Disability Awareness and equal rights in South India

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Disability awareness and equal rights in South India – Caoimhe GibneyFollowing extensive pre-departure training I honestly believed that I was prepared to tackle the challenges that lay ahead when setting off on our journey to Asha Jyothi Handicapped Welfare Society in South India. How wrong I was. Even though the training provided me with the […]

Responsible Consumption in Vietnam

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Responsible Consumption in Vietnam – Aileen MaughanFor the overseas part of volunteering we have the rare and wonderful opportunity to stay with an ethnic minority group called the Mường people who were very welcoming and kind to us. They lived in an isolated, rural beautiful area of Northern Vietnam. I found value in certain ways […]

A small cog in the wheel towards reducing global health inequalities

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“A small cog in the wheel towards reducing global health inequalities.” – Emma McCarthyI travelled to Northeast India in 2018 as a physiotherapist and clinical tutor with four student physiotherapists on their elective placement. It was my first time volunteering overseas. For four weeks we worked hard with the local partner organisation to deliver individualised […]

Misconceptions of the world we live in today

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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 […]

A country without a language is a country without a soul

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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 […]

The importance of local partners in ensuring ethical volunteering

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]