***read article in a Irish accent*** Top o’ the mornin’ ta ya lads. Even been ta the vast green fields of Athenry or have ya been itchin’ for a journey along the rocky road ta Dublin town? Ya lookin’ like you need ta practice singin’ your Irish folk songs in one of Kilnarey’s finest pubs with all our local mates. You’d be madder than a box of frogs if you don’t hop on the next flight ta the proud, cratic land of Guinness and corn beef. Crack on lads, gap year programs Ireland are callin’ for ya!
Alright ya Gaelic lovers, I hear ya need some help findin’ a place ta rest your bones for awhile on your gap year Ireland. Us Irish folk value family like no other. Have ya took a quick gander yet ta see if ya have any ancestry here? It’s pretty popular for gappers lads ta live in the county where their families are rooted from. Make your great-great grandparents proud and live in their quaint village. Or ya could always chancer off into your own venture and live in one of these neat cities:
Galway. History lies within the walls of this very city, so why don’t dig up some ancient tales on some gap year programs in Ireland. Ahhh Galway, the city by the bay. Plus, it’s the smallest town in the world with the most pubs. 177 pubs ta be exact. With its old cobblestone sidewalks and roads, friendly locals, and endless amount of Guinness and Irish boxty, Galway will be your home away from home. While you’re there, along the coast is the Spanish Arch. This entryway was built in 1584 and was once a fish market for centuries.
Dublin. Learn how to craft your own brew… the dark way. Or study the Catholic religion amongst the churches in this holy town. The pride of Ireland rests within the city lines of Dublin. As the nation’s capital, tourist swam the small city, especially during St. Patrick’s Day. Did ya know that green is actual an unlucky colour in Dublin? Also, we can’t forget about the Guinness Storehouse where the special black stuff is made. Walk through the famous dark gates and have a pint at the very top of the building, which offers the best view of the entire city.
No one wants ta be actin’ like a maggot about how they spend their gap year programs Ireland, right? Ya got ta be productive, lassies. Whether that may be workin’ on the farm herdin’ the sheep or sharin’ ya savage thoughts ta the chiselers (children) ta better their smarts. Either way, tie the celtic knots on your gap year in Ireland and do somethin’ that makes a difference.
Jobs. What’s an Au Pair? Oh that’s just when ya sign up to be a nanny overseas. Ya get a free place to stay and a bit of a paycheck as well. Ya can stay for however long ya like and plus, kids will always keep ya busy and on your toes. Au pair in Ireland, why don’t ya?
Internships. What a time to be alive, get experience for ya field of study while travelin’ the country? How great is that? Even though Ireland offers a small town feel, there’s plenty of opportunities to work with the best companies and gain hands-on knowledge.
Work exchanges. Ever thought about becomin’ a teacher on your gap year in Ireland? Let me tell ya, what a great job it tis! One nice thing about teachin’ over here is that everyone speaks English. Work will be a breeze since ya already know that ya can communicate with the youngins.Teachin’ not your thing? Then belly up ta the bar and work in a homey Irish Pub. Or gain some real world experience and see what start-ups need some fresh ideas ta grow. There’s tons of green opportunity here in Ireland.
Everythin’ else ya need ta know about gap years in Ireland
Costs. Ya know you’d be a hooligan if ya thought that money grew on trees. It’s best ta work at home a bit before ya become the wild rover of Ireland. Talk ta your gap year Ireland advisor ta figure out how much ya need ta save. Trust us, it’s fun ta put your extra spendin’ money on the famous black stuff and weekend trips ta the Cliffs of Moher or the Giant’s Causeway. Start collectin’ your cash with FundMyTravel.
Accommodations. Thank your lucky four-leaf clovers for your gap year Ireland advisor— they’ll help ya find a place ta stay. Ya have heaps of options: dorms, host family, hostels, apartments, etc. One of our high recommendations is ta stay with a family. They cook, clean, and take care of ya soul. Did we mention, they COOK traditional Irish meals for ya?! Can you imagine all the fish and chips, shepards pies, and Irish beef stew? YUM.
Visas. Yeeee, you’ll need ta get your visa lads in order ta perform a gap year programs Ireland. Your program will tell ya what ones you need ta get. There’s different types of visas like: student, workin’ holiday, etc. You’ll need ta apply for these online and need ta show face at the embassy ta say ‘lad, I need a visa.’ Not sure where the nearest embassy is? No worries, check out the GoAbroad embassy directory.
Safety. When ya takin’ the sheep across the street, always look left and right before crossin’. Don’t want ta be a scarlet in public, especially since the Irish drive both the right (south) and left (north) side of the road. Ireland is a very safe country, with lots of locals who will make ya feel right at home, but still. Go out in a group and only tour alone during the day.
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Did ya know that Ireland is a bit split? As in, government and board wise? Ya see here lassies, the north end of Ireland is controlled by the British Rule. The south end is completely independent and has been since 1917. With that, there’s a bit of a conflict between the two regions. With that, make sure ta keep an open mind about everyone’s option and stay away from any protesting ya may see. It’s died down for the most part, but some Irish are still upset.
Along with the conflict comes different rules from each side. Make sure before packin’ your bags that ya have both British pound and euros for currency. Stores won’t have any acceptions on whether ya have the right type of money or not.
Got all the info that ya need? I can hear the bodhrans and fiddles playing in the distance, ready for ya ta bust out in a Irish reel. Do ya have the steps that can be noticed from county's far and near? Get out and find good craic, lads and lassies. It’s time ta sign up for your gap year programs in Ireland!
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