Location
  • Ireland
Starting Price
$16,500 USD
Length
4 - 12 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel Cultural Immersion Hands-On Learning Volunteer Abroad

Program Details

Activities
Kayaking Trekking
Timeframe
Fall Spring
Housing
Guesthouse
Primary Language
English
Age Min.
17
Age Max
22

Pricing

Starting Price
$16,500 USD
Price Details
Program fees include all meals, housing, activities and transport within Ireland and the full 24/7 support of the Irish Gap Year team.
For more information on whats included in our program fees please visit our website www.Irishgapyear.com/info/frequently-asked-questions
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Park Fees Tour Guide Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

All food, accomodation, activities, travel within Ireland and full, 24/7 support from the Irish Gap Year team are included.
Please see our website www.irishgapyear.com/info/frequently-asked-questions for more details on what's included in the Adventure and Leadership Gap Year Program

What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
What's Not Included (Extra)

Flights and medical insurance

Jan 15, 2021
May 19, 2021

About Program

Irish Gap Year’s Adventure & Leadership Gap Year Program will take you far off the beaten track, deep into Irish culture and nature where you will learn much about yourself.

You will become immersed in our community and Irish culture, be challenged physically through outdoor adventure and mentally through our leadership course and volunteer in our community.

The rugged natural beauty of Ireland and warm heartedness of the people offer a unique setting for your journey of self-discovery. Our goal is create an environment that nurtures this process.

Throughout this program you will develop a deeper level of self-awareness, independence, group dynamics and self-governance. We hope that you will take with you a way of thinking and self-awareness that will last a life time.

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Program Highlights

  • Expeditions around Ireland: Each expedition on the Adventure and Leadership Program is unique with its own area of focus and theme. The expeditions are 3 to 5 days each and will and bring you far off the beaten track and face to face with Ireland’s hidden
  • Community Immersion: Live in your own magnificent Victorian home on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland's rugged Northwest coast. Your home is cozy, quirky and quaint. Here you'll learn invaluable independence building skills with your peers!
  • Volunteer in the Community: Make a meaningful and positive impact on our community as you volunteer on farms, animal shelters, with local youth groups, Clean Coasts Ireland and other local organisations.
  • Develop your Leadership and Communication Skills: Our leadership workshops are fun, interactive and experiential. You'll learn much about yourself and others as you are challenged to work within a team on a wide range of projects.
  • The People: Irish people are amongst the freindliest and funniest people you'll come across anywhere and our gappers always love getting to know the locals. They're quirky sense of humor and unique outlooks on life won't disapoint!

Program Reviews

9.58 Rating
based on 101 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 92.08%
  • 7-8 rating 6.93%
  • 5-6 rating 0.99%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Housing 9.3
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.8
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Kerri
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish gap year

I loved being a part of Irish gap year because it taught me a lot about myself and how I deal with others. Living in such close proximity made us all super close and made the experience super comfortable. My leaders Niall and Kate also made my experience a 10000/10. I love them. Onora and Fran ( our away from home moms) made me feel super at home and were always there for a mom hug when I needed it. Thank you so much Irish gap year for the wonderful experiences and people I will remember for a life time!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers would be make sure to pack lots of real water proof rain gear and don’t forget sunscreen
11 people found this review helpful.
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Jacob
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year

This program was great because it included education, adventure, and independence in a fantastic way! From staying in a house only with the other gappers to going on hikes to learning about permaculture you get the whole experience!! You also get to see all of Ireland by traveling to most of the major cities both in Ireland and in Northern Ireland. Another thing that made the experience great were the program leaders. Both Niall and Kate had a great dynamic that lead to some pretty awesome experiences!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The hikes were weird to me because it felt like I was walking on a sponge
11 people found this review helpful.
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year Adventure Leadership Program

Even with Covid restrictions in place I had such a great time exploring Ireland and meeting all these amazing people. Everyone was so supportive and we did something new and interesting every week. Absolutely worth it and I’d happily do it again. Definitely good for any student taking a gap year and is a great opportunity to meet other people in the same situation as you. I’ll always have a soft spot for Ireland and the people I met here and I can’t recommend this program enough for any student.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Invest in decent waterproofs and warm socks/clothes.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Grace
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year

My three months with Irish Gap Year have been an incredibly fun-filled and immersive time and I could not recommend it more. Even with COVID 19 restrictions, Irish Gap Year managed to give us a very full experience. We spent much of our time hiking, surfing, exploring, and getting to know Ireland. Towards the end of our three months, we went on amazing trips to Belfast, Galway, and Derry. The leaders at Irish Gap Year are super supportive and fun, and made my time in Ireland even more enjoyable.

What was your funniest moment?
A top moment of the trip was when my group went on our first camping trip. We did an amazing hike to a beach where we set up a campfire and watched the sunset. It was really pretty and a very fun night!
11 people found this review helpful.
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Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year

I had such a great time with Irish Gap Year! Although covid restricted what we could do in the first couple weeks, the second six weeks of the program were amazing. All the hikes and trips to cities were so fun, and I’m so grateful I was able to have those experiences. Because of all the time we spent together, our group became extremely close, and I know I’ve made friends for life. Also, the leaders at IGY are so supportive and really made an effort to bond with us.

This experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I highly recommend it.

What was your funniest moment?
One of the most fun moments was exploring Belfast.
10 people found this review helpful.
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CJ
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Life Experience

I had so much fun learning new things and going on adventures everyday. I learned how to surf and get over my fear of heights and made lifelong connections. Even with the COVID lockdown it was a great experience.

My health also improved over this trip. The hikes and surfing definitely helped my endurance and stamina. I know I will do a lot of hiking when I go home.

I also met people that I probably would not have talked to if it weren’t for this program and now they’re really close friends.

What was your funniest moment?
Running through Belfast late at night. We had a curfew so my friends and I stopped at McDonald’s for food and then ran back.
12 people found this review helpful.
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Charlotte
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year

I had a great time with Irish Gap Year despite being nervous about how COVID would impact the program. I really feel that I got to see a lot of Ireland despite being on lockdown for half of the program. We got to see Belfast, Derry, Sligo, Enniskillen and other Irish cities. It was really fun living and getting to know people my own age while also getting to experience the beauty of Ireland. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who loves the outdoors and loves to hike and surf!!!!!!!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring a positive attitude and be willing to do everything even if it sounds scary!!
10 people found this review helpful.
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Charlotte
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

fun, friends, and potatoes

Despite ever-changing covid guidelines in Ireland, the past three months have truly been some of the most memorable months of my life. The IGY leaders have a good balance between creating structured plans and allowing the gappers to independently explore/ decide what we want to do. The town of Bundoran is a very nice beach town and I really enjoyed waking up next to the ocean each day. My group became very close throughout our three months of camping, hiking, surfing, and exploring this beautiful country together! Highly recommend for anyone looking to reconnect to nature and make new friends.

What was your funniest moment?
Meeting late-night besties with Belfast locals <3 #welcometotheboneyard
10 people found this review helpful.

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