Stories from the Field
Greetings from Inis Mór & Inis Oírr!
July 25, 2017
We started off the day in Inis Oírr with breakfast at the hostel and then went to go rent bikes nearby. The majority of the group then biked to find a seal colony along the coast and ended up circling back to the hostel to regroup before lunch. After eating lunch next door, we took a few minutes to relax and prepare for the afternoon. At this point in the day, we were also able to go buy the Aran fudge that was being sold down the street. Then, the leaders gave us the option to either stay back and edit, go hiking, or go biking again. The hiking and biking groups both got to see the lighthouse and castle ruins. After getting back, everyone got ready for dinner and then took a 10-minute walk to the restaurant. After eating a filling dinner and dessert, the group got time to pack, shower, edit, and go explore more of the island before heading to an early sleep. Tomorrow morning, we will head to the 8 a.m. ferry going to Galway, then prepare for the drive to Dublin.
Irish Step Dancing
July 16, 2017
The group has arrived in Dublin, and didn’t waste a minute before delving into Irish culture. On our first day, we visited Epic Ireland, an innovative museum that details Ireland’s long history. Upon arrival, we were greeted by an Irish Emigration expert who shared some rich history and context for the many interactive exhibits we explored.
Afterward, we enjoyed time in one of Dublin’s major squares and enjoyed lunch at a modern pub called the Wiley Fox. We then headed down to Trinity College, viewing its renowned architecture and talking about our On Assignment projects.
Interview with Student Alum Michaela R.
April 11, 2016
What drew you to that particular NGSE trip?
I have always wanted to go on an NGSE. I got a scholarship from my school to study abroad in Europe for the summer. It allowed me to pick any program, so I was immediately drawn to NGSE. Ireland is incredibly beautiful with a rich culture, and I like how the Expedition focused on writing and photography.
Inspired Prose from Ireland’s Aran Islands
August 6, 2014
Students in Ireland not only drew from the long Irish literary tradition as inspiration for their own creative writing pieces, but also from the geography of the historical and unique Aran Islands. Below, enjoy a selection of travel writing pieces from students working on their Creative Writing On Assignment projects.