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Au Pair Payment

Au Pairs are placed for free if they match with any of our families on our Jobs Board. Cara International and Our Host families pay us for our service, so you don’t have to. Our families offer you great terms and conditions, as you will see below.


All Au Pairs/Minders paid Irish Legal Minimum Wage of €9.04 ( 18 yrs), €10.17 €19 yrs and €11.30 for 20 yrs. All candidates are provided with a Family Job Description, Family photos, Family Reference details,  Terms of Employment, Employee Handbook, and Timesheets. Most Au Pairs earn €100-300 per week (depending on hours on contract) plus board and lodgings. Sometimes Minders can negotiate higher pay rates depending on experience and families’ ability to pay. Au Pairs are entitled to paid annual leave of 8% of hours worked, equating to approximately four weeks in a year if working full time.


Au Pair Social Group

Au Pair Social Group

Au Pair/Minder Social Group

Au Pairs can join our free Whatsapp Social Group when placed with Cara International, with Au Pairs placed throughout Ireland.

Au Pair Training in Ireland

Au Pair Training in Ireland

Training Programme

We know that working in a family can be challenging with minding children, cooking and housework tasks required. Cara International provides a free training programme to Au Pairs that they can do in their own time to help them on their journey. Below is our training programme

Home Care Management Healthy Eating Childminder Training
Children First Childcare Guidance Child Safety
Fire Safety Paediatric First Aid Manual Handling
Childhood Education Au Pair Life Coaching ( Extra Cost Optional) Online English Classes (Extra Cost Optional)


Help, Support, Guidance and Advice for Au Pairs/Minders

Help, Support, Guidance and Advice for Au Pairs/Minders

Support and Advice

Cara International is 22 years placing Au Pairs in Ireland, so it has all the knowledge and experience to provide you with the best advice and support during your stay.

Au Pair Cultural Exchange

Au Pair Cultural Exchange

Cultural Exchange

Cara International’s families provide a cultural homestay element of the programme agreed upon in advance.

Au Pair Insurance

Au Pair Insurance


Cara International offers advice on insurance, including medical and motor insurance.

Au Pair Visa Ireland

Au Pair Visa Ireland

Who Can Work In Ireland

Information on who can work in Ireland, including Irish, UK, EU, Non-EU and Refugees, is available here. You can work in Ireland with the following visas, but please note that student visa applicants can be difficult to place due to the lack of available jobs that fit with student schedules.

Au Pair Life Coaching Service

Au Pair Life Coaching Service

Au Pair Life Coaching

We know that Au Pairs are taking a gap year and in a transition phase in life. Coaching looks at what is working in your life and what is not, and our facilitator coaches you to have a fulfilled life. As we look at different aspects of your life, it’s also an excellent opportunity to practise your English.


Our Mission: “To Move You From A to B for the betterment of you and others around you”. 

A bit more about your facilitator/Coach

Caroline holds a BA in Social Care, A Master in Family Support, A Post Grad in Leadership and management, and a QQI in Life Coaching and QQI in Training. Caroline won Mayo Business Woman of the Year in 2015 for her business achievements with Cara International. Caroline has also worked for various statutory and voluntary sectors, often supporting young people; Cara International has been placing Au Pairs for 22 years, so she has lots of experience and knowledge to enable you to have a fulfilled life. To avail of coaching and support visit Caroline Joyce Coaching.com

Our Coaching/ Mentoring Price

One session €50

Book six sessions in advance for €45 each

Book 10-12 sessions in advance for €40 each

Why not book one session per month for the duration of your stay?

Life Coaching Vouchers available as gifts for Au Pairs

If interested in our service, email info@carainternational.net

Other Services

Other Au Pair Services

Other Au Pair Services

Advertise your Profile

Some Au Pairs do not fit with jobs available on our Jobs Board. They may have specific requirements regarding job location, hours etc. Cara International can advertise your profile here for just €25, so you can target the families you specifically require. As Ireland’s longest-established licenced agency, we are the first place Families come to when searching for Minders and Au Pairs. To advertise your profile, complete our Marketing Form.

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Remote English Language classes

Many Au Pairs come to Ireland to learn English and family jobs are located throughout the country including countryside locations. Cara International has partnered with an online English school based in Ireland, to offer you English classes from any location in the country. Those with low levels can even start their classes before arriving.


Online English courses Prices

  • Intensive morning course – 20 hours PW / 1 week  €149Intensive morning course – 20 hours PW / 4 weeks  €495Intensive morning course – 20 hours PW / 12 weeks  €1,199Part-time 12 week courses – twice per week in the evenings €395
  • Email info@carainternational to book today
  • Our partner will assess your English and provide you with class times and specific prices to meet your needs.



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