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Learning from Peers The benefits of living with other volunteers

Pictured above are some of the CCT volunteers here in Chiang Mai, some from EIL and some from other organizations and places, as we got our picture taken on a beach in Koh Phi Phi after an exciting boat encompassing snorkling, a visit to Monkey bay and even a swim in Maya bay (where ‘the […]

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As the New Year dawns

Karina is participating in the Gold Global Citizen Award. This is the fifth of her Global Blogs from South Africa As the New Year dawns we are all inundated with Facebook statutes and Tweets proclaiming ‘New year, new me’, ‘Gym from now on’, ‘Only organic food’, you know yourself! Well as I was going through […]

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Kayamandi: Social issues affecting life in the township

My introduction to Kayamandi Township left quite the impression on me and also left me asking myself if I had made the right decision to make the place my home for 6 weeks. Large flames ripping through the evening sky could be seen from a fair distance out on approach as my driver pointed out […]

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Global Citizen Award Gold Winner Diana Oprea

Why you decided to do the GCA? When I first heard about the GCA, through a workshop carried out by EIL Explore, my volunteering organisation, I was very intrigued by the concept of a challenge such as that posed by the requirements of the GCA: blogs, action projects, community volunteering etc. I signed up for […]

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Summer English school Vietnam

The first time I heard about the Global Citizen Award was during the EIL pre-departure workshop, to prepare us for our journey and projects, where we also got to hear about past volunteers experiences and how the Global Citizen Award helped them on their return to share with the community what they have learned and […]

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Education in the Badjao community and how it has progressed in line with UN Sustainable

Name:Leonie O’ Donnell Location: Badjao Aiming for: Silver Award   The UN believe that obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. While major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls, bolder efforts are needed […]

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Elimu kwa wote – Education for all

Name: Eilís Regan Location: Ruaha in Tanzania Aiming for: Bronze Award ‘Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern no Western, it is human’- Malala Yousafzai It wasn’t until I spent four weeks in the small village of Ruaha in Tanzania as part of UCDVO that I began […]

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Craving for Change

Name: Elaine Houlihan Location: India Aiming for: Gold Award Hunger? The feeling we have when we need to eat. Imagine having that feeling for the majority of the day and only getting one good meal a day? Would you be able to live like that? From my experiences over in Bangalore, India this summer it has made […]

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Hope in Latin America’s largest red-light district

  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 […]

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The Global Citizen Award and why you should do it by Neil McArdle – Nicaragua 2015/16

  Name: Neil McArdle Aiming for: Gold Location: Nicaragua (Central America) The journey to accomplish my Global Citizen Award began following my UCDVO placement in Nicaragua in 2016. One of the pre-requisites for the G.C.A was to volunteer in my community, and as the main man Gandhi says ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’ […]

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