Learning more about LGBT rights in Vietnam

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  Learning more about LGBT rights in Vietnam – Domhnaill HarkinAs part of the EIL programme you must complete an ‘Action at Home’ project that connects Ireland with the country you travelled. I decided to do my project on LGBT rights in Vietnam and contrast and compare this with Ireland.  Relating this to Goal 10 […]

What now?

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What now?It’s funny to think that about this time last year I was interviewing to travel to Mexico on an unknown volunteering expedition. Since my volunteering abroad I have started a masters and have really been in the full swing of life, that my time abroad almost feels like it didn’t happen. I remember there […]

Delayed Reflection – Assessing the longer-term impact of intercultural learning

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Delayed Reflection – Assessing the longer-term impact of intercultural learningIt’s now been almost three years since I first arrived in Chiang Mai in Thailand for an eight week internship with MPlus+, an organization working for LGBT health and HIV prevention in the region. The experience was undoubtedly enriching and eye opening, and following it I […]

HIV – An update

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HIV – An update Three years ago I undertook an internship with MPlus+, an NGO working on HIV prevention in Chiang Mai. The experience taught me a huge amount about the value of intercultural learning, particularly how an understanding of local culture is vital to successfully promoting good health.  It also taught me much me […]

The positive feedback loop – how volunteering abroad can inspire active citizenship at home

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The positive feedback loop – how volunteering abroad can inspire active citizenship at homeRecently, I was at a talk in Dublin by Dr Matt Baillie Smith on ‘Thinking Differently about International Volunteering’, which considered the longer term impact of volunteering abroad, something which can often be neglected by the media. One point that resonated with […]

Languages and Global Health

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Languages and Global Health‘The limits of my language are the limits of my world.’ Ludwig WittgensteinLanguage is a topic which continually fascinates me. From learning our first words to writing reflective essays, our journey with language is a major part of our experience growing up. It’s an integral part of how we learn from and […]

Hope in Latin America’s largest red-light district

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  Name:Amanda Keane Location:Mexico City Aiming for:Gold Award About the Author:My summer volunteering in Mexico City is based on the UN SDG of Gender Equality. I am a feminist, passionate about gender equality and this is my first time being involved in a project focused on women’s rights abroad. Hope in Latin America’s largest red-light […]