TYPE OF PERSON BEST SUITED TO IRELAND...
a) Personality of Applicant : Ireland is a very friendly country and welcoming to people from other countries. We love to sit aroung the kitchen table, drink a cup of tea and chat. Hosts will typically ask lots of questions, not because they want to intrude in your private life, but because they are genuinely interested in you as a person. They will relate better to applicants who are open, smiling, outgoing and friendly because that is the way that the typical Irish person is. Irish people do not tend to get on so well with people who are more reserved, closed and aloof because subconsciously this is not what we are used to and so it is viewed with suspicion.
b) Attitude : Attitude is everything in Ireland. A person with low ability but a great attitude will always get on far better than someone with great skills and a bad frame of mind. We like people who are proactive and have initiative, rather than people who just sit around waiting to be told what to do.
Irish people welcome questions as long as they are not too intrusive. Hosts do not like a young student telling them that what they are doing is wrong, just because it is done differently in the student's home country. Applicants need to be open to all the great things that Ireland has to offer and realise that we are different to them, and that that is why they are coming here. Not only is out landscape diverse but our farming methods and even our family structure may not be what you are used to.
c) Punctuality : Ireland is a very laid back country and while we are an efficient race, we are not very punctual. It is not uncommon for buses, trains or people to be at least 20 minutes late.
The student should be on time but they should not expect everyone else to be on time because they may not be. This can prove difficult to a student who is used to a very structured environment because Ireland and Irish life is not.
d) Peer groups : Many students coming to Ireland live in boarding schools where they are surrounded by many young people. When they come to Ireland they will be placed with a family who may or may not have teenagers of their own age.
The family may be an older couple whose own children have moved on to university or it may be a very young family with small children. All of our families have been carefully chosen to host our students but there may not be a lot of other teenagers around. Our families are very aware of the needs of our students and will usually introduce them to their friends and family.
We also provide each student with a contact list with the details of every other Equipeople student we have in Ireland at the same time. We encourage students to meet up and visit places. We have students from most countries in Europe and their names, nationalities location, host names and phone numbers are on the contact sheet. In some areas, students get together on a weekly basis for a drink in the local pub and a chat.
e) Health : The student should ensure they have a current European Health Card that covers their health insurance whilst in Ireland. This entitles them to the same healthcare as an Irish person. It is important to note that Irish people have to pay to see the doctor, dentist and to visit a hospital.
Contact Equipeople if you require more information on the type of person best suited to Ireland.