Dubliner Joyce Mullen is spending 6 weeks in Hanoi, Vietnam volunteering at a project which provides care, support and education for children with disabilities.She updated us with a little insight into her experience so far."The Volunteer House is lovely as far as hostels go very clean and the food is nice. Staff are here all the time so it's very safe. The project is amazing. I'm with 2-3 yr old autistic boys. We work from 8.30 until 11 am then break for 3 hours and back 2 -4 pm."Projects working with children with disabilities or teaching are available in Hanoi City all year round. If you'd like to experience volunteering in an Asia country, please contact [email protected]/021 4551535
Photographer, Jorge Ruiz, is in India again for 6 months volunteering Kundapur in Southern India on a media & documentation project. Jorge is a seasoned volunteer with EIL, and is the recipient of a Gold Global Citizen Award for his work in Ireland as a global justice advocate.Above are a sample of his photos which you can also find on his blog: http://jorumavi.com/galleries/It's well worth a visit!Warning! Looking at Jorge's photos may result is a serious case of wanderlust. For assistance, take a look at www.volunteerabroad.ie
Aoibhinn is from Enniscorthy Co. Wexford and is studying fro her Leaving Cert. She is a very active community member, as organist for the Carnew Church Choir and playing violin for the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. She is also is a avid swimmer with the Bunclody SwinClub and an orange belt in Taekwondo. With a passion for languages, Aoibhinn will travel to Suwa, Japan for 6 weeks cultural immersion and secondary school experience with a host family.
With a thirty years as a primary school teacher, Mary has first hand experience of a varied and interesting workload and working as part of a team. Having spent many years in Special Needs education, she continues to be involved in education today giving healthy eating food demonstrations and talking about the values of sustainable agriculture. She will spend 8 weeks in Guatemala on an environmental project.
Jessica is from Strangford, Co. Down and is an active member of TCD campus life. A member of many societies including History, Germanic and Europa, she is very interested in current affairs and working with people who challenge her own views. Jessica travels to Germany for a 3 week cultural immersion youth camp, with participants from all over Europe.
Dara is from Cork City and an active member of Bishopstown Scouts, where she enjoys hiking with her venture group, while having a leadershop role with the younger beaver scouts. She plays both the cello and piano and competes with the Cork Juvenile Waterpolo Club. Having travelled to Kolkatta in India with the HOPE Foundation, she is passionate about cultures and exploring the world. Dara travels to Germany for a 3 week cultural immersion youth camp, with participants from all over Europe.
Angela from Kilmainham in Dublin. She is attending Trinity College Dublin. She is an passionate about humanitarian issues, including conflict the rebuilding of communities affected by war and disaster. She feels that being from Romania has made her the person she is today, being someone that believed that everything can be done if you put enough effort into it! She is travelling to Ecuador to work on a series of welfare projects working with disadvantaged young people.