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Interview with FOODCLOUD

Trinity Global Relations recently interviewed Iseult Ward (Founder & CEO of the Irish company Foodcloud).

1. What is FoodCloud and how did you come up with the idea?

FoodCloud is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food and charities in the community who need it. It’s essentially a platform that lets charities know there’s food available, and allows them to collect it, eliminating food waste too!

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Guest Blog – Careers and Your Trinity Life: 5 ways you can jump in and stand out!

Marielle Kelly is one of Trinity’s Careers Advisors. She regularly travels with the TCD Global team to speak to students around the world, and will be attending our upcoming US Open Days in New York and Boston.

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There are so many ways to develop your skills and learn outside of the classroom while studying at Trinity College Dublin. Great grades are important, but employers look for so much more than that. They want to hire exceptional graduates who can demonstrate their abilities through involvement in activities outside of the curriculum. Trinity College Dublin provides and promotes many ways for you to get involved, here are five ideas to get you started!


  1. Join a society

The opportunity to be active in a society is part of what makes the Trinity experience so unique. From getting involved in debating as part of our famous Hist and Phil societies, to trying out your skills on the stage with the Players group, to managing your own stock portfolio with the Student Managed Fund, there really is something for everyone when it comes to societies. Not only will you have great fun, you’ll get to grow your network and develop skills like public speaking, marketing or event management. Trinity has over 200 societies and sporting teams for you to join. More information is available online: http://www.trinitysocieties.ie/

  1. Get active

We have a state-of-the art sports centre and over 40 sports clubs. Employers love to see that students have taken part in a sport, because it shows drive and commitment – fitting in regular training sessions isn’t easy! Being part of a sports team, like our rugby or ultimate Frisbee teams, or Gaelic football if you want to try our national sport, is a great way to prove that you are a great team player. Or perhaps you’re more interested in individual sports like athletics, golf or boxing, and these can really demonstrate your ability to motivate yourself to succeed.


  1. Do an internship

We’re a target university for top graduate employers like Bank of America, KPMG, Deloitte, PWC and more, and the Careers Advisory Service advertises hundreds of work experience and internship opportunities every year. Doing a summer internship is a great way to get work place experience and understanding what type of career you would like to have after college. It can be tough to decide your next steps, so the more practical experience you can get in the work place, the better placed you will be to make decisions about your future or your next direction. Employers will appreciate that instead of spending all your summers on a beach, you were proactive and did something to improve your employability.

  1. Compete

Competing, and succeeding, looks fantastic on your resume. It highlights your competitive streak, and shows how you are able to get ahead of the crowd and outperform your peers. That’s the kind of graduate employers like to hire! Depending on your interests you could take part in competitions such as Google’s Online Marketing Challenge, the Deloitte Top Technology Competitiong, the GradIreland National Student challenge and more.

  1. Give back

Volunteering is a brilliant way of contributing to society and developing and demonstrating a whole range of skills and attributes. It shows that you have a social conscience, but it also displays initiative and a strong work ethic, because it takes work to balance different commitments. Depending on the type of volunteering you do, you will also develop skills such as teaching if you support a younger person through TCD’s Voluntary Tuition Programme, or supporting others through our S2S student mentoring initiative, or your ability to work in different cultural situations if you choose to go overseas with SUAS and work on educational projects in Kenya or India. You will get life experience, you’ll learn new things, and you could also get a reference. There’s so much to gain when you give back!

RAG week launch. Pic Paul Sharp/SHARPPIX

‘Change for Change’ – a Trinity student’s initiative to tackle homelessness

Recently there has been a strong push for student engagement with charities at Trinity, as seen during RAG ( Raise and Give ) week. During RAG week different societies and organizations within college compete to raise money for their respective causes. RAG week has been a part of Irish student life for a long time, and every year it keeps on growing and expanding to support more local charities and causes.

RAG week launch. Pic Paul Sharp/SHARPPIX

Specifically in Trinity it is organised and run by the Students’ Union and Trinity Volunteering, and is supported by Trinity alumni via a grant of €10,000 matched funding. This has been a great incentive for Trinity Societies, because now they know for every euro they raise they get another one from matching, allowing them to give more to their preferred charity/cause.

LOGO3One of Trinity’s new charities is “Change for Change”, an initiative set up by a few Trinity students to tackle Dublin’s homeless issue. “Change for Change” started in September by 5 trinity students (Fiona, Amr, Jill, Pamela, Timmy); its aim was to change the concept of homeless charities, and empower people to be able to help themselves. They proposed a new program including: weekly classes on building CV’s; accommodation for the period of program; and internships with companies to give candidates relevant work experience. Above all, after the 6 month program is complete, they aim for each participant in the program to be in full employment, using help from partnering agencies/companies.

This program started to grow, and took on 3 more students to manage the additional workload( Derek, Mary, Rebecca ). Since then, the program has reached new heights and has been showing great promise.  During RAG week they set out a Treasure hunt around campus with a twist. Some of the clues were pretty easy to find (’15-love’, being the tennis courts), while others required a bit more thought. Students walked around college and had to take selfies with the respective objects they found. This, obviously, brought out some hilarious pictures!


“Change for Change” is set to hit the ground running and become one of Trinity’s leading NPOs set up by students. Click below to check out the Facebook page and see how it’s getting on:


Amr is a third year Bio-engineering student working as a Student Ambassador in the Global Room who set up “Change for Change” this year. 

Teaching English in Poland

Teaching English abroad during the summer sounds like a good idea to many students, combining the opportunity to travel and the chance to contribute to society. However, many available programmes show a preference for students with teaching qualifications, or who are currently studying teaching courses. That was until I found a ‘golden ticket’ among my college e-mails from Trinity, advertising for students from any course to teach abroad together with Learning Enterprises (a non-profit, student-run organization) during the summer.

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Why you should be an Education in Ireland student ambassador

langRajsi talks about her experiences as a student ambassador last year.

Last year I applied as a young and inexperienced fresher to be a student ambassador with Education in Ireland. I had  had no idea how my first year would be, but by the end of it I was one of Trinity’s ambassadors. The process took quite a while, but the joy of actually being selected, and being part of the university that had the most student ambassadors was totally worth it!

The programme required me to capture my first year of living in Ireland and in so doing to help the students who were considering Ireland as their prospective study abroad destination. I met some wonderful people and made some wonderful memories.

The year started with an incredible training session where we were taught about everything from photography to making videos and writing in a way that makes your words come alive. We were then introduced to Gaelic football and made to learn that craic is a real uncensored word that actually means fun. (Tip: it is pronounced ‘crack’.)

Overall it was an absolutely unreal year filled with some beautiful moments, fun things to learn, some brilliant videos and interviews, and it all concluded with an amazing award ceremony, where we were congratulated for our work by no other than than Taoiseach (Irish version of a Prime Minister) Enda Kenny.

…There were also some amazing selfies involved, but hey at least I made sure of using the photographic skills I learned!

So go on, apply to have the same fabulous year I had last year. You won’t regret it, I promise.

Find out more about the Education in Ireland Ambassador Program: EI Ambassador Program

To apply to be an ambassador for 2014/15, download the application form and email it to TCDGlobalRoom@tcd.ie by 10 October 2014: Application Form 2014

Education Ireland Student Ambassador Positions

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Education in Ireland are looking for enthusiastic, creative, articulate, confident and reliable students to become international student ambassadors. They are seeking students who are proficient at blogging and using social media.

Selected ambassadors will be asked to provide at least one blog per semester for the year. Other duties include interacting with other ambassadors on the blog and using social media, as well as speaking with prospective students.

Taking part in this programme offers many benefits to your career and personal development: your work will be very widely circulated nationally and internationally. You will be awarded a “Certificate of Participation” at a fantastic national award ceremony, and Education in Ireland will endorse you on LinkedIn and other professional networking sites, offer references, and work with you as alumni in the future.

Last year’s ambassadors had this to say about their experiences:

“Being an EI ambassador was an amazing experience for me. It allowed me to reflect on all the new and exciting things I was being exposed to in Ireland as an international student and appreciate them even more. It helped me make new friends and meet interesting people. Most importantly it gave me the opportunity to share my experiences with people from all over the world and show the next generation of students that studying abroad in Ireland is a risk that they should definitely take.  For me being an ambassador meant coming full circle. Looking back, I can remember pouring over the blogs on the Education in Ireland website for hours preparing to make the huge decision to go to school abroad. Becoming an ambassador a year later gave me a chance to give back and help others who are thinking of making that big change as well. I would absolutely recommend becoming an ambassador to any international student. It is incredibly rewarding knowing that by sharing your experiences you can inspire people from all over the world to take a risk and change their life forever.” – Eileen Brennan

“Being one of the Education in Ireland ambassadors was a privilege. My experience as an ambassador gave me a lot of satisfaction as it felt great that I was able to inform and guide prospective students from my own country to study in Ireland. It made me analyse the different experiences I have had in the Emerald Isle…I would encourage others to do this as it widens your own personal horizon whilst you attempt to expand others’. You also meet many other international student ambassadors all over Ireland and learn from their personal stories as well. It is a great opportunity to represent both your own country and Ireland simultaneously.” – Audrey Chew

The successful ambassadors for 2014 will attend a fun training day in advance of taking up their post. This will be held in Griffith College Dublin on Saturday 15 November. Full editorial support will be offered to successful applicants as they go forward with the programme.

In order to be considered, you must be engaged at any level of study within Trinity College Dublin. You must originate from either Brazil, Canada, China, the Gulf States, India, Malaysia or the USA.

Candidates are required to complete the below application form and submit it to us at TCDGlobalRoom@tcd.ie by 10 October 2014. Late applications will not be considered.

Programme description: EI Ambassador Program

Download application form: Application Form 2014

Guest Blog: Volunteering in Ireland

Although campus life is both interesting and lots of fun, I find volunteering outside campus a great way to get to know the Irish society, the locals way of life, and to give something back to the community I now live in.

The first volunteering experience I had in Ireland was with Mountain Meitheal, a group that undertakes projects to protect and conserve mountain and forest areas around the country. We repair mountain paths and bridges, and build shelters in the forest for people getting lost or simply needing a place to rest. If you have ever done a bit of mountain walking in Glendalough, you are very likely to have walked on one of the paths I participated in repairing!


Volunteers in Mountain Meitheal are mostly Irish men and women and they come from all walks of life but, there are also a few international people in the team, such as myself. By volunteering together in the mountain, I have not only enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Irish landscape, but also met some fun, caring, and responsible Irish locals and developed a strong friendship with them. They show me around Dublin during the weekends, teach me all sorts of local knowledge, introduce me to culture and traditions, and offer practical advice on living in Dublin and travelling around Ireland. One of the volunteers even invited me to his home for Christmas dinner with his entire family!

Taking a break with another volunteer beside one of the shelters built by Mountain Meitheal

Recently, I’ve taken up another voluntary position – working as a sound engineer for the radio programme Hello China at Dublin City FM. As I am a student in Interactive Digital Media and audio technology is one of my favourite courses, I gladly applied for this position when I spotted the recruitment post. The job gives me a chance to work using a recording console and practice my skills in audio editing. I’ve also met many interesting people, including the shows weekly guests.

Volunteering as a sound engineer for Hello China at Dublin City FM

Apart from having fun and learning new skills, what I love the most about these volunteering experiences is the opportunity they provide for me to gain a deeper insight into the local community and society, and to get to know all sorts of people from different walks of life. Volunteering is a great way to get the full local experience, make great friends, give back to society and acquire a sense of belonging in your new home. I would strongly encourage any international student to join a voluntary organisation within their community.

-Panpan Lin is an ambassador for Education in Ireland and a postgraduate student at Trinity. More Education in Ireland blogs can be found here:  blog.educationinireland.com/blog/