If you want to work and travel in Ireland this year, you don’t need luck, just a wee bit of SWAP! Experience Ireland your way through one of our most popular working holiday programs! Not only do you get to live and work in an exciting location, but Ireland’s hospitality and knowledge of the English language makes it a jolly good destination for both first-time and experienced travellers.


  • Eligibility: Canadians aged 18-35
  • Registration Deadline: Apply at least six weeks prior to your intended departure
  • Repeat Participation: No
  • Visa Duration: Any period up to two years
  • Support Funds: You must have the amount of $2,500 CAD saved in your account as of the day you submit your application. These are called support funds and are a requirement of the Irish government

Local Support in Ireland:

  • • Arrival orientation at our partner’s hosting centre in Dublin. They will go over everything you need to know about living and working in Ireland
  • • Up-to-date job postings and access to employer contacts
  • • One-on-one resume help and guidance
  • • Accommodation boards, insider advice on what to look for and what to avoid when finding accommodation
  • • Ongoing opportunities to meet people from all over the world who are doing the same thing you are. Most of our participants meet their housemates and make lifelong friends though our overseas partner's social events, and by visiting the hosting centre
  • • Unlimited access to computers, Internet, phones and fax machines at the hosting centres
  • • Mailbox and mail-forwarding services
  • • Help opening an Irish bank account (it can be more complicated than you would imagine)
  • • Detailed advice on getting the Irish equivalent of a Social Insurance Number, so you can work sooner
  • • Instructions on how to claim taxes (and get money back) in Ireland
  • • A staff of travel-minded, fun, friendly people are there to assist you with anything you need advice or assistance with. They've got your back for the full duration of your stay
  • • Fun social events (e.g. pub crawls, concerts, football games ... and much more!)
  • • Emergency support. If anything goes wrong, if you lose your passport, have a sketchy landlord, have a health problem, or anything else goes wrong, our overseas partners can help you 24/7
  • • Membership to an exclusive online group where you can talk to other SWAP participants (Swappers) and check out job postings, social events, and what's going on in your destination country

SWAP Support & Resources:

  • • Detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to fill out your visa application paperwork
  • • All the visa forms, information, checklists, and tips you'll need to have your visa approved
  • • SWAP's visa experts go over your application and make sure it is perfect. If there are any errors, we contact you before the application is submitted to authorities
  • • Your GO SWAP Kit, which has valuable information on your visa, as well as pre-departure preparation
  • • Our exclusive Ireland: The SWAPPER's Guide. This essential, full guide will prepare you for living and working in Ireland


• A two-year working holiday visa that allows multiple entries into Ireland
• Accommodation upon arrival: Two nights in Dublin, Cork or Galway

Level of support:

Self Guided

Related Services Available to Add:

Up to 2 Years

Price Range: $$$$$

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*Operated by SWAP Working Holidays. Includes visa and first two nights’ accommodation.

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