Below is an account of a project that was selected in round 1 of the 2016-2017 year.
Two EIL Mexico Travel Award recipients planned two photography exhibitions which included a presentation and a documentary on their experiences.
The photo exhibitions were held in Kilkenny and in Dublin. They arranged a venue in Kilkenny and n Dublin. The volunteers used a large youth centre in Kilkenny where some of the photos which best highlight their volunteering project were hosted. Photos were printed on A2 or A3 formats and framed them around the room. They arranged for a projector to screen the documentary and Power Point presentation. A nice touch to the event were the refreshments provided on the evening. and also some posters to put up around the town to promote the exhibition.
Three projects were selected under this scheme in January 2013: An Upcycle Workshop with returned volunteers by Ana Barbu and Grainne O’Neill of Development Perspectives; A touring exhibition of paintings by Emily Price and Amy Bunce; A University guest speaker series by Engineers Without Borders.
Development Perspectives hosted a one-day workshop for returned volunteers to ‘upcycle’ furniture (chairs, tables, jewellery boxes, etc.) and learn about the connecting development education issues. The aim was for participants to have a deeper understanding of where products such as furniture made of wood come from, as well as gaining the perspective of making something new out of old products, to challenge the idea of waste and mass consumption.
Emily Price and Amy Bunce (EIL Intercultural Learing)
Emily Price and Amy Bunce from EIL Intercultural Learning created an exhibition of paintings based on photographs taken during their volunteerexperience in Guatemala. The exhibition is aimed at exploring women's empowerment and development education. The official launch was held in the Irish Aid volunteer centre in April 2013 and since then it has been displayed in several venues nationwide. Catalogues of the paintings were printed and were sent to the organisations that Emily and Amy established links with in Guatemala. If you missed the exhibition you can view a short video of the launch here.
Engineers Without Borders
Engineers without borders hosted a series of talks in Irish universities as part of their goal to engage engineers studying and working in Ireland with global development issues. The talks were delivered by a selection of speakers who have worked and volunteered in the development sector, with a view to educating and informing attendees on a range of areas and issues related to engineering in global development, using case studies to highlight both technical and non-technical challenges and successes and hopefully also sparking a debate on the role of the engineer in this work. The talks provided an opportunity for students and recent graduates to meet more senior, experienced engineers who have worked in this area and we hope that the networking opportunities presented will lead to the development of ideas, collaborations and future active EWB branches.
2012 Awarded Projects included:
An African Workshop for children aged between 8 and 12 years to increase children's knowledge, understanding and awareness on development issues in a fun and interactive way.
A Penpal Project between a national school in Co. Kerry and a primary school in Cape Town, South Africa, to promote awareness and understanding of a different culture through education and making a personal connection to a person in another country.
An Exhibition of Photography called Waiting for Rain, to present images of hunger in Kenya, from the 2011 East African drought, with an honest portrayal of the impact on urban and rural poor.
An Exhibition of Photography called Alternate Perspectives: Life in East Africa which aimed to highligh the challenges but also the abilities and resilience of the people in communities in Tanzania and Uganda.