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Join up and achieve your award - NUI Galway PALs can support your journey for the award.
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NUI Galway students Cathy, Sinead, Caitlin, Ciaran, Keith all shared a few words on their Gaisce experiences. Read NUI Galway Students' interviews and stories about their journey for the Gaisce Medals.
Listen to NUI Galway Flirt FM Radio Station audio Interviews with students on their journey for the Gaisce Award!
Gaisce, which is also known as the President’s Award is a personal development programme for people aged between 15 and 25 to fulfil their potential. Over 300,000 young people have participated in the programme. The award comes in three stages, bronze, silver and gold, each of increasing difficulty and timescales. Students often begin their bronze award in secondary school and this year many NUI Galway students are taking the chance to complete the award.
The awards consist of 13, 26 and 52-week programmes taking up three hours of time each week. Through participation in personal, physical and community challenges, young people feel that it enhances confidence and wellbeing. Participants must also complete an adventure journey as part of each award. The adventure journey is something that young people particularly enjoy with students travelling to places such as Kilimanjaro and to undertake the Camino walk in Spain. The sense of achievement when participants finally receive their award drives students to better themselves and their communities.
The programme challenges people to undertake a journey that opens all parts of their lives to self-improvement, allowing them to not only better themselves but everybody in their community. Students challenge themselves to learn new skills such as a language, take time to better themselves personally and take up something new such as the gym, and also to better their community by doing activities such as volunteering with local groups.
To sign up for the award email firstname.lastname@example.org to meet the Gaisce PALs - Lorraine Tansey, Kirsty Moran and Aidan Harte.
Aidan graduated from NUI Galway with a BA in Geography, Sociology & Political Science in 2016, and an MA in Public Advocacy & Activism in 2017. He currently coordinates the University of Sanctuary Initiative at NUI Galway, and represents the University of Sanctuary initiative on the Galway City Community Network (GCCN). He sits on the board of directors of AMACH! LGBT+ Galway, and represents the GCCN on the board of the Galway City Partnership (GCP).
Aidan’s research interests include youth and critical civic engagement, migration and International Protection, as well as rights-based initiatives. He has published works on ICT in Service-Learning, and Service-Learning practices from students' perspectives.
CEO of Gaisce Yvonne McKenna, NUI Galway's Lorraine Tansey, Chair of Gaisce John Cunningham and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
I'm Kirsty Moran I'm a Gaisce PAL and currently co-ordinating 'Your Gaisce Summer' in NUI Galway. If you are looking for more info or thinking of starting your award you can reach me through email@example.com
I am a Commissioned Officer, Irish Defence Forces. Level 7 leadership, management and defence studies. Currently studying B. Sc Computer Science. SU Clubs Captain 20/21. Secretary/Ladies Captain NUIG Boxing 19/20. Director of Competitions NUIG Equestrian 20/21. Editor with Hersport.ie
I am interested in: Physical: horse riding, tetrathlon, adventure racing, boxing and scuba diving. Skills:musician/conductor/teacher. admin, first response, journalism. Community: organising colour dashes, fun runs, concerts for charity, mentoring.
If you have any questions about any of these topics or any sporting area get in contact!
Joseph is a staff member of the Access Office at NUI Galway and a new Gaisce PAL!
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