Open to students from any school and nation, the Emory & Henry College partnership in Dublin, Ireland offers students totally unique opportunities to explore what it means to assume the responsibilities of global citizenship from the lived experience of a specific place, rooted and grounded in the very foundations of the earth. This engagement asks participants to push beyond stereotypes and all manner of preconceived ideas about Ireland and the Irish to dwell and to serve within the contradictions of a country shaped in the crucible of colonialism and centuries of resistance to that power, years of grinding poverty, the sudden expansion and wealth of an economy built on attracting international investments, and the equally sudden collapse of that economy.
Living in Dublin, studying at Dublin City University, volunteering for a community-based group and organization in the city, participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich and varied cultural heritage of this country and to explore the ways this heritage gives voice to centuries of struggles, conflicts, and contradictions.
The Emory & Henry partnership builds from the understanding that the work of service learning is multi-layered, just as any place is, just as are Dublin and Ireland. At one level, this is one means for students to use who they are and the gifts they bring to the good work of making a difference in the lives of others. At another level, service-learning is part of an educational process in which all persons are co-educators and co-learners together—we teach and we learn through serving with and for others.
By living and serving with the people of Dublin, Ireland, we come to better understand what it means to take up our global citizenship from this place, or from any place. As the Irish writer Sebastian Barry has written: “…one on top of the other like layers of shell and sand in a piece of limestone, so that they both have become the same element, and I cannot distinguish one from the other with any ease, unless it is from close, close looking…”
Homestays with a local Irish family are arranged. Partial board (breakfast and dinner Monday - Friday and three meals per day on the weekends) is included. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an student gets to know what it's like to be part of a different culture. Another option (ONLY if homestay is not availabe) may be shared apartments with locals or in Shanowen Square, a full service self-catering (no meals provided) student apartment building across from the campus, which is located 3 miles from the city center. Students share an apartment with another student but have their own private bedroom and bath. Modern facilities include full wi-fi, laundry, convenience store, gym and sports facilities, and a common outdoor courtyard.
Program Director: Tal Stanley
The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550.
Linked to your service experience, this course will explore service-learning cross-culturally by seeking to address some of the social problems facing Ireland, and examine responses from the Irish public sector and members of civil society, including NGOs and religious institutions. Visits to local NGOs, guest speakers, and discussion of articles and Irish social problems are the format for this course.
The purpose of this class is to introduce students to Irish social problems, social institutions and social change through a combination of academic study and practical service. Through engaging in service students will gain a better academic understanding of these issues. At the same time, the academic understanding will provide a fundamental background for successful completion of the service.
This course will explore service-learning cross-culturally by seeking to address some of the social problems facing Irekand, and examine responses from the Irishpublic sector and members of civil society, including NGOs and religious institutions. Students will also examine the nature of and the practical dimensions and challenges of effecting social change from outside of a society, and will examine the nature and impact of non-Irish social institutions. A number of visits to local NGOs and guest speakers are part of this course.
Throughout the course, students will engage in service through placement in a local agency. A key component of service-learning is action and reflection. Through the use of journals and class discussions, students will analyze and reflect critically on their service and attempt to integrate it with the learning they have gained from readings and in class.
Following the completion of this course, students will have gained the following:
(1) understanding and experiential application of service-learning; (2) knowledge of how to work cross-culturally in the Irish context; (3) awareness of major Irish social problems and examination of the challenges NGOs face working on these social issues; (4) practical experience addressing a specific Irish social problem through working in an Irish social service agency; and (5) analysis and firsthand practice/participant observation leading to enhanced understanding of Irish culture, social problems, social institutions and solutions.
Evaluation is based on active participation, maintaining a service-journal log and journal reflections, a midterm reflection, and a final reflection.
Contact Hours: 90
Recommended U.S. Credits: 6
This course is delivered virtually and begins before departure and completes after returning. The content includes both pre-departure and post departure information, discussion and reflection and serves to compliment the Institutions in Society Course. The course explores the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning to help make sense of the international experience and to develop intercultural competence. One credit will be awarded for 15 hours of academic relections work and 2 credits for the hands-on service-learning volunteering.
Contact Hours: 45
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3
Up to three additional (3 credit) courses can be chosen form the DCU and/or St. Patrick's course catalog. we encourage you to review the course offerings at this link http://www4.dcu.ie/international/study_abroadmodules.shtml and select 8-10 possible courses that you are interested in and get approval form your college and /or advisor for these courses BEFORE you arrive. Should some of these courses turn out to not be offered or if you have a scheduling conflict with some of your selected courses, you can fall back on the other ones that you chose in advance. Your final course registration will be completed during orientation.
This organization is part of a global network of 105 clubhouses, and is based in a disadvantaged area of inner city Dublin. The clubhouse provides educational and personal support to a range of young people, and students participate in these activities, including art, music, film/TV, theater and technology.
Founded in 1996 as a patient support organization, this NGO is dedicated to reducing incidences of a preventable disease by promoting healthy behaviors, and provides support for sufferers and their families.
Working in 26 of the world’s poorest countries, this NGO works with local people to make major and sustainable improvements in their lives. Interns help research and collate information on the organization’s ongoing projects, contribute to the organization’s newsletter, and participate in ongoing work on social and behavioral change.
This organization is dedicated to creating opportunities for people to participate in social integration projects both in Ireland and abroad with a view to promoting intercultural dialog and harmony. Students assist with a variety of tasks including event planning and promotion, fundraising and research.
This international organization is dedicated to the protection of fundamental human rights across the globe. Students work in the dynamic fundraising unit, contributing to a variety of projects, events and campaigns.
Based at a purpose-built community youth center, students work a variety of programs and events in support of professional Youth Workers. The work includes the day-to-day work of the drop-in center to special initiatives targeting certain minority youth groups.
Unemployment is the most pressing social issue in present-day Ireland. Founded in 1994, this non-profit has come to play an increasingly important role in Dublin. Volunteers work on different programs, but always with the intention of supporting their search and helping them regain their confidence and dignity.
"This organization became more to me than just my service site. It became a comfortable environment filled with support and encouragement, as well as a place to receive constructive criticism. I've seen how the organization works, and volunteers are essential to helping complete the day-to-day tasks that the staff have push aside. We all work hard, and I hope I contribute to the environment and cause I respect so much.” Gentry H., Psychology Major, Emory & Henry College, 2013
Established by a group of women over 25 years ago, this community-based and entirely self-funded charity houses over 70 animals that have been abandoned or rescued from situations of abuse. Volunteers mainly work closely with the animals, helping to feed, clean, groom and exercise them.
“The chance to combine service, real service, with something that I love is not an opportunity that I am presented with often. This place is more than an animal shelter, it's a sanctuary. We can learn much and more from animals, if we bother to pay attention.” Will P., Biology Major, Emory & Henry College, 2013
This program is implemented by a trusted organization within the AFSNext partnership community and has our full endorsement. While not managed or operated by AFS, it maintains the same exceptional quality standards, which are set by a network of experienced international non-profits operating within the international education field.