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Why You Should Volunteer at 8 am On Your Day Off

By: Olivia Werenski, Public Relations‘17

This past week, I received an amazing opportunity, one that is consistent with the Champlain College way and how it gives their students every opportunity available. Currently, I am enrolled in the Non Profit and Social Marketing class, taught by the wonderful Serena Mizzoni of Ashoka Ireland. However, in years before, the course was taught by Lucy Masterson, the CEO of Fundraising Ireland. This week, I volunteered for the Rise Up! National Fundraising Conference 2016 and had my thought process about non profits changed for good.

I have to be honest, I wasn’t really wanting to go. After a stressful week of final papers, housing selection, class registration for senior year, a job interview, and throwing an event for my Creative Dublin class, I had low energy and motivation. Waking up at 6 am was tough, especially when I wasn’t getting a paycheck.

When I arrived with fellow volunteers in tow, I was amazed by the hotel where it was being hosted. It smelled like fresh chocolate chip cookies and there was free food everywhere. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad here! We met up with Hermon, a coordinator for the conference and she assigned us our places and gave us some free t-shirts (always a plus).  I ended up being assigned to room 6 for the day, where I would help the presenters with anything they needed and make the lectures a smooth experience for both the participants and the speakers.

Volunteers for Fundraising Ireland

Some of the Champlain College students volunteering at the annual conference for Fundraising Ireland. Photo credit: Lilly Johnsson

The speakers were from all over the world: Scotland, London, USA, Canada, Spain and more. I was impressed with both their talent and drive to get to be where they are in their careers today. Most were CEO’s, either for large companies or owned their own companies. Hearing them speak about the psychology behind decision making and ethics behind asking for money was both interesting and thought pondering. I had come into the conference almost hating fundraising and feeling awkward in situations where I had to ask for money. Now, I see the premise behind it. Not only is it necessary to have a sustainable business, but it doesn’t always have to be this uncomfortable and pushy thing that is always the elephant in the room. These speakers made me see things from a different angle, one that was based on evidence and research instead of personal bias. Plus, I received some fantastic LinkedIn connections that I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten.

Tammy Zonker

Tammy Zonker, Founder and CEO of Fundraising Transformed, during her talk at Fundraising Ireland’s conference. Photo credit: Lilly Johnsson

Fundraising Ireland's national conference

In between talks at Fundraising Ireland’s national conference. The venue was the Hilton by DoubleTree hotel in Dublin.

All in all, it was a wonderful learning experience and resume builder and it wouldn’t have never been possible without the help of Champlain Abroad Dublin. This experience reminded me to not judge a book by it’s cover and to always take a risk, no matter how early in the morning it is.

Catch up with me on Twitter: @OWerenski

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Immersion Through Education

By: Julianna Pratt, ’16 // Early Childhood and Elementary Education This semester, one way I have stepped out of my comfort zone is by working in a school in Ireland. For my Community Advocacy and Inquiry class we are required to do a placement in either a school or local organization in Dublin. I have […]

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Creating New Connections in the Classroom

By: Julianna Pratt, ’16 // Early Childhood and Elementary Education One difference about my academic experience in Dublin is the opportunities that we get to explore and immerse within our classes. This semester definitely tops my college experience in terms of academic classes. The teachers in the Champlain Abroad Dublin program are all nothing short of […]

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Visit to the Irish Congress Trade Union

Recently, Champlain Abroad Dublin’s Conflict Management (COM 315) class went to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions building. The visit to the Congress Trade Union highlighted the significance of industrial conflict all over the world. As students, I thought that this topic of industrial conflict was particularly relevant. After arriving at the Irish Congress of […]

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Fleeing Hope: Ireland's Role in the United Nations' Mission to Help Refugees

In class today we had the extraordinary opportunity to be in the presence of an employee of The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  UNHCR was established in December, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.  The mission of the organization is to direct and coordinate actions on an international level […]

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Service learning placement at the Separate Children's Service

Aldous Huxley once said that “experience is not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you.” Time and time again I find this sentiment to ring true. Doing my student placement at The Separated Children’s Service has reinforced this belief.  The alternative school works with kids ranging from ages 12 […]

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Keeping the Peace, Starting in Ireland

During his visit to our Conflict Management class at Champlain Abroad Dublin, Lieutenant Philip O’Leary said, “peacekeeping is not a soldier’s role, but a soldier is the only one who can do it.” He and Captain Dan Sheeran of the UN explained the irony that even the task of keeping and enforcing peace in foreign […]

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Champlain meets Cuba

For an afternoon Champlain Abroad Dublin students in the COM 350, conflict management class, were on Cuban soil as we received a briefing on the Cuban-USA conflict from the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland. Going into the visit, many of us students were aware there was a tension between Cuba and the United States, but we […]

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Student Placement at the Rookery Montessori & Crèche

Education, social work, psychology, and environmental policy students at Champlain Abroad Dublin are offered the chance to take the EHS 300: Community Advocacy and Inquiry course that has a half day placement requirement as a way to connect with a community while studying in Dublin. My placement is at the Rookery Montessori & Crèche in […]

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“If You Want to Learn They Will Teach You”

My name is Samantha Hoeltge and I am Junior Social Work major at Champlain College, currently studying in Ireland with Champlain Abroad Dublin.  Being a social work student has become an enlightening experience for me, and the fact that I get to spend some of my college learning in another country is a gift.  As a […]

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