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Sharing life with a Nicarguan Community

Pictured here: Laura taking Bianca and Justin to “Kid’s Club” on her bike. Laura Kennedy having volunteered in South Africa, then pursued a career in primary school teaching. She writes here about her time teaching in Nicaragua Choosing to leave the comforts of friends and family, a paid job, my own home and a way of life that I loved was never a difficult decision.  I had spent

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Making A Difference? Third-Level Students Ask The Big Questions Ahead Of International Volunteer Day.

Pictured: UCDVO volunteers working on the construction of a basketbal court in Morogoro, Tanzania in July 2010. In advance of International Volunteer Day on the 5th December 2014, UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) and partner organisations are hosting a one-day conference on international volunteering. The conference aims to create critical discussion around current practice in the area and features several keynote international speakers on youth volunteering

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Observations and Anecdotes from a Mzungu.

For Focus94 Tadgh Daly spoke about his volunteer experience in Zambia. Three and a half months into my stint here in Zambia is probably a good time to provide a low-down on what I’m actually doing here work-wise. The focus is around “capacity building” (development worker jargon for training) of ‘physical planners’ at district council level. A physical planner is essentially a combination of

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Our Creative Writing Group Finds Its Feet.

Exciting times here at Comhlámh as our peer facilitated creative writing group is really finding its feet. So far Ruth Powell has done an excellent job facilitating the group and with her prompts has brought out some wonderful stories and memories, brought to life by the imaginative and real text brought forth by the members in this group. This is not a therapy group

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