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Join GoEco in Ireland to organize education and fun activities for the children and youth of the cities of Cork and Clonmel.

Program Highlights

  • Discover the historical and art culture of the Irish Republic’s cities
  • Help enrich the lives of local children and youth by creating fun and educational activities
  • Enhance your childcare and teaching skills
  • Engage in positive cultural exchange during your stay with a local host family
  • Explore Ireland’s landscape during free time with fellow volunteers

Your schedule at a glance (Minimum four-week duration)*:

Arrival Day, Monday: Arrive at Cork Airport (ORK). The local field team will wait to pick you up and take you to a nearby hostel. Volunteers will have free time to greet each other and explore the city center following check-in. In the evening, the group will enjoy a traditional Irish night of dinner, music and dancing.

Day 1, Tuesday: Following breakfast, we will transfer volunteers from the hostel to a city center location for a full orientation workshop. Following lunch, participants will embark on a two-hour city tour of Cork before transferring to the program site. 

Day 2, Wednesday: Volunteers will meet their Local Coordinator and will start the volunteer work programme. 

Days 3, Thursday- last Friday of program: Volunteers will work five days per week, and have two days free that may or may not be on weekends. 

Departure Day: Volunteers can choose to depart on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. 

Please note: During the school year, the minimum duration is six weeks. During the summer months, some locations accept for a minimum of three weeks. 

Location of the Project:  Various locations around Ireland
Project length:  Min 4 weeks - Max 6 months
Arrival Airport:  Cork Airport (ORK)
Volunteer Work:  Childcare and creative teaching
Age:  Min age 18
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 2 international volunteers
Important Note:  Please ensure that you are eligible for a visa to enter Ireland before registering for this project. Obtaining the proper visa is the sole responsibility of the volunteer. During the school year, the minimum duration is 6 weeks. During the summer months, some locations accept for a minimum of 3 weeks

What's Included

Accommodations:  Host family / shared apartments
Food:  Three meals per day, excluding Arrival Day.
Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
Orientation:  A full welcome orientation and a city tour are included on Day 1
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunch on Arrival Day, personal expenses.
Ireland is a European island, located just west off the coast of England. Ireland’s tourism is growing, and the welcomeness from its inhabitants and their abundant hospitality play a large role in this. Ireland is also well-known for its lush, green landscape.

Based on previous experience, we will place volunteers in either a playschool, summer camp program or community center. During the school year, volunteers at the playschools will work with children between the ages of three and twelve to organize and run the after-school activities club, and in the summer, assist with summer camps. Volunteers in the community centers can help in different ways, including organizing and running youth clubs and homework clubs, as well as assisting with basic childcare tasks. Volunteers may also assist in the community garden. Specific tasks will vary based upon previous experience, time of year, and project needs.   

Play School After-School Club: This placement is available in different locations, such as in various towns in County Kerry and Tipperary

Kids aged: 3-12
Minimum duration: 6 weeks
Police clearance: Volunteers staying 10 weeks or longer will require an extra Irish Vetting process (minimum 4 week processing time)
Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers will assist the after-school club staff in organizing activities including arts and crafts, baking or drama class, outside time, lunch and a third activity of the day.

Summer Camp: we will place Volunteers in one of three summer camps during the months of July and August. We assign placements according to availability and needs of the community.  

Cork Summer Camp:
This summer camp in Cork works with children aged 3-12. Volunteers will assist the camp counselors in organizing fun activities such as the rope swing, face painting, dodge ball, mud garden, treasure hunts, etc. Minimum duration of six weeks is required. Volunteers staying 10 weeks or longer will require an extra Irish Vetting process (minimum 4 week processing time).

Clonmel Summer Camp:
This summer camp hosts children from ages 4-12. This summer camp is very focused on sports and outdoor activities. Volunteers may be involved in assisting camp counselors organizing activities such as obstacle courses, team sports, giant bowling, treasure hunts, art and crafts, Zumba and dance classes and more. Minimum duration of three weeks is required. Additional Irish Vetting process required for all participants regardless of duration. (minimum 4 week processing time).

Internet:  Internet is available with most host families and in the shared apartments.
Laundry:  Laundry is available with host families and in the shared apartments.
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in a hostel the night of Arrival Day, in a shared, mixed-gender room with 3-7 other people. Volunteers will be staying with host families for the remainder of their stay. Volunteers will either have a private room or share with one other volunteer of the same gender. During summer months, volunteers will have the choice to stay in a private room in a shared apartment. Meals are not included with the apartment option.
Food:  All meals are included during work days and on weekends if volunteers stay with their host families. Lunch on Arrival Day is not included. Meals are not included with the apartment accommodations.
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance form
  • Intermediate level of English
  • CV/ Resume
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Energetic, open-minded and ability to work in a team
  • Fully vaccinated for covid and PCR test 72 hours after arrival in Ireland
Some of the country’s most well-known destinations are easily accessible, and around three hours away. Highlights include the sea cliffs of Moher, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the wildflowers of the Burren and more! The local field team can assist volunteers in planning fun things to do and see.
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