Fáilte go hÉirinn! (Welcome to Ireland!)
Open to students from any school and nation, the IPSL-Emory & Henry College partnership in Dublin, Ireland offers IPSl 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.
Students live in Dublin, study at Dublin City University, volunteer for community-based organizations working with disadvantaged youth, initiatives against racism in sports, environmental restoration and vocational training projects. They have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich and varied cultural heritage of Ireland and to explore the ways Irish heritage pays homage to centuries of struggles, conflicts, and contradictions.
The Republic of Ireland's capital has transformed itself over the last 20 years from a quiet, economically depressed and rather old-fashioned city into a modern, thriving and youthful European city (Note: Ireland was the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote). Universities abound and create a youthful energy as about 35% of Dublin's population is under 25. Lively urban areas with ancient pubs, live music and restaurants mingle with historic churches and libraries, ancient ruins and beautiful green spaces. The Liffey river (spanned by numerous beautiful bridges) divides the city into two distinct areas. You will find Dubliners to be welcoming people and you will find it easy to enjoy the best of what Dublin has to offer.
Check out Meghna's experience in Dublin below: