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All News items about the Global Citizen Award this is for people who are in the process of getting the bronze award

Uganda Dreaming: A Page from the Past

Name:Sean Devaney Location:Nansana, Uganda Aiming for: Bronze Award About the Author:I travelled to Nansana in a nursing student capacity. I worked within the medical centre setting as well as in local schools and within community care. I am a regular volunteer locally and since my first international volunteering experience, I have developed a massive interest in third world countries. I hope to return to Uganda when I finish my degree. Uganda Dreaming: A Page from the Past This is an entry from my diary that I kept whilst in Uganda……….the reason behind the direction I chose to follow in my nursing career. I never would have found my way without

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Uganda Dreaming: A Page from the Past

Name:Séan Devaney Location:Nansana, Uganda Aiming for: Bronze Award About the Author:Name: Séan Devaney. Location: Nansana, Uganda. Aiming For: Bronze Award. About the Author: I spent time in Uganda with Nurture Africa in the student nurse capacity Uganda Dreaming: A Page from the Past This is an entry from my diary that I kept whilst in Uganda……….the reason behind the direction I chose to follow in my nursing career. I never would have found my way without the experiences overseas that I got to live, with the programme,staff and patients associated with Nurture Africa. It has entirely changed my life, for the best! “I could see myself moving back here to work.

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Nansana: The Rolex of Uganda

  Name:Séan Devaney Location:Nansana, Uganda Aiming forBronze Award About the Author:Name: Séan Devaney Location:Nansana, Uganda Aiming for:Bronze Award About the Author: I volunteered in Nansana, Uganda with Nurture Africa in a first year nursing student capacity. I had always wanted to volunteer abroad, and having a keen interest in the HIV area, I knew this was going to be an experience I would never forget. Nansana: The Rolex of Uganda Oli otya, Leaving Ireland I knew I was on my way to something unexpected, but little did I know it was going to be a life changing experience. Reflecting back on my time in Nansana, I can only feel like

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Indian Discoveries

Name:Mary Location:India Aiming for:&Bronze Award About the Author:My name is Mary Hickey, I am a primary school teacher from Rathmore in Co.Kerry. Last Summer I was fortunate enough to travel with Global schoolroom to Bodhjungnagar in North East India. I traveled with two other Irish teachers and together we worked with our Indian teacher counterparts in working towards their third level teaching qualification. We spent four weeks supporting the teachers in which time they completed a two week course on the components of teaching and a further two weeks completing teaching practice in their Indian classrooms. It was such a privilege to work with such outstanding teachers in such an

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Lifeskills Training In Kapsenda

Name:Aoife O’Hanlon Location:Londiani (Kenya) Aiming for:&Bronze Award About the Author:I am 24 years old and currently working in Emc. I graduated from UCC last year with a joint degree in Economics and Sociology. This was my first time volunteering abroad and it has been an unforgettable eye-opening experience. Lifeskills Training In Kapsenda My second week with Friends of Londiani involved Lifeskills training with my co-volunteer Lynne in Kapsenda which is a rural area and as such there is less information available to the locals in comparison to the towns and cities. Over 30 participants of varying ages arrived and from the beginning it was clear that they were all very

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First Week In Londiani

Name:Aoife O’Hanlon Location:Londiani (Kenya) Aiming for:&Bronze Award About the Author:I am 24 years old and currently working in Emc. I graduated from UCC last year with a joint degree in Economics and Sociology. This was my first time volunteering abroad and it has been an unforgettable eye-opening experience. First Week In Londiani So where do I begin ….. Week one has finished and it has been an amazing start to the Friends of Londiani experience. Any nerves that I had on the journey over were immediately eliminated once we arrived in Kenya and saw the incredible scenery. The trip from Nairobi to Londiani was met with breath-taking views and as

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Beware of volunteers doing good!

Name:Katie Fitzpatrick Location:The Philippines Aiming for:&Bronze Award About the Author:Community Musician and Student Music Therapist from Co. Clare Beware of volunteers doing good! “An entire industry has sprouted out of voluntourism as it increases in popularity, possibly equal to the increase in global inequality. As the gap between rich and poor widens, so too it seems does the need for those of the global north to assuage the guilt of their privilege (paradoxically, guilt only seems to deepen as many realise the illusory effect of their impact), or to simply look good. The developing world has become a playground for the redemption of privileged souls looking to atone for global

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GCA Winner focus on Rachel

Rachel volunteered in Thailand in 2014 with EIL and has won the Bronze GCA! In summer 2014, I spent an amazing 8 weeks volunteering in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. I was an art volunteer working on the Art Relief International project run by the organisation Cultural Canvas Thailand. During my time there, I had the opportunity to be involved in running workshops for many different social groups, including schools, orphanages, houses for people with special needs, juvenile detention centres, neighborhood children local to the office as well as so much more. We used many creative mediums for these workshops including art, drama, music and dance. Volunteering abroad offered me an incredible experience

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GCA Winner focus on Suzanne

Suzanne volunteered in Quito, Ecuador in 2014 with EIL and has won the Bronze GCA!       In May/June 2014 I travelled to Quito, Ecuador where I lived with a local Ecuadorian family for two months. They were so welcoming to me and made me feel right at home. I spent a month learning Spanish in school there and another month volunteering in a day care centre in the foothills of the mountains in Quito. I spent my mornings looking after a lovely group of three year olds, whilst in the afternoon a further group of four to six year olds would arrive after school and I would look after them

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GCA Winner focus on Lucy

Bronze winner Lucy Brem is a 22 year old Irish girl from Cork, currently living in Dublin and completing final year of an Spanish/English Lit degree at TCD. Passionate about food, fiction and world travel. Lucy volunteered in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2014 with AIESEC Ireland and has won the Bronze GCA! Latin America has always topped my travel wish list by far, and this time last year my good friend Maggie and I were plotting a trip there- but we didn’t really know where to start. Thanks to a chance encounter in the Arts Block with a super-friendly guy and his fliers, we decided to go via the student-run AIESEC, an organisation that ever

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