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 community in Dublin. 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.

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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.

About L'Arche Cork

Over 300 volunteer assistants have spent time in L’Arche Cork since we opened our first home in 1985. In any one year we welcome about 20 assistants. Most assistants join us for one full year though we do welcome a few each year for 3-6months. L’Arche Cork – a place to grow! There are many opportunities for assistants to reflect on their own personal journey in our community: accompaniment, formation, reflection mornings, personal journaling, evaluation as well as space for prayer and sharing.


Assistants can expect to develop and improve their skills in running a home- cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. They also develop organizational skills like budgeting, record keeping and time management. Assistants who get fully involved in the life of the community develop interpersonal and communicating skills, as well as cooperation, negotiation, patience, and tolerance. We believe that an appreciation of the L’Arche Identity & Mission fosters peacemaking and understanding in our world.

Come join us in L'Arche Cork!

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L'Arche Ireland (registered name) is a charitable organization legally structured as a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland - Registered No. 77821. Registered Office - C/O Anne Brady McQuillan, Iveagh Court, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2. Revenue Charity No. CHY 7979 - Charities Regulatory Authority No. 20018856.  L’Arche Ireland operates in the Republic of Ireland, having three communities in Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny.  L’Arche Belfast (Northern Ireland Company no. NI 40702) operates in Northern Ireland and has one community in Belfast.  L'Arche Belfast is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC105755. Its website is  L’Arche Ireland and L’Arche Belfast are part of an International Federation of L’Arche Communities whose registered office is in France.  Its website is