For over 85 years An Óige’s aim has been to awaken within everyone, but especially young people, a spirit of adventure and a love and appreciation for the countryside.

By providing affordable accommodation in various locations we can help young people achieve the requirements for their award in safe and friendly environments. One of the ways we do this is by providing Gaisce Guides for young people who want to pursue their Gaisce awards while using our hostels.

In order to further assist young people in achieving their awards we have a select group of volunteers who act as Gaisce Guides for the outdoor Adventure Journey section of the Gaisce awards. This is where you come in!

We are looking for people who:

  • Have a passion for non-formal education and the outdoors.
  • Have hike leading experience.
  • Are available for mid-week hiking.
  • Have a passion for working with young people.

All Gaisce Guides will join our volunteer database and will be required to complete the Garda vetting process.


Applications should be sent to the Programmes Coordinator at Applications should include contact details, availability, any relevant experience and reasons why you want to volunteer with An Óige. All applicants will be contacted once their application is processed. We look forward to hearing from you!

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