Through training teachers and improving education services, Padraic McKeon has supported sustainable change in some of the world’s poorest communities. Here, he discusses the decision to first volunteer in South Sudan, what his role involved and why he has no regrets.
Stephanie Galvin volunteered as a Paediatric Nurse with VSO Ireland in Jinka Hospital, Ethiopia. While on placement, Stephanie shared her skills and knowledge with staff in the paediatrics department and enhanced the routine care and management of neonates. In this blog post, Steph describes what volunteering with VSO meant to her.
Dr Aisling Walsh from Limerick volunteered with VSO Ireland in Gulu, Uganda, where the neonatal mortality rate is ten times higher than in Ireland. While on placement, Aisling shared her skills with local midwives and nurses to save babies' lives. Here she outlines how simple measures can make a huge difference in Uganda.
Janet Lawino is 17 and has only just been able taken her firstborn son home after a month-long stay at the neonatal intensive care unit. Being a new mum is always daunting, but finding yourself pregnant whilst still a teenager yourself can be an overwhelming experience, not the least if your child is unwell.
Primary school teacher Claire Nic Gabhann from Monaghan spent 12 months volunteering on an education programme in Tanzania. While on placement, Claire worked with teachers to improve the style and method of their teaching. In this open letter, she discusses what her placement entailed and how she benefited from it.
A year into his placement in Papua New Guinea, Eoin O’Maoileoin discusses his volunteer journey so far – why it has been so rewarding and what he misses most about Ireland.
Culture shock can affect anyone, whether you're a first-time volunteer or have been away many times before. Not only do you have to adjust to a completely foreign culture, there are new colleagues, tasks, languages and climates to come to terms with too.
In an extract from his blog, Tom Collins, who is currently volunteering with VSO Ireland as a Financial Management Advisor in Zambia, discusses his first three years on placement. Tom previously volunteered in Cameroon from 2008 until 2011, where he worked as Institutional Development Advisor to the Maga local council in the Far North region of the country.
Siobhán Neville and Peter O'Reilly, both paediatricians, have just returned from volunteering for six months in Lindi, Tanzania. Based across several local hospitals and health centres, they helped to improve neonatal mortality rates by assessing practices and recommending changes to support both mothers and newborns.