Date: July 23 - August 3, 2018
CHWC Service Pilgrimage to Ireland
Our service pilgrimages are designed to inspire participants to deepen their Catholic faith. This is not your average tour, or just another sightseeing trip. CHWC International provides travelers with a spiritual and historical experience along with opportunities to serve. Mass will be provided throughout the week with our CHWC chaplain.
Who can attend?
Our International camps are open to groups that meet the following guidelines.
- We require one adult (21 years and older) for every one-five young people.
- We ask that groups please bring at least one adult male and one adult female if you are bringing both female and male young people.
- Open to students entering their sophomore year of H.S. in fall of 2018
Can I attend as an individual?
Unfortunately, we do not accept individual registrations. The minimum is two people.
CHWC service Irish Pilgrimage capacity 44 people (in addition to CHWC representatives and local tour guide).
Day 1: Travel on your own from your home airport to Newark, NJ. Meet representatives from CHWC and the rest of the participants for your departing flight at the Newark airport for flight to DUBLIN. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meal service as you travel.
Day 2: Dublin arrival. After landing at Dublin Airport, complete customs and immigration formalities. Then your tour driver/guide will welcome you to Ireland and escort you and your luggage to the coach. Take an orientation drive around Dublin city center. Dublin is one of the liveliest capitals in Europe but there are plenty of historical places also. See the main thoroughfares of O’Connell Street and Nassau Street, the shopping streets and some lovely public parks. In Trinity College view the 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the gospels. Visit and celebrate Mass at Whitefriar Carmelite Church. Then check into your lodging at Dublin City University (2 people per room )to rest up or do some sightseeing or shopping on your own. This evening join your group for dinner in the local dining room.
Day 3: Dublin to Kerry. This morning we will depart Dublin and journey to County Kerry. En-route enjoy mass at a local church.
Then enjoy a photo stop at the Rock of Cashel, possibly the most photographed site in Ireland. The Rock of Cashel towers over the town of Cashel from its perch on a 200-foot high outcrop of limestone. The Vicars Choral has been recently restored and its basement houses a small museum of artifacts found on the site. One of the leading visitor attractions in Ireland, in 2011 it was visited by Queen Elizabeth II on her historic first visit to the Republic of Ireland. Conservation work will continue on Cormac’s Chapel and at the site until further notice. Then we visit Blarney Castle, situated in Blarney village, 8 km from Cork city. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy's, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster. Then spend time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. Dinner, bed & breakfast at your Kerry or area hotel.
Day 4: Dingle Peninsula. Today we explore the Dingle Peninsula. Some of the finest coastal scenery to be seen in Ireland can be found in West Kerry, on the Dingle Peninsula, the most northern of the Kerry Peninsulas. This peninsula is famous for its Celtic, pre-Christian monuments and Christian churches. It is also a ‘Gaeltacht' (Irish speaking) area, where the Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. The road around the Peninsula is truly spectacular. It passes through a chain of Mountains, called Slieve Mish. From Inch, a long beach bordered by dunes and made famous by David Lean’s movie “Ryan’s daughter,” admire the Iveragh Peninsula and Rossbeigh Beach. From Dingle, drive around the coast to Slea Head. Here the blue of the marine landscape surrounds the Blasket Islands, deserted since 1953. In the distance are the two rocky Skellig islands, where the ruins of an early Christian Monastery can be found. Celebrate mass at a local church. Visit the Blasket Islands Heritage Centre on the mainland in Dún Chaoin on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, a fascinating heritage centre honoring the unique community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953. This evening enjoy dinner and entertainment at Kate Kearney’s Cottage or similar, nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe. Kate Kearney's Cottage is a 150 year old family-run establishment. Kate Kearney's Cottage hosts a traditional Irish night which consists of dinner, traditional music and costumed dancers. Overnight, bed & breakfast at the town Kerry hotel.
Day 5: Kerry to Galway. This morning depart County Kerry and journey to Galway via the Shannon car ferry. Celebrate mass at a local church. En-route we visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 230 meters above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O' Brien's Tower built by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, to entertain his lady friends. A visit of the tower is also possible. Continue through the Burren Region, which covers over 150 square kilometers and is one of Ireland’s 6 National Parks. The region is visually similar to a moonscape, yet shelters a mixture of flora and archaeological sites which have attracted visitors for centuries. Today’s visitors to the Burren will find Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants growing together. Overnight, dinner, bed & breakfast at your Galway or area hotel.
Day 6: Service project in Galway. Join in for a morning enjoy a service project activity in the area and celebrate mass at a local church. Spend the balance of the day at leisure. Overnight, dinner, bed & breakfast at your Galway or area hotel.
Day 7: Connemara Region. Today we explore the Connemara Region. Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland. Connemara is a vast peninsula bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south ~ a land characteristic for its stone walls and thatched cottages. In 1951, John Ford's great movie "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Barry Fitzgerald was made and the filming was centered in the village of Cong on the Mayo-Galway border. Celebrate mass in a local church. Afterward, experience a sheep herding demonstration at Dan O’Hara’s Homestead. The centre is based around the restored pre-famine cottage of Dan O' Hara who was forced to emigrate in the 1840's when he was evicted from his home. Then visit Kylemore Abbey, located in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. Mitchell Henry built the House in 1868, after having spent his honeymoon in the area. One of Kylemore Abbey's most famous features is its miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Today, the abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns. Overnight, dinner, bed & breakfast at your Galway or area hotel.
Day 8: Galway to Donegal. This morning depart Galway and journey to Donegal. En-route visit Ballintubber Abbey, the only church in Ireland that was founded by an Irish King and which is still in use today. It was built next to the site of an earlier church founded by St Patrick in the 5th century. It is also known as "the Abbey that refused to die" as through its many vicissitudes, including burning by Cromwell's army in 1653, the Abbey has remained a place of worship despite years of continuous attacks and religious repression. Then visit and celebrate mass at Knock Shrine. The story of Knock shrine began on Thursday evening of the 21st August, 1879, when the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the church at Knock in County Mayo. Two commissions of enquiry, in 1879 and 1936, accepted the testimony of this apparition as trustworthy and satisfactory. Today, Knock ranks among the world’s major Marian shrines. Overnight, dinner, bed & breakfast at your Donegal or area hotel.
Day 9: Donegal to Belfast. This morning depart Donegal and journey to Belfast. Celebrate mass at a local church. En-route we encounter Northern Ireland’s favourite giant Finn McCool at the new Giants Causeway Visitor centre on the North Antrim coast which opened in the summer of 2012. According to legend Finn McCool created the Giants Causeway by building stepping stones to Scotland to challenge the Scottish giant Benandonner! In 2015, Conde Nast Traveler magazine included hopping the stones of the Giant's Causeway as one of the '50 things to do in Europe before you die'. Upon arrival in Belfast we enjoy a guided city tour that will take in the leaning Albert Memorial Clock tower (Ireland’s answer to the Tower of Pisa) and the Opera House, which is one of Belfast’s great landmarks. Our tour will pass by the City Hall, the Opera house, The Crown Bar (dates from 1885), Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. You will also see the Harland and Wolfe Shipyard, where the Titanic was built and launched in 1912. Overnight, dinner, bed & breakfast at your Belfast or area hotel.
Day 10: Belfast to Dublin.
This morning, after mass, we depart Belfast and journey to Dublin. En-route visit Downpatrick Cathedral which stands close to what is believed to be the mortal remains of Patrick, the Patron saint of Ireland. Visitors can access the cathedral via gardens at the back of the St Patricks Centre or through English street from the town centre. The Cathedral is impressive inside and has a wonderful organ and a very interesting seating arrangement. Visit St Peter’s Church in Drogheda, a Roman Catholic Church which was constructed in 1884 using local limestone. The site previously housed a church built in 1791 and parts of that structure were incorporated into the present building, which boasts an impressive Gothic architectural style. The church is also famous for housing the shrine of St Oliver Plunkett, who is credited with bringing Jesuits to Drogheda. He was hanged for treason in 1681. Pope Paul VI declared him a saint in 1973, and his preserved head forms the centrepiece of the shrine. Finally visit Bru na Boinne and Newgrange. Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre is designed to present the archaeological heritage of the Boyne Valley, which includes the fascinating megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The extensive exhibition includes a full-scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange as well as a full model of one of the smaller tombs at Knowth. (Newgrange group visits are not possible on Sundays) Overnight, dinner, bed & breakfast at your Belfast or area hotel.
Day 11: Dublin Fair City. This morning enjoy a service activity in the area. Lodging provided at Stay at Dublin City University
Whole group to choose from one of the following options:
OPTIONAL: This morning celebrate mass and visit St Mary’s Pro Cathedral or similar.
St. Mary's Pro Cathedral was built between 1815 and 1825 on the site of a 12th-century Cistercian abbey of St. Mary. St. Mary's is not an official cathedral, even though it functions as one. St. Mary's functions as the main Catholic parish church of the city centre in Dublin. The cathedral is in the Neo-Classic Doric style, which provides a distinct contrast to the Gothic Revival look of most other churches of the period. The exterior portico is modelled on the Temple of Theseus in Athens, with six Doric columns, while the Renaissance-style interior is patterned after the Church of St. Philip de Reule of Paris.
*A supplement of EUR 3.00 per person applies to this option.
OPTIONAL: Visit the GAA Museum and enjoy a stadium tour of Croke Park.
The GAA Museum, located in Croke Park Stadium, was established to commemorate, recognize and celebrate the GAA's enormous contribution to Irish sporting, cultural and social life since its foundation in 1884. Historic exhibits and databanks give the visitor an insight into the origins and development of hurling (a uniquely Irish sport), Gaelic football and the role played by the GAA in the Irish cultural revival and nationalist movement. Touchscreen technology brings historic moments, great players and great games to life, while specially designed interactive features allow the visitor to test their skills in hurling and Gaelic football. The Queen of England paid a visit here in May 2011 during her historic visit to Ireland. The Croke Park Stadium Tour recreates the experience of the magic of a match day at the National stadium for GAA sports. Attracting visitors from all over Ireland and around the globe, the Croke Park Stadium Tour offers an in-depth behind the scenes look at one of the most historic and modern sporting arenas in the world. Visit the dressing rooms, walk pitchside via the players tunnel and take a seat in the VIP area. The guides will also bring you to the Players Lounge, corporate suites and finally to the media centre on the top tier of the stadium where you will enjoy a spectacular bird's eye view of Croke Park.
*A supplement of EUR 12.00 per person applies to this option.
OPTIONAL: Then visit Glasnevin Cemetery.
This unique location is Ireland’s largest cemetery, a grand and impressive Necropolis. Since 1828, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Glasnevin - rich and famous, paupers and politicians, artists, warriors and heroes, all resting side by side in this renowned Victorian Garden Cemetery. Established by Daniel O’Connell as a place where people of “all religions and none” could bury their dead with dignity; the cemetery has grown to become a national monument and is a vital part of the Irish Heritage story. The exhibitions show the social, historical, political and artistic development of modern Ireland through the lives of the generations buried there. Both the award-winning museum and the guided tours chart the fascinating history of this hallowed place, telling the stories of grave diggers and grave robbers, cholera epidemics, and world wars.
*A supplement of EUR 10.00 per person applies to this option.
Overnight, dinner, bed & breakfast at your Dublin or area hotel.
Day 12: Farewell. Transfer to Dublin Airport for your journey home.
Flight Details to come later.
Payment; $3,295 (does not include travel to/from Newark airport)
If you would like to make your own flight we offer a no flight option for $2,595. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- Initial deposit – $295 per person (non-refundable, non transferable)
- First Payment $1500 – due by September 1st 2017
- Last/Final Payment $1500 – due by January 1st 2018
- Deposits can be made by Check to Catholic HEART Workcamp … or Master Card & Visa.
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Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to another member’s registration at any time. However you can substitute the cancellation with a new participant.
REGISTRATION REFUNDS (MINUS THE DEPOSIT) ARE AVAILABLE IF YOU CANCEL BEFORE YOUR FINAL BALANCE IS DUE.
The entire registration fee will be forfeited for cancellations after the final payment due date. If payments are not received by your final balance due date, reserved space(s) will be cancelled to make room for other groups on the waiting list.
For any unforeseen circumstances that forces Catholic HEART Workcamp to cancel a camp such as a natural disaster, our policy is as follows…
- You may receive a refund of your total registration fee minus the deposit or….
- You may apply your total registration fee (minus your deposits) towards your registration for the following summer.
- Deleting Campers: Please note that if you delete campers you will lose your deposit per camper.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Do I need a passport for international travel?
Yes. A passport establishes your identity and United States citizenship to anyone who needs to know. It also guarantees your admittance to the U.S. following an international trip. It is a requirement for any person traveling out of the country and must be valid for 6 months after departure.
How do I get a U.S. passport?
You can visit a local passport acceptance office or post office and ask for a blank application or request one by mail. Read carefully the State Department's rules on downloaded passport applications. You will need to submit a certified copy of your birth certificate.
How long does it take to get my passport?
Passports can take up to 10 weeks to be process and returned. You should allow plenty of time before your expected travel date to receive your passport. If you need a passport immediately, the U.S. State Department can expedite the passport application.
You are encouraged to send your renewal, amendment or application in by express courier service (such as FedEx or UPS) and include a pre-paid airbill to return the passport by express courier.
Do I need a visa for international travel? A visa is a document that some countries require in addition to your passport, in order to travel within their borders. Many European and Caribbean countries do not require visas but it is best to check with the consulate of that country. Visa requirements are different for all countries and can change over time, so be sure to check the status of your destination. For US passport holders, no visas are required for Ireland or Great Britain.
Will my electrical appliances (ex. electric shavers, hair dryers, irons, chargers, etc) work abroad? Not always. The outlets abroad may support a plug that looks different (two cylinders) than the one used in the U.S. and may use a different voltage. Most U.S. outlets are 110V while most European outlets are 240V. Many non-U.S. electrical outlets have differently shaped plugs. To get the correct setup for your device, you should check the traveling packages at Walmart, Radio Shack or Kmart etc. Some devices only work on 110V (U.S. standard) and therefore need a transformer. You will want to check the documentation for your device to determine what you need. Others can be dual rated and can be changed to handle both.
Hair Blowers are included in the hotel rooms. If you plan on bringing electric shavers, irons, laptop/phone chargers or other electrical appliances, you should bring a small converter kit. Do not forget to bring one, as the converter kits can be a limited quantity at the hotels.
Will I be able to make calls with my cell phone while overseas? Your coverage will depend on the service provider or carrier that you use and roaming charges can be high. If you have a personal cell phone, check with your provider on coverage issues. You will want to know whether your existing phone will work in your country of travel, and whether you will be able to get both voice (phone) and data (email/web) services.
- AT&T: widely available
- T-Mobile: widely available
- Verizon/ Nextel/Sprint: available in some countries
Can I get a cell phone for my trip? If you would like to use a phone while overseas, there are some other options.
- Rent a cell phone upon arrival at your destination
- Buy a disposable phone in the country of travel
- Purchase a compatible SIM card for your existing phone, in the country of travel
- Or better yet, buy a calling card when you arrive so you will know what you are spending. This is the economical way to do it.
Make sure to review the capabilities, limits and charges of your new cell phone plan. If you use a phone other than your own, you will not have access to your address book, so you may wish to print out a copy before you leave.
Will I be able to access the Internet with my laptop while overseas? Unless it’s absolutely required, lugging a laptop on a one or two week trip tends to be more of a liability. Instead, consider extra memory cards for your camera (you can buy them in Ireland if necessary), and use computers at accommodations, libraries, and internet cafes for email.
Do I need travel insurance? The Catholic Pilgrim Office recommends travel insurance for all of our travelers. In the event that a situation arises that prohibits travel, travel insurance may offer protection that covers costs, insures travel and assists while you are abroad. You may choose to either purchase or decline the coverage offered. Before purchasing a policy, be sure to review all of the policy’s exclusions to ensure that a specific policy is right for you and your particular trip.
Travel insurance can be booked through Travelex after each passenger receives their document kit. Be sure to purchase the program within 14 days of your initial trip deposit date in order to take advantage of the Pre-existing Conditions Waiver.
Do I need to have any vaccinations before going overseas? Most countries do not require anything in addition to your routine vaccinations. Ireland & Great Britain do not require shots.
What if I get sick while traveling abroad?
Should you become ill while traveling, you will receive prompt and adequate care. Please note that you will be responsible for immediate expenses of any doctor or hospital visit, unless prior arrangements with the insurance company have been made. Contact your insurance carrier to determine your overseas coverage.
How do I exchange my money?
We recommend you wait until reaching your destination to exchange your money. There are several ways to do this:
The quickest and most convenient method is through ATM machines. ATM cards are widely accepted across Europe and generally give you the best exchange rate. Please contact your bank with specific questions regarding fees and eligibility.
Traveler’s checks are not generally accepted at hotels. Many exchange outlets and banks will also accept U.S. cash dollars in exchange for the local currency. Please be aware that some places charge commission or adjust the exchange rate.
International exchange rates change on a daily basis. Be sure to write down the exact exchange rate of your destination before departure to ensure you get a similar rate.
How long is the flight? What is the time difference?
Flights vary depending on distance, amount of stops and direction of travel. You can check with your airline reservations to find the exact time of departure and landing. Ireland is 6 hours ahead of EST. Arrival times by airline are shown in local times.
What are the meals like?
Breakfast and dinner are usually included at the hotels daily. Food is buffet style, continental and table d’hote. Beverages are not included at dinner. For special requirements on the flights, please let us know beforehand.
]Additional Travel Checklist :
- Photocopy of your Passport (leave one copy at home)
- Electrical Converter
- Travel Alarm Clock
- Comfortable Walking Shoes
- Bathing Suit (Optional)
- Travel Size Toiletries
- And here are some things you will need depending on the weather, so be sure to check the weather forecast first!
- REMEMBER, DRESS IN LAYERS. Shirt, sweater, jacket which you can remove as the day gets warmer.
- Raincoat/Waterproof Jacket
- Light or Heavy Jacket
- Small First-Aid Kit
- Sewing Kit
- Coin Purse
- Laundry Bag (for dirty clothes)
- Journal and Pen
- Extra Batteries or digital card for camera
When You Register
- Check Passport: Your passport must be valid for your entire stay in Ireland. If it’s set to expire… or you don’t have one, processing will take up to 6 weeks, you can pa extra to get it within 3 weeks, and if you’re really strapped for time you’ll have to show up at a passport office in-person for same-day service. There is a lot of misinformation out there (and companies trying to get you to pay extra for services you can do yourself), so get your passport information directly from http://travel.state.gov/. You can even find official phone numbers at http://travel.state.gov/passport/npic/agencies/agencies_913.html.
- Consider Trip Insurance and Examine the Overseas Coverage of Your Health Insurance: These are safe guards for those who find comfort in knowing what’s what in a just-in-case situation.