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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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Badjao, Wow!

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. Badjao, Wow! Following a night’s sleep of the strangest quality, we arose still groggy but slightly less tired than the evening prior. Encased in a mosquito net, I managed to avoid any bites but awaking in a pool of sweat with 70% humidity, I struggled to decide which would be considered the lesser evil. Never the less, the breakfast that awaited us softened the blow. Our kind hosts prepared bacon and eggs for us as well as the most succulent mangos.

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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 Shock of Culture

Name:Ronan Bennett Location:Cebu City, Philippines. Aiming for: Silver Award About the Author:I am a student teacher in my final year. I enjoy working through mediums of art, literature and theatre in expressing ideas, both my own and with children in class. I look forward to using my experience in The Philippines to enrich the learning of children in my class. The Shock of Culture This blog entry will serve as a double update. There was more to see and understand in these two days than I could ever have expected. For the purpose of clarity, I shall split this entry in two. Education My experience of education within the Badjao

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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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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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Bittersweet Bliss

Name:Ronan Bennett Location:Cebu City, Philippines. Aiming for:Silver Award About the Author:I am a student teacher in my final year. I enjoy working through mediums of art, literature and theatre in expressing ideas, both my own and with children in class. I look forward to using my experience in The Philippines to enrich the learning of children in my class. Bittersweet Bliss Being adjoined to the wider world with our wifi back (for how long is unknown), today will be a double blog day! Yesterday and today have been chaotic in the very best of ways and have provided us with some of the richest and deepest experiences since arriving here

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Hand in Hand

Name:Ronan Bennett Location:Cebu City, Philippines. Aiming for: Silver Award About the Author:I am a student teacher in my final year. I enjoy working through mediums of art, literature and theatre in expressing ideas, both my own and with children in class. I look forward to using my experience in The Philippines to enrich the learning of children in my class. Hand in Hand Thursday marked the halfway point for SERVE Philippines 2016 and I would like to take this opportunity to again thank you all who generously supported my endeavour to come here, both financially and emotionally. Financial support is a huge issue for the Badjao so the money donated

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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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