What types of jobs are available?
Most jobs on a working holiday tend to be short-term and seasonal. These jobs are typically in fields of travel and tourism, hospitality and resorts, food and beverage, retail, manual labor, event set up, etc. Jobs can range from one day to a few months. That being said, it is possible to find more professional work. Just speak with our in-country partners about your work goals and they can point you in the right direction and provide resources for your search.
How long will it take me to find a job?
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 two weeks. Just make sure you check in with the jobs team in Dublin!
What kinds of jobs can I expect to find?
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.
Do I have to work the whole time?
No. Five and twelve months are just the maximum lengths 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.
Please note that with the five-month visa, you can only work for a maximum of four months (the extra month is just meant for travel).
Can I travel with a friend?
Yes! While most of our participants travel solo we welcome friends, couples, and groups.
What kind of visa or permit do I need? Is it easy to get?
U.S. citizens have two options for working holidays in Ireland: 5-month or 12-month programs.
With the 5-month working holiday (the more popular option), our Irish partner has the ability to provide your work authorization directly, with no need to lodge or pay for an application at an Irish consulate. The cost of this is already reflected in our program fee. You won't have as much time in Ireland but if you are unable to stay for longer than five months, this option is a better fit for you, and less expensive. NOTE: With the five-month option, you will be able to work for up to four months, with one extra month for optional travel.
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 around $360.
What are the visa requirements?
For U.S. citizens, you must be at least 18 years old, and either a current student at a post-secondary institution, or a graduate within the past 12 months. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has more information about this and you can also ask us
How long does the visa process take?
It's a good idea to allow eight to 10 weeks, just in case. In many cases the visa processing is quicker than this and in some cases can be completed in as few as two to three weeks. However, this cannot be guaranteed, so please plan ahead!
How much does housing cost in Ireland?
To meet friends and save money most people look to share an apartment or flat. This way rent can be kept to around $150/week or so, and less in places like Cork or Galway. If you plan to stay in Dublin, the neighborhoods of Ranelagh and Rathmines are popular options. Keep in mind that it's easy to find apartments that are furnished (except for bed linens, etc.), and it's also easy to find housing upon arrival. We recommend this so that you can meet landlords in person.
Homestays are becoming increasingly popular among Irish families as well and can sometimes help save money.
Can I leave Ireland and re-enter?
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.
How long should I stay in Ireland?
Summer only participants should reserve at least six to eight 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.
Don't I need to get a job before I travel in order to get the visa?
Nope. This program is intended for the open ended traveler looking to experience Ireland with some work along the way. It is commonly known as a working holiday, something too few Americans know about, but is gradually increasing in popularity. If you enjoy being a trailblazer and want a true adventure (with support in the background), a working holiday is a good option.