Over 18

“Teaching English in Vietnam has been a once in a lifetime experience. As a newly qualified secondary school teacher in Ireland, I intend on taking my new found understanding of cultural diversity into my profession as a teacher and hopefully inspiring young people to become advocates of change in their local communities.” Annie, 2018

There are lots of awards to pick from to help you

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Over 18? Where will you go this summer?

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Access Student

Access Student: 4 awards – 8 weeks – Volunteering & cultural immersion – variety of destinations & projects – host family or residential

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NUI Galway ALIVE

NUI Galway ALIVE: 2 awards – 8 weeks – Volunteering & cultural immersion – variety of destinations & projects – host family or residential

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Global Awareness Programme

Global Awareness Programme: 4 awards – PARTIALLY FUNDED – 8 weeks – Volunteering & cultural immersion – variety of destinations & projects – host family or residential

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Mature Student

Mature Student: 2 awards – 8 weeks – Volunteering & cultural immersion – variety of destinations & projects – host family or residential

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Mexico

Mexico: 1 award – 8 weeks – Social Inclusion & Community Project -Volunteering & cultural immersion – Host family

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Cork Institute of Technology

Cork Institute of Technology: 8 Weeks Volunteer Programme for 2 – 6 people

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Hong Kong

In association with Foróige:

The Hong Kong Youth Exchange programme is a collaboration between EIL Explore, Foróige and the Hong Kong Commission on Youth. Each year, 10 Irish young people from Foróige’s Youth Development Projects take part in a reciprocal youth exchange with 10 young people from Hong Kong.

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Which One Is for me

Whether it’s eco-tourism in Mexico or a high school in Japan, EIL Explore offer a variety of diverse experiences throughout the world for participants to travel, learn, and change — both personally and within their community.

On your return, all participants are required to complete an Action Project that reflects and shares their learning with their community.  EIL Explore awards are funded travel opportunities for people who are interested in the personal challenge of becoming a global citizen, while exploring and immersing themselves world cultures. See the lists of Explore awards below to learn more about what options are available to you. With a wide range of ages and themes, there is an EIL Explore award for everybody!
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Over 18

Whether you’re a mature student looking for a challenging summer experience, or an active retiree looking to experience a new culture and lifestyle, click on one of the many options for our 18 and over global citizens to see which one is right for you!

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Tips for Applicants

The aim of EIL Explore is to support people who have a history of voluntary involvement in their school, college or their community. EIL Explore awards are for people who have demonstrated or who believe they can demonstrate leadership potential and people who would not ordinarily be able to avail of such travel opportunities due to financial restrictions.

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What do we look for?

  • A person who is curious about other cultures, tolerant of differences and is flexible and open to engage with new and at times challenging situations.
  • Your willingness to engage with EIL upon your return to Ireland and to share your experience and learning with others is also something to keep in mind when applying.
  • A person who is seeking a different and new opportunity that can provide open mindedness, global awareness, self reflection and self improvement.
  • A well-researched application is very important. Read as much as possible before you start writing your application. What is the award about? What is involved? Are you ready for this challenge?
  • EIL are looking for open minded, energetic people who are interested in culture and who work well in a team. Any voluntary work in Ireland or elsewhere is also an advantage and you should definitely highlight it in your application.
  • EIL Explore opportunities are about intercultural learning and sharing your culture. It’s worth thinking about what skills/talents you can share while on abroad. For example some past participants used great slide shows of Ireland, demonstrated hurling or Irish dancing, played a musical instrument, could perform a song, or liked to draw or paint. Obviously you don’t need to be able to do all of these, but to be able to do one of them or something similar would be a help.
  • If you are writing any part of your application, make sure the handwriting is clearly legible. We ask that all “Why choose me’ essays are typed.
  • Are YOU available for the duration? If you are not able to commit the duration of your particular award, we recommend you apply another year when you have the required availability. (e.g 4 weeks for Ecuador, 8 weeks for Mexico etc)
  • Also some awards have fixed periods. Before you apply, check that you are available to travel: e.g Vermont & Youth Activist (start of July x 2 weeks).
  • Applicants can apply for more than one award. However, make sure that equal effort is put into each application.
  • An essential part of the award is the Action at Home, which spans the duration of the winners EIL Explore journey. Outlining your ideas for the Action at Home can support your application. Your final Action at Home may change from your original outline (it might be completely different!), however writing a short outline in your application demonstrates your interest and suitability for the award.

How is it assessed

The aim of the EIL Explore is to support people who have a history of voluntary involvement in their school, college or their community. We are looking for people who have demonstrated or who believe they can demonstrate leadership potential and people who would not ordinarily be able to avail of such travel opportunities due for financial or social reasons.

What do we look for?

  • A person who is curious about other cultures and tolerant of differences
  • A person and is flexible to engage with new and often challenging situations.
  • A person who is interested in sharing their experience and learning with their own community on their return
  • A person who is seeking a different and new opportunity that can foster open mindedness, global awareness, critical thinking and personal development.

The assessment process

Application → Shortlisting → Interview → Reference checking → Selection

  • After the deadline, all eligible applications are reviewed in January 2018 by different members of the EIL Network and by recruiting partners (e.g. Foroige, Future Voices Ireland, NUI Galway ALIVE etc.). EIL network members include staff, board members, and past award winners.
  • Once a shortlist of candidates has been selected, all applicants will be contacted and informed of whether or not they have been successful in securing an interview.
  • All shortlisted candidates are required to attend the interview day in Dublin on Saturday February 24th 2018, where they will be interviewed by a panel of EIL network members (staff, past winners, board members etc.) and recruiting partners.
  • When a potential winner has been identified, their references will then be checked.
  • If the selection panel is happy with the reference, the winner is notified of their success. All unsuccessful candidates are notified as soon as possible.

FAQs

The EIL Explore application process is fairly straightforward but just in case you have any questions check out or FAQ’s here

You can apply online on our website simply visiting the page of your award of interest. It will be necessary to create an account and register with your email address. You will then be able to complete an online application form (for the following Awards: Japan, Mexico, Youth Activist-Vermont and Ecuador) or download a PDF application to complete and send by post (for all the other Awards).

Applicants for ACCESS, Mature and NUI Galway ALIVE Awards need to submit their application through their university.

If you are not able to register online, please contact to ask for a paper application form.

In any case, the deadline for applications is 12 noon Friday December 7th 2018

Interested organisations FAQs

EIL Explore currently works closely with:

Nominator FAQ's

Yes, of course! Please contact [email protected] You can also reach us by phone Monday-Friday 9.00-5.30 on 021 4551535