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EIL Intercultural Learning

1 Empress Place, Summerhill North, Cork, Ireland
Community Organization



Enriching lives, inspiring global citizenship.
EIL Intercultural Learning is an Irish "not for profit" organisation which provides intercultural learning opportunities through study abroad, volunteer abroad, language training, travel awards, group educational programmes, and other cultural immersion activities for about 2,000 people each year.

The Mission of EIL Intercultural Learning Ireland is: To provide intercultural learning experiences which enrich lives, promote understanding of other cultures and challenge individuals to be more globally aware and responsible.

The work of EIL Intercultural Learning is underpinned by a set of core values and guiding principles which include the organisation’s not for profit status, its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of participants and its endorsement of the principles of equality, inclusiveness, sustainability and diversity. At all times EIL strives to achieve the highest standards and to employ best practices.

Based on principles of experiential learning (learning by doing), EIL programmes are designed to provide tools to survive and thrive in another culture or in a different language, to foster personal development, to build communication and leadership skills, and to be active citizens in an interdependent world.

In short the aim of EIL Intercultural Learning is to enrich lives and to inspire global citizenship.


Interested in a career promoting global citizenship? EIL has 3 vacancies based in Cork. For more information see

Our first Faculty Led group of the year joined us on 5th January and enjoyed their time in Ireland, despite the cold weather! Fox Valley Technical College have been visiting Ireland for 4 years now. During their time in Ireland they visited sites such as Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey in Connemara. They also visited a range of businesses and tech companies, such as VMware, the Tyndall Institute, Microsoft, Dropbox and Citrix, plus many more! We’re looking forward to welcoming Fox Valley back to Ireland again in the future!

EIL Explore Readathon 2018 (Part 2) took place in Dublin last Saturday. Every application has now been read (by at least 3 people) and shortlisting is well under way. There are some amazing applications and it’s not easy to come up with the shortlists as we would like to include everybody! Thanks to the army of EIL volunteers (all previous participants) and staff who took part in the “readathons" in the Cork and Dublin in the last week. Shortlisted participants will be informed during the week starting January 29th. Everybody shortlisted will be invited to the selection day in Dublin on Saturday February 24th. Thanks for your patience.

It looks like Mount Mercy University, Iowa. are having a great time visiting Ireland. This faculty led programme are partaking in a large range of cultural activities, such as visiting Kilmainham Gaol, the Book of Kells, Giant's Causeway and the City Walls of Derry. They are also enjoying literary activities such as the James Joyce Circular and talks from speakers such as Dil Wickremasinghe (Multiculturalism & Immigration in Ireland). #MMUabroad

The New Year is a time when you may reflecting on past experiences and looking ahead to a new challenge & increasing your understanding of the world we live in ! If you are thinking of re-engaging with your volunteer experience and are keen to raise awareness of Global Justice at home in your own community, the Global Citizen Award is for you! You can register your interest here

Happy Christmas and the best of festive wishes for 2018! From all at EIL Ireland, we would love to say thank you to all our volunteers, participants and partners around the world who have made 2017 a great year :) We are looking forward to a busy and fun-filled 2018 with you all, and hope you enjoy the holidays. The office is closed lunchtime Friday 22nd Dec until Tues 2nd Jan 2018 :) Nollaig Shona!

Push the button - Submit it! 🚨 Started but not 100%? Ran out of time?🏃‍♀️ feel it's not fully there?🤔 Regardless of where your application is, if you don't submit we can't include you as a potential 2018 winner! Taking a few seconds now, might make your summer :) ✈️ So even if its still in your drafting phase✏️, submit now!!🚨 Deadline 12 noon tmrw Mon 18th Dec 12 noon :) #1daytogo #summer2018 #volops #ticktock!

HOLA AMIGOS! 🤙🏼🇲🇽 Don't miss your chance to apply for an amazing opportunity to experience & explore Mexico for the summer of 2018 by applying for an EIL Explore award. Take an hour of your weekend and send your application in by midday Monday to us! You can easily be the next winner to travel to Mexico with a purpose! Live and volunteer in a community project bringing your skills to share with wonderful people! Go and apply right now;

Through our Global Awareness Programme EIL Explore volunteers have the opportunity to engage with The Global Goals overseas and contribute to awareness raising of the Goals in their local communities at home! There are three days left to apply! Start by reading about the programme & downloading your application form at this link

The Vermont Governor's Institutes VT each year brings together over 80 dynamic young leaders & challenges them to ask and answers difficult questions by exploring different sides of issues & political perspectives. We are excited to offer this opportunity to 5 young people who have demonstrated leadership potential while being actively involved in their community. Only 5 days left to apply for EIL Explore Youth Activist Award