A small cog in the wheel towards reducing global health inequalities

Posted on Posted in SDG-03, Silver Contributor, Silver Winner, Stories, Sustainable Development Goals, UCDVO

“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 […]

A country without a language is a country without a soul

Posted on Posted in Contributors, EIL Ireland, SDG-04, Silver Contributor, Silver Winner, Stories

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 […]

Good Health and Well Being

Posted on Posted in Contributors, Participant News, SDG-03, Serve, Silver Contributor, Silver Winner, Stories

Good Health and Well BeingIt has been 1 week in India and I have learnt so much as an individual. Being aleader for an international volunteer group is much different to being avolunteer- there are different expectations, different responsibilities anddifferent experiences. Bearing all this in mind, I had the honour of speakingwith Father John, a […]

Quality education

Posted on Posted in Contributors, Silver Contributor, Silver Winner, Stories

Quality educationI have worked with Ms Nga for almost 8 weeks now and she still manages to amaze me. Even though she is the coordinator of my project, I say work with rather than for, because that is the type of lady she is. She is respected by both international and Vietnamese volunteers because she […]

GCA Winner focus on Melissa

Posted on Posted in Participant News, Partner News, Silver Contributor, Silver Winner, Stories, Winners

Silver winner Melissa volunteered with EIL in Thailand.  Last summer, I travelled to ChiangMai, Thailand for eight week volunteering with Art Relief International (ARI) on a ‘Travel Award’ thanks to EIL. I facilitated many art workshops in my time with ARI and helped other volunteers to facilitate workshops also. These workshops were with many different groups […]

GCA Winner focus on Vonnie

Posted on Posted in Participant News, Partner News, Silver Contributor, Silver Winner, Stories, Winners

Silver winner Vonnie volunteered with EIL in Chile.  Vonnie is from Springhill in Co Carlow. A retired Primary school teacher, she is passionate about empowering women in their communities, where she sees education having a ripple effect of benefits. Volunteering for Vonnie requires “…a strong will, pleasant personality and a capacity to change from Plan A […]