The InterExchange Work & Travel Ireland program is a chance for U.S. citizens to explore Ireland more deeply than a tourist and earn money from seasonal work along the way. The program is geared towards those seeking more independence and less structure, but with a leg-up in the job search and transitional support in the background. Explore beautiful Ireland for the summer or up to a full year!
Arrive in Dublin to three nights of pre-booked accommodation at a hostel and an orientation session within your first few days in the country. The orientation will cover logistics, safety, jobs resources, and more, and of course you’ll have the chance to hang out afterwards and mingle. You’re welcome to drop by the hosting center before your orientation date (and any time during your program) to connect with the friendly staff about your work and travel goals.
Dublin, Galway, and Cork may be the most obvious options for finding work. Wherever you put down your roots, you’ll want to get out and explore between jobs and you’ll have plenty of flexibility to do so. Discover the lanes of Kilkenny or lesser-known fishing villages, marvel at the coastal beauty on the Ring of Kerry, or even plan a trip to the European mainland. Ask us for suggestions!
A Working Holiday is an opportunity to try new things, make new friends, and explore another country. The work you take on might not be specific to your career (though you are welcome and encouraged to pursue such work). It’s a chance to help fund your travels, usually with seasonal jobs such as working at a hotel, restaurant, or bar, or other positions related to the tourism sector. Temporary office work and other jobs are possible as well.
The minimum wage in Ireland is current €9.15/hour and many participants earn between €10 and €16/hour. It is generally possible to cover your in-country expenses, though it’s important to have some savings and realize that you may not find work immediately (and there could be gaps between jobs if you’re staying for a longer stretch).
Dublin, Cork, and Galway are the most popular destinations for participants but you’re welcome to explore any and all of the Republic of Ireland’s 26 counties!
InterExchange commits to quick response times and providing personal attention to all applicants. If you have any questions as you consider applying or leading up to your program, we are always happy to help. Feel free to email us or give us a call at 1.800.597.3675 - we look forward to hearing from you!
Upon arrival, you’ll have three nights of pre-booked accommodation in Dublin. In addition to your orientation meeting in Dublin, you will also have unlimited access to our partner's hosting and resource center throughout your time on the program, including internet and printer access. Friendly staff are available for a CV review and advice regarding your work goals. You will receive a Work & Travel Ireland handbook as well as an Irish SIM card with a local phone number, and you’ll have access to social events and social media groups.
InterExchange remains available once your program ends. Join our events, apply for our Alumni Grant, link up with Exchange Visitors on our Innovation Award-nominated Language Partner Program, and enjoy postings on jobs and other resources in our alumni groups and newsletters!
Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are 18 or older and current students or recent graduates of an accredited U.S. college or university program of 3+ years. Current students must have completed at least one full-time semester of a program in order to be eligible. Graduates must be within 12 months of their graduation date in order to be eligible.
There are no specific program dates and you can choose when you’d like to arrive. Summer participants are encouraged to arrive by May to beat the job rush. You will either apply for a 4-month or 12-month visa and may stay for this whole period or any portion of it. We recommend staying for as much of your visa eligibility length as possible. We recommend enrolling three months prior to your desired start date.
Our online application is free to start and easy to complete! Simply complete a few basic web forms and uploads and give us a call if you need any help. Once you apply and pay a $250 deposit (refundable if you cancel before your program is confirmed), we’ll contact you to set up an informational call and discuss the next steps.
U.S. citizens have two options for working holidays in Ireland: 4-month or 12-month authorization.
The benefit of a 12-month working holiday is more time to explore Ireland, of course. However, it requires that you lodge an application with the appropriate Irish consulate in the U.S. InterExchange can help with general guidance in this process, but you will need to apply and pay for this (usually around $360).
With the 4-month working holiday, our Irish partner has the ability to provide your work authorization directly, with no need to lodge and pay for an application at an Irish consulate. The cost of this is already reflected in our program fees above. You won't have as much time in Ireland but if you are unable to stay for longer than four months, this option is a better fit for you.
Many participants find work in the hospitality industry, working in a hotel, restaurant or bar, or other seasonal jobs. Those with office experience may find short-term work in a more corporate environment. Seeking work specific to your career is encouraged but you will need to put forth the same effort as you would in the U.S., and it's a good idea to keep more seasonal work in mind as a possibility.
No. These are just the maximums for the two visa types, but you don't have to work the whole time. If you end up working multiple jobs you could also have breaks between jobs, during which you may wish to change locations or travel open endedly for awhile.
To keep costs lower many participants look for a room share, especially if living in a city like Dublin. In this case accommodation could be kept to around $150/week or so. Rent will increase for those seeking private rooms or studio apartments. Homestays are becoming increasingly popular among Irish families as well and can sometimes help save money as well. If you have questions about finding housing our partner in Dublin is happy to help.
While most of our participants travel solo we welcome friends, couples and groups.
Yes. The Working Holiday Visa is a multiple-entry visa, which means you can leave the country and come back during the time that your visa is valid. Make sure you are aware of entry/exit requirements for any other countries you visit.
Summer only participants should reserve at least 6-8 weeks as employers will generally need this kind of commitment. For those traveling for a longer stretch, we encourage you to take as much time as you can to explore the country up to the maximum 12 months allowed on your visa.
If you are proactive, professional and open to various types of jobs (rather than aiming for one specific position), you can find a job quickly! There are many jobs available and most of our participants land their first position within their first one or two weeks.
It's a good idea to allow 8-10 weeks, just in case. In many cases the visa processing is much quicker than this and in some cases can be completed in as few as 2-3 weeks. However, this cannot be guaranteed, so please plan ahead!
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