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

Hope in Latin America’s largest red-light district

Name:Amanda Keane Location:Mexico City Aiming for:&Gold Award About the Author:My summer volunteering in Mexico City is based on the UN SDG of Gender Equality. I am a feminist, passionate about gender equality and this is my first time being involved in a project focused on women’s rights abroad. Hope in Latin America’s largest red-light district As I sit at my table writing this and listening to the sounds of the street vendors selling tamales on the street underneath my window, I’m finding it hard to believe I have only been in Mexico for a week. This has already been an incredibly eye-opening and interesting experience, and I still have another

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

Eva Mahon, David Coyle, Luke O’Sullivan, Sara Birch, Orla Casey, Oisin Bennett, Naomi Keenan, Neil McArdle and Roseanna Shanahan received a Global Citizen Award on the 8th of April in Smock Alley. 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.’ As a student of Linguistics, I knew this would come in the form of English language teaching. So after much deliberation and begging, I secured funding for free conversational English Classes

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Against all odds

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 back to protest about the changes to care n shares management. With little to go on we weren’t sure what this meant for our project, the rally and the future of Care N Share. With the power and water turned off for the day, and the children locked in their houses the school turnout was very small. I got

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Against all odds

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 back to protest about the changes to care n shares management. With little to go on we weren’t sure what this meant for our project, the rally and the future of Care N Share. With the power and water turned off for the day, and the children locked in their houses the school turnout was very small. I got

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How to Care N share!

Name:David Coyle Location:Vijayawada Aiming for:Gold Award About the Author:UCD Alumni How to Care N share! We had a show during the last week named Care n shares got talent. Each house had to get a dance together, I learnt more about the children in that last week than I did in the previous 3 weeks. Two of the boys in my house were seriously talented at dancing. I went in thinking that I would be teaching them but they quickly schooled me. I tried not to dance during rehearsal because my lack of coordination would send the children into fits of laughter ‘I wanted them to give it their all[nothing

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Marala sāri varaku

Name:David Coyle Location:Vijayawada Aiming for:Gold Award About the Author:UCD Allumni Marala sāri varaku 4 weeks, 2 planes, one goal. We set out with a clear goal, to add to the knowledge of the children and teachers, to interact to the best of our ability with everyone. Most of us were exceptional and set a great example to children. On reflection we definitely achieved those goals. The project which was teaching and physiotherapy based also included a talent show, sports day, special Olympics, a sexual health presentation and multiple workshops on social and economic issues. The 2 main reflection weekends during the project allowed us to take stock of the weeks

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Between moral gridlock and a 3 legged race

Name:David Coyle Location:Vijayawada Aiming for:Gold Award About the Author:UCD Allumni Between moral gridlock and a 3 legged race At the end of the first week we had a sports day. This was great as it was a great chance to relax as a group and improve the bonds we had begun to form with the children. We were still adjusting to the climate and we were starting to leave the phones to one side. For those few hours we all reverted back to our childhood, it was just as fun managing as it was playing the games ourselves. My thoughts drifted through my training and research up to that point.

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The Risk to Gender equality

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 all too familiar pathways we can see by just flicking through our history books. One cannot be blamed for feeling hopeless and defeated when people out there are making it harder to break down the barriers and boundaries to achieving a fairer more united world to live and grow in. Instead of feeling hopeless, defeated,

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Respect and consent.

Name:Roseanna Shanahan Location:South India Aiming for: Gold Award About the Author:I am a 3rd year science student who has been involved with UCDVO for the past 3 years I have volunteered twice in India and I am hoping to stay in development in the future. Respect and consent. Women all over the world face disrespect and are victims of gender inequality. This is a problem that both Indian and Irish women know to well. Growing up in Ireland it was common for a guy to cat call you on the streets or for a boy to touch your bum during PE class. Nothing would ever be said about it. All 13-year-old

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A visit to C.E.A.R

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 as we on the construction team liked to call it ‘Trench-town’. Our objective for this site was to dig the foundations for the building of a computer lab, which would train and teach prospective students rudimentary IT skills which would prepare them for future employment or even third level education. Situated in the picturesque north-eastern

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