IPSL: Ireland - Social and Environmental Stewardship for Sustainable Communities

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The IPSL Global Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu) has designed and delivered international programs focusing on experiential learning, ethical service & engaged research for close to 40 years. IPSL programs co... read more

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I learned how to work hard and adjust to a new country - El Camino College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IPSL: Dublin - Study Abroad + Service Learning in Ireland
January 04, 2017 Best Semester Ever.
I learned about another culture that was very different than my own. I also learned a lot about myself and how I really don't know what I want to do with my life yet, but there is a whole world out there with opportunities. - Emory & Henry College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IPSL: Dublin - Study Abroad + Service Learning in Ireland
January 11, 2017 Go For It
One thing I really learned was how to handle stressful situations. I'm overall a pretty daring person, but there were times where i was well out of my comfort zone. I learned not to panic, to keep my head on, and handle what needs to be handled. - College of Mount Saint Vincent View Entire Review
I learned to learn about a community before putting my own ideas into it. It was definitely worthwhile! - Emory & Henry College View Entire Review

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The IPSL Global Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu) has designed and delivered international programs focusing on experiential learning, ethical service & engaged research for close to 40 years. IPSL programs combine credit-bearing coursework, ethical volunteer service and advocacy research opportunities abroad to provide a meaningful and impactful study abroad experience. Like IPSL, NUNM has been focused on educating, serving and supporting the development of healthy communities for many decades! 

IPSL’s Ireland program offers students the opportunity to explore what it means to assume the responsibilities of global citizenship. Living with a host family in Dublin, working for community-based groups and agencies, and with easy access to the rest of the country and to Northern Ireland, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich and varied cultural heritage and begin to understand, first hand, the current issues of both native Irish as well as immigrants to Ireland's shores.​

Courses include "Introduction to COSA” (COSA: Community Organizing and Social Activism) and "COSA in Ireland". Students may choose an additional 3 courses from a select group of offerings for the schools of English and Media Cultural Studies, New Media Studies and Arts Management from IADT.

Service opportunities may include working with:

• At-risk youth & agencies supporting the homeless
• Agencies/schools working with people with mental and physical disabilities
• Organizations working with drug and alcohol addicted populations
• Agencies providing services for the elderly, and other marginalized groups
• Refugee and immigrant relief and assistance
• Conservation and working on the world's environmental challenges

Students live with a local Irish family and most meals are included. An integral part of the program, the homestay, offers the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. 
 
Excursions may include:

• Dublin city bus tour (orientation)
• Book of Kells
• Glasnevin Cemetary
• GAA – Gaelic Athletic Association 

Additional excursions may include:

• Weekend trip to the western or southern coast
• Day trip to Wicklow County
• Day trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland to visit Peace and Reconciliation centers

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity. 

IPSL, the founder of Service-Learning, is a global education institute within the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu). They invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where they serve.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Gap Year
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Business Administration and Management
  • History
  • Irish Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Celtic Languages, Literature
  • Demography, Population Studies
  • Dispute Resolution
  • European Studies
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Literature
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1981
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