S: IRELAND 2012 MEMORY BOOK
BC: DEPARTED | IRELAND | 2 June 2012
FC: IRELAND | ARRIVED 12 MAY 2012 | Study Abroad | May 12-June 2, 2012
1: My Ireland Adventure | I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland. This book is a small snippet of the many beautiful places, history, culture and the people that I have come to call as my new found Irish friends. The trip itself was memorable and it served as a wonderful learning tool that applies to more than just my school, but to all aspects of my life such as my personal and professional growth. Thank you, Sabrina Gamig
2: Ireland's natural wonder soars 650 feet over the Atlantic ocean. | The Cliffs of Mohr
3: O'Brien's Tower | The highest point, built in 1835
4: The small town of Sligo, Ireland served as our home for our three week stay. During our stay, we frequently walked to town to shop at the local grocery store, surfed the net at the Internet cafe, and explored the Irish pubs. | Sligo, Ireland
6: Friendly Hello | Irish Dolphin | 12 MAY 2012
7: Ireland Home of all that is green and an abundance of wandering cows, horses, and sheep.
8: The Resource Centre | Nothing about us, without us. | My Special Needs Placement
9: I had the opportunity to work with adults that have mild to profound intellectual disabilities. The age range was from 25-80 years old. Both men and women received services at the center. The types of services provided included community outings such as horse back riding, swimming, bowling, golfing and venturing into town. Leisure activities of art classes, interactive games, puzzles, and music were also available at the center for the service users (the Irish call clients in Ireland service users). It was very interesting and humbling to observe how the Irish workers interacted with the service users. In Ireland, people with disabilities are treated with love, dignity, and respect. The care is client-centered and the service users are given freedom of choice to make their decision for the types of activities they partake in.
10: Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, Clare Co., Ireland
11: Limestone blankets the tomb's terrain. The tomb dates back to the Neolithic from 3,800-3,600 B.C.
13: The Sligo Abbey | Located in Sligo town, the Abbey was founded in the 13th century. The structure is composed of Gothic and Renaissance sculpture carvings. It also features a 15th century high altar sculpture.
16: Some things I've learned about Irish culture.... | Stores and restaurants are not open 24/7. In fact, many places close at 6pm, even on the weekends! The Irish live in the moment of taking breaks, tea time is taken seriously. Life moves more slow here, the culture focuses on taking the time to get to know others. The people are very friendly and most of them think that Americans are rich and live the "good life." English is spoken here in Ireland, but the words and their meanings are quite different. Very few people speak Gaelic, traditional Irish language.
17: Bang on- Correct Brilliant- Cool Jumper- Sweater Ring up- To make a phone call Rubber- Eraser Smarties- M & M's | Vocabulary & Sayings: | To compliment a person(s), the Irish say... "Well Done!" "Good Man!" "Good Woman!" "Lovely!" | The Irish use these types of descriptors to describe food, hair styles, etc. "Grand!" "Nice!" "Gorgeous!"
18: My Last Day at The Resource Centre
21: Strandhill Beach Sligo Co., Ireland
22: Glencar Falls, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
24: Until Next Time...
25: This trip has been an inspirational experience and it has reinforced my professional desire to help people with intellectual disabilities. I have seen myself grow into a confident woman that is willing face challenges with a positive attitude, open heart, and mind. It was an incredible trip filled with unforgettable memories and lessons that will stay with me for years to come.