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Celtic Cultures 2019

Discover the best of The United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland. Immerse yourself in England’s medieval past, live with a host family in modern-day Dublin and learn about the modern relationship between the UK, Ireland, and Europe through specially-curated cultural activities.
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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!

Breathtaking Shows

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 1–2

    Welcome 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 3

    Leaders 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 4

    From 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.
  • DAY 5

    Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwy
    rndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch!

    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 6

    The 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 7

    Breathtaking 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 8

    Giving 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 9

    Irish 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 10

    Dublin: 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 11

    Connecting 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 12

    In 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 13

    Storming 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 14

    White 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 15

    The 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 16

    Outdoor 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 17

    The 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 18

    Meet 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 19

    The 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.

Traveler Details

Leaders for Celtic Culture

June 23 to July 11, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)
July 2 to July 20, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)

Details of traveling Teacher Leaders will be confirmed shortly.

Duration in days

19

Program Details

Day to Day

Depart, USA

Overnight Flight

Day 1

Your adventure begins. Meet up with your delegation and board your overnight flight. Be sure to get some shut eye as you will hit the ground running when you land in London, the home of James Bond, Adele, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben.

London, England

JFK and the River Thames

Day 2

Visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial at Runnymede. As the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta, its location on the banks of the River Thames holds huge political and historical importance. Take to the sky on the Coca-Cola London Eye for a bird’s eye view of the city.

London, England

London Leaders and Landmarks

Day 3

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. In the afternoon, like a true global ambassador, meet and quiz a former Member of British Parliament, then visit the Tower of London and meet a world famous Yeoman Warder. Top off a truly exciting day with a West End theater show, the British equivalent of Broadway!

People to People Moment

Step back in time at Warwick's Castle medieval encampment and re-enactment. 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 and claim the Throne of England! This is your chance to see history come to life as you fire the world’s largest trebuchet (catapult) and learn to swordfight.
Warwick, England

Modern to Medieval

Day 4

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.  Travel to historic Warwick and participate in a medieval encampment re-enactment. See history come to life as you fire the world’s largest trebuchet (catapult) and learn to swordfight.

North Wales

The North Wales Countryside

Day 5

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. The Welsh are proud of their unique culture and language.

Cahersiveen, Ireland

The North Wales Countryside

Day 6

Cruise 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.

Cahersiveen, Ireland

Breathtaking Beauty

Day 7

Immerse yourself in the nature of the Kerry countryside. 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 will be brought to life in a land where the legend of the leprechauns began!

People to People Moment

Enhance the local environment while improving the life of the community. You'll learn how to cut peat in order to heat the homes of the local elderly as part of a fully sustainable community-led project.
Cahersiveen, Ireland

Give Back

Day 8

Join us at the “Cahersiveen Community Day.” Make a meaningful contribution to the community and spend time working alongside locals before participating in Gaelic football. Top off your day with a lively musical evening of fun and dance, called a “ceilidh,” with your new Irish friends.

People to People Moment

Live like a local alongside a peer your own age during a family homestay. This cultural experience cannot be equaled as you are welcomed into family life and see firsthand an Irish home, experience typical home cooking, and meet likeminded friends through your Irish host
Dublin, Ireland

Irish Homestay

Day 9

Explore Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland’s most revered historical sites, where you’ll see how the Irish people lived and worked throughout the centuries. Spend the evening with your Dublin homestay family, enjoying a classic regional dinner and learning about family life in Ireland.

Dublin, Ireland

The City of Literature

Day 10

Discover Dublin through an exclusive tour of the celebrated University, Trinity College. Indulge in a little retail therapy on world famous O’Connell Street. Visit the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum and witness firsthand the pivotal role played by sports in Irish culture and contemporary history and politics. Spend the night with your Irish Host Family.

Belfast, Ireland

Northern Ireland

Day 11

Explore the cultural and religious differences of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. Spend the afternoon with your professional guide learning about Belfast’s history and visiting the highlights of Belfast including the Peace Wall.

People to People Moment

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.
Belfast, Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Day 12

Challenge yourself as you visit “Rocky Island” via the Carrick-a-Rede, a suspended rope bridge with views of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. You’ll feel like you’re on a movie set as you cross this bridge! Hike along Giant’s Causeway and 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 interactive lecture. This evening you’ll fully understand the importance of global peace with a real acceptance of cultural differences.

Stirling, Scotland

Storming Stirling Castle

Day 13

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.

People to People Moment

Visit a Scottish farm learning traditional techniques you’ve never even imagined, including helping to train sheep dogs. 
Aviemore, Scotland

White Knuckle Thrills

Day 14

Step out of your comfort zone while white water rafting on the River Tay. This is an adrenaline-filled morning that you’ll never forget.  In the afternoon, visit a working Scottish farm.

Aviemore, Scotland

Loch Ness

Day 15

Loch Ness has a rich history to explore. Set against a beautiful rural landscape, it is the mythical home of the Loch Ness Monster. Then visit the Highland Folk Park for firsthand experience of life in the Scottish Highlands.

People to People Moment

Meet with a true Highlander, learning how to tie a traditional Scottish kilt and use weapons that battled the Romans and the English.
Aviemore, Scotland

Outdoor Adventures and Meet a Scottish Highlander, telling tales...

Day 16

Spend an action-packed day in the Highlands, taking part in a number of adventure activities (of varying difficulties) designed to push you to your limits. Whether you want to rappel down a rock face or do some team-building in the hills of rural Scotland, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience during a morning of Scottish storytelling from a true Highlander. Learn how to tie a traditional Scottish kilt and use weapons that the Romans and the English used in battle.

People to People Moment

Take a lesson from a golf pro at the prestigious Elmwood Golfing Academy. Visit the most famous golf course in the world, and see where many a legendary Ryder Cup and British Open game has been played.
Edinburgh, Scotland

St. Andrews

Day 17

Take a lesson from a golf pro at the prestigious Elmwood Golfing Academy. Explore St. Andrews University, the oldest university in Scotland. Visit the most famous golf course in the world, St. Andrews, and see where many a legendary Ryder Cup and British Open game has been played. The golfers in your family will envy you!

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

Day 18

Visit Edinburgh, with its castle perched high atop an extinct volcano, a place steeped in a rich and intriguing history. Explore the ancient cobbled streets on your final day of program.

Depart, Scotland

Depart for USA

Day 19

Mar sin leat! Depart for home from a land of myths and legends, taking with you a wealth of treasured memories and new friends gained from near and far.