EIL Intercultural Learning is an Irish "not for profit" organisation which provides intercultural learning opportunities through study abroad, volunteer abroad, language training, travel awards, group educational programmes, and other cultural immersion activities for about 2,000 people each year.
Our Mission: "Providing intercultural learning experiences that enrich lives and inspire global citizenship".
Our Vision: "People of different cultures working together to develop mutual understanding and create a fair, cooperative and tolerant world".
- We believe in the transformative power of international intercultural experiences
- We believe in the importance of life long learning: education through travel is the cornerstone of all our work
- We believe in the capacity of people to effect positive change
- We believe in inclusiveness and encourage participation across all sections of society
- We commit to the highest standards in all of our work, particularly safety and care
- We cherish our not-for-profit status and measure our success by the delivery of social good over commercial profit
- We believe that the entire EIL community, and external partners who share our values, have a role to play in achieving our goals
The EIL Learning Model
Participation in all EIL programmes involves:
- Undertaking intercultural learning (developing intercultural competence)
- Engaging in experiential learning (learning by doing)
- Raising global consciousness (thinking critically about rights and responsibilities)
- Personal development/transferable skills development (of additional personal and professional value)
The activities of EIL are divided into 5 different experiential learning programme areas:
VOLUNTEER ABROAD – Promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and supporting local community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America while being immersed in new cultures and gaining new perspectives on global issues. Preparation, training and reflection workshops facilitate continuous engagement and “action projects” back in Ireland.
GLOBAL (DEVELOPMENT) EDUCATION – engaging all returned participants in a Network to think critically and raise awareness about what connects the lives of people, rich and poor, across the world. Continuous engagement and active citizenship are encouraged through the Global Citizen Award.
STUDY ABROAD – living and studying in another country, for periods up to 9 months, while developing intercultural skills, acquiring new languages, gaining maturity, independence and self-efficacy. This includes pre, during and post placement training, reflection and ongoing engagement all designed to deepen the intercultural learning and personal development experience.
EXPLORE AWARDS - funds overseas intercultural learning opportunities and ongoing “action projects” for people from diverse backgrounds, especially among groups who can’t afford to travel or do not have a tradition of travel such as: low income families; DEIS, ACCESS and Mature Students; participants in Foroige Youth Development Projects; Active Retirement Groups; etc.
CULTURAL GROUPS – non formal, life long, issue based, experiential learning itineraries and conferences with unique access to academics, community organizations, local leaders, politicians, schools, artists, musicians and Irish host families
RTÉ Nationwide (national television show) go to Navan to meet German student, Enno Brokof. Enno is spending the year in St. Patricks Classical School as part of the EIL Secondary School in Ireland programme.