Global Service in Ireland – Internships with vulnerable adult populations Summer 2021

Program Dates: Anticipated May 29th – July 10th 2021

Interested in this Program? Please complete our Interest Form

Experience scenic ocean views, brightly colored cafes, boundless live music, and rich history and sites of the eclectic city of Galway, Ireland while serving on a variety of community-based service projects. Students may choose projects from one of the focus areas and organizations listed below.

    • Ability West: Special needs education for adults and teens promoting overall autonomy, health and well being.
    • Cope Galway Sonas daycare, elderly assistance and visitation to empower individuals to live independently.
    • Volunteer Galway Galway Simon Community: Support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Activities listed are sample options – final projects will vary based on the needs of the community identified before the group arrives in Ireland.

Students will experience Irish sociopolitical history and culture during a pre-departure program and this learning will continue through various in-country excursions and activities while in Ireland.



All students will be enrolled in a 0-credit hour prerequisite orientation and cultural studies course that takes place during the Spring 2021 semester. A second 6-credit hour course will be taken in-country, and awarded in the Summer 2021 semester. These courses are designed to integrate academic and experiential learning with cultural immersion, identity exploration, and global engagement. The general undergraduate course numbers are listed below. Undergraduate students interested in other credits and graduate students may earn credit by arrangement with the Office of Service-Learning and their individual departments.

SRV_LRN 3028: Global Service (6). Students will earn 6 credit hours (awarded during Summer semester) for pre-departure workshops, held during the spring semester, and while engaging in intensive service in the host country during the Summer.

Class Schedule – must attend all classes

Monday’s between 8 pm to 10 pm towards the end of the spring semester (dates to be determined)

SRV_LRN 0501 The 0 credit hour prerequisite course takes place during Spring 2021 on the MU campus. The course focuses on building cultural competencies, critical thinking, and self-discovery. In addition students will research and study the host country’s history, culture, languages, politics and geography. This course prepares you for your service abroad and students must participate fully in order to remain in the program.

SRV_LRN 3028  Students will earn 6 credit hours (graded A-F) while engaging in intensive service in the host country. The main objective of this course is to promote service-learning through direct contact, classes, discussions, reflections, and projects while living in host country. Academic coursework will emphasize the development of critical consciousness while engaging in reflection and group dialogue.

Academic Credit

You will be enrolled in MU courses and are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed coursework. Grades earned through this program will calculate into your MU GPA and appear on your MU transcript when grades are recorded by the Program Leader. You must work with your academic advisor(s) to obtain pre-approval regarding course/degree requirements.

Additional Learning and Academic Activities

While living in the host country students will participate in multiple cultural activities. Excursions are considered as part of the coursework and should be looked upon as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Part of the final grade will come from their participation and attitude towards learning during these activities and excursions. Faculty will require students to reflect on your experiences throughout your service in Ireland.


Considered by many to be Ireland’s “most Irish city,” Galway is a modern city steeped in Celtic traditions. Stroll the promenade along Galway Bay, take a boat out to the Aran Islands, traverse the many live music venues and street performances, or shop for Claddagh rings and Aran sweaters—there is so much waiting for you in Galway! And even though Galway is a growing international city, due in large part to the university, it is not uncommon to hear the traditional Gaelic still spoken in shops, pubs, restaurants, and around town. Galway’s brightly painted buildings stand out in the misty sky, so don’t forget your camera and umbrella. If live music and food are not on your to-do list for the day, you can always escape a rainy day by visiting one of the city’s many art galleries, museums, and cathedrals. There is something for everyone in Galway!

Accommodations and Meals

Students will reside in shared bedroom (2 – students per room) apartments at the National University of Ireland-Galway. Each apartment offers shared living rooms and kitchens. A group dinner will be provided each week, which will be an informal setting away from the classroom to discuss your service and experiences in Ireland.

Proposed Itinerary

  • May 29th: Arrive at Dublin Airport in the morning and travel to Galway as a group.
  • May 30th :Orientation/walking tour and free time.
  • May 31st: June Bank Holiday in Ireland. Free time to explore the city and Corrib Princess boat tour.
  • June 1st: Introduction to service sites; begin service.
  • June 3rd- 5th: Service at sites; class meetings and coursework.
  • June 7th: Excursion to Cliffs of Moher and Burren
  • June 8th – 12th: Service at sites; class meetings and coursework.
  • June 14th: Excursion to Aran Islands.
  • June 15th – 19th: Service at sites; class meetings and coursework.
  • June 21st: Excursion to Connemara and Cong
  • June 22nd – June 26th: Service at sites; class meetings and coursework.
  • June 27th/28th/29th: Long free weekend
  • June 30th – July 3rd: Service at sites; class meetings and coursework.
  • July 4th – July 5th: Free Weekend
  • July 6th – July 9th: Final week of Service.
  • July 10th: Depart Galway; earliest student departure/return to U.S.

Proposed Excursions:

You will travel with the group but will have opportunities to explore the country independently during your time abroad. Many Students use the free weekend to visit other locations in Europe. Group excursions around Ireland are likely to include activities or tours such as:

  • Galway and the surrounding areas of Western Ireland
  • Aran Islands
  • Connemara & Cong
  • Cliffs of Moher & Burren
  • Corrib River cruise

Program Costs

Please see below for our anticipated budget for the Summer 2021 program. We anticipate the budget being similar for Summer 2021. Students are advised to schedule a meeting to discuss financial planning.

This program is supported by the Office of Service Learning.


For more information about financing your Global Service Program, please see the Financing page

Application and Eligibility

Before you apply to your chosen program, please review the How to Apply page.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of a student’s academic transcript, quality and depth of response to the personal statement. In addition, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be in good disciplinary standing with the University for consideration. A personal interview may be required. Admission to a global service program is not guaranteed.

To apply for this Global Service Program, please submit the Online Application by:

  • Final deadline: TDB

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More Information

For more information, please contact Yvonne Binfield in the Office of Service-Learning. To schedule an appointment, visit MUConnect on Canvas go to your “my Success Network” type in “Service-Learning”, and click on the link to make an appointment with Yvonne. You can also complete our Interest Form