International Pen Pals
University of Limerick International Division
This year the Fair was organised for the first time by the Office of the Assistant Registrar in conjunction with Kerry Volunteer Centre, the IT Tralee Students’ Union and the IT Tralee Societies Office. With 20 organisations in attendance, students were offered a wide range of volunteering opportunities both locally and nationally.
Organisations from across Kerry and further afield were offered a chance to meet each other and network at a breakfast event in the Sólás building. They then set up in the Business, Information Technology Building from 10.30am, allowing students to visit the stands on their way to class and at lunch time. There was a great buzz on campus throughout the day as it was the last day of Raise and Give Week (RAG) and this really added to the atmosphere.
There was a great mix of organisations on the day such as Kerry Hospice , BUMBLEance, Kerry Sustainable Energy Co-op, DeafHear, Clean Coasts Coastal Programmes, Tralee Community, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Cork/Kerry Responders, Kerry Volunteer Centre, Enable Ireland, Tralee Coder Dojo, Oesophageal Cancer Fund as well as a stand promoting StudentVolunteer.ie and the IT Tralee President’s Civic Spirit Award.
All of the stands received many visitors throughout the day. At lunchtime the Clean Coasts Roadshow gave a number of talks including : ‘Clean Coasts: What it’s all about…’, guest speaker Mike O’Neill from Fenit Development Association & Clean Coasts Group discussing Community Engagement and Louise Overy (IT Tralee Graduate) from Dingle Aquarium discussing Jellyfish Identification - what to look out for!. These talks were very informative and inspiring drawing attendance from students and staff from both campuses. With so many beaches within a few minutes’ drive from IT Tralee the importance of keeping our coasts clean and safe resonated, and the Institute is now working towards becoming a recognised Green Campus.
Our StudentVolunteer.ie stand was very busy all day with students registering and finding out more about the volunteering opportunities on offer.
We also ran a Snapchat story on the Institute’s Snapchat throughout the day which proved very popular.
With so many students getting involved this year and such a great atmosphere on campus we can’t wait for IT Tralee Volunteer Fair 2018!
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