Euro-Quest

Euro-Quest is a free online, classroom based resource for use with Transition Year students in Ireland.

It is accompanied by a Student Workbook and Whole School Guidebook.

Euro-Quest is comprised of 4 x modules:

Module1 – An overview of the European Union and an exploration of what it means to be an EU citizen, including the right to travel, study and work in other EU member states

Module 2 – An exploration of opportunities to study abroad – including Erasmus+, undergraduate studies in European universities (including courses taught through English) and the availability of funding supports

Module 3 – Preparation for a period of learning mobility - understanding culture and diversity, tips for studying abroad including making friends, dealing with homesickness and language acquisition

Module 4 - Students are invited to complete a Careers Interest Assessment and research courses which interest them. Students are encouraged to research potential destinations, gathering information on the educational and cultural settings in different countries; individually or in groups - and present their findings

This programme is designed to be integrated into the TY curriculum through Guidance and to link with other subjects with Europe as the common theme.

Click on the link below to register your school to take part.
More information will be provided to you on registration.

Register

Click on the link below to download a word document that can be edited and forwarded to your students

Enroling Students

Click on the link below to download a short guide.
This is the introduction provided to the Staff 'Whole School Guidebook' accompanying the resource.

Introduction

Workshops

 
Subject to demand, NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland may facilitate (group) introductory workshops to Euro-Quest.
If you would like to partcipate, please first register your school’s Euro-Quest participation and then complete the short form below.
 

 

Aims

Euro-Quest aims to

  • develop an awareness of the benefits of European citizenship
  • develop an awareness of the benefits of studying abroad for a period
  • motivate students to consider a period of study in Europe
  • foster positive attitudes towards other cultures and foster positive cultural exchanges
  • develop research skills that will enable students to explore both career opportunities and study abroad opportunities
  • inform students of the opportunities for studying / training and working in Europe before they make their subject choices for Leaving Certificate and consider their future career plan

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of Europe and the European Union
  • demonstrate an ability to research career and study abroad opportunities
  • show an appreciation of the cultural diversity that is inherent to Europe
  • reflect on personal attributes and strengths the possess
  • identify careers that might suit them
  • demonstrate key skills in information processing and evaluating online resources in order to identity appropriate opportunities
  • demonstrate key skills in researching, communication and presenting future aspirations

Euro-Quest can be delivered by the Guidance Counsellor, in collaboration with the TY Coordinator, or as part of a team of teachers who work together; with Europe as a cross-curricular theme. In this way, the programme operates within the context of the Whole School Guidance Framework, with the learning outcomes of the programme designed in line with the Guidance Outcomes of the Framework and the NCCA guidelines for module delivery.

 

As host of the Euroguidance centre Ireland; NCGE/Euroguidance Ireland completed a pilot programme with 15 schools of the ‘Euro-Quest’ classroom resource.

View Pilot Report

If you have any queries in relation to this resource please:

e-mail: 
euroguidance@ncge.ie

Phone: 
+353 1 8690715

 

How does my school get access to Euro-Quest ?

Click the 'REGISTER to deliver the programme' link above.

In each school delivering the resource one staff member is required to act as the ‘Euro-Quest LEADER’.
This function will ideally be performed by the Guidance Counsellor or TY Coordinator but can also be a subject teacher in the school.
As part of registration, you will notify us of who this will be and we will subsequently provide access to your school to the resource.


How do I get other school staff members involved ?

If you have a 'LEADER' in place (see above) and it is your intention to deliver Euro-Quest collaboratively (for example the Guidance Counsellor linking with the Transition Year Coordinator or with a team of subject teachers) just request that any additional staff members involved in delivery in your school register to access the resource.They are to do so by going to www.euro-quest.ie, clicking ‘Register / Enrol' and selecting the enrolee type of ‘TEACHER’ from the drop down list displayed.
NCGE/Euroguidance Ireland will contact the additional teacher(s) in your school regarding the status of their enrolment and provide further information on the coordination of delivery with the school 'LEADER'


How do students enrol ?

All details regarding student enrolment are contained on www.euro-quest.ie under ‘How do I start?’
For additional information relating to student delivery consult the additional ‘Teacher Resources’ section on the Teachers / Leaders course page.
No student is to be encouraged to enrol on the course until all relevant school support staff have gained access and been allowed enough time to prepare for delivery.


What do Guidance Counsellors and Teachers say so far about Euro-Quest ?

'Everything was excellent...its vital that the person delivering it prepares well in advance'

'Very user friendly..opportunity for students to think about local area from the view of point of our foreign students'

I really enjoyed teaching this course I found all the separate modules very interactive and engaging. I particularly enjoyed module three'

'I think the programme is excellent and the workbook / teacher guidebook included a huge amount of material which is really useful for me to have and i am very appreciative of having'

I feel the videos and experiences in the stories were excellent and a wider range of people would give a greater insight for the students to see'


I registered my school but haven't heard anything more ?

On successful initial registration an 'automated' e-mail will be sent to you with further instructions.
It can be the case that certain automated communicatiions get classed by e-mail clients as junk / spam.
If you believe you have registered as the schools 'Euro-Quest LEADER' please check your junk / spam mailboxes and / or e-mail euroguidance@ncge.ie and we will investigate for you.

Please note - ALL schools must complete the initial registration form (same as above) before access to the resource can be provided.


I haven't yet received my 'Pack' !

Every LEADER and TEACHER successfully enrolled on the course will be posted a ‘carton’ (to the school) containing a hard copy of both the Student Workbook and Whole School Guidebook.
Please allow up to 10 days following your enrolment confirmation for delivery of this carton.

If you feel that you should already of received your pack or it has been misplaced  – please e-mail euroguidance@ncge.ie  and we will expedite delivery / a replacement.


I need additional 'Student Passports' !

If additional student ‘passports’ are required – please e-mail euroguidance@ncge.ie  and we will arrange delivery to your school.
(LEADERS only)


'Pop up Windows' wont display for me ?

To support LEADER and TEACHER delivery in a group context, the online Modules play as ‘pop up’ windows. This allows for the expansion of these elements to ‘full screen’.
Some schools have submitted a technical query in relation to ‘pop ups’ not displaying on the course pages (for LEADERS and TEACHERS).
The below PDF document will hopefully assist in addressing this issue (if it arises for you).

Enabling 'pop ups'

This has also been uploaded to the ‘Additional Resources’ folder under the ‘Teaching Resource’s tab on the course page.
The module display settings for STUDENTS has been deliberately set so that all modules play within the same window, this means STUDENTS will not experience any issue in relation to pop up requests.


Will the resource be available for delivery in Irish ?

Ós rud é nach bhfuil an acmhainn ach díreach curtha i gcrích i mBéarla, táthar ag súil go mbeidh athruithe agus oiriúnaithe breise ag teastáil gan amhras de réir mar a fhaighimid aiseolas ‘beo’ ó Bhaill Foirne agus ó Mhic Léinn sna míosa atá amach romhainn. Éilíonn aon athruithe breise den sórt sin - laistigh de dhá leaganacha teangan go comhuaineach agus thar chineálacha ábhair ar líne agus as líne - acmhainní nach bhfuil ar fáil faoi láthair ag an LNTO.

Tá sé i gceist go bhforbrófaí leagan Gaeilge chomh luath is atá tástáil leordhóthanach déanta ar Euro-Quest sa timpeallacht bheo agus dóthain acmhainní in ionad chun é seo a ghníomhachtú agus a bhainistiú.

Má tá aon cheisteanna agat maidir leis an gclár Euro-Quest nó maidir le clárú / rollú, seol ríomhphost chuig euroguidance@ncge.ie  nó cuir glaoch ar +353 1 8690715 le do thoil.