Nearly a year on since my journey with EIL Ireland began and I find myself in a position of great gratitude, not only for the opportunity to travel to South Africa, the opportunity to taste a culture, meet a people and witness a landscape so beautiful and varied but now in particular, I am truly grateful for being introduced to the issues of HIV in Ireland, to be given the opportunity to become more aware, less ignorant to the issues of our own citizens as well as those from other countries.
So you're thinking of volunteering abroad? One piece of advice....DO IT!!!
Only 6 days left and I'll be on my way to Peru.
After 3 weeks of hectic teaching practise I am finally able to get down to writing my final blog!
Without doubt, my summer in South Africa was the best experience of my life. The project we worked at do an incredible job, the staff are dedicated and the children are just beautiful. I am still digesting the information I received on HIV and the issues surrounding the virus...and I will be for a long time. For the last two weeks everyone has been asking me was it tough working with such sick children and didn’t you get depressed working there. Yes, it was tough working with children 8 hours a day....but mainly because we were shattered tired at the end of each day.