The CAIRDE (an Irish word for ‘friends’) Program is embedded in several undergraduate programmes in the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway. Using a model of experiential learning, the purpose behind the programme remains to encourage students towards community engagement by challenging them to develop a self-directed project that applies skills gained in their academic preparation in order to address a real need for an individual or group in the wider community. During the Scrapheap Challenge, for example, our undergraduate students work with children from local communities to build bicycles, from materials available in a scrapheap. Reflection is central to the process and requires students to both consider their learning about the community as well as the further development of their engineering skills. In 2010, the Programme received the 2nd Mac Jannet Prize award, from the Talloires Network.