Ireland

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.

Placement Locations

Placements are located throughout Ireland

Is it for me?

If you love a simpler life, friendly people and escaping into the country, then Ireland is for you.  Living and working in this beautiful country you will create long lasting bonds with your colleagues and the children you are working with.  You need to be hard working, unafraid of taking on responsibility and prepared to throw yourself into your placement and into Irish life.

Roles Explained

Schools Assistant placements are at preparatory schools for 7 to 13 year old children (some have pre-prep departments for children as young as 3 years old), senior schools for 13 to 18 year students, or schools which combine some or all of these. Many are single-sex schools. Volunteers are usually based in the boarding houses or PE/sports departments, but most schools try to give the volunteer a varied timetable.

Outdoor Activity placements vary from big organisations with a large number of seasonal young staff, to small family-run operations.  Volunteer tasks include leading group activities such as archery, ropes, abseiling, orienteering, assault courses, canoeing, overseeing team building games and undertaking some general cooking, gardening and cleaning/maintenance duties.

Caring Placements are very varied.  Some are in residential homes, care ‘villages’ or holiday centres for adults with a variety of disabilities, some involve care in clients own homes in the community and there are also a small number of social care placements working with, for example, young homeless.   Volunteer duties in the residential care placements may involve assisting with the day-to-day personal care of residents (such as bathing, toileting, exercise, therapy, and medication), household maintenance (laundry, groceries, cleaning, etc.), leading activities (such as art, sport, and music), or taking residents on outings to places of interests such as the theatre, seaside or the local pub!  In the social care placements, volunteers work with local staff to help and support young homeless clients who seek respite in the centre.  Placements vary in the level of challenge and responsibilities, but are extremely rewarding, as volunteers are able to make a significant difference to people’s lives.

Volunteers may receive a small monetary payment each week as a contribution towards expenses incurred during their placement in Ireland.

Accommodation and Food

With Schools Assistant placements, hosts provide volunteers with their own room in the boarding house and food is supplied by the school canteen.

With Outdoor Activity and Caring placements, accommodation varies but usually comprises of a shared house or flat.  Some placements provide food, while others set up a system of self-catering for volunteers.

What’s Included

Pre-departure briefing
Airport pickup
Accommodation & food
Pocket money
In-country orientation
In-country support
24/7 support     

Need to know

Pre-departure briefing – all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
On arrival – the majority of volunteers attend a two-day orientation course at Reading University, while others receive an orientation upon arrival at their placement

Costs

Our current fees are as follows (all prices listed in Canadian dollars):

Interview fee $100
Contribution fee $3850
Tax $19.50

 

You will also need to budget for:
Travel insurance
Airfare
Visa (approximately $435)

Travel

There are plenty of opportunities to travel.  If placed within a school, volunteers will be able to travel during the school holidays and at the end of their placement.  With all other placements the opportunity to travel will be at the end of the placement.  Ireland is just a short hop from the mainland Europe but retains a traditional, community feel in the small villages and towns. Dublin is the place to go for the “craic” which roughly translates as having fun and a laugh with your friends.  Dublin’s clubs and bars are vibrant, noisy places where everyone is a friend and there’s no such thing as a quiet drink.

 

Program overview

Minimum age:
17 / 18
Departs:
Jan / Sept
Duration:
6 or 11 months (depending on placement)

Roles available:

Local support in Ireland

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Quick facts

Language:
English
Population:
6 million
Timezone:
GMT
Climate:
Temperate
Currency:
Euro

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