FAQ

Your host will meet you at the bus stop or railway station. Your Travel Advisor will have sent you a Travel Advice outlining what public transport to take when you arrive at the airport. This is a detailed document which explains how to get to the public transport, how much the journey will cost and what stop to get off at. It will also have your host family’s contact details on it. You must contact your host family if you are delayed or have missed your bus / train. We ask host families to carry a piece of paper with your name on it, so that it makes it easier for you to recognise them.
This will depend on your terms of employment. Please verify this during the interview process. Your days off might not necessarily be at the weekend, this will vary between host families. Speak to your family upon arrival and work out a work / holiday schedule to suit everybody.
No you don’t. Your host family will supply you with these. If you are unsure on what you do need to bring, you can always check with the host family before your arrival.[/accordion] [accordion title="What will I eat?"]You will eat with the host family and share their meals with them. If you have specific dietary needs, are vegetarian or adopt an unusual diet, please notify the host family prior to your arrival. You cannot expect the host family to cater to your special needs, however you could ask them to purchase certain ingredients in the shop for you and you could prepare your own meals. Respect the family routine and note that children might be looking up to you and they need well balanced meals as they are still actively growing. Encourage them to eat what their parents have provided for them and don’t make it difficult on the family.
You will need to make use of the public transport system Ireland has to offer. Bus Eireann and Iarnrod Eireann are the main bus and train services in Ireland, but there are also private coach companies such as JJ Kavanagh, Aircoach, Citylink, Wexford Bus, Ardcavan or McGinley’s serving different areas of Ireland. Check with your host family if they can drop you off at a local bus stop and work from there. If you need help, ask your host family or contact us at Equipeople Au Pairs. Equipeople will supply you with a Contact List of other Au Pairs and students that you may like to contact to travel and sightsee together and keep an eye on the Equipeople Au Pair Facebook page. Use your common sense when travelling and as in your own country, do not take any unnecessary risks! Do not go off with people you don’t know and do not walk home on your own at night.
You can attend English classes in your private time. This will be at your own cost.
Absolutely, and it would be a great idea for you to do so as it is a wonderful experience for you to meet people your own age and really get to know the Irish culture. Any activity you choose to sign up for must not interfere with your working hours. You will pay any fees yourself.[/accordion] [accordion title="Can I go out to the pub?"]Yes you can. If you are under 18 years of age you are not permitted to drink alcohol in Ireland nor go out to clubs. Some clubs in bigger cities do not allow under 21 year olds into their club and in some you have to be at least 23 years old. Carry identification on you at all times. Drunken or disorderly behaviour is not tolerated by Equipeople Au Pairs. You must respect host family rules. Do not go off on your own with people you don’t know, do not accept lifts from strangers or people that you suspect have been drinking and never walk home or wait for a taxi alone at night.
Before you arrive in Ireland we will have sent a Welcome Pack to your host family for you. This will contain information about Ireland as well as a Contact List. The Contact List shows all students and Au Pairs that are in Ireland at that time. As well as the Au Pairs’ and students’ name, it incorporates their nationality, the County in which they are living and the nearest town. It also has the host family name and contact number so that you or your host can get in touch with the Au Pair or student’s host family and set up an introduction.
You need to ensure you have approximately €50 on you when you arrive in Ireland. This will cover the public transport fee from the airport to your host family and will allow you to buy food and a drink for on the way.  If you count on doing a lot of shopping and sightseeing, be sure to budget extra money for this. We also suggest that you need to be able to access money to cover any emergency that may arise during your stay.
Your Travel Advisor will have sent you a Travel Advice outlining what public transport to take when you arrive at the airport. This is a detailed document which explains how to get to the public transport, how much the journey will cost and what stop to get off at. It will also have your host family’s contact details on it. Equipeople Au Pairs will have contacted your host prior to your arrival to notify them of your arrival time and your host will meet you at the bus stop or train station. You must contact your host family if you are delayed or have missed your bus / train.
All travel fees must be paid by you, the Au Pair.[/accordion] [accordion title="Is there internet access at my host family?"]Most host families do have an internet connection, but you should contact them prior to your arrival to avoid disappointment. If there is no internet access, you could purchase an internet dongle at a local mobile phone store and opt for a “Pay as you Go” package. You will have to pay for this yourself. If you can use the host family’s internet, check with them whether there is a download limit. If you exceed the limit, you will have to pay the additional charges the family incur.
You cannot expect your host family to accommodate your family, boyfriend or friends. They can recommend nearby B&B’s or hotels, but under no circumstances do we oblige host families to look after Au Pair’s family members or friends.
Contact Equipeople Au Pairs if you feel the matter cannot be resolved between yourselves, if you simply have a question or if you would benefit from our advice.
You must talk to your host family if you feel you need to see a doctor. We advise host families to first contact their own GP. The family's GP may be contracted to the Primary Care Reimbursement Services Scheme in which case on production of your European Health Insurance Card there should not be a charge. If there is a charge this can be claimed back by you on return to your home country. Further information can be found at www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/schemes/EHIC/visitors/. For minor illness, it is advisable to first consult a pharmasist as their advice is free and might be all you require.These are the guidelines for the usual colds/viruses however for something more serious you need to let us know.