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

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  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.’ […]

Against all odds

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<!doctype html>     Name:David Coyle Location:Vijayawada Aiming for:&Gold Award About the Author:UCD Allumni Against all odds During our last week several of us had very bad stomach and intestinal issues. With many down for a few days (myself included) the productivity of the week was in doubt. During this time past students had come […]

Day Drops

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Name:Ronan Bennett Location:Cebu City, Philippines. Aiming for: Silver Award About the Author:I am a final year Bachelor of Education student in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick who enjoys art and theatre. Day Drops Today marked the beginning of our projects with the Badjao tribe and a long, tiresome yet rewarding day it was. Another early morning […]

The Risk to Gender equality

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Name:Cormac Pope Location:Thailand Aiming for: Gold Award About the Author:I have huge interest in travelling, experiencing new cultures and a strong passion for global sustainability The Risk to Gender equality The Risk to Gender Equality by Cormac Pope In the last year the world seems to be walking backwards in terms of human rights, heading down […]

Stories of South India

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Name:Orla Casey Location:Delhi and South India Aiming for:Silver Award About the Author:In 2012 I volunteered with UCDVO in St Anthony’s School in the slums of Sangam Vihar, Delhi. In 2016 I returned to India to Care and Share Charitable Trust in Vijayawada as a student leader on the South India Project. Stories of South India […]

Why sponsor?

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Name:Geraldine O’Brien Location:Uganda Aiming for:Silver Award About the Author:A newly qualified nurse from Waterford, whose making a third trip to Uganda this July Why sponsor? It’s always in the media, TV in particular, to help a child – pleas to sponsor overseas, to give a child a chance in life despite their circumstances. I made […]

A visit to C.E.A.R

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Name:Neil Mc Ardle Location:Nicaragua Aiming for:Gold Award About the Author:I am a 28 year old Linguistic student who loves meeting new communities and embarrassing myself in as many social situations as possible! A visit to C.E.A.R CEAR I spent most of my time in Nicaragua at CEAR (Centre for Alternative Rural Education) in Telpochcalli, or […]

Construction life in Nicaragua

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Name:Neil Mc Ardle Location:Nicaragua Aiming for:Gold Award About the Author:I am a 28 year old linguistics student who loves meeting new communities and embarrassing myself in as many social situations as possible! Construction life in Nicaragua Despite having lived in tropic countries before and working in construction here in Ireland, I was seriously overwhelmed by […]