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.
The Organic Centre was founded in 1995 and has developed a national reputation as a centre for excellence in the teaching of organic horticulture and sustainable living.
Operating from a distinctive grass roof eco building on 17 acres of challenging land, the Centre has developed visitor gardens, eco shop & café, 9 poly-tunnels, and a fruiting orchard. As well as an educational charity, they are also a social enterprise - generating half their organisational income from sale of goods and services. The Organic Centre is fully certified with the Organic Trust.
Irish Gap Year Students will enjoy volunteering projects under the tutelage of Organic Centre teachers, projects may include the maintenance of poly-tunnels & gardens, dry stonewall building, weeding, harvest and maintaining the orchards. Students will also enjoy the benefit of full-day courses at the Organic Centre in areas of natural-cooking, baking and organic kitchen gardening.
Liquid Therapy is an award winning Not for Profit Foundation, specialising in bringing young people facing physical, mental, emotional and behavioural challenges into the ocean environment. Through water, play and surf therapy Liquid Therapy encourages each individual to enjoy and reach their aquatic potential!
Irish Gap Year students will be involved in a number of volunteering afternoon sessions with Liquid Therapy. This will involve taking the kids into the ocean to swim, surf and play on a one on one basis.
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.
Founded in 1989, Irish Education Partners is a provider of educational programs & internships. Since 2012 IEP has secured European Union funding for 5 programs sending Irish Residents abroad; the two latest being Erasmus Plus funded programs. All of these programs involve sending Irish students abroad for internships.
Working with our international partners we have brought three of these programs to completion with excellent participant satisfaction ratings. The last two programs are currently running and will finish in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Irish Gap Year students wishing to complete an internship in Ireland will have a wide variety of opportunities for semester-long stays
Local Enterprise Office Donegal is the essential resource for small business in County Donegal. They support local enterprises in many different ways to encourage a thriving and sustainable local economy. Their highly qualified and experienced staff are here to help businesses to be successful. They have access to a broad range of business contacts and experts who can add real value to local enterprises.
Whitehill Eco Farm is located on the banks of the Erne estuary just outside the town of Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. The farm has been in the McIntyre family for over 400 years and back in 2003 John Mc Intyre transitioned the farm from grazing land to organic horticulture. John wanted to create naturally grown produce free from pesticides and other chemicals to supply to the restaurants and supermarkets throughout the North West.
From 2004 five polly tunnels were erected at the farm to grow different varieties of salads, root vegetables and herbs on a commercial scale. Fiona, John's daughter who has worked alongside her father over the years took over the farm in 2014 to continue and expand the Eco Farm services.
Irish Gap Year students will harvest their own organic vegetables, help maintain and prepare the tunnels, plant tree and create living willow sculptures on the farm. In exchange the McIntyres host the students in their 400 year old cottage for traditional Irish fare and music.
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. Hungry Horse relies on volunteers like Irish Gap Year students and any offers of help are gratefully accepted. 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.