Becoming an au pair… Spain or Ireland?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Which country should I choose?
    Spain : (14 votes)
    42 %
    Ireland : (19 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I vote Spain! That’s where I would go. The climate, the opportunity to learn a new language…

    Post # 4
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    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Do you have a work visa for either of those countries? Or do you mean, which to go to for a visit?

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee

    I vote Spain for the language.  I’ve lost so much of my French and Spanish competence since finishing my BA, and I wish I could spend some more time immersed in the languages so that I could regain my fluency.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    My friend actually was an au pair in Spain this past year and loved it. Her host family had a house in the city and then a cottage in Valencia and it was a really amazing experience for her. Here Spanish was basic when she left and very good when she returned.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    i vote go for what ever family you fit best with.

    As a Nanny ( of two familys) I can say that is the most important factor. Both countries will be equally amazing. I am biast against Ireland ( red hair and such) but spain seems to have a good amount of bennifit for you.

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @shrubfish09:  that’s the thing, though. Both Ireland and Spain have incredibly high unemployment rates, and getting approved for a work visa as a Nanny might be beyond difficult. Here’s an excerpt from expatica.com which is a great resource for expats:

    Landing a job requires the Spanish Employment Institute (http://www.inem.es) to agree that this position cannot be filled by any other Spanish or EU citizen. If this isn’t the case your employer will have to be interviewed to make a claim for you to work for them.

    Ireland is probably not going to be any easier. The unemployment rate is near 13% and there are loads of Irish/Spanish/EU citizens who would be more than qualified as an au pair/nanny. I’m not going to say that you’ll never get a work visa in those countries; but it’s going to be very, very hard and you need to figure out what you can offer that no one in those countries can offer (speaking English and teaching English isn’t enough unfortunately).

    you may be more successful to find an American family to work for who travels a lot. If you want to peruse the dream though, it may be easier to figure out which countries are the easiest for a non-citizen to get work papers. 

    PS Spain is very aggressive about making sure people are not over-staying their tourist visas or working while on a tourist visa. Ireland probably is too, but I don’t have any first-hand knowledge there. 

     

    Post # 10
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    5543 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I adored Ireland and spent three weeks there with one day of rain. I know it isnt always or even often nice, but when it is, it is incredible. Though I wouldnt agree it would be less touristy. After their tech bubble burst, a huge sector of Irish economy is based in tourism, which is part of why I am sure everyone we met there was so incredibly nice. But it is an amazing country I plan to take DH back to soon!

    Post # 12
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    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @shrubfish09:  then you can’t work for pay in most cases. Make sure you understand very clearly what your visa allows you to do. If you get deported you might not be allowed back into the EU ever again. It is very easy to get caught.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Also, definitely go through an agency! They will be able to help you along the way in terms of paperwork, placement and expectations as well as a good central contact while in another country.

     

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I would love to go back to Spain, so that gets my vote!

     

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Im at school in Ireland at the moment. I have EU citizenship, so i didnt need a visa, but i know my canadian classmates are not able to work on their student visas, so make sure you get the right paperwork. Also there arent alot of families around that would require a nanny (i havent met a single one, and i am a medical student in the hospitals, so i would assume the most likely crowd to have a nanny would be the doctors and such). Alot of the families stay close together, and its assumed a family member will mind the children and house… Its just in their culture… . At least in the peripheries… I havent lived in Dublin though, so it may be different there.

    it is a highly tourist rich country, especially the “prettier” places. The coasts are pure tourist towns, as is dublin. And youll still see a fair share of tourists (and their massive buses that really dont fit on their roads (ex. a)) in the more central locations during the summer. 

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    its a nice place to live, and most people are super friendly. The weather can get gloomy in the winter and my skin has become so pale im pretty much translucent… 

    Also plan on paying for healthcare. Im from canada where all my doctor and hospital visits are covered, and having to pay while in hospital last year set me back a few grand that i really couldnt afford…

     

     

     

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Spain, purely because the langauge learning would be so great!

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