Daily Archives: January 15, 2018

Community Service Pictures and Reflections

First things first: Happy Birthday Sofia! Doesn’t she look thrilled and not at all embarrassed?

Some reflections from the day.

I was on the Dublin SPCA trip today with Ellen and Kayleen. They do amazing work. They’re a no-kill facility that brings in over 3,500 animals per year: cats, dogs, horses, goats, rabbits, even a potbellied pig that outgrew its apartment. The entire operation cost 10 million euros per year, of which the government provides a mere 10,000. They make up the rest with private donations, fundraisers, and three money-making enterprises on site–a vet clinic, a pet hotel for vacationers, and a doggy day care.

Check out the old goat. Oh, and there’s a white animal in the picture, too!

Do you get HBO with that? Thank you! I’ll be here all week.


Ana was on the Bray Lakers trip with Cherise and Michelle, a community-based sports, social, and recreation club for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In the morning the girls helped the residents make clay picture frames for Valentine’s Day. In the afternoon they worked in the kitchen cooking a vegetarian Shepard’s pie, also known as Sheperdess Pie, as well as a gluten free seed bread (better than it sounds…Ana has a copy of the recipe if anyone is interested)!

We’ll try to follow up with pictures of the other trips as the week unfolds.

Community Service Monday

Early in our stay, one of the SEK faculty told Ana and I that to teach here you need to learn to “go with the flow.” When an opportunity to be out in the community rather than in the classroom comes up, they take it. Plans can change at the drop off the hat. Being from the US, the northeast, and Porter’s, it’s taken us a while to get used to it.

Today, we’ll see that philosophy in action. We’re going to six different organizations to volunteer and learn more about what they do. Here are the organization and the Porter’s students that are going:

  • Dublin SPCA (Kayleen, Ellen)
  • The Bray Lakers, a center for special needs adults (Cherise, Michelle)
  • RNLI, the Irish Coast Guard (Tiara, Katie)
  • Imaginosity, Dublin’s Children Museum (Olivia)
  • Youth Cafe (Amelia, Sofia)
  • Bray Recycling Center and Five Loaves Charity Shop (Nicole)

Pictures and reflections tonight.