My Experience as an Au Pair
"I decided to spend my time as an Au Pair in Ireland in the countryside of Connemara. I loved the view (I was able to see the beach directly), the children (girl 18 months, boy 4 years old), my new family, and the lovely weather (Once a woman supposed that it is like four seasons in one day! And she is right.) I also made new friends. In this area there was another Au Pair, her name is Tine and she comes from Germany, and we spent a lot of time together. Once we had a weekend trip to Dublin. This weekend was great, and Dublin is an amazing city. We also met local guys and went out together, to different pubs and discos. Alright, in the countryside is also a disco… the only thing is you have to be more organized getting home again, otherwise you have to walk, which also happened once. All in all the countryside is beautiful, I enjoyed my stay, I loved the children, I made new friends, and I had a great time in Ireland."
Andrea Neumayr (19, Austria)
"To spend time in Ireland as an Au pair is a great experience and Cara International helped me to find a wonderful family."
"I think it's a good experience to learn English, to discover a new country and to have responsibilities."
Constance Dauvillez (French)
"It's been my first experience as Au Pair and it's been fantastic. I've had loads of experiences. I've traveled all around the island and I've gone twice to England. I've met loads of people, all of them so different from each other. It's, for sure, something I recommend to everyone. I'll remember it always."
Anna Sevillano (Spanish)
"When I left Germany to start my time as an Au Pair I was quite nervous. I could not imagine what my life in Ireland would be like and I felt alone because I would have to live so far from home in a foreign country with a foreign family. But when I arrived I soon felt very comfortable. My host family were really friendly and I didn't have any problems to understand them. The three children (age 5, 3 and 2) were cute and not even very shy – they seemed to like me right from the beginning and so did I. Sometimes they were a bit difficult and did not do what they were told but soon I learned how to deal with those situations. We are so used to each other now, I’ll really miss them. I lived in a very small village at the coast and the countryside is beautiful. Especially during my first weeks I enjoyed the peace and quiet and went for walks along the shore very often.
There were no other Au Pairs around my town but luckily I got to know some Irish people of my age before I could get bored. Since then I went out with them every week and had a lot of fun. I’m happy that I made so many friends and I really hope that I’ll be able to keep in touch with them.
I had planned to stay for three months but after two months I decided to stay for another one because I enjoyed my stay so much. I became part of the family and got a second home in Ireland. I’m sure I’ll come back one day."
Julia Wittkowski (German)
"I found a lot of new friends on Facebook. Just search for groups and then write a message to some girls and most of them answer you. and they're pretty nice and really funny. The experiences with the family are also good. I talked a lot to the children and the parents. So I know them better with every day I stay here."
Stefanie Schumann (German)
"The Countryside is very lovely, all people are so helpful. The beaches and the sea are great. You can go for a walk in a very beautiful area."
Nicole Heimann (Suisse)
"I'm a Spanish girl who came to live in Ireland last December. After I finished high school I thought that take a gap year to discovered new culture, make new friends and improve my English would be a nice idea, so I had an interview with the agency Cara international and they found a family for me. I have to say that they did a good job cause my placement is just perfect. When I began to live without my family and my friends was difficult for me but I kept saying to myself: "IS FEIDIR LIOM"..and It wasn't too hard, after few weeks in here I felt like in home. My host family is the most kind, lovely and nice family that I never could imagine. I enjoyed living in a rural place like this, where the people are so friendly. I made to many friends that I'll never forget and the most important thing I'm a different person..more mature and more confident of myself. It was nine months ago when i started this adventure, and now it's time to get back to Spain. Make me feel so sad the idea of leaving Ireland. Has been a grateful and positive experience. I only have good words and good memories about the time I spend in Ireland like Au Pair.. And I would do it again with my eyes closed!!!! I'm sure I'll come back..i don't know when but i know that it's not a "goodbye" it's a "See you after a while".
Mª Ángeles Domínguez Gaitán (Spain)
"Hello, my name is Jennifer and I've been au pair in Ireland for 5 months. This experience have improved lot my English, I've made lots of friend and traveled all over Ireland with them. And then is there anything better than feel like home in a foreign country? Furthermore It's a great experience that helps you dealing with life and with children."
Jennifer Maria Menegon (Italian)
"My best experiences were, after I finally "settled down' in the family: when I first really felt as a person my children look up to and trust. Most of all when my small one first said I love you after a morning full playful joy and fell asleep in my arms. ... I couldn't write down more beautiful moments, because the space would be too small."
Lisa Ruth (German)
"Sometimes on Friday night I drank a glass of wine with the parents and we were just relaxing and chatting after a day of work for all of us! With children I will always remember our "pajama party", we were in their bedroom chatting about everything..it was very funny, like i was a child again!We were like friends... Almost every weekend I planned with other au pairs to go around Ireland, finding cheap hostel, try to hire a car (because the buses are very expensive). Irish people are also very friendly and kind, they will help you to find the right way even if you didn't ask."
Elisabetta Cantini (Italy)
"I think the program au pair is really good, it allows to know somethings new, somethings different, especially when the family is really good and hospitable like my family in Ireland. More it allows to deepen language and improve it a lot. It is a program accessible to everyone and a really good human experience."
Ludivine Bouet (French)