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ASE is proud to donate 4% of your au pair placement fees (€939 in 2021) to UNICEF

What is an Au pair?

A chance to get to know Ireland!
ASE arrange cultural day trips for our Au pairs.

The status of the au pair programme as a cultural exchange has been clarified by the former Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, in the Dail on May 27th, 2015:

An au pair is an individual who wishes to improve his/her knowledge of the English language by undertaking an au pair arrangement through residing with a family whilst attending English language classes. An au pair arrangement is a private, voluntary, shared understanding between the parties concerned, namely a private household or sponsor family and a private individual. An au pair is regarded not as an employee but is received by a family and treated as a family member in exchange for certain services, such as a limited amount of light housework or baby-sitting. This activity is regarded as primarily cultural rather than economic and its main focus is the learning of English by the au pair. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation does not issue employment permits to au pairs, child minders or domestic workers and accordingly, there is no immigration permission specifically assigned to these categories of activity. A non-EEA national who applied to do au pair work or for a visa on this basis would be refused. This does not prevent EU nationals the right to exercise free movement and engaging in this activity.

Former Minister for Justice and Equality (Frances Fitzgerald)

Tried and trusted caring for children

Aupair Service Europe specialises in the placement of German and Austrian au pairs in Ireland. ASE is the only agency which provides a unique bilingual service to au pairs while they are in Ireland. We offer bi-weekly meetings to au pairs at an “au pair-friendly” venue in Cork City in order to help them settle in, make friends, and meet their German-speaking programme supervisors. We organise two Au pair weekend trips per year, several day tours, whale watching trips, our au pair Christmas party and more, to help your au pair feel at home while she is in Ireland.

Spending a year as an Au pair in Ireland was the best decision of my life. It changed me as a person forever, and for the best!
Stephanie Müller from Stuttgart, who spent a year as an au pair with a Cork family

After the initial orientation period, our meetings continue throughout the year and provide not only follow-up help for au pairs who require information on a range of topics but also a valuable social outlet for the few who might be missing home and for the others who just want to have fun!

We have direct links with a language school here in Cork, Ireland’s second city (where our company is based), so we can help Au pairs perfect their English right from the start.

Before the Au pair arrives, we assist and help our families to prepare for this cultural exchange programme, thus ensuring that the Au pair’s stay will be an enjoyable and fruitful one, not only for her but also for her host family.

Please follow the links above to the various sections of our site to find out more about the services we provide.

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German/English speaking care for Au-Pairs and exchange high school students in the South of Ireland

2 months ago

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ASE Cultural Exchange student Lisanne Schlüter from Germany, currently a student at Mount Mercy College in Cork, is an accomplished rower and top athlete. While attending school in Cork she has joined the Lee Rowing Club and has been training with them. Lisanne went to a Munster meet in Limerick on Saturday and came 2nd – single scull – she finished in her personal best time. Congratulations, Lisanne! 🤩 ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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It is the sixth year in a row that ASE Cultural Exchange Ltd. is proud to donate 4% of the Au-Pair placement fees paid by our host families to UNICEF Ireland! 🤗#unicefireland #UNICEF#languageexchange #exchangeagency #culturalexchange #ireland ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

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Last weekend, some of our Au-Pairs and exchange students joined us on our ASE Cultural Exchange #adventuretrip: After a boat tour, we hiked through a pristine oak forest in #killarneynationalpark. 🌲 Our ASE mascot Pepsi had a great time swimming and hiking with us – and so did we with you; thank you for joining! 🌞#countykerry#languageexchange #exchangeagency#studyabroad #aupair #aupairagency #highschool #culturalexchange #ireland #aseculturalexchange #exchangestudentprogram #exchangestudent #happydays ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

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Today, we hope you fished out some of your #green clothes again: THE #nationalholiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, #stpatricksday, or let's say – the day everyone wants to be #irish – is celebrated today.According to tradition, Patrick came to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Patrick's efforts to convert, subjugate, and drive off the #celts were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove #snakes 🐍 out of Ireland (Fun Fact: Ireland has never had any snakes!).Tradition holds that he died on March 17. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint.With this little history lesson, the staff of ASE Cultural Exchange wishes you a happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀#exchangeagency #ireland #dublin #stpatricksdayparade #irland ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

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As 2021 is coming to an end, we have once again prepared another #Irish vocabulary lesson to help you impress your host family on the “Oíche Chinn Bliana” (which literally means “Year’s End Night”, the Irish equivalent for New Year’s Eve).The Irish language distinguishes between talking to one person and talking to more than one person:If you want to say “Happy New Year” to one person, you can say “Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Duit” (pronounce it like /Ah-vleen fway vah-sha gwitch/).If you wish to say it to a group of people, it is “Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise Daoibh” (/Ah-vleen fway vah-sha jeeve/).With this little lesson in mind, the staff of ASE Cultural Exchange Ltd. wishes you and your host families a prosperous #NewYear! 🎆🎉 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

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The staff of ASE Cultural Exchange is celebrating the #InternationalAuPairDay today with you (24. November)! 🎉 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

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The long-awaited photos of our last Weekend-Trip to the #cliffsofmoher, #galway, and #bunrattycastle with stops in the picturesque village of #doolin and the historic sight of #poulnabronedolmen are finally here: We had lots of fun, many smiles and a great time in total with our Au-Pairs. Thank you for joining us! 🍀 ... See MoreSee Less
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