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What does the demi-pair program consist on?

A demi-pair is a young person who becomes a temporary member of a family, who takes the opportunity to improve their language skills and get acquainted with a new culture. In exchange for free board and lodging, the demi-pair must provide language lessons to the children (or even to the parents) of the host family.

Becoming a demi-pair requires living with the family, taking part in their routine, becoming accustomed to their habits and participating in their activities.

Unlike the au-pair program, the demi-pair’s will not have to do housework or take care of children. A demi-pair will only dedicate 2 or 3 hours a day giving language lessons. This way they will have more free time for doing their activities (going to school, play sports, travel ...)

However, as they do not perform any chore, the demi-pair must give to the family between 100 and 150 euros a month as concept of accommodation and food.

Tasks that a person demi-pair generally must carry out:

Within the family should, mainly:

- Dedicate 2 or 3 hours a day teaching English, French, German or any other language with the children (playing with them, helping them with the homework…) (often the demi-pairs native language)
- They will not perform any other task in the house
- The length of the stay may vary from 2 months up to 1 year. The stay may be extended up to 2 years
- The demi-pair should observe the customs and way of life of the family, respect and adhere to the rules of the household, and perform the tasks to the best of his/her ability.
- The demi-pair will gain an invaluable experience from learning a new culture and a foreign language from the family. The demi-pair should remember to try his/her best and keep in mind that flexibility and adaptability are key characteristics when being immersed in a new culture.

Note: All these requirements may vary depending on the necessities of the host family. However family and demi-pair will always sign a “Demi-pair and family Agreement” that will describe the tasks and responsibilities from each part.

What is the profile of the demi-pair candidates?

For the most part the candidates are girls from the European Union, university students with a high level of English, and experience looking after children acquired by means of babysitting, teaching, working in summer camps or previous experience as demi-pair in other countries.

The requirements of MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency for becoming demi-pair are:

- Being between 18 and 30 years old
- Speaking the language of the host family/country is not compulsory, but they must be willing to learn it
- The demi-pair can be a boy or a girl. It will be the families who decide gender preference
- Having a good knowledge of the language he/she will teach
- Willing to collaborate on the tasks assigned
- Willing to teach children and enjoys spending time with them
- Being patient, cooperative, enthusiastic, flexible and amicable
- To be healthy, and set a good example for the children
- References from people that certify that they are responsible
- No criminal record
- Hold a valid visa (in the case they come from a non-European Union country)

Requirements and obligations of the family:

- The main requirement for hosting a demi-pair is wanting to promote and participate in a linguistic and cultural exchange
- To offer a clean and tidy home
- To offer the demi-pair his/her own room and privacy
- To provide balanced meals
- Treat them like a member of the family and not as a house keeper
- Offering them 1 or 2 days off per week, preferably at the weekends
- The person that stays with the host family should feel welcome, have enough free time to make friends, see the surroundings and attend language courses. The host family must do everything possible to make this stay as pleasant as possible.

How to apply?

1.- Firstly, you must:
- Write your contact details and your preferences (here)
2.- We will contact you and you must send us:
- The application form fulfilled (download)
- Several photographs where you appear with members of your family
- A cover letter talking about the family, why you want to apply for this program, what you expect from the experience, hobbies, etc.
- Send us a photocopy of an ID card from one member of the family
3.- Once we have accepted your application, one agent of MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency will make contact with you to further arrange details of the program.
4.- If we accept your application, MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency will offer you the choice between several demi-pair’s and you may choose one according to your preferences. We will put you in contact with him/her and you may conduct a mini-interview and ask the person whatever questions you like as well as share some information about your family (examples of questions may be concerning the daily tasks, routine, the children, description of the house, amount of money to pay to the family, etc…)
4.- If you accept the au-pair that MULTIDESTINO has offered you, you need to make a deposit of 300 euros in the account we will provide you.
5.- MULTIDESTINO will help the demi-pair with every issue related with his/her stay (including flights, trains or any other way of transport)
6.- MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency will draw up a “Demi-pair and family agreement” that you must sign up. It states:
- Demi-pair working hours per week
- Amount of money to pay to the family
- Days and time off
- Schedule on weekends
- Coexistence rules
- Responsibilities and commitments.

What does MULTIDESTINO do for the demi-pair’s?

Above all, MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency promises to give a personal treatment since the demi-pair presents his/her application until his/her stay finishes with the hosting family.

What does MULTIDESTINO do for the demi-pair’s?

Above all, MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency promises to give personal service from the time the demi-pair presents his/her application until the stay ends with the hosting family.

Before arriving to the hosting country:

- We will look for a suitable family for the demi-pair taking into account his/her conditions and preferences described in the application form
- We will choose a host family and we will conduct a background check to determine reliability
- We will propose him/her different families and he/she must choose one according to his/her preferences
- We will help him/her obtain any documents that they need from their country of origin
- We will help him/her with the transport for arriving to the destination country (best rates, ways of transport…)

During their stay in the host country:

- We promise to help them with every administrative certificate and process (i.e.: the European Health Insurance Card, certificates of residence, visas, etc.)
- We will ensure during his/her first week that his/her stay will be expected and we will help him/her if there are any problems that arise.
- We will inform them of cultural activities in the city and the best way to organize free time. We will provide details of courses available, local trips, youth associations, sport facilities and any other piece of information requested to the demi-pair a warm stay.

(FAQ) Frequent Asked Questions

How can I know that the demi-pair you have chosen is correct for us?

It will be you who will have the final decision. MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency will select the demi-pair according to the family’s preferences and profile, but the final decision is yours.

What happens if there is not a good relationship with the demi-pair?

We will do as much as we can to offer you a new demi-pair, but take into account that it takes little time to find another demi-pair that fits with your preferences. Usually, some problems that can arise are related with misunderstandings or cultural gaps.

Remember that communication and patience are key.

MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency will mediate between you and the demi-pair in order to solve any problem.

What if the demi-pair is sick?

If the demi-pair comes from any European Union country, he/she will hold the European Health Insurance Card that permits him/her to use most of the medical services in case of illness or accident.

The cost of medicine is usually paid for by the host family in case of minor ailments such as colds, or mild flus.

If the demi-pair does not come from a non-European Union country he/she must get medical or accident insurance.

How long does the demi-pair program last?

The demi-pair program lasts as long as you want, but usually the demi-pair stays with the family no more than 12 months. This period may be extended up to 2 years, depending on the circumstances.

Why pay MULTIDESTINO if there are free Websites on Internet?

MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency is not a Website. Our service is personalized: we make an active research of the candidates and we verify that the information provided is correct. We work to guarantee you that there is an appropriate demi-pair who corresponds to your profiles requirements, necessities, and way of life.

We follow up and support you in case of any communication problems. We also inform and assist you on the legal framework and procedures necessary to guarantee a good relationship between the demi-pair and the family without conflicts.

What if the demi-pair that is not suited to the family or does not comply with the agreement?

In that case, it is best to speak with the demi-pair and tell them what you dislike of his/her behaviour. You must understand that they are in a different family with new habits (meal times, kind of food, children, etc.).

It is very important to speak with the demi-pair within the first days after his/her arrival and explain what you expect from him/her; if necessary make a weekly schedule with daily tasks (this will greatly facilitate the adaptation)

If the differences are not resolved, the agency will discuss privately with the demi-pair, and if we do not come to a solution, we will seek another demi-pair for the family and another family for the demi-pair.

How long does it take before a family can receive a demi-pair?

It depends on several factors, but mainly on the requirements that the family has in comparison to the demi-pairs available.

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