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!
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.
Knocknarea Farm is run by Seán & Rob. They run a small mixed farm that works with nature at the foot of Knocknarea. They are two young local farmers who are passionate about regenerative agriculture and believe Ireland should be able to produce it’s own nutrient-dense food grown in a manner that makes the soil and landscape more abundant and full of life for generations to come.
They use regenerative principles to produce nutrient-dense food for people’s health and well being. We offer pasture-raised eggs and a weekly veggie box grown in a no-dig market garden which aims at enhancing and building life in the soil.
Students on our Adventure & Leadership Program will volunteer at Knocknarae, lending a hand with farm tasks while learning the basics of organic farming.