Students participating in the program will stay in Sligo, Ireland where they will be assigned to a school, hospital or community setting which provides services to individuals with special needs. Monday - Thursday, students will be transported to these field experiences where they will assist the staff in daily activities. On Fridays, students will reflect and share their experiences with other participants in the morning. Friday afternoon through Sunday evening will include cultural and sightseeing opportunities for students.
Sligo, Ireland is the second largest urban area in Connacht (after Galway). It has a population of 18,000 (as of 2006). Sligo is situated in the north west of Ireland set within magnificent scenery of mountain rivers, fronting the Atlantic Ocean. The town is the capital of the North West and is located at the mouth of Sligo Harbour on the Garavogue River. The nearest city of similar size is Derry, located over 80 miles (120kms) away. The town is the administrative, commercial and industrial capital of the County and region.
For more information, please visit the Borough of Sligo website.
SPED 466 International Field Placement in Special Needs Education or PRC 726 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Behavioral HealthThis field placement includes 45 hours of hands-on practical experience with individuals with special needs in Sligo, Ireland. Placement will vary depending upon a student’s discipline of study. Opportunities to interact with a variety of related service providers enhance the experience while offering students multiple perspectives and techniques for enriching the lives of individuals with different abilities. Each student will be placed in a setting for individuals with special needs and be provided with an Irish mentor for guidance.
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