An Óige run the “Give Us a Break” programme with thanks to our sponsors, the Provident Financial. This programme gives funding to DEIS secondary schools to help them go on an overnight school trip at one of our top four hostels.
The break includes an overnight stay in a hostel of their choice, full board and a full day of activities. Provident Financial have been supplying funding for this programme since 2005 which has helped us take away roughly 8000 students so far!
Applications for the 2019 programme are now closed! Thank you to all the schools who applied and we’ll be back next year for the 2020 edition. Keep an eye on our social media channels for further information on when applications for the 202 edition will open.
An Óige has developed four packages, based on 20-25 young people and 2-3 teachers. Groups are limited to this size to maximise the number of groups who can benefit from the programme.
The Give Us A Break programme isn’t simply a trip away! An Óige has developed 4 key learning areas for the programme and these will benefit everyone taking part in a Give Us A Break trip. These areas are:
- Fostering a love and appreciation for the outdoors
- Building an interest in exploring Ireland
- Benefits of informal learning
- Independence for young people