After my last post, some people have been asking me if I can provide agency recommendations for families looking for au pairs in Spain. So, while I hesitate to call them recommendations, there are a few agencies out there that I, or other parents I know, have used successfully in the past, which I’m happy to mention:
- RCI, based in Barcelona, has a track record for professionalism and for doing things right. I know a few families who’ve worked with them, and they have been very pleased with the candidates proposed, and with the fact that the agency was happy to say “no” when they didn’t have the right candidate,
- Au Pair in Spain, based in Madrid, was originally recommended to me by an experienced host mother for their professionalism, and I then also discovered that their website has a wealth of information about hosting or being an au pair. Really worth the visit if you’re trying to learn more about the topic, and also interesting to follow them on the different social networks.
- Au Pair Castellón and Au Pair Mallorca, work both with Spanish families who want to host an au pairs and with young people who want to be au pairs outside of Spain, so they know both sides of the experience. Au Pair Mallorca is active on Facebook and Twitter, as well, and worth the read!
- Best Au Pair Barcelona, based in Barcelona (as their name implies). While I’ve never spoken to them myself, I’ve heard great things about them from other families who were able to find au pairs with them on short notice.
- Last but not least, and please forgive me for tooting my own horn, I’ve recently co-founded an au pair agency myself, Amazing Pairs, to meet the demands of a market that we felt wasn’t quite being met yet, and with a focus on the win-win for both families and au pairs. Take a look if you want to know more about what we believe in.
Again, this isn’t to say I think an agency is right for every family (please see my post about it to see what might work best for your specific case), or, of course, that any agencies not on this list are not recommended. There are a lot of great agencies out there, and it’s just a question of doing your own due diligence to make sure the one you choose is knowledgeable, responsive, and professional.
I just wanted to provide some ideas for both au pairs and families as they begin their research, because more transparency is always good in a sector that’s sometimes still a bit opaque!