Explore Mature Student

“This was a life changing experience. At 38 years of age I never believed such an adventure was possible. This has really opened my eyes and mind to the world that lies outside of little Ireland. Volunteering not only helps others but also helps the person volunteering. I have gained so much from my 8 weeks in Hanoi and learned a great deal about myself along the way.” – Tracey,  Mature Student Vietnam Explorer 2017

EIL Explore is offering two fully funded Awards to Mature Students enrolled in an Undergraduate Programme, who is 23 years or older and who wishes to participate in an eight-week long summer EIL Explore volunteer programme.

It is possible to choose from a wide range of volunteer projects:
– Teaching
– Welfare
– Health
– Conservation
– Community Development
– Human Rights
– Business Development

Volunteering abroad can challenge you in many ways – Read more about what challenging can mean


to be registered student on a current full-time undergraduate course at any Member Institution of The Higher Education Authority (HEA Member). Applicants must not have graduated prior to their application.

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Tips for Applicants

Here you will find some useful tips for your application process

Tips for Applicants

How is it assessed?

Here you will find some information on how everything is assessed

How is it assessed

Hear from past participants!

What’s in store? Check out blogs from a variety of programmes!

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