Naushad Khan: The difference Volunteers make

Naushad Khan, Director of ShineShine Foundation, working towards development of urban slums in the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, started in 2006 in the slums of Jagdamba camp, Panchsheel Vihar. Initiated with the aim to support marginalized children through educational opportunities, today Shine has expanded to Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Lakkarpur (Faridabad, Haryana) with […]

Diana Musenya: On the Path

My name is Diana Musenya and I am an alumnus of Gatoto Primary School. I have been involved with Gatoto in one way or another for over seventeen years. I went to Gatoto School from 1997 to 2003 when I sat for my KCPE examination. When the results were released in December of that year […]

Nick Ledbetter: The life of a Team Coordinator

Having volunteered for 3 months with Suas with Kenya in 2007, I thought long and hard about returning to the programme, albeit in a different role. The culmination of my professional exams and the natural break in my career offered a window to immerse myself in a completely different environment to the big corporation where […]

Simon Walsh: A day in the life of a Sabuj Sangha Volunteer

Wake up. Sweat. Get out of bed. Sweat. Shower. Sweat. Not just a standard start, but a guaranteed start to a day in Kolkata. Mornings are hectic. Thirteen Volunteers milling around, trying to get ready for the day. Leave the house. Stop off at the shop across the road. Get the supplies for the day. […]

Cathy Gormley : A Galway Mentor’s Perspective

Back in September 2011, as I curiously wandered round the NUIG volunteering fair like all first years do, I encountered the Suas stand. I was interested in the Literacy Support Programme/Homework Club. After speaking to Evelyn, the mentor coordinator, I decided to give the programme a go. I didn’t really know what to expect at […]

Claire Glavey: Developing a new perspective

When I applied for the role of Development Coordinator, I was working in human rights and development education. I worked part-time with Amnesty International on resource development and teacher training programmes. I also worked part-time with Link Community Development recruiting schools and teachers for development education programmes, designing teaching materials and running workshops.

Cathy Howlett: Sharing the Journey

Sitting here in the 40 degree heat with the sound of children’s laughter drifting towards me on the light breeze, Ireland really could not feel further away. The view from the balcony belongs in a Kipling story, the lush greens and the dense waters inviting awe. Inside, Team Sundarbans sit around the table drawing and […]

Mary Chambers & Claire Faithorn: Impact in India

Setting off for Delhi in the early hours of a dark February morning we were full of enthusiasm and to do lists! Claire, Project Manager on the Volunteer Programme 2014, was busy arranging this year’s placements from Ireland and had scheduled meetings with each of our 7 partners during our time in India.