Na Gaisgich Òga

Na Gaisgich Òga is a Gaelic Mentorship program for youth, run by Colaisde na Gàidhlig, in partnership with Iomairtean na Gàidhlig | Gaelic Affairs. Applicants must be between 10 and 17 years old, must show a keen interest in Gaelic language and culture, and must be a resident of Nova Scotia.

This year’s program runs from October 4, 2019 to April 5, 2020, and will consist of eight weekend sessions held onsite at the Gaelic College. Each student will be paired with a language mentor, a Gaelic speaker from their community who they will meet with at least twice a month.

Na Gaisgich Òga gives students the opportunity to improve their language skills, participate in Gaelic culture (such as song, storytelling, music, dance, food, and more), learn about our people’s history, meet local native Gaelic speakers, and connect with local Gaelic communities.

We are pleased to offer two levels:
Level 1: The original program, appropriate for first-time applicants and novice learners.
Level 2: Designed for students who have completed the program previously, and/or have intermediate/advanced Gaelic language skills.

Deadline for applications: August 30, 2019  
  • October 4 – 6, 2019
  • October 25 – 27, 2019
  • November 15 – 17, 2019
  • December 6 - 8, 2019
  • January 17 – 18, 2020
  • February 7 – 9, 2020
  • February 28 – March 1, 2020
  • April 3 – 5, 2020
  • April 5 - NGÒ Graduation
  • Motivate students to learn, enjoy, share and champion Gaelic Nova Scotia
  • Provide young learners with an opportunity to be immersed in Gaelic language and culture and to bring these students closer to functional fluency
  • Cultivate a sense of identity as young Gaels living in Nova Scotia
  • Enlighten youth to become aware and to respect inter-generational opportunities in regards to Gaelic cultural acquisition
  • Develop an awareness in youth of the responsibility they have to contribute to the sustainability of the language
  • Open to Nova Scotians ages 10 – 17
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia
  • Must demonstrate the intention to use Gaelic every day and to pass it on to others (family, friends)
  • Applicant will need support from family in regards to speaking Gaelic and cultural learning
  • Parents/Guardians must be willing to assist with transportation to group sessions and visits with the applicant’s mentor.
  • Tuition is $500 (includes meals, classes, and accommodations)
  • Participants will complete 100 hours of Gaelic immersion, and 60 hours of cultural learning in English
  • Participants spend 5 hours per month with their language mentor selected by the program coordinators.
  • Participants and their parents must keep track of hours spent with their mentors, and what material was covered.
  • Participants will have their language ability assessed at the beginning and end of the program
  • Students who have completed the program are encouraged to apply for Na Gaisgich Òga II.

Click here to download the 2019-2020 application.

For more information, contact Gaelic Director Colin MacDonald at