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).
How much does housing cost in Ireland?
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.
Can I travel with a friend?
While most of our participants travel solo we welcome friends, couples, and groups.
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.
What other costs are there to consider?
- Savings to support yourself in Ireland: Access to $4,000 is the general requirement, though you may not spend this much.
- Travel medical insurance: We require you to have travel medical insurance during your program and are happy to name a few options.
- Visa: This is included in the price of the five-month program, but will cost an additional $360 for the 12-month program.
- Irish Residence Permit (IRP) to be obtained once you arrive: €300.
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 one or two weeks.
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 much 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!