Ireland is well-known for its lively cultural traditions, folklore, hearty cuisine, and warm and welcoming people. From busy cities to rugged, breathtaking landscapes, Ireland has an abundance of adventures to offer any type of explorer.
Galway is a small University city known for its brightly colored cafes and pubs, traditional live Irish music, eclectic street performers, and world-class arts and entertainment. History and modernity unite in this city to create an ideal environment for discovering the essence of Ireland's culture, language, and people.
Galway offers unique host organizations and is a great location for service-learning participants interested in learning more about a variety of areas, including community development, social work, and family and youth services. Given its popularity and limited capacity to host service learners, we recommend applying as soon as you can, especially for summer programs. Whether participating in Service-Learning full-time or serving during your semester abroad, you’re sure to fall in love with Galway’s charm.
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Irish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Galway. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood in Galway and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
ISA Study + Service-Learning semester students and full-time summer students are typically housed at Gort na Coiribe Student Village, though location may vary depending on availability. These off-campus apartment-style student residences include a shared double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Bed linens are not included for semester and academic-year students but are included for summer students. Free unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom, and laundry facilities are available in the student residence complex.
A $750 refundable security deposit will be charged if you are living in the student residence. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
Full-time service leaners during the spring and fall semester will live in a homestay. Each homestay has been carefully selected by our resident staff to accommodate participants' specific needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Most students will have their own bedroom. Meals and laundry service are typically not included with Galway host families.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and paying rent directly to the housing facility you choose.
This program is unique in the sense that it has the ability to transcend cultural differences and connect with people so different from one another thanks to one common passion: serving others. If you want the opportunity to really dive into a culture and connect with people of the host community, service-learning is the best way to do it.
(Granada, Spring 2018)
I loved my service-learning experience abroad and would recommend it to anyone! For me, it was a great opportunity to integrate my Spanish language skills with my area of study (nursing), which is a really unique opportunity. It gave me the chance to have more purposeful interaction with the host community during my time abroad, which I think it a key aspect to the study abroad experience.
(Valparaiso, Fall 2017)
I learned so much participating in service-learning. This experience allows you to open your mind to so many different ways of life, social issues happening in other countries, and ways you can help. The skills you develop are endless because you learn to work alongside diverse groups and not only share your knowledge but also learn from them as well. This experience really helped me grow as a person.
(Lima, Summer 2018)