UCC Works Award - Volunteering and Community Engagement Pathway MOVEMBE2020/2021
UCC Works Award Programme
Traveling to Slovenia as a volunteer group leader for a youth exchange was a fantastic experience. This was my first-time volunteering abroad and I am grateful I was given the opportunity to do so. Volunteering abroad teaches you so much about yourself and how resilient and adaptable you can be in any situation. As a result, I've learned that you've got to be laidback and flexible when something doesn't go as planned, or things change at the last minute.
Our group participated in daily workshops and fun activities which helped the young people attending to create lasting friendships. The group participated in daily debates regarding modern every-day life. It also helped to promote diversity, acceptance and a sense of solidarity with our European peers. Non-formal education was a huge aspect of the exchange which helped to create a friendly, relaxing environment for the young people attending, as well as the group leaders.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this experience as it has made me more committed to my life long dream of teaching. It has made me more determined to not let complacency creep into my life. Likewise, I am positive that this experience has impacted my future in ways I do not even comprehend yet. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in working with young people or who wishes to engage in a highly rewarding experience.
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