• Ireland
4 - 12 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel Cultural Immersion Hands-On Learning Volunteer Abroad
Merit-based funding, Payment plans, 529 Plan eligibility
Health & Safety

Program Details

Kayaking Trekking
Fall Spring
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
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

Jul 29, 2023
Nov 17, 2023
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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 workshops and volunteering 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. 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.

You don’t need to be outdoorsy to enjoy and benefit from the Adventure and Leadership Program, it’s all about a willingness to participate and pushing your perceived boundaries.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We welcome students from all walks of life and backrounds and have hosted many BIPOC students on our programs.

LGBTQIA+ Support

We welcome students from all walks of life and backrounds and have hosted many LGBTQIA+ students over the years. Ireland and Europe in general are quite progressive with regards to LGBTQIA+ policy, lifestyle and support. Irish Gap Year provides support to our LGBTQIA+ students to help them feel secure and safe during their time with us.



Irish Gap Year is a Carbon Negative Company, meaning we remove more C02 from the amosphere through our ecological volunteering than we create as an organization (including student flights to Europe).

Irish Gap Year Director, Ryan Allen is the Chair of the Gap Year Association's Sustainability Commitee and created the Association's Climate Action Plan in 2023.

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

4.85 Rating
based on 167 reviews
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  • Housing 4.7
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.85
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure and Leadership fall Program

My time during the Irish Gap Year program (IGY) has been absolutely incredible. We spent a lot of time helping and learning about the community. Furthermore, we obtained a whole new point of view from Irish history and from the native Irish people. All together, I highly recommend this trip for anyone trying to discover their true self and for anyone who wants to have a great time in a different country. Cmon, guys, it’s fun. Really really fun. Honestly, it was cray cray. Skeety skee, pop pop.⬛️🟧

What was your funniest moment?
When I flew head first over the handle bars of my bike. Everyone was alright. It was really funny.
40 people found this review helpful.
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Adventure and Leadership Fall Program

Everybody within the program has the same goal: to make sure each person got the most of their experiences. They did everything they could to accommodate the needs of each gapper. The personal growth I underwent cannot be described in mere words typed on a device. I truly feel that I have went from a caterpillar to a beautiful and vibrantly colored butterfly. That is no overstatement, as the power of the gap year should not be underestimated. Each student has flourished greatly and it has been a joy to experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is to be yourself because everybody here is kind and willing to accept who you are.
43 people found this review helpful.
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What I love about Irish Gap Year

This Program has put me in a situation where I can prioritize learning, and has allowed me to grow tremendously through trials and tribulations — some of which were self-induced, and others of which were created by IGY to push me to be my best. The standards set by our group leaders was fun loving but serious when necessary. All in all, a very fun supportive environment. I have to say though that the lack of diversity would be the only thing that I would hope could be improved on, but I would sooner associate that with the types of people who end up taking gap years, and most definitely not an unwillingness by IGY to bring in people from different places (which I believe they do try to do.)

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment was definitely when we went on a boat scavenger hunt in enniskillen and me and my buddies’ boat’s engine died in the middle of the river and we had an amazing bonding experience as our boat slowly drifted into the marsh.
43 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year Fall Review

It is currently November 24th and I will be leaving in 3 days. This has definitely been my favorite adventure based trip i have made in my teenage years. I looked at many other programs and I would love to share why I made the decision I made to come here. First off the food doesn’t get any better, not every place you will eat at will be a master chefs 5 star restaurant, but I cannot lie when I say every meal here has been amazing food that I couldn’t dislike. And nutrition is the most important for a person who’s away from home in a setting they are not used to. Second off the activities they have here are outstanding. The hikes are beautiful and treat me amazing discipline and teach me how to deal with things that are hard for me to overcome. Not everything is meant to be easy. We did volunteering at a farm and helped build things and plant different fruits and vegetables. Third off being in a new environment with new people was a breathe of fresh air for me. For some people it may be hard but I had to learn how to deal with situations a lot more like an adult would, and this specifically has helped me so much with that. I am aware that I am only one program out of many that has embarked on this amazing experience, but me personally have loved the people I have met here and the friends that I have created. And I am very very excited to say that this trip is something that will stay with me for forever. This trip has become such a big part of who I am. I can’t imagine what will happen next. I’d like to thank every person on this trip that made it immaculate and amazing. I have had the time of my life and I’m happy to say that I am embarked on the Irish Gap Year of 2021.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get ready for an adventurous trip and bring lots of layers, it’ll get cold!
40 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing experience like no other!

This journey i’ve had with IGY has been a great new adventure for me with the right amount of challenge. With unique experiences everyday and the lessons that come out of it, someone who is up for the adventure and up for working through the challenges that life here will organically bring your way to inspire the learning lessons that you will take with you for life. This is a highly athletic program but if you keep that in mind you’ll have lots of lovely memories of the outstanding views on the many mountains of Ireland! I’ve had a great time with the friends I’ve met here and the experiences I will take with me to the next chapter of my life

What was your funniest moment?
The goofy and fun conversations I’ve had with my lovely new friends I’ve met
41 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year Adventure and Leadership Program

I can honestly say that my three months spent in Ireland offered some of the most valuable learning experiences of my life. While I went in to Irish Gap Year expecting my biggest takeaways to be building my physical health, fostering my love for the outdoors, or just growing in my understanding of another culture, this program is really much, much more. Our leaders offered a safe space for us gappers to go outside of our comfort zone, as we pushed ourselves in an unfamiliar terrain. Living independently with 6 housemates certainly allowed me to grow socially, as I navigated self-care, sharing responsibilities, and valuing others' needs in a different environment. I absolutely loved both the outdoorsy side of this program, as well as exploring the history of Ireland through trips around the country. Some of my favorite memories are spending time with my surfer when volunteering for Liquid Therapy, laughing with my cohort as we trekked through the bog (we consistently got the most difficult hiking weather), and our 3 day Backwoods Expedition, where we were able to utilize our skills from the survival workshops to set up camp in the woods independently. Ultimately, I feel as though my leadership abilities have been impacted the most by this trip, and I am confident that I am leaving with a better understanding of myself, my values, and an increased preparedness for whatever adventures are in store for me!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go in with an open mind, and don't be afraid to push your limits! Some of the activities may seem scary - like rock climbing, zip lining, or cliff jumping - but lean into everything and enjoy your time while it lasts.
45 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year Adventure and Leadership Program

The Adventure and Leadership program was an incredible opportunity to spend time in all parts of Ireland while participating in exciting activities and allowing a significant amount of independence for individual participants. Trips were frequent and took the group to all corners of the island, exploring both the republic and the United Kingdom, and allowing for a nuanced dialogue regarding the history and conflict of Ireland. There was very little repetition in the day to day activities, from hiking to surfing, rock climbing and volunteer work. Working with local organizations was especially interesting and helped to ensure the program felt like more than a summer camp and had a visible impact on the local community. IGY allowed for participants to spend free time in any manor they chose, to the point where students were allowed to visit other towns such as Sligo on days off. Taking part in this program was both a helpful respite from academia and a stepping stone to becoming more independent while providing an incredible opportunity that few my age have experienced.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have liked to been more proactive with spending time with the rest of the IGY programs. Only until rather late in the program did I start to spend more of my free time with other groups and I wish I had started sooner.
41 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year Adventure and Leadership

The IGY Adventure and Leadership program gave me the opportunity to do things I'd never have gotten to do otherwise. I was able to learn Irish history firsthand from those who experienced it, went to iconic Irish cities and landmarks, and visited some of the most beautiful places I'd ever seen. The staff was supportive, and as a group, we all began to form a close relationship with the staff members. I would recommend this program for anyone who wants to break out of their comfort zone in a safe and controlled environment.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
One day my group and I went up north to a cliffside in Cuit Island in western Donegal to go ziplining and rock climbing. The thought of jumping off a 50+ foot cliff was terrifying, but I was assured that I'd be ok by my group leaders. I remember dangling from the rope and seeing the waves crashing below me. Simultaneously one of the coolest and scariest things I've ever done.
42 people found this review helpful.

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