Study Opportunities Meet new people, develop a special interest
and further improve your English by taking classes at a local college.
This is the perfect chance to make Irish and international friends. Choices
can range from garden design to sign language, tapestry, painting and
drawing, calligraphy, cooking, flower arranging, computers, photography,
child psychology, journalism, belly dancing, Irish dancing, etc.
Alternatively, you might prefer
to join a local sports club, choir or drama group.
And of course you also have the choice of attending an
English Language School two evenings a week to prepare for the Cambridge
"Hi everybody, my name is Öznur and I
am from Berlin, Germany.
I was an Au-Pair for 7 months in Dublin. When I arrived in Dublin
my English was quite bad.
Shamrock was my Au-Pair agency. I had a very good
experience with them.
If I had any problems or questions, for example, then I called
Fiona immediately. She really cared and asked me whether I was
missing my family back home or how I was getting on
with my English lessons, etc. They were like my family in Dublin.
I am still in contact with them.
You have to get this experience, I am serious.
Ireland is a nice country. I stayed on in Ireland and am now living
in Dublin. Irish people are really nice, friendly and helpful.
It is amazing have many different cultures and people I have met
over here. My best friend is Mexican. I never met people before
from Brazil, Mexico, Sudan, South Africa or Canada before and
I've met loads of young people. I'm still in touch with them.
You have to experience it for yourself. "
"I'd like to recommend Ireland
and Dublin in particular to anyone who wishes to work as an au-pair.
This is a good place to learn English and experience the everyday
life of an Irish family.
Living in an Irish family is the best way to improve your English
and learn about the culture.
Host families are always kind and nice. You can rely n them for
helping you to settle in and they will treat you as a member of
the family and not like an employee.
Moreover Dublin is a very nice and lively city, so that it is
easy to meet people."