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Service Learning in Ireland

Service Learning is recognised as a powerful pedagogical tool.

By putting theory to practice in the real-world community sector, faculty and students report that teaching and learning are greatly enhanced.

Students develop a deep understanding of the social context of their academic disciplines; something only possible outside a classroom.

We have seen that as a sense of civic awareness and social responsibility is fostered in students, their motivation expands with it. Students are more energised to explore important issues after the authentic experience of a Service Learning program.

Indiana State University Case Study

indiana_state_university_logoRead how we designed a Customized Service Learning program for ISU combining several community projects, homestay accommodation, and heritage based excursions.


“Learn International and Blackfriary created a two-week experience that was one of the best service-learning programs Indiana State University has offered in ten years.”


Dr. Nancy Brattain Rogers, Indiana State University

Service Learning in Ireland 

We offer programs throughout Ireland for both individuals and faculty-led groups. Our courses are designed to integrate academic learning with experiences that foster cultural immersion, identity exploration, and global engagement.

We tailor each program to university requirements so academic credit is easily obtained. Home-stay accommodation is a key part of the program as it further supports cultural exchange and immersion.

We suggest a minimum of four weeks for placements for individual applicants and there are set- start dates each month. For faculty-led programs we suggest a minimum of two weeks and have flexible start dates!

Our current projects

13245456_10101476061398244_7740555703835680763_nEach project works with and for the community. Here are some selected examples:

  • Planting and tending a community garden and orchard
  • Distribution of produce to local voluntary and charitable groups
  • Upkeep on visitor/community facilities
  • Contributing to amenity and conservation projects and outreach
  • Engaging with heritage programs designed for children or elderly locals
  • Helping to maintain the outstanding natural and cultural beauty of a local town

What’s included in the program:

  • Service Learning Placement with dedicated supervisor
  • Homestay accommodation and some meals
  • Transport to and from placement or access to public transport
  • Pre-departure advising and application assistance
  • In-country orientation and welcome event
  • Field trips, experiential workshops and reflection activities
  • Global Alumni network
  • 24/7 in-country support team
  • Academic credit through your home university or our School of Record (extra fee)

Airfare, some transport, some meals, some excursions, and spending money are not included.

2017-2018 Program Fees

Contact us for prices in faculty-led groups.

For individual participants:

  • 4 weeks: €2,995
  • 6 weeks: €4215
  • 8 weeks: €5235
  • 10 weeks: €6045
  • 12 weeks: €6675

There’s an application fee of €95 and a participant commitment fee of €500 that are both non-refundable. Note that our prices are subject to change, particularly due to currency fluctuation.

Application Deadlines

Service Learning placements are offered throughout the year and deadlines vary based on program start dates. We need at least twelve weeks to confirm a project for our potential participants.

Available start dates are monthly.

Get started

Get in touch to begin designing the service learning program.

Ireland phone:  +353 (0)45 939 773