Mentors can play a pivotal role throughout the Global Citizen Award journey. Mentors are all returned international volunteers and past awardees of the Global Citizen Award. They are on hand in a supportive capacity to help guide you with your actions and reflective posts.
If you would like a mentor please indicate so on your registration form or contact the Global Citizen Award Coordinator at

Nikki Chatham

Nikki lives in Tallaght, Dublin and is studying Community and Youth Work in Maynooth University, she joined the Glo Ed Committee in Jan 2016. I have been activity involved in my community through volunteering from a young age. I volunteer with Foroige in Fettercairn, Tallaght and various other youth and community groups. My journey to become a global citizen began when I was awarded an Access Travel Award to Oaxaca, Mexico from EIL. During my time in Mexico I lived with my wonderful host family and volunteered in many community based projects such as Sikanda. Sikanda is an organisation which promotes self esteem, human rights and environmental issues. Volunteering in Sikanda is where I witnessed first hand the enormous value of recycling to the oaxaquenos people. Recycling became the main focus of my Action Project. I wrote blogs on my host family, recycling and volunteering, I also contributed an article entry in the EIL Global Newsletter on turning your experience into an Action Project. On my return to Ireland I held workshops with adults and young people on recycled arts which also celebrated the diversity of art and culture. I also held talks with peers, local youth groups and GAA club. I continue to advocate at a local level to promote changes in behaviour that will ultimately help protect the Earth's environment. 

Jorge Ruiz Villisante

Jorge has mentored many Global Citizen Awards and shares his project plan to help participants staring off the award. He explains how; I Decided to Volunteer Abroad and booked a place with a Volunteer Sending Agency, EIL Intercultural Learning. Next I attended the pre-departure workshop and learned about the global context and what to expect when volunteering abroad. I spent 2 months volunteering on a Community Education project in India learning about the people, culture and global challenges. When I got home to Ireland I attended a debriefing workshop to share my experience with other Volunteers. There I learned to use my experience to raise awareness about global justice issues to make a difference in Ireland. I became more interested in global issues and took a module called Social Justice & Citizenship in Cork Institute of Technology as part of a community education and development degree. I shared my story through blogs that included photos and writings, to explain global issues based on my experience overseas. 

Aleksandra Ananica

Aleks traveled to Vietnam on an EIL Explore Award where she spent two months teaching English. On her return home Aleks participated in the Silver GCA and was awrded in 2017. Aleks has participated in EIL network weekends and is eager to do more awareness raising activities. Aleks is a keen and talented photographer!

Eniola Oladiti

Enny was born in Nigeria, raised in Waterford and currently studying in Dublin. Here she tells us a bit about herself: I am supper bubbly, perhaps way too chatty and always with a smile. My eight week volunteering experience in Mutmandek orphanage in Thailand was nothing but pleasant and mesmerising. This experience taught me so much and has given me a new insight in ways that I cannot even begin to express myself. I was very pleased of the work that I was involved with, be it bringing the children to the hospital, accompanying them to their therapy sessions, bringing them to get their vaccinations or simply bringing them to the park. It was all such a fun filled learning experience. I was awarded the silver GCA in 2016 for my actions on return in Ireland. 

Cormac Everard

Cormac is from Kilkenny and studies in UCD. A volunteer for many years, Cormac has worked with UCS Relay for Life’s cancer campaign and being a mentor and buddy in university. He travelled to Chiang Mai in Thailand to work on a HIV/AIDS awareness and welfare project with the EIL  Global Awareness Programme.

Aileen O’Sullivan

As part of the Global Awareness Programme in 2013, Elaine travelled to Guatemala. She completed numerous action projects to raise awareness on Environmental Issues including a Children's book on Turtles, A Handbook for Rainwater harvesting as well as organising workshops and talks. Elaine is an engineer with a real interest in Sustainability which is showcased in her work with Social Entrepreneurship, Community Projects and environmental research. Her passion and expertise are a real addition to the GloEd Committee. "I am personally, professionally and academically passionate about sustainability. I have worked as an engineer and an educator in the area of sustainability; I have a BEng Manufacturing Engineering and an MSc Sustainable Development. I volunteer with a number of organisations, I am the Ashoka Change Nation Change Executive for Transition towns, we are working on relaunching Transition Towns by creating a website that highlights good news environmental and community grass root stories and I am the Head of Overseas Placements with Engineers Without Borders."

Orla Ryan

Hi everyone, my name is Órla. I'm looking forward to acting as a mentor as part of the GCA programme. In 2014, I travelled to Kayamandi in South Africa with EIL to volunteer with Setjhaba Youth Awareness - an NGO that provides support and counselling for people with HIV, as well as health education for secondary school students. Earlier this year I helped to organise an exhibition about SYA's work (with my volunteer partner Emma) as part of Dublin City Council 's Social Inclusion Week. I'm currently working on a radio documentary about HIV in Kayamandi. 

Mentor Supports


A mentor will support and advise the applicant throughout the process. Have you completed the Global Citizen Award? Would you like to keep connected and help support somebody on their journey? If so, why not be a mentor?  To find out more on becoming a mentor please contact us today: