USIT Behind the Scenes: Meet Kelsey, Work in Ireland Participant/Blogger Extraordinaire

A lot of you may not know this, but USIT runs a Work in Ireland Programme, where people from the USA, Canada, Oz, New Zealand & more countries travel to Ireland to live and work for a couple of months up to a couple of years, depending on the country that they’re from.  You didn’t think it was fair for us to go to work in all of these countries and not have reciprocal programmes now, did you?!

Kelsey is a new participant on the Work in Ireland programme and as well as interning in USIT alongside Aisling, our WII Co-ordinator, she’s also an avid blogger, so naturally we thought it would be a great idea to follow her adventures in Ireland!  So every couple of weeks, we’ll be checking in with Kelsey and re-blogging her posts to find out how she’s getting on, the ups, the downs, and what it’s like to be an American living in Ireland.  But first, let’s get to know a little bit more about Kelsey, shall we?!


Where do you hail from/what University did you go to?

I’m originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin in the States. I went to school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

What made you decide to come to Ireland?

Last summer I did a seven week study abroad program at Trinity College. I just couldn’t stay away! I knew I needed to come back.

How long have you been in Ireland?

I arrived in Ireland about a month ago. The time is already flying by!!

What are the main things that you hope to see and do during your year in Ireland?

Currently, Donegal is on the top of my list of places I need to go. Maybe I’ll even try out some surfing while I’m up there.

Biggest surprise/misconception about Ireland so far?

I think my biggest misconception about Ireland was the weather. The way people talked about Ireland I assumed it would be raining all the time. Maybe I’m just here at a good time but the weather has been great so far! A little rain but nothing too bad!

Keep an eye on the blog for regular updates from Kelsey about her adventures in Ireland!