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Gap Year in Ireland

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Ireland, a land still influenced by indigenous culture, has an amazing culture expressed through Irish games, music, and literature. From its amazingly green countrysides, ancient monuments, to its mystical beaches, Ireland is definitely a place worth exploring. Rich in culture, home to some of the greatest minds in the Western world, Irish writers from Francis Bacon to James Joyce have changed the way we see language and the world. Taking a gap year in Ireland can be a truly life-changing experience!

Ireland is an inspiring and exciting place to take a gap year. You many never want to leave this fascinating country, and you may not be the same person when you return. Ireland truly has it all!

Working holiday

Citizens from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are eligible to live and work in Ireland on their working holiday scheme. Americans must be between the ages of 18 - 30 and recently graduated / currently still enrolled in college. Canadians must be between 18 - 35.

For more details on the Ireland working holiday visa, read this guide on how to work in Ireland (ad).

Volunteering

Today Ireland is economically stable and a popular spot for tourists on vacation, but even so, there are still plenty of opportunities to make a difference while enjoying the sites and sounds of this beautiful country. Volunteering in Ireland is a great way to give back and create rewarding personal memories at the same time.

While most people travel to Ireland for the sole purpose of taking in the gorgeous scenery. All countries suffer from similar ailments and your help would be greatly appreciated. There are plenty of opportunities to work with orphaned children, support the elderly, or take part in the conservation of Ireland’s scenic beauty.

Adventure Travel

Ireland’s ancient history contains sheer unadulterated beauty. The Giant's Causeway and the county of Kerry are two must see locations for visitors. Ireland’s beautiful beaches and sheer cliff-sides offer climbers and suffers a prime spot for fun, that is, if they don’t mind being cold!

But there is so much more to Ireland than countryside and rocks. Other incredible attractions include: Dublin, Trinity College, and the Guinness Storehouse. The cities are packed with pubs and live music can be found everywhere. However, Ireland’s ancient mysterious might be it’s most appealing aspect. For example, visit the Boyne Valley, where massive megalithic passage tombs can be found. These Graves are older than both Stonehenge in England and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Ireland will not disappoint even the most adventurous explorers!

Internships

Reputation! That’s the best way to describe what an internship in Ireland will give you. Businesses are looking for committed individuals. What better way to impress a future employer than by having experienced a professional international internship! Interning in Ireland is the perfect opportunity to amp up your resume in an interesting international context. Don’t miss out!

Choices! Internships in Ireland are offered in nearly every professional field, so interns may gain experience most applicable to their needs.

Cost of Living in Ireland

Dublin came out cheaper in the cost of living index than 41 other European cities including London and Paris, but the Irish do have higher taxes and a higher cost of food than in the United States. Ireland also uses the Euro, which is slightly more powerful than the dollar. A few ways to plan effectively are to bring your own food for lunchtime/snacks and to take public transit when possible. Taxis (like in all cities) are expensive. Before you freak out, your cab driver not going to wrong way on the road, they just drive on the left hand side over there!

Culture and Etiquette in Ireland

Most Irish citizens are Catholic. While the church’s role has diminished in recent years, as a generational divide has occurred, many adults are still quite observant and conservative in their views. Religion still has a strong say in society’s view of family and marriage.

The extended family is very much the dominant social structure. While urbanization has had an impact in recent years, city dwellers will often find their ties to “home” above all else.

While religion plays a large role in society, this does not mean that the Irish people are rigid or intimidating. The Irish have a reputation for their wit and humor. They are quick-tongued with jokes, being eloquent and witty speakers. They pride themselves on being able to find humor and it is often self-deprecating or ironic. It is common for the Irish to trade insults and tease one another (called “slagging”) with people to whom they are close. If you are teased, it is important to take it well and not see it as personal. The Irish have a rich history in storytelling which was used to pass information down through the generations (poems and songs also served the same purpose). Ireland has an astonishing history of incredible writers including: Francis Bacon, Edmund Burke, William Congreve, Oliver Goldsmith, James Joyce, Frank O'Connor, John O'Keefe, and George Bernard Shaw. The Irish are proud of these famous artists, whose unique styles have continuously changed our ideas of storytelling for hundreds of years.

There is no perfect way to avoid all threatening situations. For example, terrorist threats from Northern Ireland have lessened in recent years, but are still a possible concern. It only takes one crazy person to ruin everyone’s day. However, for the most part, Ireland is a safe country with adequate healthcare and a strong and dependable police force. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll encounter threats of violence as Ireland has relatively low crime rates, but always be conscious of your surroundings.

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Stint Ireland
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Eurocentres
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Lattitude Global Volunteering
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Spend a semester or academic year in the charming city of Limerick, Ireland. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses at the University of L...
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