An Internship in GAP
Having returned home after 3 months travelling and volunteering in Africa as a teacher and eco-education officer, I was eager to do the same in Ireland. An internship in GAP as an educational officer afforded me that chance.
Considering I was only at GAP for a few short months I managed to get a lot of experience; from facilitating workshops in both primary and secondary schools to maintaining the Water Explorer website and contacting schools. Being passionate about the environment I was delighted to be able to share some knowledge about why and how we should protect it.
I mainly dealt with the day-to-day administration for Water Explorer, the online resource for teachers to try and promote water conservation and protection of aquatic environments. This involved maintenance of the website, interacting with schools online as well as contacting schools directly giving assistance with uploading content onto the website as well as offering workshops to help Water Explorer teams get started.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend, and help out, at the WAFA award ceremony in a lovely primary school in Kanturk, Co. Cork as well as the recording of a DPSM biodiversity workshop in the community garden in Ballymun.
As well as getting great experience at GAP you get to work with a lovely bunch of people, fitting into the office was made very easy by everyone there with an abundance of tea and sweet thing always in the fridge!
I had previously finished a post- grad in Environmental Biology and I was looking for some experience out of the academia bubble! Interning at GAP gave me the opportunity to get hands on experience and work as part of an enthusiastic team in a variety of different roles.
I finished up my time at GAP a mere week before heading off to New Zealand in search of Mount Doom and the experience I gained there has helped me in my search of work as well as my confidence in looking for work I previously thought was beyond my reach!
We were devastated to see Ciara go and we are missing all of her fabulous cakes, but we were very excited for her as she set off across the globe. And we were so impressed to hear that she has been recruited as Project Coordinator for the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.
Good luck Ciara!
INTERNSHIPS AT GLOBAL ACTION PLAN IRELAND: Education Intern