IRISH GAP YEAR PROGRAMS

Our mission is to develop more self-aware, independent, confident and resilient young people. We achieve this transformative experience through the values of community integration, immersion in nature, experiential education, exploration of the arts and creativity, meaningful travel, volunteering and cultural exchange.

In Ireland, we are fortunate to have a landscape and culture that lend themselves to reflection and exploration, but the Irish Gap Year experience is just the beginning of our students’ journey of self-discovery.

Ultimately, we aim to provide young people with a thoughtfulness and self-awareness that they can carry forward throughout their lives.

We invite you to come on the journey of a lifetime with us.

OUR IRISH PROGRAMS

Our Adventure & Leadership Gap Year Program will take you far off the beaten track, deep into Irish nature and culture where you will learn much about yourself and the world around you.

You will become immersed in our community, be challenged physically through outdoor adventure and mentally through our leadership skills, explore Ireland on our program expeditions and create lasting friendships.

The Irish Arts & Culture Program gives students an opportunity to explore and cultivate their creative side, build their independence and become part of the Irish arts community.

You will work across a variety of mediums with our team of professional local artists in daily, small-group workshops. As the program progresses, you will focus on the mediums that appeal to you most as you prepare to exhibit at the ‘Le Cheile’ Art Exhibition.

Our Internship programs are suitable for students aged 18-25 with a high level of independence, looking for a culturally immersive and professional work experience.

Our flexible start dates, strong student support, wide variety of host companies and housing options make an Internship Program with Irish Gap Year a unique experience that you can tailor to suit your gap year timeline.

The Adventure & Leadership Immersion Program is a structured, short gap year program designed to give students an opportunity to explore Ireland, develop strong leadership skills and build their independence.

This is accomplished through a combination of the program cornerstones of Outdoor Adventure, Cultural Immersion and developing Leadership Skills.

The Irish Arts & Culture Program gives students an opportunity to explore and cultivate their creative side, build their independence and become part of the Irish arts community.

You will work across a variety of mediums with our team of professional local artists in daily, small-group workshops. As the program progresses, you will focus on the mediums that appeal to you most as you prepare to exhibit at the ‘Le Cheile’ Art Exhibition.

OUR EUROPEAN PROGRAMS

The European Expedition Program brings students on an epic journey across Europe, broadening their horizons through exposure to the continent’s deep cultural and historical roots infused with an exhilarating mix of outdoor adventure in some of the world’s most iconic locations.

From the Arctic Circle to the Adriatic Sea, this will be the journey of a lifetime!

The European Explorer Program resembles the classic European back-packing expedition of old mixed with a hands-on study of European history, culture and current events.

This program will broaden your worldview, cultural knowledge of Europe and foster independent travel skills through the cornerstones of Cultural Exploration, Immersive Travel and Cultivating Independence.

 

The European Arts and Culture Program will develop your creative senses through expert tutoring in a variety of artistic mediums, build your independence through immersive travel and allow you to experience the diverse cultures of Portugal, Spain and France.

The Program is based on the cornerstones of creative discovery, immersive travel and cultural exploration and will leave you feeling inspired, confident and rejuvenated.