Be an Assistant
Are you idealistic, enthusiastic and perseverant? Do you believe every human being has a unique gift to share with the world? Are you willing to take care of someone else and let that person touch your heart and change your life? If yes, then this opening might be for you.
L’Arche Ireland and Northern Ireland is looking for live-in assistants to join their four communities in the country. We need people who are willing to spend a year in Ireland living in a L’Arche home with adults who have intellectual disabilities, the core members of the community, sharing life, laughter, and friendship.
In L'Arche mutual relationships are very important. As a live-in assistant, you will provide hands-on assistance with daily living skills, finances, and health care and you will be supported and cared for by our core members. This is much more than a job; what we offer at L’Arche is an exceptional and life changing adventure in friendship, self-discovery, and faith.
In return for the gifts you’ll bring, you will discover a very simple and honest joy in the relationships you build with other people, both with and without intellectual disabilities. That is what makes L’Arche so unique.
Live-In assistants receive food, accommodation, formation, holiday time and a personal allowance.
In addition, they are offered a minimum of four training sessions throughout the year to improve their skills in areas such as emergency first aid, manual handling and working in a diverse community. Along with that, L’Arche also offers the opportunity to explore future life vocations.
Ready for a big challenge?
Our live-In assistants are a vital part of L’Arche communities, since they accompany core members in their activities of daily life and support them in sharing their gifts and abilities within the house and the larger community.
Such experiences can be hugely rewarding. But being a volunteer does require enthusiasm and perseverance. Usually our live-in assistants are attracted by community living and by a life where spirituality is central. Assistants soon discover the wisdom and unpretentiousness of people with intellectual disabilities.
In that context, L'Arche might be a challenging place to live; personal illusions and weaknesses are confronted and strengths are built upon. Are you up for the challenge?
What are we looking for?
Our live-in assistants are as unique as our core members. They come from around the world and around the corner, and have a broad range of backgrounds, trainings and skills. They come to L’Arche from all stages of life: after college, as a shift from a previous career, or after their formal career. Some people have experience working with people with disabilities, but most do not.
So what do all of them have in common? Mainly, their desire to share life together in a community setting, their open hearts, willingness to learn, and a deep belief in the unique value of every individual.
Our live-in assistants are:
Warm and friendly
Easy to work with
Creative and proactive
Effective communicators (Live-in assistants in Ireland must be fluent in English - written and spoken)
Fun - A good sense of humour is always appreciated
Strong team-oriented, with ability to take directions from staff and to lead when required
Committed and reliable
Good listeners and observers
Willing to stay in the community for at least one year
If you are a caring, compassionate person looking to make a difference, and ready for a challenge, we invite you to apply.
Where to begin?
Please read the description of each community and choose ONLY ONE.
Contact the community you have selected by using the box provided at the end of this page.
Please note that contacting more than one community might end up in your profile been discarded, so please reach out to ONE COMMUNITY ONLY.
Join us and discover the magic in
L’Arche Ireland’s birthplace
L'Arche Kilkenny was the first community founded in the country, which means it is the place where the spirit of L’Arche Ireland started.
We are a small rural community, perfect for people who yearn for something different.
L'Arche Kilkenny is a charming place where live-in assistants get to see the well-known emerald island landscape and its 40 shades of green, while also enjoying the L’Arche experience of living in community.
Currently L’Arche Kilkenny has 3 houses (Moorefield House, An Solas and Lion De), which are home to 14 people with intellectual disabilities and several international live-in assistants. We are also very lucky to have a Guest House (An Siol) for the live-in assistants to rest during their time off.
As highlights of our community in Kilkenny we are proud to mention our gorgeous garden, which is used as collaborative setting in which we all work together to grow tasty vegetables and fruits, and a café where customers are looked after while enjoying mouth-watering food.
Moorefield House is located in Kilmoganny, a captivating little village in the South East of Ireland; An Solas and An Siol are in the heart of Callan, a market town where you can find shops, pubs, walks and historical landmarks, among many other things; Lion De is just in the outskirts of the same town.
From Callan there are regular buses to Kilkenny City, which is only 20 min away. Kilkenny is known as Ireland’s medieval city, which already gives you an idea of what you will find there: 17th-century passageways with cobbled streets, a magnificent castle, a majestic cathedral and a very vibrant community with an old-world charm. As a plus, you are also half way between two major Irish cities (Cork and Dublin), and you also have the coast, which is only an hour away.
Come join us in the stunning
capital city of Ireland
Our community in Dublin is a very exciting place to be. We have six core members, two wonderful houses (Leoithne and Seolta), and all the fun that the Irish capital city can offer to our live-in assistants.
Our houses are located in the north Dublin city area, in a suburb called Baldoyle. The area is stunning, very close to the sea and only five minutes away from Howth, one of the most beautiful fishing towns in the whole of Ireland. The public transport system is very efficient, giving our assistants plenty of freedom travelling either by train or bus.
Dublin city centre is within a stone’s throw away from Baldoyle, 20 minutes enjoying the views from the train and you will not even notice that you already are at the core of the city.
Come join L'Arche Ireland's
L’Arche Cork is our biggest community in Ireland at present.
Fun and energetic, L’Arche Cork has 5 houses where there is lots going on. We are located near the city center of Cork, the second biggest and third most populous city in Ireland. We are also within easy reach of some lovely picturesque seaside towns thus we get the dynamism of the city with the opportunity of an easy escape to beautiful locations.
We believe it is possible to share life together despite our differences and try to be a sign of hope in the world.
According to Lonely Planet, Cork is a youthful and cosmopolitan place that combines the modernism of a developing hipster outburst with the happily traditional scene that characterises Ireland – snug pubs with live-music sessions, restaurants dishing up top-quality local produce, and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals.
So why not joining us here in Cork? We love to welcome new people and enjoy sharing all sorts of activities together like going for a swim or going on trips or simply going for a pint in the local pub!
Come see the best of Ireland and
the best of UK in one place
L'Arche in Belfast is home for 9 of our core members who live between two houses, the Hearth and the Ember. We also have 3 projects that we are very proud of:
Green Buds, which is focused on gardens, allotments and productive green areas to create a safe working spaces in which people feel well-supported, participants are given the opportunity to develop new and existing horticultural skills, and everyone who comes is valued for the contribution they are able to make to the work.
Root Soup, which is a catering social enterprise that involves people who have learning disabilities and people who are homeless working together. Participants in the project have an opportunity to learn about basic cooking and nutrition, and to develop professional catering skills, while having the chance to learn and grow together.
In Other Words – which is our art group. We use a variety of media – paint, clay, mosaic, household materials – to connect through art. In Other Words provides a safe and welcoming space for people to explore their own creative power, regardless of physical or intellectual limitations, or social constraints.
We are located in Belfast, a diverse and bustling city with rich history and vibrant culture. Birthplace of the famous RMS Titanic, Belfast was voted one of the world’s top ten destinations in 2012 by the National Geographic Traveller Magazine.