CTL Ireland

Summer Camps with Children and Teenagers

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Agency | CTL Ireland

Support the work of organisations working with children and teenagers during the summer. A full immersion experience with homestay and a unique way to discover Ireland! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

Ireland is a wonderful country; it is safe, friendly, English speaking, rich in heritage, history and culture. From vibrant, exciting cities to spectacular countryside – it’s a magical place to visit. It’s also a wonderful place to stay and immerse yourself doing meaningful volunteer work.

CTL Ireland is collaborating with a well-established organisation which organise summer camps with local children. Programmes are designed by experienced staff and have been fine-tuned through years of experience and feedback from parents and camps participants. Volunteers assist camps staff in facilitating activities and in looking after the daily needs of the camps’ participants, while providing them with a fun, safe and supportive environment. Volunteers will be match to the relevant summer camp according to their skills and interests.

Project Highlights

  • Opportunity to work with children
  • Experienced and qualified staff
  • Full Cultural immersion in an Irish community
  • Unique homestay experience

Volunteer Work

The main role of the volunteers is to assist project staff in running the activities with children and teenagers. The activities depend on the type of camp assigned to the volunteers:

Volunteers are particularly needed in the mornings from 9am to 2pm. The project welcome up to 80 children during this session. The project runs a smaller session in the afternoon with 10 to 15 children. Placements are available in July and August. Volunteers can help in a number of areas: 

  • organising recreational activities
  • outdoor games
  • sports activities
  • nature walks
  • arts and crafts
  • cooking 

Working with children is quite tiring and we recommend volunteering only for a half day at this project. There is a possibility to combine this volunteer work with another project to increase the duration of volunteer work (e.g. charity shop). There are usually 1 or 2 international volunteers at the same time at the project (there could be one only sometimes); there might be other international volunteers in other projects in the area with who they can link and meet during their free time.

Who are we looking for?

This projects are searching for friendly, energetic, outgoing, open-minded and team-focused people with a genuine interest in working with children and teenagers. Flexibility and reliability are other important skills. They must be over 18 when the project starts. Working with children can be very tiring, that’s why volunteers need to be self-motivated and full of energy! Volunteers joining the project should have at least an intermediate level of spoken EnglishAll volunteers will need to have their criminal background checked.


Clonmel town is a busy town that provides shopping and various services for people of the surrounding rural area. It has a population of about 18,000 people. It is located 2 ½ hours from the capital city Dublin and 1 ½ hours from Cork city. Clonmel is well served by bus and train services. The town is nestled in the Comeragh Mountains with the Knockmealdown Mountains to the South and legendary Slievenamon to the East. Hillwalking and cycling are popular local activities. There is always something happening in Clonmel, with frequent theatre, concerts, live music, art exhibitions and festivals.

Typical day

8.00 Breakfast at host family

9.00 Vollunteer work starts

13.00 Lunch  (pack lunch)

14.00 Volunteer work ends

Free time in the evening and dinner available at the host family

Details on Arrival

2018 Arrival Dates:

January 8

February 5

March 5

April 9

May 14

June 11

July 2 and 23

August 20

September 10

October 8

November 5

December 3

Arrival in Cork airport:

Participants are picked up by a driver who will be waiting with a sign displaying the participants’ name. Participants are transferred to a hostel, located in Cork city centre.

Arrival at different airport

Volunteers who arrived at a different airport (Dublin, Shannon, Kerry, Waterford) need to make their own way to Cork. It is very easy to join Cork city from Dublin airport as there are buses from just outside the arrival terminal in Dublin that go directly to Cork city centre. Detailed information on transfers to Cork will be provided by CTL Ireland.

First day and Overnight in Cork city

Volunteers stay at a pre-booked hostel for their first night in Cork city. The hostel is located in the city centre, a very short walk from all the shops and attractions of the city. After checking in, participants have some free time to rest and to discover Cork city. A welcome dinner is generally organised on the first night.

Second Day: Orientation and Transfer to Project

On the morning of their second day, participants will take part in a comprehensive orientation workshop which lasts 3 to 4 hours followed by a walking tour. Participants are then transferred to their project by public transportation.

Free-time activities


Volunteers have two days off per week. During their free time, volunteers can discover the country side around Clonmel, Tipperary region. They can visit famous attractions such as the Rock of Cashel Castle and Cahir Castle located in nearby towns. They can also discover cities such as Kilkenny, Cork or Dublin. There are also many events taking place in Clonmel all throughout the year. 

Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV, medical certificate, criminal background check and references might be required (on experience with children and teenagers)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience working with children and teenagers, Flexible, adaptable, self-motivated, at least intermediate level of English.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
CTL Ireland (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by CTL Ireland

Cost Includes:

  • Pick up in Cork airport
  • 1st night in hostel shared accommodation in Cork city
  • Orientation day with CTL Ireland staff
  • Transfer to project
  • All Meals from day 2
  • Accommodation at project
  • Ongoing support from project mentor
  • Assistance and back up support from CTL Ireland staff
  • 24/7 emergency support

Return transfer not included.

Airport Pickup at Cork Airport
Pick up is included for participants arriving in Cork airport. Participants arriving in another airport will be provided with all necessary information.
Volunteers will live in local host family accommodation allowing you to get a real sense of life in an Irish family and community. Meals will be provided along with a packed lunch as needed. Host families are based within walking distance of the project or near a public transport that allow the volunteer to reach the project easily. Family come in all shapes and sizes (e.g. parents and children, single host mother etc.)
Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
Host family provide breakfast (cereals or toasts, hot drink etc.), pack lunch (sandwiches, fruit etc.) and hot dinner in the evening (e.g. pasta, sausages, potatoes, pizza etc.). It is possible to cater for vegetarians.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cork Airport (ORK) in Cork. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ireland.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ireland provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ireland you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ireland.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,235
5 weeks
$ 2,565
6 weeks
$ 2,925
7 weeks
$ 3,245
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,595
Average fees
$ 504 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Clonmel/Ireland between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. CTL Ireland will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ireland.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with CTL Ireland during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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