The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island of Ireland, which it shares with Northern Ireland. The country is well known for its colorful traditions, whimsical folklore, tasty food and drinks, eclectic musical history, and warm and welcoming people. With all its rich cultural traditions, you will never want to leave!
As Ireland's third-largest city, Limerick is alive with excitement and entertainment. At the heart of Ireland's Midwest region, Limerick offers a dynamic mix of modern city life and fascinating medieval treasures. Sports enthusiasts and music lovers will find endless entertainment in Limerick’s sporting events and pub scene, while history buffs will marvel at the city’s ancient churches and castles.
Ireland 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. Whether participating in Service-Learning full-time or serving during your semester abroad, you’re sure to feel at home in Limerick’s welcoming community.
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Limerick lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Ireland. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
Full-time service-learning summer students will be placed in off-campus student residences. Student residences are apartment-style, typically housing 3-6 students in each apartment. Student residences include a shared double bedroom, shared bathrooms, shared kitchen, and shared living room. Free, unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom, and laundry facilities are available in student residence complex.
A $500 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 Limerick 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)