WVU Extension in Ireland

Sixteen members of the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) of West Virginia University Extension Service participated in a 10 day educational trip of Ireland, August 25 through September 4, in partnership with the Irish Country Women’s Association. The group was led by WVU Extension Agents Julie Tritz (Wayne County) and Tina Cowger (Marion County), along with Vanessa Crandall with WVU’s Office of International Programs.

While in Ireland, participants had the opportunity to discover Ireland’s food, culture, and customs; learn about the Irish Countrywomen’s Association; and explore Belfast, Dublin, and County Louth which is where the group was based during their time in Ireland. Participants also took part in educational courses such as digital photography, cooking, gardening, and rambling, which is how the Irish refer to hiking.

“There’s no substitution for emerging yourself in a culture and learning from local experts,” said Julie Tritz, WVU Extension Wayne County 4-H Youth Development agent. “It’s really a cross-cultural exchange between those in West Virginia and Ireland that create bonds and provides a foundation and appreciation of different cultures.”

The trip was sponsored by WVU Extension Service’s Global Education and Engagement team. The team is responsible for helping to organize cross-cultural experiences for programs like 4-H Youth Development and CEOS. The group consisted of the following individuals (back row, l-r): Mary Daugherty, Angela Holley, Scott Robertson, Zona Hutson, Cynthia Wotasek, and Tina Cowger; (middle row, l-r): Betty Brannon, Shannon Slavensky, Janice Duggan, Carole Carr, Joyce Kitzmiller, and Vanessa Crandall; (first row, l-r): Barbara Brasher, Marilyn Clarke, Gary Bowman, Carolyn Bowman, Betty Riggs, Eleanor Hoffman, and Julie Tritz.

The CEOS organization provides continuing education, leadership development and community involvement. Members work with WVU Extension Service agents to help better their communities by preserving the environment, building family strength and increasing awareness of our global interdependence. For more information on joining a CEOS organization in your community, contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service, or visit http://www.ceos.ext.wvu.edu.

For more information contact: Julie Tritz, WVU Extension Agent – Wayne County (304) 272-6839, julie.tritz@mail.wvu.edu