 27th June, 1989).
The Au-Pair program at INSTITUTO HEMINGWAY proposes a series of commitments for all parties concerned (Au-Pairs, host families, and INSTITUTO HEMINGWAY). The following guidelines form the basis of expectations to be fulfilled upon, which will benefit all involved.
The Au-Pair´s Obligations
The Host Family´s Obligations
INSTITUTO HEMINGWAY´S commitment
We wish to stress that the selection of Au-Pair and of the host family is not imposed, but rather it is by mutual agreement that dictates the final placement.
In order to broaden their knowledge and use of Spanish and Spanish culture, we make our program of courses available to the Au-Pair. The combination of grammar and day-to-day living with a family allows our Au-Pairs to truly become fluent in the Spanish language.