Au Pair Ireland

Au Pair Ireland

Do you want to become an Au Pair in Ireland? Find important information here about visa requirements, Au Pair duties, pocket money, working hours, etc.

Getting a visa

EU and EFTA citizens do not need a visa to travel to Ireland. Non-EU citizens must apply for a Working Holiday Visa?  

Answer YES to all below questions and you can go to the Ireland!

EU and EFTA citizens

Non-EU citizens (Working Holiday Visa)

Are you 18 to 28 years old?

Are you 18 to 27 years old?

Are you a citizen of EU country Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or the UK?

Or EFTA country Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland?

Are you a citizen of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan or USA?

Do you have a good knowledge of English and wish to improve your language skills?

Do you have a good knowledge of English and wish to improve your language skills?

Are you single and without children?

Are you single and without children?

Can you pay for your travel costs?

Can you pay for your travel costs?

Do you have enough money to support yourself for at least the first part of your holiday or in case you don’t find work. Immigration officials may ask for proof that you have sufficient funds when you enter Ireland.

Can't become an Au Pair in Ireland? Find out about other host countries.


As an Au Pair, your primary responsibility is to look after the host family's children. Alongside childcare, you may be asked to help out with light household chores as part of your duties. Clarify with your host family what your exact duties as an Au Pair will be, and ensure these are well defined in an Au Pair contract.

Pocket money

Au Pairs receive minimum wage in Ireland 9.55 EUR per hour.

Room and board

Private room and main meals will be provided for by the Host Family for free.

Working hours

Irish Au Pairs usually work 30 hours per week, babysitting included.

Time off

Before you start working for your host family, you should discuss how many days and evenings you will get off and when these will be with each other.


You should discuss any holiday during this period with your host family, but we recommend two weeks holiday for a stay of six months. If your stay is longer/shorter than six months you can use this value to calculate your holiday. 

We recommend that Au Pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases should Au Pairs work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their Au Pair beforehand.

Language course

During your stay as an Au Pair in the Ireland, you should participate in an English course. Normally Au Pairs pay for this themselves. 

Travel expenses

It is expected that you pay for your flights to and from the Ireland. 

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