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Locations in Spain

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Most host family placements tend to be in the larger cities, such as Madrid, where 80% of our host families live, as well as other cities such as Seville, Barcelona, Malaga, Santander and more.

Applicants may request specific locations; however, we cannot guarantee placements in those locations, but we will try our best to accommodate their preferences.

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visas & nationalitites

Citizens from EU countries do not require a visa, regardless of the lenght of stay. For other nationalities planning to stay longer than 90 days, a student visa is necessary.

Plaza de Oriente, Madrid

The following nationalities can stay for up to 90 days in Spain without a Visa: Australia, New Zealand, USA and South Africa. Applicants wishing to stay for longer periods than 3 months should get a student visa by enrolling in a Spanish course prior to leaving their home country.

Non EU Applicants wishing to join the programme for longer periods than 3 months should enroll in a Spanish language course upon applying for our programmes in order to get a student visa. Please, check special deals on Spanish courses for our applicants, should you wish us to enroll you on a course.

The standard process of getting a visa is described below but as each Spanish consulate (even within the same country) has slightly different rules (or interpret the official regulations differently) the first thing you will have to do when you sign up for your course, if you need a student visa, is to contact the nearest Spanish consulate for full information on what is needed (Please check the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website).

Otra vista de la Plaza de Oiente de Madrid

Getting a student visa can take from one week to several months so we can always recommend starting the application process as early as possible or at least get confirmation from the consulate as to approximately how long the process will take.

All documentation required for the student visa to Spain has to be presented in person at the nearest Spanish consulate.

Normally the consulate will ask for a confirmation letter from the Spanish course provider stating which course you are signed up for, how many hours you will be studying and the length of the course. Frequently the consulate will also request an accommodation confirmation letter stating where you will be living and who will be responsible for your accommodation. Club RCI will ensure you recieve all the documentation needed.

You will also have to fill out a number of forms and bring at least 3 passport-sized photos.

Apart from these documents the consulate will also require that you have a passport that is valid for the full length of your stay.

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travel arrangements & airport pick up

International flights and the cost of travel to your host family are not included.

Your host family will pick you up at the airport, train or bus station on your arrival date.

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placement process: step by step

  1. We recieve your full application and the documents needed to apply.

  2. 1. Based on your availability, personal interests, expections, etc we will match you with the most suitable host family possible. We always bare in mind your requests and try to accommodate them as much as we can. However, sometimes it is not possible. Being flexible is quite important when participating in these programmes.

  3. 1. If a host family thinks you are a good candidate for their family, we will contact you to let you know and provide you with a the host family´s profile (similar to you application form), where you can see details of the family members, where they live, what they expect from you, their hobbies etc.

  4. 1. If you like the host family's terms and conditions, a first contact will be made, usually via e-mail or skype, so you can get to know each other a bit better before committing to a placement. Sometimes one conversation is enough. Other times either the family or the applicant need more time before making up their minds.

  5. 1. So, you like each other and are eager to meet in person and start the programme? Great news, the placement is confirmed! You will have to agree on an arrival date that is convenient for both you and your host family. We strongly advise you not to buy an expensive plane ticket without checking with the host family first. Once you get your plane, train or bus ticket, please inform us as soon as soon you can so that we can organise your airport pick-up.

  6. 1. What if it didn´t work out? No problem!. We will still be on the look out for the best possible match for you, and will continue sharing your profile with families that we think are suitable for you. As soon as another family shows interest in having you as their au pair or tutor, we will repeat step number 5. We will do this as many times as may be necessary.

  7. 1. Pay Club RCI´s programme fee. We will give you the payment details together with your placement confirmation.

  8. Get ready and pack your suitcase.

  9. Travel to Spain and start your adventure!

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insurance & assistance

Lago del Parque del Retiro, Madrid

If you are a Non-EU citizen you will need to get health and accident insurance covering your whole stay in Spain. If you are not yet insured you should check out the special rates that AVI International offers our applicants.

EU citizens as well as citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland should get a European Health Insurance Card from the statutory social security provider of their home country as the card will allow them to receive medical care from the Spanish National Health Service.

You will be assisted during your stay in Spain by our staff. Sometimes placements with families do not work out due to differences in lifestyles, views etc and in those cases we will find a new host family for you, ensuring that you have a pleasant stay.

If you have any queries or concerns and if you need information or assistance from us,drop us an email, call or visit us.

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payments & cancellations

Club RCI placement fee:

Payable upon confirmation of placement. We will invoice you and send payment details.

Please note that 3 weeks should be allowed for finding a suitable placement.

In the event that you decide to change the starting date or length of stay on your application form, you shold inform us inmediately.

Spanish language course fees:

If you are booking a Spanish language course through Club RCI, payment for full course fees should be paid upon confirmation of your booking (we will invoice you and send payment details) If you are planning to stay in Spain for over 90 days and require a student visa.

If you are an EU citizen or do not need to apply for a student visa, FULL payment of the chosen course should reach Club RCI at least two weeks prior to your chosen starting date.

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discounts & grants

Special offer: Travelling with a friend

Special offer: Travelling with a friend

If you and a friend would like to apply to the programme together, you should take advantage of our special `Travelling with a friend´ 25 % discount. Just simply tick the appropiate box and type his or her name in the field provided in the application form upon applying.

Club RCI grants

Special offer: Travelling with a friend

The Club RCI Grant is available to certain participants who have been accepted into our au pair or tutor programmes.

The grants are awarded to applicants who show a high level of commitment to their chosen programme. Preference is given toward applicants with limited or no previous international travel experience.

Grant Amount: 300 Euros – Free placement fee
Application Deadline:  8 weeks prior to the start of the programme.
Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 28
  • Willing to submit a written report upon completion of their programme
  • Succesfully complete their commitment with their Host Family

How to Apply
Applications for Club RCI Grants must be received no later than 8 weeks prior to your program start date.

  • Full application and documents
  • Personal essay - A short essay (1 – 2 pages) that answers the following question: How will your work abroad experience help you to become a global citizen?
  • Supplemental essay - A brief essay (2 – 3 paragraphs) answering one of the following questions:
    1. Explain how your stay in Spain will enrich your understanding of the world.
    2. What do you wish to learn about Spain, the culture, the language, etc?

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social programme

Check out the Club RCI social programme.

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applying

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Why booking through Club RCI

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Programmes at a glance

Not sure which programme to go for? Get an overview to help you decide.

If you and a friend are applying together, you both get a 25% discount on application fee.

Check out the grants for our programmes. You may qualify!

Spanish courses in Madrid

Club RCI in partnership with Inhispania, a prestigious language school dedicated exclusively to teaching Spanish as a foreign language, offers our applicants a special deal.

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If you haven´t got insurance, you might be interested in checking out the special rates Avi International offers our participants.