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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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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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Day Drops

Name:Ronan Bennett Location:Cebu City, Philippines. Aiming for: Silver Award About the Author:I am a final year Bachelor of Education student in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick who enjoys art and theatre. Day Drops Today marked the beginning of our projects with the Badjao tribe and a long, tiresome yet rewarding day it was. Another early morning dawned on us and the familiarity of waking up sweaty and uncomfortable is yet to prove itself a normality. Breakfast was served again by our hosts here at The Holy Family Retreat Centre and it is always a welcome treat to be greeted by a fried egg in the morning accompanied by as much rice

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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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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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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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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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Construction life in Nicaragua

Name:Neil Mc Ardle Location:Nicaragua Aiming for:Gold Award About the Author:I am a 28 year old linguistics student who loves meeting new communities and embarrassing myself in as many social situations as possible! Construction life in Nicaragua Despite having lived in tropic countries before and working in construction here in Ireland, I was seriously overwhelmed by the task that was at hand. This brutal physical labor in burning heat really made us understand the challenge Nicaraguan people face daily, and all for less than $2 a day! Without the modern help of diesel or electric power it was back to basics! Pick-axes and shovels were the weapons of choice and the

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