Irish Gap Year

Program Reviews

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Peyton
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish gap year

Irish gal year brought so much adventure and peace in my life all at once. A huge majority of my time was spent outside, in the ocean, hiking, and anything out doors. I spent most of my time in such a peaceful environment but learning exploring and pressing my limits. I gained life long connections not only with my new friends but also with the amazing leaders. Irish gap year was just what I needed to move forward in my next adventures. This was the best experience I could imagine and I would recommend this company to anyone needing space to grow before there next adventure.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The best advice I have is to come with and open mind and be present. Be ready to grow, press your limits, and make life long connections and friends. You have to be open to new experiences and new connections.
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Henry
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure and Leadership Fall Program

The IGY was the adventure and leadership fall program was amazing. What’s awesome about it is not just a structured itinerary that has activities like cliff jumping, hiking, traveling to cities, shopping, exploring monuments and ruins, and going to the pubs with your friends, but also the freedom you have to make your own choices. The counselors are there to help you and lead you on trips but also treat you like adults. The student led trip at the end where we got a budget and were able to create our own trip was amazing. We went to cork and stayed at a hostel where I met people of many different cultures and had a spontaneous arm wrestling tournament at 1 in the morning with all the foreigners in a common room.

What was your funniest moment?
I bought an airhorn in Galway and when everyone fell asleep on the bus I blasted it and scared the dookie out of everyone.
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Morgan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure and Leadership: Fall Program

Irish Gap Year provided me some of the most best opportunities of my life. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this program outside of the provided itinerary list, and I think that’s part of why it’s so great. You’ll be doing amazing hiking, traveling, and workshops, but the rest of your time here is left up to you and your peers to decide what you will do. Irish Gap Year offers students the chance to not only immerse in Irish culture and adventure through nature, but also the freedom to make your own choices. Some things you can expect to do on this program would be cliff jumping, surfing, touring some of Ireland’s most famous cities, lots of hiking, and leadership workshops. For 3 months you will be living with other students from various different places and backgrounds which offers students the chance to grow and learn about each other on a deep level. If you are a young adult looking for a program that offers you activity filled weeks, the chance to experience lots of personal growth, and to make meaningful connections with peers, this is the program for you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Remember that you only have so much time on this program with the rest of your peers. This program is amazing, but it’s important to remember that how much effort you put in to every day decides how much you will get out of the program in the end.
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sinclair
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure and Leadership Fall ‘21

My exsperiance with Irish Gap Year is one that I will never forget. We are not just a cohort, we are a family. I have made life long friends that i would do anything for and I know they would do anything for me. Irish Gap Year pushs you mentally and physically while giving you the preparation and support you need. The volunteering opportunities are meaningful and rewarding. Working with Liquid Therapy was a highlight of my time here. Teaching children with additional needs to surf while creating a relationship with them and their families was refreshing. Overall, Irish Gap Year has far exceeded my expectations. Choosing Irish Gap Year was the best decision I have ever made.

What was your funniest moment?
We went to visit an old castle in Northern Ireland and we went on a walk to a lake. Some of the boys jumped into the freezing cold lake.
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Charlotte
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish gap year arts and culture 2021

This program has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have met some of the greatest people, had incredible new experiences, and learned so much about myself. The workshops were so beneficial and it is so fun to create bonds with the tutors while learning more about things you are interested in. Going to new places and exploring Ireland with so much freedom also makes the trip so much fun. There is so much support from the staff and all your peers that really enrich your experience. You will not regret choosing Irish gap year for your next adventure.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go in with an open mind and really take advantage of all the program has to offer. I flies by so fast to make sure you enjoy it.
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Davis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure and Leadership

My experience was unique in the fact that this trip had some of the most interesting and different personalities that I’ve ever met. I made close friends with people I’m not sure I would have had I not been on this trip, as well as taking a class I’m not sure I was interested in beforehand. The amount of activities and events I have experienced definitely pushed my comfort levels sometimes, but always enabled me to take away something positive each time. As far as personal growth, I would say this program certainly allows each participant to come away from this trip with something positive, although it is ultimately up to the person attending about whether or not they are going to push their comfort zones and grow.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are worried, or possibly unsure about coming to Ireland, and being in a new environment with new people, don’t be. By the end of this trip, you will literally be friends with everyone here. Being nervous is understandable, but my advice is to just be yourself, and you will have so much fun here.
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Lorenzo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Irish☘️gap year

I had so much fun and I grew as a person a lot. I learned so much about myself. This gap year program made me realize what I am truly capable of. This program made me see my true potential. I got to see and learn so much about the history of Ireland and Ireland as a country itself. Every hike and trip I went on was so much fun and everytime I was blown away with how beautiful the town/cities and the views on the hikes were. I 100% would recommend this gap year program. I would totally be down to do it again

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was the hilarious conversations I had with one of students I made friends and with the program leaders
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Andre
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

awesome program with amazing people!

This program has been amazing! There's a great balance between the arts and exploration. We traveled all around Ireland, and got to see a lot of historical and cultural sites. My group was amazing, and we had a lot of time to become really close. Everyone was really nice and made me feel very at home. The art mentors are kind and very helpful. We worked in water color, acrylic paint, charcoal, photography, film, leather working, jewelry making and found art. This has been a monumental experience for me, I highly recommend it!

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Eliza
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

We love Sarah and Niall

This program was a truly incredible experience. As an approaching college student, I was looking for a way to spend my gap year where I where I would also grow as a person, gain leadership skills, and be able to work on my weaknesses as a student. This program gave me all that and more. From the incredible, challenging yet always rewarding and beautiful hikes to the educational and fun city trips, Irish Gap Year has been one adventure after another. Perhaps the best thing I've gained from the program is the social connections and friends, as cheesy as it sounds. I was previously worried about going to college and living with people other than my family. This program gave me a taste of how that would go and what I needed to improve on and what my skills already were. The greatest thing about this program is the staff. All the program leaders and staff here were extremely supportive and it's obvious how much they care about the students and how much they enjoy their job. All in all, I must reiterate how much of an incredible experience this was and how strongly i recommend it to other students craving adventure, leadership opportunities, and strong community.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring a good pair of hiking boots, rain gear, and a positive attitude and open mind to new experiences and people!
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Tristan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gap 2021

I was super excited for this trip but also terrified because I’ve never been away from my family for this long but especially because I’ve never really been great with making friends so I was really nervous. But after the first two days all those worries went away everyone was really welcoming and kind and I was really comfortable around everyone. For the art section of the program it was unbelievably helpful. I was able to learn so much in only 3 months Michael was the best teacher for me teaching me on how to use the greyscale a lot better and how to improve as an artist as a whole

What was your funniest moment?
Eating it on the side of a hill multiple times as we went through the forests