Student Spotlight: Hannah, Ireland and Northern Ireland Part 3

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May 14th, 2016: Coorymeela

We woke up and went to breakfast at 8:30 am on the dot because they really prefer everyone to be on time since it runs like a community. After breakfast we started our many activities for the day. We went outside in the front and saw a puzzle drawn by chalk on the ground. We had to work together by one-at-a-time trying to navigate the correct path through the puzzle. It was fun and a good communication builder. After reflecting on the use and importance of teamwork, we went to the backyard. For this activity we had to figure out how to guide a ball through a zig-zagged puzzle which we each held a part of. There was then a tea break, but we decided to play with the rugby ball for a little instead. Our next activity was a great learning lesson. In the chapel we each played a trading game with one another that ultimately ended up segregating us into social classes by our own choices. It showed us how power can consume us, because the “first-class people” made selfish decisions. My favorite part after this was visiting the Irish Sea. It was breathtaking and we got to explore all around the beach and rocks. After dinner we reflected on our time here by creating a web of yarn based on each of our experiences here. We then had a bonfire which was a lot of fun. We ended the night playing pool and foosball in the playroom, and having my favorite…toast and cocoa. I loved Coorymeela and ended up appreciating it more than I expected to.


Student Spotlight: Hannah, Ireland and Northern Ireland Part 1

Hannah, attendee of the faculty-led Ireland and Northern Ireland Co-Cultural Experience program during the Summer of 2016, submitted the following blog posts as a documentation of her time abroad.  These will be uploaded in a three-part series.


May 12th, 2016: Belfast

We all woke up and ate a buffet breakfast at our hotel. After breakfast we went on a tour of Queen’s University. It was a beautiful campus with a lot of rich history. We learned how their cost of education is much more affordable and a priority to their people versus ours. There are only two universities in Northern Ireland, Queen’s University and Ulster University. After that we went on a guided tour of Belfast given by Richard Meeley, who was a past convict during the Troubles. He was such a nice guy and had a passion for what he believed in, and was also very informative. We saw the murals drawn by different people expressing the sides they stood for, Unionist or Revolutionist. The Catholics and Protestants have been at war for so long and the bombings and violence has been almost never-ending. We visited each side of town and saw the effects of years of violence. One crazy thing was seeing the huge wall that divided the two sides to help reduce violence. Many of the people are praying for peace, but most never actually see it happening. It was an eye-opening experience, and almost every local discusses the conflict. After the tour we took Richard to the Botanic Inn pub for a pint and to hear more of his stories. Later, we had another nice dinner at Robinson pub and then went out on the town for our first night. We got to meet many locals and it was a great day!

Faculty-led 2014: What’s on tap

Below you’ll find a list of customized & faculty-led programs that have been confirmed for Spring Break and Summer 2014. We’re super excited to see some new programs, and some old favorites this year. Check out the list below and contact us for more info, either by leaving a comment or emailing us directly at

Important dates:
* Fri. Dec. 6, 2013 – Spring Break program & scholarship application deadline
* Fri., Jan. 31, 2014 – Faculty-led summer program & scholarship application deadline
* Fri., Feb. 28, 2014+ – fiscal deadline / your final date to drop without major financial penalty
subject to change

Customized & Faculty-led 2014 Programs, alpha by destination:

Guatemala Spring Break in Guatemala Dr. Carlos Amaya Spanish
Italy Food, Wine & Fashion (Spring Break) Dr. Lisa Brooks Family & Consumer Sciences
Argentina Summer in Argentina Dr. Vanesa Landrus Spanish
Austria Summer in Salzburg Dr. Marilyn Coles Music
Bahamas Science & Schooling Dr. Dan Carter,
Dr. Marylin Lisowski
Belgium Summer Archaeology Dr. Bailey Young,
Dr. Debra Reid
China Plant Usage & Culture Dr. Gordon Tucker,
Dr. Zhiwei Liu
Costa Rica Writing & Place Dr. Lania Knight,
Dr. Ruben Quesada
England English Literary Landscapes Dr. Chris Wixson,
Dr. Marjorie Worthington
England Sports Industry in the UK Dr. Jon Oliver,
Dr. Chad Carlson
India Incredible India Dr. Dan Carter,
Dr. Kiran Padmaraju
Ireland Intercultural Communication Mr. Jim Coleman,
Dr. Angie Jacobs
Communication Studies
Italy The Good Life Mr. Phil Thompson Philosophy
Italy Mediterranean Cuisine Dr. Carla Honselman Dietetics
Serbia Health & Wellness Dr. Dejan Magoc Health Studies
South Africa Nation Building Dr. Michael Loudon English, PoliSci, History, Africana Studies
Spain Sustainable Energy Mr. Dan Johnson Biology