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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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Gold winner? We want you!

The GCA Standards and Awarding Committee have been busy reviewing and reporting on the 2016 GCA programme. They are now looking for a new Gold past participant to join.  Outgoing gold winner Elaine Doyle explains the role further:  ‘Knowing the work that goes in to completing any level of the Global Citizen Award it is a great achievement and really helps create the link between volunteering abroad and the knowledge and passion you can bring home. Being on the Standards and Conferring Committee was a great opportunity to be involved in how the programme is developing and bringing each level of the Global Citizen Award to a certain level. I enjoyed the practical mix of taking my

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GCA Winner focus on Jorge

Gold winner Jorge volunteered with EIL for 6 months weeks in India.  During the summer of 2015 I spent six months in Karnataka, India, volunteering & documenting every cultural, social and developmental issue I came across. I’m well aware that I’m just one person and I know that I can’t change the world by myself, but I decided to do something about it. This is Jorge’s second GOLD Global Citizen Award! Congratulations Jorge!!! To find out about registering for GCA click here!  

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GCA Winner focus on Sinead

Gold winner Sinead  volunteered with Suas for 10 weeks in 2015, teaching primary school children in Shine Faridabad, India For her gold award Sinead wrote several blogs as well as giving a talk in her local primary school, Tullyallen National School about life in India. She also joined social justice crew for UCD SVP, helped with brainstorming and making of a quotes board as part of the annual Homeless Week, Joined part of group setting up UCD Amnesty International Film Club and subsequently organising screening of Documentary ‘I Am Dublin’. For her volunteer commitment Sinead worked and hour a day 4 days a week with Barretstown Barretstown Serious Fun Camp over

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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 Mark

Silver winner Mark volunteered with EIL in Guatemala.  Mark as won the silver award for his actions which include giving a PowerPoint presentation to a Public Health class in UCC as part of a lecture on volunteering and NGO work. The slides were put on the UCC Blackboard site afterwards. Congratulations Mark- see you on 21st May in Mansion House! To find out about registering for GCA click here!    

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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 Melissa

Silver winner Melissa volunteered with EIL in Thailand.  Last summer, I travelled to ChiangMai, Thailand for eight week volunteering with Art Relief International (ARI) on a ‘Travel Award’ thanks to EIL. I facilitated many art workshops in my time with ARI and helped other volunteers to facilitate workshops also. These workshops were with many different groups of people in multiple settings including orphanages for children and children with a disability, detention centre, adult day centres for persons with disability, victims of sex trafficking, schools, and home for single mothers. While I was in Thailand I wrote many blogs about my experiences being abroad volunteering with many vulnerable groups and specifically on

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GCA Winner focus on Cathal

Gold winner Cathal volunteered in South Africa with EIL.  My interest in development and volunteering began while in university studying nursing. Volunteering with the NGO healthcare projects in South Africa allowed me to share my skills and knowledge as a Registered General Nurse with people striving to address the health, social and emotional wellbeing of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The community in Kayamandi Township where I volunteered, and the people I worked alongside really inspired hope in the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and filled me with optimism for the future of the township. Along the way, I met some wonderful people and immersed myself in a different culture

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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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