• Ireland
    • Dublin
52+ weeks

Program Details

Apartment Guesthouse Hostel Hotel
Primary Language
Age Max


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Price Details
Our program includes:
Two year working holiday visa
First few nights' accommodation
Arrival orientation teaching you the basics
Assistance finding work and long-term accommodation
Social network of new international friends
Ongoing support from local staff for duration of time in Ireland
Nov 23, 2016
Nov 22, 2016
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About Program

If you've always dreamed of living and working in Ireland, our famous SWAP Ireland program is the perfect helping hand to get you started on your new adventures.

Our local experts have helped thousands of Canadians settle into life in Ireland. Arrive knowing our local staff will orient you with all you need to know plus offer you all the resources you’ll need to get your working holiday started. We introduce you to the ins and outs of living in Ireland, help you find work quickly, help with looking for a place to live and you'll be able to meet new friends from all over the world.

With our expert advice and guidance, some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and some famous Irish hospitality, you have the perfect recipe for an amazing working holiday adventure.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Had the best time

SWAP Ireland was the 2nd and 3rd SWAP programs I did (I've done 4). I had done the UK one previously and so decided to give Ireland a try. I liked it so much that I ended up repeating it, though several years later.

When I first arrived in Ireland, I was so much more prepared than I'd been for the UK one. I went to the orientation, which is always helpful, and met an American there that I quickly befriended and we ended up becoming roommates.

I knew I wanted to work in an office since the pay was better, so I signed up with several temp agencies and got a placement right away with a good company. I ended up working for that company in various departments on and off for most of the time I was in Ireland. I also knew that I wanted to get a part time job somewhere fun to meet younger people to go out with, so I got a job at a cinema. I didn't need to worry, I ended up making great groups of friends at both jobs and always had something to do in the evenings and weekends.

I had such a great time the first time around that I decided to return 3 years later and do it all over again. Unfortunately I didn't stay as long the second time around as the recession had hit Ireland and it was much harder to find a job. I lucked out and ended up getting a temp job at a great company, where I met another great group of people. We had such a great time at work and outside of work.

I would recommend Ireland to anyone, the country itself is incredibly beautiful and there is so much to see and do. The people are friendly, love to laugh and love to have fun. I met some amazing people that I am still friends with today.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Spend a year abroad - it will change your life

I had no idea what I wanted to do after I graduated university, but I had absolutely no interest in slumming it around home with a boring 9 to 5 job. I wanted to experience life, I wanted to see the world and, most importantly, I wanted to see what I was capable of.

I decided to join the Student Work Abroad Program; I moved to Ireland, lived with an incredibly kind and loving family, and spent a year turning this once-foreign place into my homeland. I met unbelievably interesting people, explored magnificent places and learned so many things about the world - nothing you gain from any job or classroom will ever teach you what these experiences have taught me.

I stepped far outside of my comfort zone, uncovered a world of opportunity and started believing in myself in a way I never thought possible. I became invincible living my dreams every single day, and became more in tuned with who I am and what I truly want from life.

It is without a doubt the most rewarding experience that I have ever had and I could not recommend SWAP more. Traveling means more than moving within a space - it means to move within yourself - and while anyone can go ahead and visit a country, it becomes a whole different story when you live there and have this place become a part of you.

SWAP has given me the one of the most rewarding experience of my life and, for that, I will forever be grateful.

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