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Trip of a Lifetime!!!Our trip was one that I will never forget! The organization, planning and delivery of the trip was all exceptional. The tour directors and the all of the individuals involved on behalf of EF tours were amazing. They were all very accommodating prior, during and after the our to trip to Ireland! Each day we were given a day of activities and educational experiences that all had unique meaning and importance. It was so nice that we were able to travel to Dublin, Belfast, and Galway. Each city gave us a unique view and perspective of the culture, traditions and other essential elements to help contribute and enrich our experience. I would recommend this trip to anyone, particularly an education major as it heightens awareness, knowledge and inspiration for future endeavors in the multicultural field! Thank you so much!!!!
Amazing OpportunityThis trip was wonderful. I cannot wait to go back and have another amazing experience. The educational opportunities that were provided were incredible. I really enjoyed the tours and the guides.
Education Meets LeisureThis trip was the perfect mixture of education and leisure tourist activities and sights. I loved being able to learn about the educational system in Ireland and in the future would love to be able to go into an elementary school and not just early childhood centers. I loved all the places we visited, especially Galway! Galway was beautiful and I wish we spent more time there compared to Dublin because of the high tourist traffic found in Dublin. I only have a couple cons about the trip: 1) When covering meals for some who has a dietary restriction (I am gluten-free) allow them to have more options to choose from (A few times, but not all, when EF covered tours I found I did not like the choice of food and often ended up not eating) and 2) Our tour guide was a little to lax about getting to the airport, if you are traveling back into the States from Ireland be prepared to go through agriculture, customs, and immigration all at the airport in Ireland so give yourself plenty of time and make sure your tour guide is aware! Other than the few cons, I had a fabulous time and definitely look forward to making another trip back on my own!
Slainte!This tour was fantastic! I think our tour guide is what made is so great. She was knowledgeable, willing to offer information, answer questions, and handle problems as they arose in our schedule. She was flexible and eager to help us make the most of our visit. She really helped us personalize our free time - she offered ideas based on what we liked and what would really help us get to know the city as the natives do. By the end of our time in each city, I felt like I could confidently travel there by myself.
The schedule kept us busy, enough that we were never bored and always on the move! We had a perfect amount of time at nearly every site (but of course most of us want to visit again).
I was apprehensive about traveling with a tour group because I worried that we would only see tourist sites, not the real life of the country. However, because EF planned everything for us and we had such a great guide, we were free from worry and able to just experience a beautiful new place.
Breathtakingly GorgeousThis trip has made me fall in love with the whole country of Ireland. I learned so much about Irish culture while gazing at the beauty of this island. I have to go back someday.
Ireland Early ChildhoodI was the chaperone (husband of the professor) for a group of 15 college Education majors.
The trip afforded the students several educational visits to compare Ireland's early childhood educational system to America's system. It also gave them a brief view of the country as well as its history and culture. There were opportunities for the students to have free time to break into smaller groups and enjoy their interests, be it museums or just take in the sites.
A whirlwind of impressive experiencesThis was an expertly managed experience that left myself as faculty leader with hardly any logistical responsibilities so that I could concentrate on the students and the course. Although the trip was expensive for my particular students, it was, in fact, an incredible value for what we received. A substitution of a day on the canned itinerary had been requested in advance and was a spectacular hiking excursion that left us thrilled. The trip ended on a high note with a ferry ride viewing the majestic Cliffs of Moher from below, complete with dolphins following our boat. All accommodations were clean and comfortable; transportation went off without a hitch; and the dining was delicious local cuisine enjoyed by all.