Working in Ireland during your gap year or time abroad has many advantages: cheap travel from the UK, familiarity with language, and no need for a work permit if you are an EU national. Since language should be no barrier for those from the UK, going from place to place enquiring about casual work, in bars, restaurants and the like, as well as consulting local job papers, notice boards, and writing to hotels and bars could land you some temporary employment.
Most au pairs in Ireland as well as the UK are Europeans who usually want to improve their English. Popular areas to find au pair work are in places such as Dublin and Cork. Au pairs receive around €50 (approx. £35) a week for working up to 35 hours. Inter-Séjours is an au pair recruitment agency and places men and women in six to 18 month au pair positions.
Try Dublin, Cork, and Kerry as well as other large tourist-populated areas for work in pubs, bars, restaurants, and hotels. Some hotel jobs can pay up to €230 (approx. £160) per week and accommodation is sometimes provided. Jobs at activity centres are also worth investigating, for example, the Blessington Adventure Centre, which specialises in water sports activities, the Atlantic Adventure Centre in Lecanvey, and Neptune Adventure in Baltray, to name but a few. There is no guarantee of finding a job at any of these places but it is always worth contacting them to find out. See the Irish Tourist Board website for more details of tourist areas with possible job opportunities.
Dublin Internships is a company that organises ten to fifteen week internships for students. Internships give you a chance to experience a job that might set you up for a future career, and will always look good on a CV. Visit the Dublin Internships website (see below) to find out more information and to apply for an internship position. Applications should be made three months before you want to start an internship. 15-week programmes begin either at the beginning of the autumn or spring semester, and 10-week internships take place during the summer.
If you are intending to stay in Ireland for a whole year, want something to last for the entire duration, and earning money is not your first priority, there are many opportunities for volunteer programmes. Camphill Communities runs projects across the world in communities for adults with special needs. Work includes assisting a few residents on a day-to-day basis, and accommodation is provided for volunteers who are asked to work for at least one year.
Careforce also runs one year projects for volunteers who work as Christian volunteers, and again provide accommodation, food, and pocket money. If you are more interested in environmental projects, Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland (CVNI) require volunteers for at least six months at a time, to help with conservation work such as tree-planting, and general management of the environment. Accommodation is sometimes, but not always, provided by CVNI.
- Inter Sejours - A leading au pair agency.
- Hotel Jobs - Can be useful for finding jobs in the hotel industry in Ireland, full time or casual.
- Dublin Internships - A great way to have a working holiday.
- Callan Projects - Provides a database of links to various Camphill communities around the world.
- Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland - Eager to welcome and help volunteers in Ireland.