Overview

Greenheart Travel’s Work & Travel program in Ireland is a chance to spend up to a year experiencing life on the Emerald Isle, while making money to fund your travels around the country and the rest of Europe!

When you arrive in Dublin, you’ll have support from our in-country staff as you find housing and work. You will also have an orientation where you will meet other travelers, set up basic necessities such as bank/phone accounts, and spend some time exploring this beautiful, lively city.

If you’re looking for a chance to add international experience to your resume and have some adventures without breaking the bank, working and traveling in Ireland is a great gap year adventure!

Program At a Glance

  • Spend up to a year working and traveling in Ireland
  • Work in part-time service industry jobs or in career-oriented positions
  • Get paid to explore Ireland and travel in your free time
  • Pre-departure and in-country support
  • Flexible start dates and job opportunities year round

Eligibility

You must meet the following requirements to apply

  • US Citizen
  • Current university student OR recent university graduate (for 4+1 month program, within the last 6 months; for 12-month program, within the last 12 months)

These requirements are set according to the Working Holiday Visa guidelines, so no exceptions can be made.

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.

12 month program: Visa valid for 12 months (working or traveling)

4+1 month program: Visa valid for 4 months working, plus 1 month of travel

Start Date Deadline to Apply
January 1 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 1 August 1
December 1 September 1

Costs

Program Fees:

  • 5 month program: $1240
  • 12 month program: $1510

12 month program: Visa valid for 12 months, working or traveling

4+1 month program: Work visa valid for 4 months, then you have 1 month to travel

Bring-a-Friend Discount
If you and a friend go on the same start date, you’ll each get $50 off your program fee.
All prices subject to change

What’s Included:

  • Medical insurance for the duration of your program
  • Visa processing assistance
  • Visa fee for 4+1 month program (not included for 12 month program)
  • Pre-departure support and orientation from an experienced Greenheart Travel Program Manager
  • 5 nights’ hostel accommodation (shared room)
  • Arrival orientation with in-country staff
  • Job search support and assistance
  • Your resume posted on Recruitment Database for employers
  • Resources and support for finding permanent housing
  • Irish SIM card
  • Organized social event
  • 24-hour emergency support and service
  • “Culture Smart!” guide to Irish Customs and Culture

What’s not included in the program fee?

  • Visa processing and fees for 12 month program (about $360)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and dinner at hostel during orientation
  • Housing costs and living expenses (meals, utilities, etc.)
  • Personal expenses (see Income and Expenses)

 

Income and Expenses

Your salary will depend on how much you decide to work and what work you end up getting. However, you are guaranteed to make Irish minimum wage (€9.25), and most people make €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.

  • Pay +€1530 (40 hours/week, post-tax)
  • Rent (private room in shared flat) -€850
  • Food -€200
  • Phone -€30
  • Transportation -€100 for transit pass
  • Utilities -€150
  • Leftover +€200

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: $1400/$1660 (depending on program duration)
  • Visa: $360
  • Savings: $4000 (or access to $4000 credit line)*
  • Total: approx. $6500

*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

Orientation starts every few days and will last 2-3 days.

At orientation, you will:

  • Learn about Irish culture
  • Meet other travelers who have just arrived in Ireland
  • Review the job market; what jobs are abundant and where
  • Be introduced to online job boards for future jobs
  • Receive assistance in finding short or long term accommodation
  • Complete your work authorization process

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.

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 2 weeks of arrival.

Application Process

Applying to work and travel in Ireland is a simple and straightforward online application process.

In addition to filling out the online application, you will also need to provide:

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Resume
  • Signed Electronic terms and conditions
  • $300 application deposit
  • Completed interview with Greenheart Travel program manager
  • Confirmation you have booked your flight
  • $300 commitment deposit
  • Final full payment due 8 weeks before arrival date