Are you ready for the Gaisce Challenge?


Are you ready for the Gaisce Challenge? Interested in trying something new? Something rewarding? Something that challenges you and takes you out of your comfort zone? Maybe even an experience that you will remember for a lifetime?

If you find yourself saying ‘yes!’ to any of these questions, then why not dream big and take part in Gaisce – The President’s Award? What is Gaisce – The President’s Award?

Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential.

By taking part in Gaisce, you will take on exciting personal, physical and community challenges and develop new skills and new friendships.

Last year alone more than 20,000 people accepted President Higgins’ challenge to take part in Gaisce and realise their potential.

What is involved?

There are three levels of Gaisce – Bronze, Silver and Gold. The more time and energy you give, the greater the reward! You can rise to the Gaisce challenge by taking part in our challenge areas:

  • Community Involvement – volunteer to help out a charity or community group.
  • Personal Skill – develop a skill you have or try something new!
  • Physical Recreation – become more active with a sport or exercise.
  • Adventure Journey – discover the great outdoors on a team outdoor journey.

At Gold Level there is an additional challenge – a five night residential project to broaden your horizons and challenge your outlook.

You choose the activities for each challenge area and you set your own goals, with support from your President’s Award Leader (PAL). It’s not a competition, just an opportunity to push yourself to achieve your goals.

Why should I do Gaisce?

Gaisce is a great way of making new friends, growing your confidence and developing new skills and hobbies. Gaisce can also help when it comes to looking for a job – it is nationally and internationally recognised as a sign of motivation and hard work. Gaisce shows employers and others that you have the ability to set your own goals and can work consistently to achieve those aims. Above all else, Gaisce is fun! We think if you give it a try, you won’t regret it. Check out what some of our Gaisce Awardees had to say about their experience:

“I gained so much more from it than I put in, and would recommend the award to anyone” –Tommy Monahan, 2015 Awardee

“The trip taught me to be more open and it reminded me that time is an important resource that everyone may share with others if they wish” – Julie Patterson, 2015 Awardee

“Gaisce has been crucial in pushing me towards the areas that I plan on focusing my career in the future” – Avril Buttle, 2015 Awardee

Gaisce Presidents Award Pal TrainingWhat next?

Take the first step on your Gaisce journey, visit to find out more about the Award, check out inspiring examples of activities and challenges that may interest you and see how you can get involved.

Connect with them and share your Gaisce experience!
Twitter: @GaisceAward
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