Ireland is beloved worldwide as an enchanting land where legend and reality mingle. The island of Ireland is divided into two, the Republic of Eire (or Ireland) and Northern Ireland (part of the UK). From the haunting beauty of the pure, unspoiled landscapes and the drama of the coastline, to the urban buzz of the country’s dynamic cities mixed with the magic of thousands of years’ worth of culture and history, Ireland is a country that never fails to surprise.
Wild and beautiful, inspiring and exciting, Ireland’s energy and romance will win you over in an instant. And with some of the friendliest people in the world, this perfectly-sized and surprisingly-diverse island keeps visitors coming back for more. Placement roles in Ireland can be an equally rewarding part of your gap year as a trip overseas.
Ireland Placement Roles
Residential placements may be in respite centres for people with disabilities, residential homes or residences for the homeless. Most volunteering placements have adult residents. Volunteers may be expected to provide companionship, help with outings and activities, help with feeding and may deal with personal care. All necessary training will be provided.
Placements are mainly in Irish preparatory and senior schools. Many are single-sex schools, with volunteers usually based in the boarding houses or PE/sports departments, but most schools try to give the volunteer a varied timetable. You could be based in a country town or a boarding school with extensive grounds in the countryside. Working in a boarding school is not a 9 – 5 existence and you may sometimes have to work in the early morning or in the evening. Your duties may include getting boarders up, supervising going to bed, helping with after school activities and homework and weekend excursions. Other duties could involve helping in the school office as well as supporting pupils in the classroom. Caring schools placements are in establishments for deaf children, children with physical disabilities or children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Past volunteers have found these placements to be particularly meaningful and rewarding.
What To Expect
Accommodation, food and allowance
Accommodation varies from placement to placement. At caring placements accommodation could be on-site as part of a ‘community’ of other young volunteers and staff or in shared housing organised by the placement.
Food or an allowance to include food and weekly living expenses is provided by all placements.
Free Time & Travel
Lattitude volunteers love to travel and explore. You will have time off each week, agreed holidays and flexibility at the end of your placement to travel. Getting around Ireland by public transport is easy and travel links to visit UK and countries across Europe is straightforward.
The Irish are renowned for being one of the most hospitable peoples in the world. Dublin (the capital) is a curious, lively and colourful city of fine Georgian buildings, tangible literary history and extremely welcoming pubs and people. With such a varied landscape, there is plenty to keep you entertained on your working gap year in Ireland.
Lattitude Application Fee – $175
The application fee covers the cost of processing applications and conducting interviews.
Whenever possible, we like to travel to your area to interview you in person, but if not possible, video conferencing using Skype is an alternative.
All applicants are guaranteed an interview. This fee is non-refundable.
Lattitude Placement Fee – $4000
The Lattitude placement fee covers your preparation & support prior to departure as well as in-country support whilst on placement. This is payable in two installments:
Upon acceptance to the Lattitude programme, a non-refundable $1000 deposit is payable within 7-10 days.
The balance of your Lattitude fee is payable 40 days prior to departure.
Orientation – $400
Volunteers receive an informative group orientation upon arrival in their placement country.
This includes safety & security briefings, an overview of the local culture & customs, language skills (where relevant), and other handy tips. Teaching skills courses may also take place where relevant.
• In depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
• Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all your pre-departure advice and guidance
• Links with returned volunteers
• Advice on obtaining police checks
• Advice on obtaining a Visa
• Pre-departure briefing seminar
• Airport pickup on arrival
• Accommodation for the duration of stay (either with a host family or on placement site)
• Food provided by host (may not include every meal, but you will know what to expect before your arrival)
• Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
• 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from local reps and the Lattitude Country Manager
• Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
• Returned Volunteer follow up and Debrief Event
• Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni Association
• Certificate of completion and references (on request)
What’s not included:
In addition to the Lattitude fees above, volunteers will be required to pay for their own international flights, travel insurance and any visa costs. Lattitude staff will assist you in making these arrangements.
• International Flights – TBC
• Travel Insurance – TBC
• Visa – TBC
• GP medical clearance
• Travel doctor consultation (recommended)
• Vaccinations (if applicable)
• Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
• Pocket Money for weekends/ holidays/post-placement travel
• Accommodation and food during holiday periods
As a charity we always recommend our volunteers to fundraise to help meet the costs involved in volunteering overseas. In many ways it is part of the whole experience. For more information and fundraising ideas please click here.
Placement Availability – 2020
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|Community Worker||January 2020||6 - 11 Months||Spaces Available|
|School Assistant||January 2020||12 Months||Spaces Available|
“Great placement! I actually applied for a school placement but I'm so glad that I got a caring community one.”Meg at Casa Break, Ireland