Journey Ireland

If you want to touch, taste, see, and feel the rich history, spirituality, and landscape of Ireland—city, mountain, valley, and sea—then join InterVarsity Study Abroad for a weekend in Ireland where you will discover “thin places” where heaven meets earth.

Imagine this...

The emerald landscape polished to a shine by the morning mist. The countless sheep around every turn. The sense that something magical is bubbling just under the surface of all this serenity. They weren’t kidding about Ireland. You can feel that something extraordinary awaits you here as tangibly as you can feel the breeze across your face.

Something inexplicable drew you to this place at this time, and you're determined to get at least a glimpse of what and why...

What is possible by the end of Journey Ireland?

  • You realize that you have an intimate connection with God the Creator, after immersing yourself in the lush, green countryside, rugged landscapes, and peaceful waters he designed.
  • You have a stronger sense of Jesus as “Immanuel” who is with you in the ordinary moments of daily living.
  • You return home knowing God your Shepherd is still there guiding you.
  • You are ready to take spiritual risks beyond the familiar and into the unknown.
  • You understand how an ancient Christian community can provide a rich spiritual heritage and helpful practices you can use today to grow your faith.

Why Ireland?

  • You’ll benefit from the wisdom of St. Patrick and the early Irish Christians, a Christian community that developed in a unique way outside the structures of the Roman Empire.
  • You’ll punctuate your days with the rhythm of Celtic liturgy that shows you how it’s possible to pray and reflect in any circumstance, from the mundane to the momentous.
  • Your five senses will appreciate the variety offered across the island:
    • The traditional music pouring out pub doors in lively Dublin
    • The mud gripping your shoes while trekking through sheep fields on the Way of St. Patrick
    • The exhilaration of reaching the top of Croagh Patrick after hiking its rocky terrain
    • The salty air and striking view of the Atlantic from the Cliffs of Moher
    • The cool, mossy stone of monastic ruins in Glendalough
  • You’ll learn how a weighty political and religious history has and is still impacting relations between Catholics and Protestants, and Irish and Northern Irish.

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When is Journey Ireland?

August 29-September 6, 2020

Where is it?

We will travel by bus to several cities throughout Ireland over the long weekend and holy week Journeys, beginning and ending in Dublin.

When should I arrive?

Plan to arrive at the hostel in Dublin by 7pm on Saturday, August 29.

How much does it cost to attend?

The price for Journey Ireland ranges from $645 to $695 depending on when the attendee registers for the event. Sponsorships available up to $275. See short-essay requirements below for details on receiving a sponsorship.

What is included?

Journey Ireland includes housing from Saturday night, August 29, through Saturday evening, September 5. All meals are provided beginning with breakfast on Sunday, August 30 through dinner on Saturday, September 5.

What if I need to cancel?

The $85 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

What is housing like?

You will be staying in a hostel, which might be a first for some of you. A hostel is different from a hotel in that you pay for a bed, not a room, so there is a possibility that you will room with people not attending Journey and not of your same gender. This may be a new experience for you, so we ask you to approach it as part of crossing cultures. Also, know in advance that space is a premium in European cities - everything is smaller: apartments, houses, hotels, and hostels.

What should I pack?

  • Hiking shoes, preferably not tennis shoes
  • Wool or synthetic hiking socks, preferably not cotton athletic socks
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Towel and personal toiletries
  • Bible and journal

Which airport should I fly into?

Fly into the Dublin airport.

How can I get from the airport to the hostel/starting point?

You have a few options.

Take the 747 bus (run by Dublin Bus) from the Clarion Hotel at the airport. Go south, towards Heuston Station; it will be about a 20 minute ride.

Take the 700 bus (run by Aircoach), which leaves right from the terminals, going south, towards Leopardstown.

Can I stay in Ireland longer?

You are welcome to stay longer in Ireland, either before or after Journey! You will need to book your own hostel for any additional nights.
Please book your flight no earlier than Sunday, September 6 at 8pm as we will be several hours away from Dublin and will not return to the city until the evening of Sunday, September 6 (around 6pm).

How do I pay my balance after registering?

After registering, the balance may be paid by logging back into your registration through this link. A week before the event, the remaining balance will be automatically deducted from the credit or debit card with which you registered.

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Registration Rates

SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS: Up to $275 off Journey Ireland

All students are eligible to receive up to $275 in sponsorships toward the cost of attending Journey Ireland. You'll meet your sponsor in person during the trip! In order to apply for a sponsorship, answer the following three questions:

1. How has your faith been impacted (positively or negatively) by your study abroad experience so far? If you don't identify as a person of faith, how has study abroad challenged your worldview and search for meaning? (1-2 paragraphs)

2. What areas of your life would you like to pay more attention to as you spend time in sacred spaces and learn about the way of St. Patrick and Celtic Spirituality? (1-2 paragraphs)

3. How much sponsorship money ($1-$275) would help you attend Journey Ireland? (Don't be shy!)

4. If you are part of an InterVarsity chapter in the US, have you asked your staff/chapter if they can provide a scholarship?

5. How did you hear about Journey Ireland? If a friend referred you, please list their name.

>> Click here to email your sponsorship application answers

ADVANCE RATE: $645 (€580*)

Rate valid until Friday, July 31 . Register until 11:59 CST.

STANDARD RATE: $695 (€625*)

Rate valid until Friday, August 14. Register until 11:59 CST.

*approximate cost listed in Euros for European international students. Students with non-American credit/debit cards should be able to register/pay as long as your bank supports payment in US dollars.