• Ireland
    • Sligo
4 - 12 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel Cultural Immersion Wilderness

Program Details

Camping Rock Climbing Surfing
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Some Meals
What's Included (Extra)

Evenings will be interspersed with group games, cinema nights, bowling and attendance at local events. Pick-up and drop-off at Dublin International Airport on arrival and departure. All equipment and transport necessary for all the Outdoor Adventure activities.

What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Visa Wifi
What's Not Included (Extra)

International flights. Travel insurance. General spending money (We recommend 100 Euro per week).

Aug 09, 2021
Aug 07, 2021
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About Program

The Adventure & Leadership Immersion Program is a structured, short program designed to give students an opportunity to explore Ireland, develop strong leadership skills and build their independence. Students will be able to immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of a small, coastal town in the west of Ireland along with challenging their boundaries through exploring the great outdoors of our rugged Atlantic coastline and mountains. Community living will be augmented with regular trips to some of Ireland’s best-known cultural sites along with some lesser known wonders. The program offers a fun and low-stress balance of community living, outdoor adventure, leadership development and cultural travel throughout Ireland. This program is all about exploring Ireland’s epic landscapes and pushing your comfort zone!

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Program Highlights

  • Develop leadership and inter-personal skills.
  • Participate in our experiential leadership skills workshops, full of team challenges, student led projects and be a student leader.
  • Experience Ireland’s epic landscapes through outdoor adventure sports such as surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking and sea-kayaking.
  • See more of Ireland with overnight expeditions to the cities of Dublin, Belfast and Galway.
  • Live on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in the quaint seaside town of Bundoran, County Donegal.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year Adventure and Leadership Short Gap Year program Summer 2021

Doing this program was one of the best decisions I've made. I tried cliff jumping, surfing, steering a boat and even Irish dancing for the first time! We also did a few hikes, built tree boxes in Bundoran and had many beach days because of the unusually hot summer. Niall, Sarah and both Ryans were all so nice and really helped us learn a lot and have a great time. The visits to Dublin, Belfast and Galway were some of the highlights and, even with COVID, we were still able to experience many of the attractions, sights, restaurants and nightlife the cities have to offer. Because of this program, I have made lifelong friends and feel far more confident about returning to college in the fall.

What was your funniest moment?
Going to the Bundoran Adventure Park and riding the Twister. Scream if you want to go faster!
7 people found this review helpful.
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GIY Round 2

This was my second time with IGY! The program is a shortened version of my previous program. The adventure program ended up being just as exhilarating as the art program!

The 30 days you spend here gives ample time to explore the country and make some awesome memories. The schedule is spaced so that the week is neither crowded or uneventful.

The group I was with is much smaller than my last group; leaving for a much less hustle and bustle atmosphere.

I recommend this program to any seeking a change :)

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Jumping off a 30ft cliff! Climbing up the rocks was a bit more harrowing then the actual jump :P
5 people found this review helpful.
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Irish Gap Year

I loved this experience since I did things I normally wouldn’t do and went out of my comfort zone to perform new actions. They had lots of fun activities and include all types of people. Also a great way to meet people your age and have a great time. The adventures and hikes are so much fun and you see so many of Ireland’s incredible landmarks and views to really get a feel of Irish culture and what it feels like to live in such a beautiful country. The staff is so amazing and you feel like you have a place and belong in this program. It’s so much fun I recommend for all

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I would say that would have been Irish dancing since I’ve never danced before and it was so out of my zone and I thought about not doing it then I’m glad I did afterwards.
5 people found this review helpful.
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Irish Gap Year - Arts and Culture

Irish Gap Year was an incredible experience. The scenery was stunning and continually inspiring and exciting. We got to hike through beautiful heather-flowered mountains and swim in clear blue waters! The other participants were excellent, fun, and kind. We all became good friends, and it was such a fantastic experience to share with them! The housing was super lovely, and the food was always nourishing and wholesome. The staff was kind, respectful, and supportive. I highly recommend this program! I couldn’t recommend it more highly!

6 people found this review helpful.
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IGY Adventure and Leadership Immersion, Summer 2021

This was my second time with Irish Gap Year; I came for the Fall 2020 semester, then came back for the summer immersion program. I was in Adventure and Leadership both times. The summer group was much smaller (7 students between the 2 groups, as opposed to 15 in A&L alone), but as a result, we all got super close super fast. We also got to travel a lot more as COVID restrictions were lifted, which was great for experiencing more of the culture. The program is a perfect mix of outdoorsy adventure (hiking, surfing, cliff jumping, biking, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, climbing, etc.) and comfortable housing (you live in a big house with modern amenities). The leadership workshops are useful, but I think the most useful leadership experience comes from being student leader and planning the student-led trip. The schedule is pretty flexible, and all the staff are super nice, fun to be around, and hilarious! We do our own breakfasts and lunches, and usually someone makes dinner for us (Onóra is such a great cook). The daily programming is always so much fun, and we’re usually done with dinner by 6:30-7 and have the rest of the night off to explore town or go to the pub (nightlife is really fun in the cities and you can make friends with locals). You make lifelong friends here and learn so much. Even in A&L, we learn a lot about the culture and folklore and get to visit ruins of castles and other old buildings. If they don’t build it into the program, I recommend doing the Irish Dance Experience in Galway with Siobhan Manson. The country is so beautiful. Bundoran is such a cute town, and the amusement park is so much fun! There’s never a dull moment with IGY, and even the few times that were tough in the moment are fun to look back on now. One of the reasons IGY is special is that it’s a pretty small company, and there are only a couple of programs running at a time (as opposed to big gap year travel companies with 50 programs across 10 countries), so you get to really know the program directors and all of the staff, and they can cater to the students and listen to what we want from the program. I can’t recommend this program enough. (Shameless plug time: to see more of what we do on a typical day, look at my Ireland Instagram @ali.on.the.emerald.isle , or see my IGY Instagram takeover posts from July-August 2021 @irishgapyear !)

What would you improve about this program?
Planning the student-led trip with my fellow Adventure and Leadership gappers was a good experience, but we mostly just chose what to do and made a schedule, and I think it would be even better if we got a chance to try making reservations and contacting companies ourselves. I know it’s hard with the logistics of getting 10 people in somewhere during COVID times, but I reached out to the Irish dancing person on my own time to ask about available classes and figure out timing and payment, which I thought was an even more productive experience leadership-wise than choosing what to do for the trip.
5 people found this review helpful.
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Irish Gap Year

I loved my time in ireland. I got to know everyone on the program with me so well. I learned to surf and to enjoy Guinness. I got to explore Ireland’s mountains over many hikes. There were many opportunities to meet all kinds of people and I made many friends. I was a great experience and I am glad that I was able to go despite all the Covid restrictions. I loved the program but I am starting to run out of things to say so I am stalling for the last few remaining characters because for some reason there’s a minimum.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Seeing the peace wall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
9 people found this review helpful.

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