Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is the westernmost outpost of Europe. Outside the vibrant, 21st century cities you will find a slower pace of life, more relaxed attitudes and a real sense of community. In Ireland our volunteers work in schools, camps and commu
- Dublin, Ireland
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Gap Year
- Rolling Starts, Year Round
- Program Description:
- Placement Types:
Most school placements are for a full school year, either September to June or January to December. There are a limited number of placements in schools in Ireland. Almost all are in private, fee-paying schools, 90% of which are boarding schools. If you are in a boarding school you should expect to be involved in boarding house duties e.g. getting boarders up in the morning, supervising going to bed, helping with after school activities, homework, and weekend excursions. Many of the Irish boarding schools have an emphasis on sports, so volunteers may be required to coach/assist in sporting activities. In the school itself you may assist in administrative duties in the school office, or be linked to a department e.g. art, drama, PE, games or you may help to support pupils in the classroom.
There are a range of unique caring placements in Ireland. One example is a life sharing placement working with disabled residents (mainly adults). Volunteers are very much part of the community, assisting with cultivating the home grown food from the lands, cooking, baking, taking part in activities with the residents such as dancing, singing, taking residents to hydrotherapy appointments, or art therapy, physical therapy etc. There are elements of personal care and feeding duties within these types of caring placements, and volunteers will receive full training and support on all aspects of their work. There are also very rewarding placements working with the homeless in Ireland. Volunteers are fully trained by the host (and can even work towards a professional certificate during their placement). Volunteers are placed in one of the community houses for the homeless, and would work with the residents within the house. Responsibilities of the volunteer include providing companionship and where needed, and advocating on behalf of the residents. Duties also include cooking, cleaning, and accompanying residents to health appointments as well as to arranged activities (like cinema trips, physical activities etc)
Outdoor Education (Northern Ireland)
There are a limited number of placements in outdoor education centres in Northern Ireland. Volunteers would fill the role of Camp Instructor, and would be working with a range of young people from varying social and economic backgrounds, aged from 12 to 25 years of age. Activities in the camps range from orienteering, zip-lining, ropes courses, archery, bouldering, team building etc. Other duties will include acting as Duty Instructor which involves overseeing the care of the Centre for a 24-hour period and acting as ‘Group Host’ which involves being the main contact point for an activity group during their stay.
Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is the westernmost outpost of Europe. Outside the vibrant, 21st century cities you will find a slower pace of life, more relaxed attitudes and a real sense of community. In Ireland our volunteers work in schools, camps and community centres assisting teachers and other staff to provide high levels of education and care.
- What’s Included Pre-departure briefing Airport pickup Accommodation & food Pocket money In-country orientation In-country support 24/7 support Costs Our current fees are as follows: Interview fee $100 Contribution fee $3600* Tax $15 *Please note that the Contribution fee will be increasing to $3,850 on January 1, 2017. All volunteers departing after January 1, 2017 will be subject to the new fee. You will also need to budget for: Travel insurance Airfare Visa (approximately $200)
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