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first_imgA group of students from New York City have chosen Bundoran as their base for a study-abroad trip to Ireland this August.‘Say Yes to Education’, a U.S. non-profit educational organisation, chose Donegal’s famous seaside resort following a Europe-wide sweep of educational programmes in a bid to widen the participants’ horizons.The unique mixture of history, culture and adventure activities plus the chance to enjoy some hands on experience by visiting living history projects, enticed them to visit here. The trip is being organised by the Bundoran-based Institute of Study Abroad Ireland.Established in 1996, the Institute is a partnership of authentic educational, historical and cultural interests based in Ireland, and is committed to assisting international school, college, student and alumni groups with setting up valuable, authentic and affordable experience in Ireland.Director of the Institute, Dr. Niamh Hamill is pleased their latest visitors chose Ireland as their study abroad destination.“The leaders wanted to take their students somewhere that offered a challenge in terms of experiencing something new. They researched many venues throughout Europe but ultimately they discovered what they wanted in Donegal. The 32 students will be arriving this Sunday, August 2 and staying for nine days in total,” she said. Niamh, who lectures regularly on Irish Studies in the U.S. and Ireland, explains that the Institute’s overall aim is to encourage overseas student groups to choose Ireland, and specifically Donegal, for their study abroad travel.“Donegal has everything that study abroad organizers from the U.S.A require. They are looking for places of cultural and historical significance, that are accessible, welcoming, safe and friendly. Our New York group are one of many student groups that will be visiting us over the next year.“The students will be learning about Irish history and culture and will be spending some of their time in the classroom, some of it on field trips to various locations of historic or cultural interest all over the north-west. The places they visit will relate to specific events, and historical and cultural sites such as Donegal Castle, Ballyshannon Workhouse and Glencolmcille Folk Village will be on the itinerary. They will also be involved in a wide range out outdoor activities including surfing, kayaking, hiking and climbing – Donegal is a perfect place for young tourists,” she said.Niamh and fellow director John O’Connell will attend the Milwaukee Irish Festival in August to promote the activities of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland, including the third annual Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference, which takes place in Bundoran next January. This interdisciplinary conference of Irish studies will look at the relationships between Ireland and the Irish Diaspora, and all are welcome to participate. The conference website is www.taccireland.comThe Directors of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland expect that several hundred American students and scholars will use Donegal as their base over the next twelve months. “Perhaps as Irish people, we take Donegal’s amazing history, culture, scenery and friendliness for granted,” Niamh says, “but our visitors are always amazed and inspired by all we have on our doorstep. It’s a matter of reaching out and letting schools and colleges know we’re here.” AMERICAN STUDENTS CHOOSE DONEGAL AS BASE FOR STUDY ABROAD TRIP was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:american studentsbundoranstudentslast_img read more

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