In most private rental accommodation, you will have to transfer ownership of the utilities (e.g. electricity, gas etc) into your own name. Meaning you are responsible for ensuring that bills get paid on time. Failure to do so can mean the supply of that utility being disconnected. Reconnection can be costly, as well as take time. Electricity supply (ESB), Gas supply (Bord Gais), Telephone (landline) (Eircom).
Cost of Living:
The cost of living in Ireland varies significantly depending on location, with Dublin being the most expensive place to live. As with most jurisdictions, accommodation is the most significant monthly expense. Public education in Ireland is free to all children resident in the country, including expats. The level of public education in Ireland is exceptionally high. Public healthcare is free or subsidised for all residents but a lot of people choose to use private healthcare facilities. Many employers provide private health insurance coverage.
TV & Radio:
There are many television channels available including Irish channels – RTE1, Network 2, TV3, TG4 and international channels, for example – BBC1, BBC2, UTV, Channel 4 and SKY. There are also a multitude of local, national and international radio channels available.
Volunteering in Ireland is a great way to give back, while creating rewarding personal memories at the same time. There are plenty of excellent opportunities for you to give back as a volunteer in Ireland. Filling your passport with the stamp of the Republic of Ireland is a worthy (and fun!) endeavor, but giving back as a volunteer in Ireland is truly something to be proud of.
Animals, especially horses, are an important part of Ireland’s history and culture. Be a positive influence on that culture by volunteering at an animal shelter or offer your expertise at horse training camps.
The Irish landscape is steeped in history that crumbles a little more each year. Help keep Ireland’s rich heritage alive by restoring historical homes and estates. Jobs include renovation, reconstruction and gardening.
As in many places around the world, kind, caring people with good interpersonal skills are needed for important social work. Volunteer with adults with physical and mental disabilities in homes in the city or in the countryside. Duties include supporting adults in daily activities and teaching classes and workshops.
Assisting the Homeless:
In Dublin alone, there are nearly 3,000 homeless people, a statistic that includes families with children under 18. The homeless need not be hopeless. Lend a hand by working in emergency centers, transition homes and housing projects.
At Risk Youth and Children’s Projects:
A great way to experience Ireland is by learning about the culture through education. Have fun while teaching and learning and preserving the culture of Ireland one child at a time. Work with local youth at summer camps focused on building community through theatre, art and other creative projects.