Virginia Tech Sustainability & Culture March 9-17 2019

Posted on 20th March 2019

We had a big ‘cead míle fáilte’ for Virginia Tech, under the guidance of Professor Bob Bush, who made Donegal the home for their program on sustainability and culture. This ran as a collaborative program with Tarrant County College Geology and culture, so we spent a lot of time enjoying (and enduring) the Wild Atlantic Weather!

The students were delightful, full of enthusiasm and energy, and our field trips included a visit to the Cavan Burren, the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, The Museum of Country Life, and Donegal Castle. VT students also gave their services to the Bundoran Community Garden, a local operation run by Sr. Assumpta, dedicated to sustainable practices and community cooperation.

The craic was great, enhanced by our very own bog boys (Lucas and Liam) and thank you Alex for single-handedly stimulation the local craft economy! My girls (you know who you are) were proof that the next generation will be formidable and fierce…. you were an awesome group of students, thank you!

Here’s some quotes and pics;

‘I fell in love, not just with the natural beauty of the scenery but with the people, the culture and the depth of history and traditions. I am and will be grateful for this priceless opportunity and experience’ Michaela Miller, VT

‘The ISAI has been one of the greatest things I have been involved with. Niamh and John clearly have such big hearts for students and sharing their world with us. I learned so much, enjoyed myself and got some of the greatest experiences of my lifetime. I’ll be back.’ Kayla McMurray, VT

‘The personalized and knowledgeable staff at ISAI combined with the fascinating history, culture and beauty of Ireland made this the best trip ever.’ Maureen Deisinger, Faculty, VT

‘It is not possible to sum up how incredible this experience has been in a few sentences. It’s a great way to experience a lot of Ireland in a short amount of time without feeling rushed. You feel like you get the full experience. ‘ Emily Vollmer, VT

‘I had no idea that Ireland’s culture is so rich, its history so complex and its landscape so ruggedly beautiful. I felt very welcome everywhere we went and especially at the Atlantic hotel. Our every need was addressed and the quality of the educational experience cannot be overstated. I wish I could stay longer! ‘ Alex Mazarr, VT