People to People Unique Moments
Authentic Homestay Experience in Ireland
Live like a local alongside the family of a peer your own age during an exclusive People to People family homestay. This cultural experience just cannot be equalled as you are welcomed into family life and see first-hand an Irish home, experience typical home cooking and meet likeminded friends through your Irish host. This is international networking like never before!
Live the Middle Ages
Step back in time at an awesome People to People Medieval encampment and re-enactment at Warwick Castle. Upon arriving at the Castle you will be greeted by Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, and his knight of the Realm. Swear your allegiance to the Earl and join his army to take down the Lancastrian House to claim the Throne of England! This is your chance to see history come to life as you fire the world’s largest trebuchet and learn to swordfight allowing you the chance to take the ultimate selfie of the summer!
The Road to Peace
In keeping with President Eisenhower’s vision for enhanced cultural understanding, visit a Belfast school and learn about the complexities of different religions as you hear from locals about “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Understand how this has changed for the better since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. You will also meet with local students and teachers to discuss how this period influenced their childhoods.
Cultural Exchanges / Education and Service
Exclusive access to a former Member of Parliament
Go behind the scenes of Parliament in London as you meet a former Member of British Parliament. This immersive experience will allow you to ask questions directly to the expert as your group discusses the current challenges faced by the UK and European governments about the impact of Brexit and the UK leaving the European Union.
A Helping Hand
Take part in specially designed exclusive People to People community programs. Enhance the local environment while improving the life of the local community as you learn how to cut peat to heat the homes of the local elderly as part of a fully sustainable community led project. In return, the small Irish community will welcome you and teach you about local Irish sports including Gaelic football before topping off your day with a lively traditional musical evening of fun and dance in a ‘ceilidh’ with your new Irish friends. Come and enjoy the craic!
The Performing Arts
Study alongside talented peers from the BRIT School, the London institution that produced the likes of Adele, Amy Winehouse and Jessie J. You’ll be escorted around the world famous school by current students and marvel at their theater, dance and recording studios in addition to their industry leading technology department.
Fun and Adventure!
Expert Sporting Lessons
Visit the home of golf where you’ll experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a lesson from a golf pro near the famous St. Andrews course. While there, you’ll be able to see where Price William went to university and met Kate!
Dress up and step out to an evening in style at a celebrated theatre show in London’s world famous West End, the British equivalent of Broadway! It’ll be lights, camera and action all night long allowing you the ultimate bragging rights amongst your friends back home.
Outdoor and Leadership
Step out of your comfort zone with thrilling, confidence-building outdoor activities in the Highlands. There really is something for everyone from white water rafting, rappelling down a rock face to interactive and engaging team building games. After this your confidence really will soar!
DAY 1–2Welcome to England
Visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial at Runnymede. It’s location on the banks of the River Thames holds huge political and historical importance, adjacent to the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Take to sky on the Coca-Cola London Eye for a bird’s eye view of the city.
DAY 3Leaders and Landmarks of London
See the very best of London as you cruise past Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and beneath the iconic Tower Bridge. Explore Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus before watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. This afternoon meet and quiz a former Member of British Parliament before visiting the Tower of London and meeting a world famous Yeoman Warder. Top off a truly exciting day with a West End theater show, the British equivalent of Broadway!
DAY 4From the modern to the medieval
Spend time as a student at the world renowned BRIT School for Music and Performing Arts. Meet with talented peers from the school that produced the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse. Travel to historic Warwick and participate in a medieval encampment re-enactment where you’ll see history come to life as you fire the world’s largest trebuchet (catapult) and learn to swordfight.
Explore the ancient Roman city of Chester and meet with the local Mayor. Travel through rolling British countryside into North Wales, and the village that boasts one of the world’s longest station names (see above!). The Welsh are proud of their unique culture and language. Just imagine taking selfies next to this village sign!
DAY 6The Emerald Ilse
Set sail across the Irish Sea. Travel through the natural wonders of rural Ireland, stopping in Limerick on the way to your Cahersiveen guest house which showcases the very best of Ireland. You will have the best breakfast you ever tasted! Live alongside a local family with a peer your age, sampling a selection of traditional Irish delicacies.
DAY 7Breathtaking beauty
Immerse yourself in nature at the Gap of Dunloe. Embrace the traditions of the hills with a ride on a traditional horse-drawn jaunty cart. Journey through a breathtaking narrow mountain pass, carved by glaciers millions of years ago. Today history really will be brought to life in an area where the legend of the leprechauns began!
DAY 8Giving back to the community
Join us at the ‘Cahersiveen Community Day’. Make a meaningful contribution to the community and spend time working alongside locals before participating in local Gaelic football before topping off your day with a lively traditional musical evening of fun and dance, called a ‘ceilidh’, with your new Irish friends.
DAY 9Irish heritage
Explore Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland’s most revered historical sites. You’ll see how the Irish people lived and worked through the centuries. Spend the evening with your Dublin homestay family enjoying a classic regional dinner and learning about family life in Ireland, during this unique People to People experience.
DAY 10Dublin: UNESCO City of Literature
Discover Dublin, before an exclusive tour of the celebrated University, Trinity College. Indulge in a little retail therapy on world famous O’Connell Street, here you’ll find the very best presents for people back home and for finding fantastic mementos for your trip. Visit the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum and witness first-hand the pivotal role played by sport in Irish culture and contemporary history and politics.
DAY 11Connecting cultures
Explore the cultural and religious differences of Northern Ireland and Eire. Spend the afternoon hosted by students at the Belfast Royal Academy, the oldest school in the city, with a proud tradition and strong identity. After today your social media accounts are sure to have a far more international feel!
DAY 12In the footsteps of Giant Finn McCool
Challenge yourself personally as you visit ‘Rocky Island’ via the Carrick-a-Rede, a suspended rope bridge with a view of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. You’ll feel as though you’re in a movie set as you cross this bridge! Hike along the cliff-top trail of the one and only Giant’s Causeway as you let your imagination bring the historic tales and legends to life. Meet young locals and learn about Northern Ireland’s historic road to peace during an insightful interactive lecture. This evening you’ll fully understand the importance of global peace with a real acceptance of cultural differences.
DAY 13Storming Stirling Castle
Set sail for Scotland, home to the famous Stirling Castle. Unearth the secrets of the 500 year old castle through beautifully restored rooms, a renaissance Royal Palace and Regimental Museum as well as stunning gardens and landscapes.
DAY 14White knuckle thrills
Step out of your comfort zone, dealing with the challenges of White Water Rafting on The River Tay. This really is an adrenaline filled morning that you’ll never forget. Spend an afternoon on a Scottish farm learning traditional techniques like you’ve never imagined, including helping to train sheep dogs. You may even bottle-feed a lamb!
DAY 15The hunt for Nessie
Loch Ness has a rich history to explore, set against a beautiful rural landscape, and is the mythical home of the Loch Ness Monster. Today you will have the opportunity to hunt for Nessie! Visit the Highland Folk Park for first-hand experience of life in the Scottish Highlands.
DAY 16Outdoor adventure!
Spend an action-packed day taking part in a number of specially arranged adventure activities (of varying difficulties) in the Highlands designed to push you to your limits! Whether you want to personally rappel down a rock-face, or do some team building in the hills of rural Scotland you’ll not be disappointed.
DAY 17The setting of a royal love story
Take a lesson from a golf pro at the prestigious Elmwood Golfing Academy. Explore St. Andrews University, where Prince William first met Kate. Visit the most famous golf course in the world, and see where many a legendary Ryder Cup and British Open game has been played. The golfers in your family will envy you!
DAY 18Meet a Scottish Highlander, telling tales….
Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience during a morning of Scottish storytelling from an authentic Highlander, here you’ll learn how to tie a traditional Scottish kilt and use weapons that fought the Romans and the English. Visit Edinburgh, with its castle perched high atop an extinct volcano, steeped in a rich and intriguing history.
DAY 19The final chapter
Depart for home from a land of myths and legends with a wealth of treasured memories and new friends gained from near and far.