23 July, 2014

2014 Discover Ireland trip a huge success!

Each summer the staff of Champlain Dublin organize and run a trip to Ireland for faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of Champlain College.  The 2014 trip (our 4th annual!) ran from July 4-14 for a group of 11 travellers.
Russborough House, Co. Wicklow

Having a few pints on the Dingle Peninsula
We started with two days in Dublin, which included a tour of Trinity College and the Book of Kells, a historical walking tour, a lecture on the artistic response to the economic crash in Ireland from our faculty member Stephen McMahon, and of course a night of Irish music and dance.

We then boarded a private coach for the trip south and west, visiting Russborough House, Kilkenny, and the Rock of Cashel on the first day.  The following day saw us visit Cobh, the final port of call of the Titanic, as well as a tour of Cork.  Into the mountains of Kerry the following day, with stops in the wonderful village of Kenmare as well as Kilarney National Park.  The scenery got even more spectacular the next day as we visited the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head.  No trip to the west coast of Ireland would be complete without a visit to the world famous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare.  The weather was fantastic (an Irish heatwave!) and the company couldn't have been better.

Ross Castle, Co. Kerry
The Dublin staff love to show off the country and meet new friends with a Champlain connection.  Organizing and running this trip really is the highlight of our summer!

If you haven't been to Ireland on one of our Discover Ireland trips then please get in touch.  We'd love to host more Champlain people and show them parts of Ireland that other tours don't visit.  The tentative dates for the 2015 trip are July 10-19.  Itinerary still to be decided, but we do change it up every year.

All the best from the Emerald Isle,

Stephen Robinson

26 May, 2014

My career catapult in Dublin

Greetings prospective study abroad goers and beyond. My name is Connor Sullivan and I have spent the past two semesters in Dublin as well as managed a top notch internship. At the behest of the fine staff at Champlain Dublin I will be talking a little bit about my work experience there, hopefully to encourage all you internship-seeking people (and I know you’re out there) to follow suit.
The place I was working at was a property asset management firm called Castlestar REIM, a short 10 minutes away from our Champlain Abroad Dublin academic center.  I had various duties including data gathering and property analysis. I also would physically travel to several properties for evaluation in cities including Dublin, Drogheda, and Belfast. Over the course of my time there I have gained massive amounts of European experience, which is ever-more pretty on a resume. This internship can only be described as a proverbial career catapult to any international or business students.

Connor Sullivan
Champlain Abroad Dublin. Fall'13 and Spring'14
Internship with Castlebar REIM
Champlain College, International Business'15
Photo credit: Maddie Wagner
Mind you, it did have its challenges. The student visa we get does not allow us to have income so this internship was unpaid. I also worked a full time schedule 4 days a week (one day off for classes) as well as class work. Certain sacrifices had to be made on weekends. However the Directors at Castlestar REIM are very flexible with scheduling and adjustments can be made. Furthermore an international internship counts as six credits, meaning I only took three classes.

This internship is open to any Champlain Abroad student to apply. On another note I was able to get so much out of my time in Dublin because I went for two semesters. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who can make this work with their schedule. If you are on the fence about studying abroad, going for the international experience is as good a reason as any. It was the smartest decision I have made at Champlain College.

Connor Sullivan 
Champlain Abroad Dublin, Fall'13 and Spring'14
Champlain College, International Business'15

13 May, 2014

Day by Day - A semester with Champlain Abroad Dublin

Will Saxe, Broadcast & Streaming media major at Champlain College, compiled one second of footage every day during his semester with Champlain Abroad Dublin Spring 2014. This "Day to Day" video is the final result. We think it captures our motto EXPLORE IMMERSE ENGAGE perfectly. Enjoy!

Day by day by Will Saxe from Champlain Abroad on Vimeo.