The summer will bring untold opportunities for young people, whether they be in college or out in the working world. For some it’s living the American dream on a J1, or exploring any other number of exciting destinations. Some take the path of volunteering; experience a new culture, challenging themselves while contributing to making a difference.
This Summer, Kilkenny resident Aisling Egan will spend 10 weeks working as a volunteer teaching assistant in India with Suas Educational Development. ”I’ve always been a real activist for positive change and believe the Suas Volunteer Programme to be a real learning curve in not only development in opinions on global issues but also yourself. It’s the chance to delve in and simply help others in whatever way you can,” Aisling said.
The Suas Volunteer Programme, set up in 2002 by a group of students from Trinity, offers young people an opportunity to work as teaching assistants in schools that serve marginalized communities in India. Through the professional and thorough training provided by Suas, the volunteers also have the valuable opportunity to develop their personal and professional skills, such as teamwork , leadership and planning. The Suas Volunteer Programme has grown year on year and this year they are joined by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation as a new partner.
Before Aisling sets off on this exciting placement, she must raise €3,000 for their participation, though she hopes to raise even more to support the school that she will be working with. “In the current economic climate, fundraising is harder than ever but I’m really overwhelmed by the positive response I’ve received from so many people so far on this first leg of my journey,” says Aisling. She has a lot planned to reach her target, so keep an eye out for any fundraiser she’s planned. You can always support Aisling Egan by donating online at www.mycharity.ie/aislingegansuas