Ireland: Irish Culture & Leadership Development

Peace, Politics, and Human Rights

Build your leadership skills while experiencing Ireland’s culture, major cities, and daily life. Discover castles, kayak along the coast, and explore urban centers.


July 16, 2018



Peace, Politics, & Human Rights


Community Service


Water Activity

Outdoor Activity


Program Description

Begin your Experiment in the historic city of Cork for orientation and workshops focused on building your leadership skills. You will get to know your group with an obstacle course and see a performance of traditional Irish song and dance at a local arts center. Then, it’s on to Ireland’s lush green countryside to kiss the Blarney Stone, stroll through the historic town of Cobh, and meet with local young people who have brought about positive change in their communities. Visit Killarney to soak in the spectacular scenery during a hike to Torc Waterfall or the Gap of Dunloe before you bike through the countryside.

You will then travel to County Tipperary for your homestay, where you will immerse yourself in Irish daily life, including cooking traditional meals, exploring the town with your host family, and participating in a community service project. Refresh with a day of sea kayaking off Waterford.

Throughout the program, you will have intensive leadership development training, learning how to enact societal and personal change by developing skills such as self-awareness, collaboration, problem-solving, empathy, and relationship-building. You will also work on a team project investigating local and global issues.

You will wrap up your journey with time in Ireland’s capital, Dublin, where you will visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the city’s cultural quarter, and other places of historical and political significance as your group reflects on your extraordinary travels.





July 16, 2018 - August 7, 2018 (3 weeks)

Program Fee:


(does not include airfare)
Group Airfare Cost:


Depart/Return City:



Cork, 4 days


Clonmel*, 5–6 days

Other Accommodations:

Hotels, university dormitory

Sample Itinerary

    Days 1-3

    Orientation in Cork

    • Learn about the history, culture, and environment of Ireland from experts
    • Get to know other members of your group during activities
    • Visit important sites throughout the city
    • Attend a celebration of Irish music, dance, and song
    • Visit Blarney Castle and the seaside town of Cobh

    Thematic Focus

    • Meet with Irish young people who share the goal of becoming young leaders

    During the orientation period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located hotel.

    Days 4-5

    Excursion to Killarney Accompanied by Irish Students

    • Visit the Killarney Natural Park Education Centre and participate in activities such as observing local wildlife, pond dipping, and moth trapping
    • Hike through the spectacular scenery of Killarney and see the Torc Waterfall

    During this period, you and your group will stay at a youth hostel.

    Days 6-7

    Thematic Focus in Cork – Youth Leadership Workshop

    • Take part in workshops that will enable you to devise a personal leadership goal and begin planning and working towards achieving this
    • Participate in workshops focusing on communication skills, self-awareness, values, and team problem solving
    • Meet with Irish young people who are also learning leadership skills

    During this period, you and your group will stay at a centrally located hotel.

    Days 8-13

    Homestay in Clonmel

    • Become immersed in the daily lives of an Irish family and community
    • Do activities with your host family
    • Spend a day at Tramore Beach

    Thematic Focus

    • Engage in a local community service project, putting into practice the skills you have learned during the workshops in Cork

    During this period, you will stay in the home of a family.

    Days 14-17

    Thematic Focus in Maynooth

    • Attend The Foróige Youth Leadership Conference
    • Work on a team project investigating local, community, and global issues

    During this period, you and your group will stay on a university campus.

    Days 18-20

    Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Dublin

    • Visit important sites throughout the city
    • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program

    During the reflection period, you and your group will stay at a nearby hotel.

    Day 21


    Please note: This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Past Group Leaders

  • Caitlin Morris

    Caitlin Morris

    Caitlin first fell in love with travel when studying abroad in Spain during an undergraduate semester at the University of Illinois–Champaign. After college, Caitlin spent a year as a WorldTeach volunteer, teaching primary school on an outer island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She then returned to the US to obtain her master’s degree from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, with a program focus on education and international social welfare. Caitlin has served as a university experiential education programs assistant, a youth and family program coordinator at a Chicago community center, and a researcher on various education-related research projects.

    Caitlin’s passion for experiential learning took her to Kenya in the summer of 2012 where she worked as an advisor with the Innovation Institute, leading students through a program promoting entrepreneurship to build sustainable social businesses in rural Africa. In the summer of 2014, Caitlin served as a group leader on The Experiment’s Wildlife, Ecology, and Culture program in Botswana. Always dedicated to supporting the learning and growth of young people, during the school year Caitlin can be found serving as a certified school social worker in Chicago. She enjoys dance, photography, spending time with family and friends, and pursuing new learning experiences—including the opportunity to co-lead The Experiment’s new Irish Culture and Global Activism program in 2015!

  • Vosa-Cavu Litman

    A native of Redwood City, California, William Vosa Cavu-Litman graduated with a BA in behavioral sciences and sociology from San José State University in 2009. While in college, Vosa served for two years as the president and CEO of Associated Students, Inc., overseeing a $7.2 million program budget and managing over 180 students and professional staff across multiple departments. He also worked as an academic counselor, supporting at-risk high school students as they prepared for university. Vosa then taught in Los Angeles for two years with Teach for America and obtained a master’s degree in early childhood education from Loyola Marymount University.

    For the past few years, Vosa has been living in Seoul, South Korea, where he works in international education as an instructor, teacher trainer, and curriculum specialist. With family from the Fiji Islands, Vosa has traveled extensively in Fiji; he has also continued his international adventures throughout Latin America, Europe, and Asia. 2015 marked Vosa’s fourth summer serving as an Experiment group leader; he has led programs in Spain, Chile, Peru, and Ireland. Vosa enjoys rivers, lakes, and oceans; loves riding bicycles; and he thoroughly enjoys learning about new cultures.

Pre-departure Documents

Summer 2018

Congratulations on your upcoming Experiment summer on the Ireland: Irish Culture & Leadership Development program. Visit our pre-departure page for information about our expectations, communications, and travel planning. In early 2018, our summer international information will be published in a secure page, found in the Parent Portal.

In early spring 2018, the following program-specific documents will be linked to this page:

  • Participant Handbook
  • Parent Handbook
  • Health Guidelines
  • Personal Funds Abroad
  • Accident and Sickness Insurance
  • Packing List

Many questions can be answered by reviewing these materials, but please do not hesitate to contact us if further information is required. To submit or update your domestic travel and emergency contact information, please login in to the Parent Portal.

Important Passport and Medical Information

If you do not yet have a passport, or if you have not applied for one, you should do so immediately.

If you have not had a physical with your doctor since June 2017, make an appointment as quickly as possible, as your health form must be filled out based on a current physical.

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