Our wonderful Global Education Committee are all returned international volunteers. The Global Citizen Award has been developed by EIL Intercultural Learning’s Global Education Committee as a Development Education initiative. The EIL Global Education Committee is made up of a core group of previous international volunteers with a passion for Development Education. Members of the Global Education Committee support the Award and its participants through mentorship, resources, events and workshops.
Nikki lives in Tallaght, Dublin and is studying Community and Youth Work in Maynooth University, she joined the Glo Ed Committee in Jan 2016. I have been activity involved in my community through volunteering from a young age. I volunteer with Foroige in Fettercairn, Tallaght and various other youth and community groups. My journey to become a global citizen began when I was awarded an Access Travel Award to Oaxaca, Mexico from EIL. During my time in Mexico I lived with my wonderful host family and volunteered in many community based projects such as Sikanda. Sikanda is an organisation which promotes self esteem, human rights and environmental issues. Volunteering in Sikanda is where I witnessed first hand the enormous value of recycling to the oaxaquenos people. Recycling became the main focus of my Action Project. I wrote blogs on my host family, recycling and volunteering, I also contributed an article entry in the EIL Global Newsletter on turning your experience into an Action Project. On my return to Ireland I held workshops with adults and young people on recycled arts which also celebrated the diversity of art and culture. I also held talks with peers, local youth groups and GAA club. I continue to advocate at a local level to promote changes in behaviour that will ultimately help protect the earths environment.
Órla joined the committee in January 2015 and is excited about being part of the group.
She became an EIL Network Member after she travelled to South Africa as part of the Global Awareness Programme on HIV and AIDS in 2014.
She is currently working as a journalist and is passionate about sharing stories with the general Irish Public and completed the Gold GCA in 2014.
Aleks joined the committee as she wanted to be part of a great team that does things that matter in the world. She was a youth café volunteer then a children youth leader in foróige. Aleks traveled to Vietnam on an EIL Explore Award where she spent two months teaching English. Aleks has participated in EIL network weekends and is eager to do more awareness raising activities. Aleks is a keen and talented photographer!
Andrew is from Sligo and currently study European Studies up in Dublin. He went to Ecuador three years ago on a cultural exchange with EIL. He came back with new insights and thoughts about our global community, and has been involved with EIL activities ever since. He is passionate about global development and education. Andrew describes himself as a chatty, outgoing person who loves learning foreign languages.
Chinedum believes in the power of Education and would like to empower others through his experiences while also learning from other members of the committee. As chair of The DCU Africa Society, Chinedum had to facilitate several events around education and culture. He has also hosted and facilitated at several events, including the Dublin International Literature Festival.Chinedum has worked previously with migrants in Germany, youth in the Netherlands and most recently volunteering in Mexico.
Catherine is currently studying Corporate Law in NUI Galway and is an active member of the NUI Galway Students' Union and the Union Students of Ireland. Catherine has traveled to the Governors Institute Vermont with EIL, I decided to further my involvement by volunteering abroad in Guatemala with EIL. Catherine has a unique perspective on the work of EIL from having been both a host family and a host participant, to receiving a travel award and to being an interviewer for the next round of Travel Award applications. Catherine understand engagement and development and these are the main goals she work towards.
David O Reilly
David has a passion for teaching and volunteering. He travelled to Vietnam with EIL on an Explore Award in 2017. He was a volunteer teacher in a school that works with young people to help develop independence, integration, leadership, language and increase confidence. He loves sports and music and is a member of Bray Rowing Club. To relax, David plays the piano with friends.
My name is Eniola 🙂 but called Enny by pretty much everybody. I was born in Nigeria, raised in Waterford and currently studying in Dublin. I am a 3rd year general Nursing student in Trinity. I am supper bubbly, perhaps way too chatty and always with a smile. My eight week volunteering experience in Mutmandek orphanage in Thailand was nothing but pleasant and mesmerising. This experience taught me so much and has given me a new insight in ways that I cannot even begin to express myself. I was very pleased of the work that I was involved with, be it bringing the children to the hospital, accompanying them to their therapy sessions, bringing them to get their vaccinations or simply bringing them to the park. It was all such a fun filled learning experience. I was awarded the silver GCA in 2016 for my actions on return in Ireland.
As part of the Global Awareness Programme in 2013, Elaine travelled to Guatemala. She completed numerous action projects to raise awareness on Environmental Issues including a Children's book on Turtles, A Handbook for Rainwater harvesting as well as organising workshops and talks. Elaine is an engineer with a real interest in Sustainability which is showcased in her work with Social Entrepreneurship, Community Projects and environmental research. Her passion and expertise are a real addition to the GloEd Committee. "I am personally, professionally and academically passionate about sustainability. I have worked as an engineer and an educator in the area of sustainability; I have a BEng Manufacturing Engineering and an MSc Sustainable Development. I volunteer with a number of organisations, I am the Ashoka Change Nation Change Executive for Transition towns, we are working on relaunching Transition Towns by creating a website that highlights good news environmental and community grass root stories and I am the Head of Overseas Placements with Engineers Without Borders."
Giulia Di Capua
Giulia is an Italian girl leaving in Ireland since 2013. At 17 she took part in an exchange program in Germany with an association called AFS. After her experience abroad she got involved in volunteering ; from assisting young exchange students and their families through the experience with workshops and orientations, to organizing local public events to raise awareness on intercultural learning and global citizenship. Giulia joined the EIL volunteer Network last year and has since been involved in different activities supporting the programs and the activities.
In summer 2014, I spent an amazing 8 weeks volunteering in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. I was an art volunteer working on the Art Relief International project run by the organisation Cultural Canvas Thailand. During my time there, I had the opportunity to be involved in running workshops for many different social groups, including schools, orphanages, houses for people with special needs, juvenile detention centres, neighborhood children local to the office as well as so much more. We used many creative mediums for these workshops including art, drama, music and dance. Volunteering abroad offered me an incredible experience to grow, learn, meet so many incredible people and have countless unforgettable experiences.
Jason is a first year Occupational Therapy student studying in Trinity College Dublin. He has an interest in human rights, leadership and social justice. Jason is passionate about volunteering as a youth work leader with FYI Foróige in Drogheda. Jason has a huge interest in community development and has taken a leadership role in service projects on topics such as poverty, mental health and well-being and equality. My experience with eil Explore began in 2017 when I travelled to Governor's Institute of Vermont (GIV) to attend a youth activism and current issues course. This experience allowed him to greatly improve his knowledge on global citizenship.
Jorge Ruiz Villasante
Jorge has been a part of the GloEd Committee over the last few years! His skills in photography alone have allowed us to share the work of the GloEd Committee with people all over the world through videos, social media and exhibitions. Jorge is a photographer and educator with a passion for Development and Global Issues. His passion for sharing his knowledge with other is a great attribute to the DevEd Committee. He became involved with EIL after he travelled to India as a Volunteer. He has also piloted the Gold Global Citizen Award.