Northern Ireland Student Blogger Study Abroad

My Look Inside the Northern Irish Peace Process Through the Lens of an Internship

"Observing how culture is taught to children in PUL communities is significant to me because of how some adults and scholars have spoken about PUL. I think it’s important for me to formulate my own understanding of the PUL community by debunking the many assumptions I have heard from others in and outside the community." Read More »

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Northern Ireland Student Blogger

2 Weeks In, 12 More to Go: Seeing the Beauty of Northern Ireland Before Learning About the Troubles

"Arriving in Belfast at the BHD airport was something I had been waiting anxiously for all year. I was scared that I was going to receive an email saying that Covid had, once again, disrupted my plans to study abroad." Lawrence University student, Josey McClain, tells us about her first days in Northern Ireland and her commitment to learning all she can from the people of this beautiful and complex land. Read More »

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Alumni Profile Beyond the Classroom: HECUA at 50

Why HECUA? Why Northern Ireland? Why Now?

In this series of HECUA at 50, we will be featuring alumni, consortium members and other community members whose stories weave together to tell the story of who we are, where we’ve […] Read More »

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Community Partner Northern Ireland

Community Partner Feature: The Rainbow Project

Collaboration with community partners brings HECUA’s model of transformational learning to life. We know that the 12-15 hours a week that students spend interning with a local organization is just […] Read More »

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Northern Ireland Student Blogger

Exploring Languages Near and Far: Creating My Independent Study Project

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. AV Lee-A-Yong is HECUA’s student blogger for the Conflict, Peace, […] Read More »

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Northern Ireland Student Blogger Study Abroad

AV’s Unofficial Guide to Managing Quarantine Longing

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. AV Lee-A-Yong is HECUA’s student blogger for the Conflict, Peace […] Read More »

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Northern Ireland Student Blogger Study Abroad

Time to Craic On: Working, Learning, and Having Fun at The Rainbow Project

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. AV Lee-A-Yong is HECUA’s student blogger for the Conflict, Peace […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Landscapes and Learning: Our Initial Residence at Corrymeela

Each term, one participant from each HECUA program takes on the role of student blogger, sending regular dispatches from the field. AV Lee-A-Yong is HECUA’s student blogger for the Conflict, […] Read More »

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Student Blogger Study Abroad

Final Reflections from Northern Ireland

As I finished my internship with the Verbal Arts Centre, I began to reflect on the power of storytelling. The opportunity to read and talk with nursing home residents in one Verbal program made me excited, but also nervous since I did not think I would be able to connect to the group. Nevertheless, the stories I listened to and told in that first session and the many sessions afterwards, as we laughed, talked, and sang, erased the vast gap in our experiences and backgrounds. I began to truly understand how literature and stories bring people together. Read More »

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news release

What’s in a name?

In this article, Northern Ireland Program Director Nigel Glenny explains the importance behind the program’s new name, “Conflict, Peace and Transition in Northern Ireland.” Growing up in Northern Ireland, during […] Read More »

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