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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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Stories of South India

Name:Orla Casey Location:Delhi and South India Aiming for:Silver Award About the Author:In 2012 I volunteered with UCDVO in St Anthony’s School in the slums of Sangam Vihar, Delhi. In 2016 I returned to India to Care and Share Charitable Trust in Vijayawada as a student leader on the South India Project. Stories of South India Last summer I had the pleasure of volunteering with UCD Volunteers Overseas on the South India project. The project involved living on site and teaching in Care and Share Orphanage in Vijayawada. Returning to India with UCDVO was always something I had hoped to do after my first volunteering experience in 2012. I was delighted

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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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Why sponsor?

Name:Geraldine O’Brien Location:Uganda Aiming for:Silver Award About the Author:A newly qualified nurse from Waterford, whose making a third trip to Uganda this July Why sponsor? It’s always in the media, TV in particular, to help a child – pleas to sponsor overseas, to give a child a chance in life despite their circumstances. I made the choice to sponsor a child following my first trip to Uganda in 2015. For just twenty one euro a month, school fees are covered, as well as uniform, meals and stationary. For the price of a couple of lattes a week, I knew a child was having a chance to get through education without

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Short Term Volunteering: Building Long Term Relationships

Name:Orla Casey Location:Delhi and South India Aiming for:Silver Award About the Author:In 2012 I volunteered with UCDVO in St Anthony’s School in the slums of Sangam Vihar, Delhi. In 2016 I returned to India to Care and Share Charitable Trust in Vijayawada as a student leader on the South India Project. Short Term Volunteering: Building Long Term Relationships There has been much discussion and debate surrounding the subject of short term volunteering, and whether it benefits host communities or causes more harm. As a participant of two highly successful short term volunteering projects, I am strongly in favour of short term projects for a number of reasons. In my opinion,

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Climbing the Feelings Tree: Mental Health in a Global Context

Name:Orla Casey Location:Delhi and South India Aiming for:Silver Award About the Author:In 2012 I volunteered with UCDVO in St Anthony’s School in the slums of Sangam Vihar, Delhi. In 2016 I returned to India to Care and Share Charitable Trust in Vijayawada as a student leader on the South India Project. Climbing the Feelings Tree: Mental Health in a Global Context As part of our project, each evening myself and my fellow volunteers would carry out workshops with the children of Care and Share on various topics such as politics, culture, music, art, and the environment. Myself and my roommate Caroline chose to facilitate workshops on mental health. Mental health

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India in Pictures

Name:Orla Casey Location:Delhi and South India Aiming for:Silver Award About the Author:Orla Casey India in Pictures Photo Blog See the full blog  

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