Be Demi-Pair

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.

In MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency, we know that the best way to learn a foreign language to live in said country. That is why we ensure that in a short period of time you will progress quickly.

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, you will not have to do housework or take care of children. You will only dedicate 2 or 3 hours a day giving language lessons. This way you will have more free time to do your activities (going to school, playing sports, travelling...)

However, as you do not perform any chore, you must give to the family between 100 and 150 euros a month for your accommodation and food.

Advantages of being a demi-pair:

- Acquire a big knowledge of a foreign country
- Big approach to a foreign culture
- Acquire responsibilities
- You will not have to pay anything for lodge or meals
- You will have your own bedroom
- Many families, during their holidays, they invite you to come with them
- You too will have some free time
- We will be in charge of every administrative document you need for living in Spain

Note: In case of you need a visa, you must request it to the Embassy by yourself. If you come from any European Union country, you will no need any visa.

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 to the children (playing with them, helping them with the homework…)
- You will not perform any other task in the house
- The length of the stay may vary from 2 months up to 1 year. Your stay may be extended up to 2 years
- The demi-pair should observe the costums 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.

Requirements for becoming demi-pair:

- Being between 18 and 30 years old
- Speaking the language of the host family/country is not compulsory, but you must be willing to learn it
- Having a good knowledge of the language you will teach
- You can be a boy or a girl. It will be the families who decide gender preference
- 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 and with the experience and attitude to teach
- No criminal record
- Hold a valid visa (in the case they come from a non-European Union country)

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)
- Your Curriculum Vitae
- 1 ID photography
- Several photographs where you appear with your family, friends, children you have taken care of.
3.- Once we have accepted your application, you must send us:
- A medical certificate from your doctor specifying you do not have any contagious disease. It must have been issued from at least three months ago.
- A non-criminal certificate issued by the Police of your country
- 2 references from people that certify that you are someone responsible and attitude for looking after children. It might be written by people whose children you have looked after as well as teachers. They must include their telephone numbers and addresses.
- A cover letter talking about yourself, why you want to apply for this program, what you expect from the experience, future plans, hobbies, etc. (in English, French or Spanish)
- A photocopy of your passport
- A photocopy of your European Health Insurance Card

MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency will inform you about how to obtain all these documents

4.- If you accept the family that MULTIDESTINO has offered you, you need to make s deposit of 300 € in the account we will provide you.

MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency will help you with every issue related with your stay (including flights, trains or any other way of transport) If you are coming to Valladolid, we will pick you up from Valladolid airport or from the station.

5.- 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
- Housekeeping and tasks to be done by the demi pair
- Amount of money to pay to the family
- Days and time off
- Schedule at weekends
- Baby-sitting nights per week
- Coexistence rules
- Responsibilities and commitments.
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 you taking into account your conditions and your preferences described in your application form
- We will choose a host family for you and we will conduct a background check to determine reliability
- We will help you obtain any documents that you need from your country of origin
- We will help you with the transport for arriving to the destination country (best rates, ways of transport…)

During your stay in the host country:
- If you are coming to Valladolid, we will pick you up from the airport or the station and we will introduce you to the hosting family. If you are going to another place, we will arrange your arrival and your hosting family will welcome you.
- We promise to help you with every administrative certificate and process (i.e.: the European Health Insurance Card, certificates of residence, visas, etc.)
- We will ensure during your first week that your stay will be expected and we will help you if there are any problems that arise.
- We will inform you 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

Do I need any medical or accident insurance?

If you come any European Union country, you will not need any insurance, you will only need to hold the European Health Insurance Card. Once you arrive to Valladolid, MULTIDESTINO Youth Mobility Agency will help you in order to offer you a Doctor, with any charge for you.

If you come from a non-European Union country you must get a medical or accident insurance. We can help you for getting it.

How can I know that the family you have chosen is correct for me?

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

What happens if there is not a good relationship with the family?

We will do as much as we can to offering you a new family, but take into account that it takes little time to find another family 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 family in order to solve any problem.

Will I have enough time to attend language courses?

Yes, you will have enough free time for doing whatever you want. We will also help you in finding economic language schools.

Will I have time for travelling?

Yes, and it is even very common that families invite you to travel with them if they still need the demi-pair services for looking after their children (it is very common in summer holidays) In this case, the family will pay the costs of the trip.

On the other hand, you will have days off for travelling too. In this case, it is you who must pay it.

How much pocket money will I receive?

Every week the family will give you an amount of money for little expenses as concept of pocket money. Usually, they pay between 70 € and 120 € depending on your responsibilities, number of working hours, number of hours as baby-sitter, etc. It will be agreed by both parts.

How long does the demi-pair program last?

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

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any other questions you may have
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