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Job orientation internship in Ireland

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Not sure what you're really interested in and want to try out different professional fields? You can do so with our "Job Orientation Internship" program! In Castleisland, a small town in the green County of Kerry, one of the most visited regions of Ireland, you can, following a weekly schedule, intern at various places simultaneously and thus get to know different activities. You can also do the same as a community volunteer of any age.

You can choose from the following placements and combine!

Charity shops have a long tradition in Great Britain and Ireland. They are used goods stores operated by non-profit organizations. They are often found in prime locations in the city centers and are very busy. The goods are donated, sold in the shop and the proceeds go to the charitable work of the organization. Typical second-hand goods are books, clothing, furniture and housewares.
As an intern in a charity shop, you sell goods in the store and display them nicely on the shelves. At the sorting office, you sort goods into different categories and repair and clean them, for instance furniture and clothing (using a steam cleaner).
County Kerry is one of the most visited regions of Ireland, known for its quintessentially Irish landscapes, monuments from the Neolithic Age, medieval castles and diverse museums.
In Castleisland's tourist office you assist visitors, give them information and support the local team with administrative and marketing activities.
If you are a speaker of a language other than English (e.g. German, French, Italian, Japanese), you can teach this language as an extracurricular activity. Furthermore, you can and support the school with various organizational tasks.
In the day care center for the elderly, you can expand your social skills and play games like bingo and quizzes with the elderly, hand them food or just chat with them!
You take part in activities of local groups that carry out improvements to the environment, e.g. clean-ups and renovation work of public spaces in the city and its surrounding nature, improvement of parks, playgrounds, etc.
You will participate in the preparation and implementation of events such as sporting events, music events and festivals.

Full support, prior to and during your time in Ireland!

Your journey to Ireland on a fixed start date (usually once a month, see below), will start with an introductory seminar in Cork. You will get to know our Irish support team and other participants who will go on various placements across Ireland. You will then drive to Castleisland, where you will also have a contact person from our team and will be introduced to the various activities that are part of your job orientation internship/community volunteering. Of course, you also have a permanent contact person from our office team in Germany before and during your time in Ireland! This high level of support makes the internship very suitable even for participants who are abroad for a long time for the first time.
As a participant of our job orientation internship, you will get a discount of EUR 50 on our Career Counseling Test!
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Location: Castleisland, Ireland
Availability: all year round; fixed start dates: 2021: Jul 19, Aug 2, Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 8. 2022: Jan 1, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 9, May 30, Jun 13, Jul 4, Aug 1, Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7
Minimum Duration: 3 weeks
Maximum Duration: 6 months
Minimum age: 18 years
Required Language Skills: English, at least B1 level
Accommodation: Host family accommodation. Details in the tab "Accommodation" below
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Supervision possible: Yes
Qualification supervisor: Professional from the respective field
Minimum qualification of intern: None
Remuneration: No
Volunteering possible: Yes
Required qualification of interns: none
It is expected:
The "right" attitude
You will live with a host family in Castleisland on full board, usually staygin in a single room. Typically you are with your host family for breakfast and dinner and you will take your lunch (sandwiches) with you to the internship. The families can be parents with children or teenagers, parents whose adult children no longer live in the same household, pensioners couples or single mothers.
The costs consist of the program costs and the accommodation costs.
The program costs are:
3-7 weeks: 890 EUR
8-12 weeks: 990 EUR
13 or more weeks: 1090 EUR
The accommodation costs are:
195 EUR per week

This includes:

  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials
  • Pick-up from Cork Airport
  • Hostel Accommodation (dorm room) incl. breakfast in Cork on the first need, dinner with live music on arrival day
  • Orientation session, lunch and city tour in Cork on the day after the arrival
  • Transfer from Cork to your host family in Castleisland by public transport
  • Accommodation on full board with your host family
  • 24 Hours emergency support by our Irish support team
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Travel to/from Cork
  • Transfer back to Cork on your last day
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
This program includes an orientation with walking tour, meals and accommodation in Cork City.
You should book a flight to Cork (airport code: ORK). You will be picked up from Cork Airport and taken to Cork City, where you will spend the first night in Sheilas hostel (shared room).
Alternatively, you can fly to Dublin (DUB) and from there take a bus to Cork. The journey takes about 3.5 hours. Your plane should land in Dublin before 2pm so you can make it to Cork by bus on the same day. We will provide you with precise travel information.
There are fixed start dates, which means that we can ensure that there is always a small group of newly arriving program participants. On the first evening, you will join Welcome Dinner, including with live Irish music.
The next day you will be picked up from the hostel after breakfast at 9:15 am, followed by a 3.5 hour introductory workshop on topics including intercultural training, personal and professional development, and communication. Afterwards there will be lunch (included in the price) and an approximately 2-hour walking tour through Cork City.
You will then brought to the bus/train to Castleisland (takes about 2 hours - ticket included) where you will be picked up by a team member or by your host family and brought to your host family where you will move in.
Your volunteer work will then start the following day. An employee of the facility will give you an introduction to the project work.

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