From the start, the steering committee and the staff understood the importance of the international aspect of youth work.
Ógras have been working in international activities since the start of the eighties. This work started out with summer camps for teenagers in Wales and went from there to to a trip to Moscow for the international Youth Festival in 1985 as part of international youth year. Over the years Ógras have taken part in World youth festivals in countries such as Greece, North Korea 1990 and Spain 1994. As well as this, members and leaders of Ógras have regularly visited the Celtic Countries, Wales, Scotland, Brittany and the Isle of Man.
At various times, Ógras have taken part in youth projects with groups from different countries, for example, An Urrd in Wales. As well as this, youth exchanges have taken place with several countries, such as Poland, Bulgaria and the Basque Country. Of course, Youth exchanges often take place at club level with Cumann na Gaighlig in Scotland.
Currently, Ógras aims to organise at least one youth exchange every year. This aspect of our work has a special importance as it gives our members an opportunity to meet other young people from Europe and to learn about their culture, style and language. Usually the members spend 8-10 days together and work on various projects together. It offers a great opportunity our members to experience, cooperate with and communicate with another culture. At the same time, the young people are also learning about themselves and how to get on with other people when in an unusual setting. It is a fantastic opportunity for the young person to grow and develop. During the youth exchange, it is the young people that take charge of many of the activities and they work with the leaders to prepare the program of activities and to prepare the activities and workshops for the visitors.
The Interreg project took place between Ógras and The Urdd (Welsh Language Youth Organisation) in Wales between the years 2005 – 2008. A series of courses and events took place, organised by both organisations, and during that time up to ten trips were organised for our members and up to 200 young people took part in the courses and training. Emphasis was placed on a particular theme during each trip, for example: The Environ- ment, and Traditional activities.
'Celtic Relations and Pastimes' took place over three days in Letterkenny in October of 2009. Young people from Ireland and Wales took part and they had the opportunity to come together to be learn about each others culture. Three groups took part, The Saturday Club, Co. Down, Ógras groups from the south and Leuenctid Tysul Youth from Wales. There was an emphasis on sport, workshops and outdoor activities.
'Cultúr agus Spraoi don Anam agus Croí' took place over six days in Dublin and Galway between 13 - 20 March 2012. 28 young people took part in the exchange between Ireland and the Basque Country. They had the opportunity to get a taste of each others culture and language, through workshops, displays events and sport. This project was the framework to get an insight into various cultures and the role of art in those cultures.