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8 March 2017 - 2:11pm
| By Pauline Faughnan
| Gender Education Research Specialist

International Women’s Day offers us a chance to come together to address gender inequality and celebrate the achievements of women around the globe. The theme of International Women's Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange and that’s exactly what we have to do if we want girls and women to have the same chances in life as their male counterparts.

7 March 2017 - 4:12pm
| By Annette O'Sullivan
| Marketing and Communications Manager

International Women’s Day offers us a chance to come together to address gender inequality and celebrate the achievements of women around the globe. The theme of International Women's Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange and that’s exactly what we have to do if we want girls and women to have the same chances in life as their male counterparts.

7 March 2017 - 4:06pm
| By Padraic McKeon
| Teacher Educator

Retired primary school teacher Padraic McKeon has volunteered with VSO Ireland on three separate occassions, in South Sudan, Myanmar and most recently on an Irish Aid funded project in Uganda. Here, he outlines his motivations for taking the plunge and why he has no regrets.

12 December 2016 - 2:57pm
| By Stephanie Galvin
| Paediatric Nurse

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.

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2 December 2016 - 3:59pm
| By Dr Aisling Walsh
| Paediatrician

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.

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29 November 2016 - 4:53pm
| By Nick Adie
| Marketing and Content Lead

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. 

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An Open Letter from an Irish Education Volunteer
1 September 2016 - 5:15pm
| By Claire Nic Gabhann
| Quality Teaching Facilitator

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.

One year down in Papua New Guinea
17 August 2016 - 4:34pm
| By Eoin O'Maoileoin
| Teacher Trainer

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. 

Overcoming culture shock on your volunteering placement
10 August 2016 - 5:26pm
| By Annette O'Sullivan
| Marketing and Communications Manager

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.

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