Intro to Networking!

If you’re starting to think about what life might hold for you after you finish your studies, you’ve probably already heard that networking is important. But for some people, networking can be an overwhelming prospect. So, for everyone that has been procrastinating with this essential aspect of career planning, here’s a basic intro to networking: […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Career Development
A-Z Guide to the Best of Ireland

Whether you are looking for a partner at the matchmaking festival of Lisdoonvarna, eyeing up a gorilla, or surfing white sandy beaches, Ireland isn’t all about the Guinness and Leprechaun stereotypes! (although you might just spot one after one too many, see P!)  Without further ado, we present Ireland: A-Z… Aran Islands: Step back in time […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Culture, Dublin
Language Challenges in South Africa

Salibonani, Molo, Avuwani, Sanibona, Hallo, Abusheni, Lumela, Thobela, Dumela, Hello, Sanibonani… Confused? Confused is exactly what South Africa is when it comes to language in education. With 11 official languages (you now know how to say ‘Hello’ in all 11 of them!), it is little wonder that one of the many challenges faced by the […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Cape Town, Culture, Education
Table Mountain: Wonder of the World

The Connect-123 office and many of our international interns’ apartments boast some of the best views of Table Mountain, that magical towering presence that presides over this beautiful city of Cape Town. The New 7 Wonders Foundation is taking international votes to nominate the New 7 Wonders of the World with the philosophy that “Our […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Cape Town
Happy Thanksgiving from Cape Town

The Connect-123 team tackled turkey stuffing and roasting in the name of Thanksgiving yesterday.  Two South Africans, one Irish, one English, & two turkeys! We filled the Perspectives apartment building, where the majority of our interns and volunteers stay, with smells of delicious roast turkey, attracting some curious interns who sniffed us out! We then […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Cape Town, What We're Up To
The Mother City’s Diversity

Cape Town with a population of over 4 million people has a cosmopolitan cultural mix which has been influenced over the years by the Dutch, French and British along with a significant influence coming from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Originally established as a refreshment station by the Dutch East India Company in the […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Cape Town, Culture