Au Pair In Ireland

For 6 to 12 months, live like a local. Earn €100 per week ($115 US) for 23 hours and €225 ($255 US) per week for 40 hours. Plus free room and board.

au pair
/ō ˈper/ noun
A young person who lives with a host family and takes care of the children in exchange for room and board and a weekly or monthly allowance.

 

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Overview

Travel and earn money at the same time. If that sounds great to you, think about becoming an Au Pair in Ireland!

What do Au Pairs do?  Au Pairs take care of the children during scheduled hours.  They help the children with their homework and assist in keeping children’s rooms and play areas clean. They prepare snacks and meals for the children, and drop them off or pick them up from school or activities.  If this sounds like something you’d be really good at, then being an Au Pair in Ireland is definitely for you.

Your host family is screened carefully. In addition, you have the ultimate safety net … local coordinators in Ireland you can call on anytime. All of this to ensure you have a safe, comfortable environment and that your host family is a suitable host. Receive a clear set of guidelines and expectations that are set with your host family. Through monthly meetups, make new friends during your time in Ireland.

Fee

$1,029.

Duration

6 months is the minimum length and 12 months is the maximum length.

Visa

Au Pairs will need to apply for the Working Holiday Authorization to enter Ireland as an Au Pair. Visas take approximately 8 weeks for issue. Please plan for that in the timing of your departure, as well as the visa cost. At this time the cost is $339 payable at the Consulate General.

Start Dates

Placements are available year round.

Eligibility

  • You must be a full-time college student leading to an Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate degree with a minimum of 2 semesters on your transcript, or you must be a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree within 12 months of applying for your visa.  This is to qualify for the Work and Travel visa in Ireland.
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
  • Have previous childcare/babysitting experience with references and a genuine love of children.
  • Be able to commit to at least 6 months as an au pair.
  • Provide a medical reference and a background check.
  • Be interviewed by phone or Skype to be accepted by the family.
  • Have driving experience and an international driving license.

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Costs

$1,029

GeoVisions-4cprocessThe fee you pay to be an Au Pair goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.

What Will I Earn?

You will receive a weekly stipend of €100 (Euros) per week for approximately 23 hours of childcare. You can earn up to €225 per week for 40 hours of childcare each week.

Au Pairs who stay a year earn $12,000 USD after the cost of the program fee and Working Holiday visa.

Some families may give a €200 – €500 bonus at the completion of your stay.

Before you arrive in Ireland, you will receive a timetable with duties and working days/hours, so you know exactly the working time. The family must respect your time off. Should the family require you to work outside the usual working hours this must be agreed by both sides and any extra hours worked must be paid.

Usually au pairs are provided 1½ days off per week.

What's Included

  • Your placement with a screened host family.
  • A private room and full board.
  • In-country support.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • Monthly au pair coffee group and occasional special events.
  • 24-hour support while abroad.
  • International insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services for US permanent residents.
  • The possibility to use the family’s car.
  • All au pairs will normally have weekends free unless specifically agreed otherwise.
  • Au Pairs receive training in the following areas:
    • First Aid
    • Child Safety and Wellbeing
    • Fire Safety and Emergency Training
    • Food Safety
    • Manual Handling Awareness
    • Irish History and Culture
  • AuPair Certificate of Completion at the end of each module above.

What's Not Included

  • Your international flights.
  • Meals when you travel or go out on your own.
  • Spending money for personal expenses, when you travel or optional activities.
  • Visa fee for the Working Holiday Visa.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

Why Is There A Placement Fee? It’s like I’m paying to get a job.

You can find free au pairs positions on the Internet.  Over the years we have met au pairs who did that and had horrible experiences when they thought they were going into a fantastic overseas au pair job only to find out the family where they were living was not screened, families dismissed au pairs routinely without paying them, and there was no one to turn to for help and support. No one to look out for them.  And because they were on their own, they were lonely. Read about them here.

At GeoVisions, the families are screened and in some cases, we have placed au pairs with that family before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest stipend possible. We provide a person in-country to help you and to be there for you. You can meet other au pairs just like you and attend social activities with other au pairs. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we will move you to another family (based on circumstances).

Can I choose my location?

We recommend focusing on family interviews and choosing your location based on the host family that you really “connect with.” Let the family connection guide your decision on where you will live.

What if I don’t like my placement when I arrive or I have host family issues? Can I move?

Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home.  GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. It is the only way the program will be successful. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.

But after you arrive if you’re having issues, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.

Can I be placed with someone? I’d like to travel with a friend.

Unfortunately, host families needing an au pair only have one au pair in the home at a time.  So we are unable to provide a homestay for anyone except one au pair per household. If you want to apply with someone else, they would be placed with another family. We would try hard to find a host family so you would be close to one another, but we could not guarantee that. We are successful most of the time.

Will I be a part of the family or an employee?

Some of our au pairs tell us the bond they form with their host family can last a lifetime.  We know some au pairs who actually fly back a few years later for a reunion or to attend a milestone event for one of the children they cared for.

You will participate in family activities, share cultures, make friends in your new community and with other au pairs in the area.

Should I become an au pair?

Becoming an au pair is a serious position … and while you do get paid to travel … your main responsibilities are the children you care for.  While you might consider yourself patient, fun-loving and perfect for a job like this … think about how responsible you are and your previous experience with children under your care.  If you’re ready … we have incredible families who need you right away, living in amazing locations.  It's an amazing cultural exchange!

Can't I use a matching site and do this for free?

PLEASE BE CAREFUL

You can find sites on the Internet that will encourage you to find a family for free. Some of those sites boast 2 Million registrations. How can any company screen 2 million families?  Please think twice before you agree to travel thousands of miles from your family and friends and move in with a host family who are advertising that they want a young woman or a young man to move in with them. They remind us of dating sites.

If things go wrong and your host family violates your agreement with them, resolving the problems will be all up to you. And today you may not be concerned. That’s fine. But just know that any family that ducks under the radar and doesn’t want to be screened, that regularly goes beyond the terms of your contract, making you work too much, too often, on the wrong kinds of tasks will likely keep on doing it unless there is someone right there to step in and help you. Or get you out of that situation quickly and safely.

In the USA and in The Netherlands, au pairs are required to use an approved au pair agency. This government requirement is all about protecting you.

Want some real down to earth ideas? The website, AuPairMom.com is a great source. At that site they “get about one email a week from an au pair in Europe or Australia who is working without the support of an agency. She is usually being expected to work far too much, has limited to no use of a car, can’t leave the host family’s house, and/or is having her pocket money withheld for problems she does not think she caused.”

With GeoVisions, every family is screened carefully and visited in person. Many of these families have hosted au pairs before. We brag that we have a few hundred host families not millions. It’s a number we can screen and stay connected to. It’s not about the money. It’s about your safety.

I'm from the European Union (EFTA or EEA). Do I still need to go through the long term visa requirements?

Citizens of full European (EFTA, EEA) Member Countries are able to live and work in Ireland without a visa or work permit. There is no visa application. GeoVisions will supply an eager host family who has been screened and EU citizens just need to show up on the agreed upon date to begin the Au Pair duties.

Are there Blog posts written by Au Pairs I could read?

Here are examples of what it’s like to au pair in Ireland, written by our au pairs from our SeekExperiences Blog.

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook Page, Instagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends and becoming more independent and confident. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience as an au pair to a family in Ireland and you're ahead of the game.

What Our Au Pairs Say (Click to see all reviews on GoAbroad.com)

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"Being an au pair in Ireland with GeoVisions has all been a life changing experience so far for me. And I'm very excited to see what the next few months entail!Ireland has beautiful scenery. I have traveled to the west coast to Killarney and saw the ring of Kerry and several national parks. I definitely recommend choosing Ireland if you want to be an au pair with GeoVisons! I am going to Galway next weekend to see the Aran islands and the Cliffs of Moher. Should be great as well.I came over with many self goals. A few being to be comfortable with being by myself and traveling on my own. I wanted to grow more independence and I also wanted to travel to as many countries as possible while I am here. I haven't been out of the country yet, but in two weeks I am taking my first trip out. Very excited!"

Tess Raven, 2018, 12 Month Au Pair

9 Rating With 4 half stars T

I love this country. The first host family I was with and I didn't get along very well so I called my agency and asked to be switched right away and they found a new family for me that day. Ever since I moved, I've been having the time of my life. I get time to travel and meet new people and experience a new culture. Unfortunately I live out in the country and they haven't provided me with a car so sometimes I am stuck in the house for days and it gets hard to meet people. However, on my weekends off, I travel about Ireland and go out frequently. My new host family has made me feel so comfortable and I don't know if I'll ever be able to leave!

Brittany, 2018 12 Month Au Pair

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After researching all the agencies and options available to me, I am very grateful that I decided to go with Geovisions. Rebecca LeGrant has been so helpful and knowledgeable the entire 2 years I've been working on this adventure. The family I am with is wonderful, they have taken me in as part of their family and I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity!

Megan Shaw, 2018 12 Month Au Pair