Staff Spotlight: Kate Mullins

Program Leader


Kate is a program leader with Irish Gap Year.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory would be driving through South Africa. I spent 3 months there in my early 20s, and have been to many places since, but I think it will forever be my favorite trip. Some of the landscape here in North Donegal reminds me of the landscape there in a way, so maybe that's why I love Donegal so much too!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I think through working with this company has shown me the importance of a consistent approach to things. Working with the gap students over here, some on their first big trip away from home, has reminded me of my own experiences as a student. Reflecting on this, really helps me understand the needs of our students, and to see issues before they may arise, so a proactive approach can be taken to help/support them with whatever they might need.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best story I've heard from a returning student, is always that they have returned! There is no greater compliment or testament to a company than to have someone come back again. We have had several students return over the years, and it is always a pleasure to see how they've grown since their first time here and to hear how their experiences have been since their initial time with us.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose the Arts and Culture program. It's such a wonderful opportunity to work with some amazing local artists. There are so many workshops, and trips to places all over Ireland. It's just a really brilliant opportunity to really soak up the culture of a country, experience living in a rural town, and develop your own creative practice, all done while meeting new people to share the experience with at the same time.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I think the level of service the company offers is one of the things I'm most proud of. They go above and beyond with every student, to ensure they have the best experience in the most supportive environment possible. Another thing I am very proud of our company and team for is that despite Covid, we still managed to deliver full programs last year, within the government and Health Service Executive guidelines.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think consistency is very important to ensure a high level of quality. Excellent communication is also essential when there are so many moving parts, trying to coordinate everything, and ensuring everyone is clear on their role/tasks. A genuine passion for the product you are delivering is also an important factor, and driver to make sure you are doing your best to deliver something you can stand over and be proud of.