Work & Travel in Ireland

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  • Overview

    • Spend up to a year working and traveling in Ireland
    • Assistance finding work in part-time service industry jobs or in career-oriented positions
    • Travel Ireland and Europe in your free time
    • Pre-departure and in-country support
    • Flexible start dates and job opportunities year round
    • Friends, couples, and siblings are welcome!

    Have questions for a program manager? Email us at travelapplications@greenheart.org

  • Eligibility

    You must meet the following requirements to apply

    • Citizenship from: USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or the EU 
    • Eligible for the Working Holiday Authorization 
    • US citizens must be current university student or recent university graduate (within past 12 months) in an associate, bachelor, master, or doctoral program 
    • Canadian and Australian citizens must be between the ages of 18-35 (no university requirement) 

    **These requirements are set according to the Working Holiday Visa guidelines, so no exceptions can be made. These requirements are put in place by the Irish government.

  • Program Dates

    Start dates are available year round. We need about 3 months lead time to process your application.

    We’re flexible, so if you are unable to start on these given dates, please contact Greenheart Travel directly to see what we can do.

    Start Date Deadline to Apply
    January 15 October 1
    February 1 November 1
    March 1 December 1
    April 1 January 1
    May 1 February 1
    June 1 March 1
    July 1 April 1
    August 1 May 1
    September 1 June 1
    October 1 July 1
    November 20 August 20

     

  • Costs and Inclusions

    Program Fee: $1660 

    • 12-month program : US, EU, New Zealand, & Australian citizens
    • 24-month program: Canadian citizens

    Packaged into Program Cost: 

    • 5 nights’ accommodation  
    • Arrival Orientation  
    • Visa Assistance 
    • Job Search Support & Assistance 
    • Resources and Support for finding permanent housing  
    • Bank Account  
    • Gym Membership Trial  
    • International Medical Insurance 
    • Greenheart Atlas Program  
    • Greenheart Club Membership   

    Our Support and Services:  

    • Online logistical and cultural training before departure from and Experienced Travel Program Manager  
    • 24 hour in-country emergency support for the duration of your program 
    • Job and accommodation support for the full duration of your program, not just the duration of the welcome week!  
    • Assistance preparing tax and immigration paperwork  
    • Opportunity to apply for a Greenheart Grant to give back to your community at home or abroad  
    • Highly experienced team oin-country support staff members 

    Additional Expenses to Consider: 

    • Visa processing fees (about $360) 
    • Flights and return transfers 
    • Meals during arrival week 
    • Housing costs and living expenses (meals, utilities, etc.)  
    • Personal expenses (see Income and Expenses page) 
    • Irish Residence Permit (€300) 

    Wondering where exactly your program fee goes? Here is a breakdown.

  • 5-Month Program

    Program fee: $1340

    ***This program is open to current US citizens who are current university students or recent graduates within 12 months of graduating.

    Packaged into Program Cost: 

    • 3 nights’ accommodation  
    • Arrival Orientation  
    • Visa Processing & Assistance
    • Visa Fee 
    • Job Search Support & Assistance 
    • Resources and Support for finding permanent housing    
    • International Medical Insurance 
    • Greenheart Atlas Program  
    • Greenheart Club Membership   

    Our Support and Services:  

    • Online logistical and cultural training before departure from and Experienced Travel Program Manager  
    • 24 hour in-country emergency support for the duration of your program 
    • Job and accommodation support for the full duration of your program, not just during arrival week!  
    • Assistance preparing tax and immigration paperwork  
    • Opportunity to apply for a Greenheart Grant to give back to your community at home or abroad  
    • Highly experienced team oin-country support staff members 

    Additional Expenses to Consider: 

    • Flights and return transfers 
    • Meals during arrival week  
    • Housing costs and living expenses (meals, utilities, etc.)  
    • Personal expenses (see Income and Expenses page) 
    • Irish Residence Permit (€300) 
  • Income and Expenses

    Your salary will depend on how much you decide to work and what work you end up getting. To date, the national minimum wage in Ireland is €9.80, and most of our travelers earn €10-€16/hour, with higher skilled participants in professional jobs making as much as €25/hour. Bear in mind that you’ll also be paying a roughly 20% income tax rate.

    These monthly expenses are estimates for Dublin. If you choose to live outside of Dublin, you can expect to pay significantly less.

    These monthly costs will, of course, depend on your personal spending habits, where you live, how many hours you work, and if your job provides a higher pay/accommodation but you should expect to be able to save some of your paycheck every month.

    Here is a rough estimate of your initial start up costs (in USD) to help you budget and save:

    • Flight: ~$600
    • Program Fee: $1340/$1660 (depending on program duration)
    • Visa: $360 (programs longer than 5 months)
    • Savings: $4000 (or access to $4000 credit line)*
    • Irish Residence Permit: about $340
    • Total: approx. $6840

    *You’ll need proof of access to $4000 when you apply for the visa, then proof of €1500 (in a bank statement) upon entry to Ireland.

  • Orientation

    During your orientation you will meet with the in-country staff and cover the following:  

    • Job market & job resources  
    • Resume assistance  
    • Housing market, tips, and resources  
    • Public transportation system 
    • Travel in Ireland and to other European countries  
    • Cellphone setup 
    • Tax and immigration paperwork and permits  
    • Bank account setup  
  • Job Placement FAQs

    Most of your job opportunities will be in Dublin, although there are also jobs available in other cities and towns. Greenheart Travel’s partner has professional relationships with trusted employers around Ireland who pay fair wages and alert us whenever they have positions available.

    What are the most common job types?
    About half the jobs participants get are casual, entry-level work like restaurant and bar service, retail, and hospitality jobs. The other half is higher-skilled, career focused jobs. Our in-country staff will help you assess your qualifications and interest and look for a job that suits you. It’s important to be flexible and open-minded on job type.

    Can I change jobs while I am there?
    Yes, you’re free to stay at one job the whole time or move around as much as you like.

    Where will I live?
    The cost of housing in Dublin is relatively high, so most people seek out shared apartments or homestays (renting out a spare room in a single-family home). The in-country staff will assist you in finding a suitable place to live.

    Many of our travelers have also secured accommodation in beautiful cities like Cork and Galway!

    How much will I make?
    This depends on what type of job you choose and the number of hours you work.

    Will I be able to get a job that will enhance my career?
    Depending on your interest and qualifications, yes! It’s important to be open-minded and flexible about job placement, as the job market for professionals in Ireland is fairly competitive, but the in-country staff will be able to assist you in applying to jobs that will enhance your resume and experience in your chosen field. It is, however, important to be flexible on job type to increase your chances of finding work soon after your arrival.

    How long does it take the get a job?
    If you’re actively working with our job placement team, you’ll most likely have a job within 3 weeks of arrival.

  • Why Greenheart Travel?

    There are advantages of applying for this program through us:

    • 33 years of experience with cultural exchange programs
    • Friendly, responsive, and professional support from your program manager, Zoe, who has lived abroad in several countries!
    • We make our program fees as inclusive as possible. We include things like extensive medical insurance for the duration of the program, airport pickup, and extensive pre-departure and on-program support, so you’re not on your own for any part of your adventure
    • Our alumni recommend us! GoOverseas.com Reviews // GoAbroad.com Reviews
    • Exclusive access to the Greenheart Atlas, our interactive program that will guide you through your cultural immersion experience before, during, and after your program
    • Hands-on support and personal attention every step of the way
    • 24/7 emergency phone number to reach a staff member at any time
    • Pre-departure “Culture Shock and Adjustment” Webinar before you leave
    • Discounts for future Greenheart Travel programs
    • We are a non-profit, mission-based organization
    • Continued support throughout your program

    We also have some unique offerings to our Greenheart Travel participants and alumni!

    1. Greenheart Grants: Greenheart Grants are funds awarded to Greenheart Travel participants to use for community development projects in their host or home country. A Greenheart Grant is the opportunity to create, improve, or maintain an impactful, community-focused project abroad or at home. Grant funds could be applied to supporting women’s cooperatives, schools, community centers, or health clinics, for example. Grant winners will be featured on our website, social media, and blog. You can see our past winners on our blog here.
    2. Greenheart Alumni Program: We created the Greenheart Travel Alumni Program to provide resources and a community to support alumni in their advancement as global leaders, and a way to celebrate and reward our participants for being ambitious, inspiring catalysts of cultural exchange!
    3. Greenheart Global Leaders Conference: Each August Greenheart offers full ride scholarships to over 40 alumni to attend our annual conference in Washington, DC. Participants even get a chance to advocate for cultural exchange in a presentation to the US Department of State. You can see more about what GGLC is and what you could do at the conference here.

    Read more about why people are choosing Greenheart Travel: Why Choose Greenheart Travel?

  • Application Process

    1. Start Your Application Here: Greenheart Travel Application. This first step includes things like your name, address and chosen start date and should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Once complete, you will receive a link to a digital Terms and Conditions form.

    2. Sign the Terms & Conditions (Approximately 10 Minutes): These are our basic policies like cancellation policies, deferral policies, etc.

    3. Submit your deposit (Approximately 5 minutes): A $300 deposit is required in order to apply for the program. This is subtracted from your total program fee. If we are unable to accept you following your interview (very unlikely!) we will refund your deposit in full.

    4. Secondary Application Form (Approximately 30 Minutes): Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. Links to this part will be emailed to you. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts.

    5. Submitting Your Documents: Submit your required documents at the link provided.

    6. Skype Interview (Approximately 10-15 Minutes):  Once you have submitted your online application and paid your application deposit, you will be asked to schedule a video interview with a Greenheart Travel representative.

    7. You’re accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within a 1-2 weeks of their interviews.

    8. Commitment Deposit: Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $300 commitment deposit within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program.

    9. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure to Ireland!

    The above process can take as little as 1 week to complete, so it’s up to you how quickly you’re able to complete each step.

  • Schedule a Call

    Have questions or want to talk to the program manager, Zoe? Set up a time to have a phone call below.


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