Reflecting on my Volunteer Placement in Ethiopia

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 for her.

The Strength of a Mother

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.

Ugandan mothers are so strong. They don't complain about pain or bleeding. They do what's best for their baby.

The Benefits Of Volunteering At Home And Abroad

VSO volunteer Lisa McMahon working as a Teaching Methodology Advisor in Murehe Primary School

Without volunteers, VSO Ireland (Voluntary Service Overseas) wouldn't exist – that much is obvious from our name alone. Our education and healthcare programmes wouldn't have helped some of the world's most disadvantaged people. We wouldn't have changed policies and practices in marginalised communities for the better. And I certainly wouldn't be writing this blog post.