“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
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. On your return, all participants are required to complete an Action at Home Project that reflects and shares their learning with their community.
See the lists of Explore awards for over 18s 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!
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.
Over 18? Where will you go this summer?
Global Awareness Programme
Global Awareness Programme: 2 awards – PARTIALLY FUNDED – 8 weeks – Volunteering & cultural immersion – variety of destinations & projects – host family or residential
Mexico: 1 award – 8 weeks – Social Inclusion & Community Project -Volunteering & cultural immersion – Host family
Access Student: 3 awards – 8 weeks – Volunteering & cultural immersion – variety of destinations & projects – host family or residential
Mature Student: 1 award – 8 weeks – Volunteering & cultural immersion – variety of destinations & projects – host family or residential
University of Galway ALIVE
University of Galway ALIVE: 2-4 awards – 8 weeks – Volunteering & cultural immersion – variety of destinations & projects – host family or residential
Munster Technological University (MTU) Cork
Munster Technological University (MTU) Cork: 8 Weeks Volunteer Programme for 1 – 2 people
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.
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.