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A Healthy Place – Reflections on Goal 3One of the days in Morning Star, I was writing up a summary sheet about CPR. I wanted to give the boys a first aid course. “Step 2: call an ambulance.”  While writing it down, I suddenly hesitated. What is the story with ambulances here on the rather […]

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Misconceptions of the world we live in todayI was struck when I was away regarding how people here in Ireland misconceive places like India, and how many inaccurate opinions they form about these places from the media, films and other people. They paint a picture of a dirty, dangerous place, that is completely one-dimensional. They […]

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A country without a language is a country without a soulOne admirable characteristic of Vietnamese cultural identity is their first language. A national language represents the national identity of a nation, a distinctive characteristic which distinguishes nations from each other. The long-term effects of colonisation have ridden many communities of their native tongue, and unfortunately […]

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The importance of local partners in ensuring ethical volunteering Perhaps the most frequently asked, and most difficult to answer question when it comes to volunteering is asking why people volunteer. There isn’t a correct or one-size-fits all answer that applies to every situation. For some people it is an opportunity to give back to their […]

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Does poverty mean unhappiness?After my first week here in Bangalore, it was clear to me that poverty was an issue here in the community that I am currently working in, which I was baffled with to tell you the truth. When I was telling my friends and family that I was coming to Bangalore they […]

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Craving for change 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 while looking into SDG 2 Hunger. it […]

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A lesson for all During my trip to Bangalore, India last summer, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to teach students with disabilities both at primary level and secondary school level. From gaining this experience it really opened my eyes to how education helps us all the grow as individuals and also […]

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Sisterhood of the giggling volunteers; how a team of strangers became a family

Sisterhood of the giggling volunteers; how a team of strangers became a familyTo my new sisters; Blogs about my experience volunteering and lessons learned would be incomplete if I didn’t talk about you crazy, strong, loving ladies. I had volunteered before with friends, and travelled with family. I thought I was confident and independent, but […]

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Learning to walk doesn’t come easy. Global Goal #3 Good Health and well being

Learning to walk doesn’t come easy. Global Goal #3 Good Health and well beingTreatment is the act of reacting to a symptom but does not mean reversing that symptoms effects. Almost all illnesses or injuries leave their mark. People who seek treatment for leprosy receive antibiotics to fight the disease, but the resulting injuries cannot […]

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The value of communication. Global Goal #3 Good Health and Well-being

The value of communication. Global Goal #3 Good Health and Well-beingAll mammals have developed ways to communicate with one another. The more advanced thecommunication methods, the more advanced the society. We have noises we form into words. Wehave words we write onto paper. We can translate those words in a matter of seconds. No languagebarrier […]

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