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Working Holiday in Ireland

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Experience
Working Holiday
Destination
Ireland
Duration
6 to 24 months
Ages
18 to 35

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Trip overview

Ireland is home to some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. And while you’re exploring the lush countryside and steep seaside cliffs, you’ll meet some friendly locals enjoying a dark beer or two at a cosy pub.

And when you go on a Working Holiday in Ireland you can live and work for up to 1 - 2 years. 

You could wing it and try to do everything yourself. Sure, some people do, but more often than not, it’ll be confusing, expensive, anxiety-inducing and time-consuming heading to a land unknown for the first time.

This is an experience you’ll likely only do once, and the last thing you'd want is to be returning home with your tail between your legs just after you had your going away party (& blown all your savings).

But, luckily, we've spent over 10 years working on the solution that over 75,000 others before you have chosen, as the world's leaders in working holidays. What if you could instead:

  • Have your job in Ireland sorted before you even arrive* – year-round & all-done virtually from home (with no job fairs to travel to, unlike our competitors) & unlimited extra job matches.
  • Land a job almost anywhere, from the emerald green countryside to vibrant & bustling cities, with the largest network of partner companies loaded with perks like staff accommodation, food & beverages + more!
  • Meet others before you go through our exclusive app. Join Global Traveller side-trips & meet-up events too.
  • Save time, money, and stress with your own dedicated Trip Coordinator & 24/7 support.
  • Get help with flights, travel insurance, accommodation, visa applications & more.

The ultimate way to have a hassle-free working holiday. Working to live (and not living to work), meeting other travellers, waking up every day to a new adventure, and making everyone back home severely jealous of all your stories.

Inclusions

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Guaranteed job match pre-arrival*
Unlimited extra job matches*
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Working holiday visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Private airport transfer
3 nights of hostel accommodation
"Welcome to Ireland" virtual orientation
Local life essentials
Dublin hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour
Dublin bar crawl
Guinness storehouse
Permanent accommodation resources
Tax return assistance
Ongoing local team support
24/7 Global Emergency Line
gWorld access
Global AcademyNEW
Marketplace dealsNEW
$250 off your next trip
SocialNEW

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more

Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-35 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Can you picture it? You’ve spent the day showing tourists around a historical castle in the lush countryside. You’re meeting your new traveller mates at the local pub later because you have some important things to discuss – the European summer festival season is about to kick off and you need to decide which festivals to go to.

And all this sorted without potentially spending over a month or longer hunting for a job in a foreign country with no income and your savings dwindling by the hour!

Get a job sorted before you land with our Guaranteed Job Match Pre-Arrival*, the ultimate way to explore another country without having to chew through your savings like most people who decide to wing it generally do.

Our robust trip planning process, perfected after serving tens of thousands of Global Travellers since 2008, includes visa guidance and a virtual interview you can do from the comfort of home. Our team will be in your corner to answer any questions you or your family may have too, so you can exchange most of those nerves with pure excitement about the adventure of a lifetime ahead.

Accommodation? We can help with that as well. Your first 3 nights are covered at a top-rated hostel a stones throw at way from iconic the Temple Bar district in Dublin. After that, most jobs provide staff housing at a really low rate (but these ones can go quick). If your job doesn’t, our team will provide you all the guidance and tips you need to find something suitable - yet another reason why going with Global means you get the best of the best with access to a team in the London in the same timezone (unlike our competitors).

When it’s time for a change of scenery during or after your initial job, book a cheap flight down to Spain to get your fix of sun and sangria. 

And while you're jetsetting around Europe, you’re not worried about finding a new job or running out of money. Why?

Because you told your dedicated Trip Coordinator about your plans and that you’d like to secure your next job opportunity, in a completely new and interesting part of Ireland before you left. 

Our team gets to work and the Emerald Isle stretches out in front of you. Will your next job be at a centuries old castle, or a busy bar in Galway?

We’ll leave it up to you. And with the largest network of partner companies – you could land a job almost anywhere in Ireland, usually loaded with staff perks.

You’ll have an instant friend group wherever you end up, too – even if you decide to take a job in a small village where there are more local sheep than people. 

Because our social network app – gWorld – connects you with other Global Travellers in your area. So you can go on a hike, meet at the pub, or just talk to someone with the same accent as you.

We take care of pretty much everything so you don’t have to.

BUT! There’s a catch….

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance, or more! Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited, and intakes are closing off regularly without much notice. So if you’re serious about living in Ireland, check dates & prices now to get things started before you’re too late, or too old.

With our Book Now, Decide Later option, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take up to a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and matching you with a job opportunity before you go*. 

If you’re after the ultimate, and the best, working holiday to Ireland out there, complete with everything you need and 24/7 worldwide support, click the red box and follow the quick & easy steps to secure your spot. You, your parents and your bank account should thank us later.

Requirements

To qualify for this trip you must meet the visa requirements, and have 6 months of paid work experience by time of arrival.

What extra costs will I have?

Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you’ve touched down in Dublin you’ll be transferred in style to Dublin city by your private chauffeur! You’ll arrive at your initial accommodation at a top-rated hostel in the heart of the action where we’ll cover the first 4 nights for you. Relax, make some new friends and settle in!

Day 2

Today starts with your virtual orientation with your Trip Coordinator in the UK. During this session, we’ll help you set up your bank account and PPS (Personal Public Service) Number. Our team will also give you an Irish SIM card loaded with calling credit, loads of data and unlimited texts, so you can easily keep in touch with loved ones back home!

Day 3

Since you’re travelling smarter than the other guy who decided to wing it - there is no need to be hunting down a job, place to stay or trying to meet new friends. Instead, you’ll be heading out on these awesome included experiences: -Vancouver hop-on hop-off bus tour so you can see the best spots in the city in a full day. -Vancouver Lookout pass for 360° bird’s eye views from one of the city’s tallest towers.

Day 4

Most people have their interview before they’ve even left home. If you haven’t received yours within 4 days of arriving, we’ll extend your accommodation for free until we do. That’s how confident we are. If you’re not successful in your first interview (it’s rare, but does happen), don’t worry about it, our team will keep working on your next while you relax.

Day 5+

After you’ve had your 4 nights stay in Dublin, it’s usually time to move on to where your new role is. If permanent accommodation isn’t provided with your job opportunity, our team can help you find the perfect home.

6 Months+

After successfully completing your first 6 months as an Irish local, you might want to experience a whole new location, job or just take off and go travelling! Get in touch with your Trip Coordinator when you’re ready to jet over to Europe to one of (if not) the best parties of your life! Choose between your included 2-night trip to Oktoberfest or Ibiza. We’ll be here when you decide it’s time for something new.

Ongoing

Our team will always keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our UK team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters. Head home with some extra money at the end of your trip. We’ve partnered with a company that specialises in tax returns for working holidaymakers and you can easily lodge it online from anywhere in the world. Get in touch with our team when it’s nearly time to head home to get some cash back from your travels.

Working Holiday jobs & locations in Ireland 

Land an entry to mid-level job in Ireland which will be fun and social, so you can make friends, learn new skills and have the freedom to explore new places. Located all across the country, here’s a list of the industries most of our Irish Partner Organisations are in, and where you can expect to find yourself being matched with too!

  • Hospitality like bars, cafés & restaurants
  • Tourism
  • Historic Pubs
  • Castles
  • Hotels & Manors
  • Sales
  • + More

Important to remember: The host company decides who they hire and for what, so you need to be flexible & open minded. You’ll be matched with something you are suitable for.

 

Ireland is a country unlike any other. The entire country is like a picture book and there is an atmosphere of friendliness and warmth that runs through everything. It’s a place where people are just genuinely happy to see you. Feel that friendliness and warmth in every aspect of your life whilst on your Working Holiday in Ireland. Then wherever you are, you’re only a few hours away from an amazing side trip to mainland Europe! Picture yourself settling into that lifestyle at amazing spots all over the country. 

  • Cork
  • Galway
  • Killarney
  • Aran Islands
  • Dingle
  • Limerick
  • Kilkenny
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Ennis
  • + More

We'll try for your preferences, but locations are subject to availability at your time of arrival.

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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we provide a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide. We assist with visas, pre-departure, flights, insurance, and tours. Our cool tech features support you throughout the journey. As a Global Traveller, access gWorld, our personalized app. Keep important documents and trip details handy. Enjoy exclusive Marketplace deals, a social network, language learning, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like all your favorite apps merged into one, but better! Our support doesn't stop there. With a 24/7 emergency team, 90+ staff, and ongoing assistance, we ensure you feel like a local. Join the 80,000+ Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us. We proudly boast the most & best reviews in the biz!

Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

How does accommodation work?

When it comes to accommodation, we have some great options available for you. Many of our partner organisations offer staff accommodation as a fantastic perk. This usually entails a shared apartment or house with other like-minded travelers, conveniently located near your job. The best part is that these accommodations are often available at a subsidised rate, allowing you to save more toward side trips and fun! In the event that staff accommodation is not included with your job match, don't worry. Your Arrival Coordinator will be there to provide you with valuable resources and helpful tips on finding a suitable place to stay.

What's the difference between your standard Working Holiday and Plus?

The Standard and Plus Working Holiday trips offer similar features, such as our comprehensive job matching process. However, there are a couple key differences between the two: Standard: With the Standard trip, you will receive a guaranteed job match prior to your arrival*. Plus: The Plus trip includes a guaranteed job match prior to your arrival*, just like the Standard trip. In addition, it offers the unique benefit of unlimited extra job matches throughout the entire duration of your visa. Along with this, the Plus trip also provides additional tours and a side trip to enhance your experience. If you are planning to stay longer than 4-6+ months and would like ongoing job support, allowing you the flexibility to work, save, travel, and then find a new job in a different part of the country, the Plus option is best suited for you. It provides the opportunity for continuous exploration and variety during your working holiday. No need to make a decision right away on which option to choose. If you initially book the Standard trip, you can always upgrade to the Plus trip after getting registered and connecting with your dedicated Trip Coordinator.

Do I get to choose where I work?

While we strive to take your preferences into account, it's important to note that we are not a recruitment agency. Therefore, we cannot guarantee job matches in specific professions, fields, or locations. As a foreign worker on a temporary visa, it can be challenging to compete with locals for more specialised positions. Employers often prioritise candidates they can train and retain in the long term, rather than taking a risk on someone who may leave in a year or two, or less. However, the full-time jobs we help organise on your working holiday will offer a fantastic experience. They will be enjoyable and social, allowing you to make new friends, acquire new skills, and have the freedom to explore exciting new places. Our aim is to provide you with an amazing working holiday experience, where you can embrace adventure and create unforgettable memories.

What is a job match, does this mean a guaranteed job?

A job match is a seamless process designed to help you secure a suitable job opportunity. Here's how it works: First, we arrange an interview for you, taking into consideration your preferences whenever possible. The interviews are typically conducted virtually over platforms like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime, making it convenient for you to participate from the comfort of your home before you embark on your trip. The key to a successful job match is simple: attend the interview on time and approach it just like any other professional interview. By demonstrating professionalism and enthusiasm, you'll increase your chances of securing a job offer without any complications. Our team strives to ensure a smooth and efficient experience throughout the entire process. We are committed to finding the right opportunity for you and guiding you through each and every step of the job matching process to ensure success.

Will I have any free time to travel?

Absolutely! While the jobs we help you land are full-time, they often come with flexibility that will allow you to take time off for side trips, exploring, and fun. We understand the importance of travel experiences, and our aim is to provide opportunities that balance work and leisure. While the level of flexibility can vary based on the specific job and employer, we strive to match you with positions that provide allowances or arrangements for time off. This way, you can plan and enjoy additional adventures before, during, or after your work placement!

What job opportunities do you offer?

Ever since our inception in 2008, we have been dedicated to providing exceptional full-time job opportunities to our travellers. We take pride in having built the largest network of partner organisations across the country, all vetted and perfectly suited to host a working holidayer. One of the greatest advantages of going Global is that we streamline the entire process for you, meaning, you won't need to go through the hassle of attending job fairs (like our competitors make you do) or spending countless hours job hunting. We take care of the hard work by understanding your job and location preferences, then connect you with one of our awesome partner organisations. We then ensure you are well-prepared for the interview, to help you land a job before you leave home*. To explore all the amazing options available, we invite you to check out our Working Holiday jobs & locations section located above.

Why do a working holiday?

The benefits of doing a Working Holiday trip are numerous. It offers you the opportunity to experience a new country, immerse yourself in a different culture, gain international work experience, develop new skills, make lifelong connections, and create unforgettable memories. It is a chance to combine travel and work while exploring a new destination.

What support is provided by Global Work & Travel during my Working Holiday trip?

We provide comprehensive support throughout your Working Holiday trip, from the initial planning stages until your return home. Our team is available to assist you with visa applications, job placements, accommodation options, and ongoing support from our worldwide offices while you are overseas, including a 24/7 emergency line. We also provide pre-departure guidance and resources to help you prepare for your adventure.

Will I earn enough to support myself?

Absolutely! While the earning potential may vary based on your destination and job type, the full-time income you'll receive is more than sufficient to support you comfortably while abroad. It can cover all your living expenses, accommodation, transportation, and even allows for savings to explore your new home or continue travelling afterward. Additionally, many of our partner organisations offer fantastic perks like discounted staff housing, food and beverage, ski passes, and more, helping you save money and make the most of your Working Holiday experience.

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

How it works

1. Choose a trip style

Find your dream experience & destination, then secure your spot with a flexible & low deposit. Activate your gWorld to unlock some cool perks. Well done! The hardest part’s over!

2. We become friends

Book a time to meet your dedicated Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs of your trip. They’ll be by your side and working behind-the-scenes to pull everything together.

3. Time to go!

We’ll get your tickets, accommodation & transfers ready. Our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared & waiting for your arrival. Get on the plane with no worries!

4. 24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

Still have questions?

Why go Global

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Worldwide support

Know that someone is always ready to assist throughout the journey & they’re only a call, tweet, comment, text or double tap away, 24/7.

We're the experts

With over 10 years in the industry and a team of over 90 passionate pros, you can bet we know our stuff better than anyone else.

Partner network

We have over 1,200 partners around the globe, so we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.

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