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Au Pair in Ireland (Short-time possible!)

Au Pair in Ireland

Childcare in Ireland: Live on a farm and support an Irish family as an au pair!

Would you like to spend some time in an English-speaking country with a family, taking care of the children and helping with the household? We can arrange this in Ireland even for short-time stays with a minimum duration of 4 weeks.
As an EU citizen, you don't even have to worry about any visa issues and you can just travel to Ireland. This means that such a stay can be arranged at short notice (we only need 3 weeks lead time!). If you are from outside the EU, you need to be of a nationality that can enter the Schengen countries without an invitation letter.
In return for your work, you will receive free board and lodging by your Irish Au Pair family.
The families are usually farmers, so you can also expect animals such as sheep, cattle and sometimes horses on your farm. The focus of your work, however, is on childcare and helping with the household. Since the farmers are always very busy with their farm work, you are really needed.

How can you get involved?

Your main responsibilities as an Au Pair in Ireland are taking care of the children. Depending on the age of the children, you will help them to get up, get dressed, you will prepare meals, take the children to school or kindergarten, help with their homework, play inside and outside, do handicrafts and read books with them, plan activities, and take care of bathing them and bringing them to bed.
Au Pairs in Ireland also help with household chores, for example with cooking and preparing food, doing the dishes and tidying up the kitchen, doing the laundry, shopping, and tidying up the children's toys. As an Au Pair, you are a full family member for the duration of your stay and thus you'll be involved in almost everything that needs to be done at the household.
As an Au Pair in Ireland you will not only gain experience abroad and improve your English language skills, but you will also learn how to manage a household, you will become more independent and learn to take on responsibility. These are skills that look good on your résumé and are valuable for your personal and professional development.

What are your working times?

You will work 5 days a week for about 40-45 hours and have 2 days off a week. Since there is always a lot to do on farms, your days off do not necessarily fall on the weekends. If you work on the weekends, you will have days off during the week instead.
The exact working hours depend on the family activities and can vary! You should be flexible and have a hands-on mentality. Also you should not mind getting up early.

What previous knowledge do you need?

No knowledge or previous work experience is required.
As an Au Pair, however, it should definitely be a lot of fun for you to spend time with children. If you have already worked, volunteered or done an internship as a babysitter, in a kindergarten/pre-school, youth club or in a social institution, or if you have taken care of your own siblings, this is a big plus that you please let us know. However, previous experience with children is not a requirement.
You should futhermore enjoy living on a farm in a rural area, where there may not be all the conveniences and entertainment options of a big city.
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Location: Various locations in Ireland
Availability: all year round; flexible start dates
Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Maximum Duration: 1 year
Minimum age: 18 years
Required Language Skills: English
Accommodation: Free accommodation and meals. Details in the tab "Accommodation" below
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Supervision possible: No
Qualification supervisor: -
Minimum qualification of intern: None
Remuneration: No, but accommodation and meals are provided
Volunteering possible: Yes
Required qualification of interns: none
It is expected:
The "right" attitude
In exchange for your work, you will receive free accommodation and meals with your Au Pair family. You will get an exciting insight into the life of an Irish family and will also improve your English skills! 
Our local staff know all of our host families personally! Irish families are usually very hospitable and open-minded. Many families like to include interns in their everyday life and in their family activities.
4-7 weeks: 620 EUR
8-12 weeks: 690 EUR
13 weeks or longer: 790 EUR

This includes:

  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials
  • Preparation Session via Skype; together with further participants
  • Pick-up and Transfers from the train or bus station closest to your placement location (please see information how to get there in the slider "Getting There")
  • 24 Hours emergency support by our Irish support team
  • Accommodation and meals are provided by your employer
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Travel to/from Ireland and the train/bus station nearest to your employment location (you book it on your own; we assist you)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations

You fly to Dublin or, if your job is on the west coast, to Shannon. Your flight should ideally arrive there in the morning or early afternoon. You will receive detailed instructions from us on how to travel independently from the airport to your employer by train or bus. You will then be picked up by your Au Pair family from the nearest train or bus station.

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