Location
  • Ireland
    • Sligo
Length
4 - 12 weeks
Program Tags
Arts Cultural Immersion Drama

Program Details

Activities
City Exploring Sightseeing Surfing
Timeframe
Summer
Housing
Hostel
Primary Language
English
Age Min.
18
Age Max
22

Pricing

Starting Price
5400
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Some Meals
What's Included (Extra)

Students will eat their evening meals together each day except for Sunday which is a rest day/ free time day. Evenings will be interspersed with group games, cinema nights, bowling and attendance at local events.

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

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

May 20, 2021
Aug 07, 2021
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About Program

The Irish Arts & Culture Immersion Program is a structured, short program designed to give students an opportunity to discover and cultivate their creative side, build independence and immerse themselves in Irish life and culture. The program offers a fun and low-stress balance of community living, daily art-workshops with local artists, cultural expeditions and travel throughout Ireland. This program is all about exploring your creative side and no prior artistic experience is needed, only enthusiasm and an open mind! The Program is based in Bundoran, a quaint and inviting town on the world famous Wild Atlantic Way, in County Donegal. Our experienced team of Program Leaders will accompany students throughout the program, contextualizing activities, adventures, projects and daily life, while also offering support and utilizing their skills as experiential educators. Our students will learn to live and work as a team, to manage a household and to cultivate their creative side.

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Program Highlights

  • Develop your artistic skills through daily workshops with local artists at The Model, Sligo’s award-winning creative arts studio, gallery and community hub.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy daily adventures throughout the Northwest of Ireland exploring castles, coastlines, villages, art galleries, National Parks and more.
  • Local Living: A community based experience that brings you deep into Irish culture.

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Program Reviews

9.17 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 75%
  • 7-8 rating 25%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
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  • Housing 8
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.2
  • Safety 9.2
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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year Arts and Culture Program

I am so glad that I decided to join Irish Gap Year! The experience exceeded my expectations. The housing is gorgeous, the staff are so friendly and lead the group responsibly while still allowing participants a lot of freedom and independence. We learned to make bog oak jewelry, paint with watercolor, and draw with charcoal from amazing local artists. We were given time to explore Dublin, Belfast, and Galway, as well as witness the spectacular landscapes of Ireland, from mountains to forests to rocks to oceans. I learned so much about Ireland's illustrious history and I am already hoping to return as soon as possible!

What was your funniest moment?
We were surprised by an unusual heatwave during our first week of the program -- gone was the familiar grey and rainy Irish weather, replaced by intense sweat-inducing sun. After a wonderful workshop in leatherwork (we made gorgeous wallets by hand, embossed with a Celtic design), we were so hot we went and jumped into the nearby river for some sweet sweet relief. The neighboring horses stopped by to say hello!
5 people found this review helpful.
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Delaney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer ever

I had such an amazing time. I had the best housemates and the staff was so respectful and kind. I felt like I had a family with everyone and enjoyed every workshop I did as part of the arts and culture and loved the pieces I made in them. I’ve never been happier and felt more accepted in a place and I made friends that will last a lifetime. The inside jokes and the weekly karaoke parties are things I will never forget and our group is already is planning a reunion to return to Ireland again and I can’t wait for our next adventure together.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take every moment in and enjoy every second here because it’s a once in a lifetime experience and an unforgettable one in the best way possible
5 people found this review helpful.
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Graham
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Craic in Bundoran, Ireland

Cliff jumping, hiking, surfing, brilliant art teachers: these were all short walk from our home beside the cliffs in Bundoran, Ireland, a small surf town. The day-to-day of the program consisted of an effective mix of arts education and Ireland exploration which I loved.
Fiona and Phil, my counselors during the program, were a highlight — guiding us through challenging moments and triumphant ones with always good music. Despite Covid restrictions, the program managed to put together a great program. Thanks for all the great memories!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Cliff jumping was super scary! But once you’re standing up there, all you have to do is close you’re eyes and leap off the edge.
8 people found this review helpful.
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Rosie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year Review

Amazing program! Learned multiple art forms including photography, leather work, jewelry making, charcoal, watercolor, and so much more! Program leaders were so welcoming and supportive throughout the entire program. Great group dynamic and community bonding! It was such meaningful experience to take time to grow, self reflect, and explore my passions, all while living in a beautiful part of Ireland. We also were able to engage in various Irish adventures such as surfing and cliff jumping. Overall, it was a great experience. Good craic!

What was your funniest moment?
The houses engaged in a friendly prank war, which culminated in an epic couch heist. The boys brought a house couch onto the cliffs where we all watched the sunset together.
9 people found this review helpful.
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Rosie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year Review

Amazing program! Learned multiple art forms including photography, leather work, jewelry making, charcoal, watercolor, and so much more! Program leaders were so welcoming and supportive throughout the entire program. Great group dynamic and community bonding! It was such meaningful experience to take time to grow, self reflect, and explore my passions, all while living in a beautiful part of Ireland. We also were able to engage in various Irish adventures such as surfing and cliff jumping. Overall, it was a great experience. Good craic!

What was your funniest moment?
The houses engaged in a friendly prank war, which culminated in an epic couch heist. The boys brought a house couch onto the cliffs where we all watched the sunset together.
8 people found this review helpful.
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Ryan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Yes this program is amazing

When I learned that I was travelling to Ireland in a pandemic, I was a little nervous. That immediately went away once I got to the Portbeg houses and got to experience Bundoran. Every day I had this wow factor that I was living in this beautiful costal town surrounded by a great and memorable group of people doing the art I have always wanted to do with the most amazing professional instructors. Hiking, Surfing, Kayaking and day trips to towns and cities across Ireland also occurred and seeing the historic sites of Ireland really resonated with me. Thank you Irish Gap year 🙌

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The fact that I was able to stand up on a Surfboard and complete a very accurate charcoal drawing of Spock
9 people found this review helpful.
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Hudson
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish Gap Year 2021

Attending IGY was one of the best decisions of my whole gap year experience. I learned so much about art—not only practical skills, but also the values of unjudged creativity and perseverance. Seeing the natural beauty of Ireland through hikes was wonderful, and though covid prevented us from visiting as many cities as I would like, I’ll remember the places we did visit forever. Anyone who enjoys nature, art, or is even just open to pushing themselves into something new (I wasn’t much of an artist myself before I came here) will love this program.

9 people found this review helpful.
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Ben
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I recommend this program

Doing this gap program was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. This experience was unforgettable I’ve discovered that I am a much better artist than I had initially thought and over the course of 3 months, i feel like I’ve improved on those skills. I also really got along with the tutors and feel like They’ve helped me bring out the artist in me. Our program leaders (Phil and Fiona) were amazing and I found that they’re easy to talk to and they made the program 10x better. I’ve also met some amazing people that were a part of this group that I will definitely be keeping in touch with after the program.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Exploring the mines was probably the most surprising thing we did because I never thought I’d end up going into an abandoned mineshaft and that was really cool.
10 people found this review helpful.

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