Wed, Jul 15th, 2015
Chemistry student and Vice President of the IAESTE Dublin Local Committee Camille O’Malley is currently working in the Léargas office, helping people from around the world settle into their IAESTE traineeships in Ireland. IAESTE Ireland organises a full cultural and social programme for trainees during the summer, with huge help from the Local Committees. Camille reports how the 2015 trainees are getting on so far.
“So far this summer we have six trainees already arrived in Ireland! Pablo was first to arrive from Spain and will be working in UCD for the summer. Emerson travelled all the way from Brazil for a year-long internship in SAP. Gosia has found her way from Poland for her traineeship with SmartSimple, while Gabi and Radka will be spending their summer working in TCD and have arrived from Austria and Czech Republic respectively. Finally, Margaux has just arrived from Switzerland and will be living in beautiful Cork city for six months with VMWare. Welcome all!
We are still recovering from our ‘Dublin Weekend’ just passed. We had a fantastic turn out from all of our new trainees, old alumni members, friends from IAESTE Wales, and we were happy to welcome the committee from IAESTE Northern Ireland along with their trainees. We had an action-packed weekend, starting on Friday with a night of traditional music in Temple Bar, and somehow ending up in the Workman’s Nightclub…hmmmm…
‘Bright and early’ on Saturday, we started with our IAESTE ‘Dublin City Challenge’ scavenger hunt that brought the competitive nature of our members out in full force! The teams had to get such Dublin items as a DART ticket, a photo with Molly Malone, and video of themselves feeding a duck. Bonus points were available for appearances by leprechauns, red-haired people, and the ‘hungry tree’! After lunch we moved on to the Guinness Storehouse, where we had an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Guinness brand and its history. We finished off the tour with pints of ‘the black stuff’ and later a ceilí in the Arlington Hotel, where we were treated to some fantastic Irish dancing classes. Big shout out to our trainee Pablo for introducing flamenco dancing in the middle of the set! The evening finished with some food and drink in Trinity College bar and on to Harcourt Street for a night of dancing and fun. A brilliant and energetic ‘Dublin Walking Tour’ revived our tired bodies on Sunday morning and our enthusiastic guide, John, was on hand to answer all the questions. We had a lot of late nights and early mornings and just a downpour or two to keep the authentic Irish feel. Thanks to everyone who got involved and we’re looking forward to our next trip already… Belfast here we come!
As for news of our Irish trainees abroad, at the end of this week all of our students will have left for their traineeships. We wish them all safe travels around the world and hope that everyone is having a fantastic summer so far. We have Irish trainees in 14 countries over three continents this year, and are looking forward to hearing all the stories on their return!”