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Lisa Mitchell won a Volunteer Arbaod scolarship from Cork Institute of Technology and went for an 4 weeks volunteering programme in Mexico The journey began in CIT, where I applied for a volunteer scholarship, I had already made my mind up that I wanted to go to Mexico. I wanted to experience Mexican culture and see some of this vast country if possible. Also the program they ran there was therapeutic riding for children with disabilities, I love horse and was also very interested in how animals seriously impact childrens lives with disabilities. I had watched many documentaries on this...
Eabha Bortolozzo, student from Dublin, volunteered for 6 weeks in Nepal: I landed in to Tribhuvan Airport Kathmandu at around 6.30 am on the 9th of May 2016 eager to finally see and be in Nepal after what seemed like months of dreaming about it. I remember expecting something awful to happen, my bags being lost, the pickup not being there on time, my visa not working etc.. but everything was fine. I strolled through and found the taxi man sent from the host organisation waiting for me with a sign. The drive from the airport to the volunteer house was, looking back on it, slightly terrifying...
Kaya Brennan won a Volunteer Arbaod scolarship from Cork Institute of Technology and went for an 8 weeks volunteering programme in Southern Mexico Arrival into Oaxacan life. Oaxaca is such an amazing city. Although my arrival into Oaxaca was at a time of unrest I still fell in love with the place. There was road blockades put up by the teachers everywhere, and lots of marches and strikes but no real violent riots after I arrived. Unfortunately my work as an art teacher in schools had to be cancelled as schools were closed as result of the strikes. But I was working with two young boys with...
Hallie Morisson is an American artist-scholar that earned a Master of Arts in Creative Process from a new Irish institution called Uversity. Hallie has volunteered in Thailand for 7 weeks. Following this experience, Hallie has recently become the new Art Director of the host organisation in Thailand. I first went to Thailand via a scholarship from CIT and a desire to volunteer abroad in an art therapy or alternative art related education setting. When I was applying for the scholarship I was inspired by my own ability to adapt and learn in a new country on my Uversity experience in Ireland,...
Last month, Steve Ebben, Instructor in ‘Computer Support and System Administration’ returned to Ireland with another group of students from Fox Valley Technical College. This Faculty Led programme was once again held in Dublin, Europe’s principal tech and data hub. For many of the students involved, it was their first venture outside of the US, and while the focus of this particular programme is to offer the IT students from Wisconsin a deeper insight into the tech world on this side of the Atlantic, there was still an emphasis on embracing Irish culture and learning more...
Comhlámh is the Irish word for Solidarity and is described as ‘a member and supporter organization open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights, and global development issues.’ As a volunteer with EIL, my first encounter with this organization was in reading and signing the comhlámh volunteer’s charter, which outlines a code of best practice for volunteering abroad, and I think that charter represents a good example of one of the aims Comhlámh strives to achieve, that is the bringing together of different Irish Volunteering organizations to understand from different perspectives...
It’s been almost nine months to the day since I left Ireland for Mexico in June. There are some things I miss and then others I’m glad to not experience. I have some pictures attached with this blog of memories I miss. It’s hard to believe every passing week I recollect a sharp and distinct memory of events of my journey over the summer since I came back to Ireland. From little things like hearing tourist speak Spanish as I walk through campus in college, which reminds me of how bad my Spanish was and how easy it was to feel lost when there’s a communication barrier between you and your...
Hi, today is International Volunteer Day so it seems like the perfect time to share with you my amazing journey working in the tent school project in Yadthady (Karnataka, India). Jorge documented the experience with amazing photos while I was working with Shalini (the local teacher), other volunteers and the incredible children. He also made this video possible. I hope you enjoy it! Video of volunteering at the "tent school"
We are delighted here in the office to have won Best website in Cork for a Company with 10 - 20 employees. A Huge congratulations to Tim - well done! Check out the photo of him making the acceptance speech at the Gala Dinner in Fota Resort last night. The competition was very strong with EIL being shortlisted to its category of 10 out of almost 300+ entries Those shortlisted for the award were http://www.mahonpointsc.ie/ http://vibesandscribes.ie/ http://www.ceaengineersandarchitects.ie/ http://www.fuzion.ie/ http://www.ipic.ie/ http://www.smarttech.ie/ http://www.verdeled.com/ http://www...
After leaving Oaxaca de Juarez at 11pm for a 10 hour bus journey and a quick taxi, I arrived in La Ventanilla where I would be working as part of a conservation project in order to strengthen the numbers of the Crocodile and Turtle population in the area. It was early morning around 7 am and hundreds of crabs were making their way up the sandy road toward the jungle to lay their eggs. I walked down to the beach to get my first glance at the Pacific Ocean since I arrived in Mexico. Cheesy as it sounds the scenery was like something out of a movie scene. The Ocean was vivid blue with huge waves...
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