Irish Gap Year Partners
We are fortunate to have nationally awarded and renowned partners at Irish Gap Year. We collaborate with our partner organisations on a range of volunteering, internship and community projects.
Liquid Therapy is an award winning Not for Profit Foundation, specialising in bringing young people with additional needs into the ocean environment. Through water, play and surf therapy Liquid Therapy encourages each individual to enjoy and reach their aquatic potential!
Students on our Adventure & Leadership Program will work with the expert team at Liquid Therapy, receiving training and mentoring to facilitate an afterschool program with Liquid Therapy students. This will involve taking the kids into the ocean to swim, surf and play on a one on one basis.
Liquid Therapy is always a favourite among our gappers!
Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland and has been working with young people since 1952. The purpose is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their development and in the development of society.
Foróige works with over 50,000 young people aged 10-18 each year through volunteer-led Clubs and staff-led Youth Projects. Foróige currently operates in 26 counties in Ireland, with 614 Foróige Clubs, 160 Youth Projects, the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programme, the Foróige Youth Entrepreneurship programme, our Youth Citizenship and Youth Leadership programmes.
Irish Gap Year students volunteer with the Ballyshannon and Bundoran local chapters of Foróige. Since 2015 the ‘Be Happy, Be Healthy’ has seen volunteers paired with youth groups to get young people active in the outdoors. Activities include surfing, hiking, kayaking and yoga.
This award-winning building is home to one of the most notable public art collections in Ireland, which features one of the largest public holdings of work by Jack Butler Yeats in existence. The Model provides expert tutorage (Michael Wann, Ken Gunning and The Spilt Milk Collective) for sereval of the art workshops on our Irish Arts and Culture Gap Year Program.
The Model’s acclaimed contemporary art programme features several major exhibitions of noted national and international contemporary artists each year. The Model develops projects in collaboration with artists, and is itself a site of artistic production, with new commissions, eight purpose-built studios and an artists’ residency programme.
Hungry Horse Outside is a small animal rescue based in County Longford, run by husband and wife Mick and Hilary along with much support from the local community. They rescue mainly horses but do take in cats, dogs and even goats on occasion. At last count Mick and Hilary were taking care of around 450 rescue horses.
Hungry Horse relies on volunteers like Irish Gap Year students and any offers of help are gratefully accepted. Expect to get your hands dirty on your days at Hungry Horse!
The aim at Hungry Horse is to re-home as many horses as is possible and to educate people on the responsibilities of equine care.
Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government and Fáilte Ireland. Clean Coasts is made up of two main elements; Clean Coasts Volunteering and the Green Coast Award.
When our students particpate in Clean Coast beach clean-ups they make a real difference in keeping Ireland clean and green. It’s a great feeling to leave a place better than you found it and that is our ethos when it comes to exploring the Irish Coastline.
Green Education Bundoran is collaborative effort within Bundoran’s educational community to work toward reducing C02 emissions associated with education-travel.
‘GEI’ aims empower our students and the local community to take action against climate change through innovative educational programming, participation in local C02 sequestering projects and through inward investment into green spaces in and around Bundoran.
Students on our Irish programs will work with Green Education Ireland to design and complete C02 sequestering projects locally.
The Tattie Hoaker farm is a beautiful place. It lies between Benwiskin mountain and the Atlantic Ocean in North County Sligo. The farm produces vegetables that are certified 100% organic by the IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association). The farm runs a community support agriculture scheme locally and has been a staple in organic farming of the northwest for many years.
Students on our Adventure & Leadership Program will volunteer at Tattie Hoaker, lending a hand with farm tasks while learning the basics of organic farming.