A practicum that provides curriculum based accredited and experiential learning for international students that responds to community self-identified need, in the context of community projects in Limerick City and Counties. The aim of the service learning experience to enhance the students’ experience of being in Ireland by working closely with local civic groups. The students on the programme leverage their own unique experiences and knowledge to real-world projects to develop transversal skills such as communication, teamwork and creativity. This module incorporates activities designed to foster student awareness and understanding of environmental concerns and social innovation.
Designed to support students by fostering increased and participatory engagement with their new environment, encouraging critical and reflective consideration of their own position within the community context. Throughout the practicum, as part of the overall assessment strategy, students are required to develop a reflective journal based upon the project progression and their personal and associated attribute development.
Community partners for this module included: Health Service Executive, Narrative 4, The Hunt Museum, Limerick City & County Council.