N.U.in Ireland students have a service requirement to complete before the last day of The Global Experience course. This is a major component of the course and is often the central topic of class discussions and blog assignments. Having this component built into their schedules enables students to see a different side of the Irish culture, build relationships with their respective organizations, and engage in meaningful service that allows each student to finish the requirement by the end of the semester.
Service-Learning placements for N.U.in Ireland are coordinated through Volunteer Ireland. Students are to complete an online Service-Learning survey by May 15 and are then assigned to sites based on their responses. Volunteer Ireland will match students with placements based on the following:
- Results of the Service-Learning survey
- Availability at sites
- Students’ academic schedules
Service-Learning in Ireland consists of some one-time group activities and other, consistent individual placements.
Example of a large, group service project:
- Sing for Simon Fundraiser
Service-Learning placements in past years included:
- Age Action
- Cara Cheshire House
- Dublin Christian Mission
- Finglas Youth Resource Center
- Island Key Child Care Service
In order to comply with regulations regarding Service-Learning in Dublin, N.U.in Ireland participants are required to have a local police check. This letter should be from the local police precinct and detail that the participant does not have a criminal history record. Students do not need to submit this letter to N.U.in staff in Boston, but must have it upon arrival in Dublin. See more details about the required police check.